Born in Poland, Mel has lived in the USA, The Netherlands and in Belgium before finding her way to London. She studied English literature in Poland and in the USA. A storyteller at heart, Mel started off writing fiction (some short stories published in magazines no one has heard of) and then screenplays, with which she did much better placing in recognised international competitions (a finalist in Page, USA, semi-finalist in Austin, USA, short listed in Euroscript Screen-Story competition) and optioning a science-fiction feature, currently in development.
Mel moved into directing in 2008 with her first short film, the black comedy Guns, which she also wrote. The film was well received and screened at several national and international film festivals, including London Short Film Festival, Radar Hamburg Film Festival and others. This was followed by a drama, Like Daughter, in 2009 (“a beautifully acted short” in the words of Bradford Int. Film Festival), The Shepherd in 2010 and most recently, The Decree, which is still doing the festival rounds.
Mel has been selected for participation in Kionoteka writer/director lab with Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski (2015), the high-profile Edinburgh Talent Lab (2015) and the Branchage Directors’ Lab (2014).
Recently, Mel has returned to writing fiction with a YA science-fiction novel, STARBOUND. Mel is currently looking for a suitable agent to help find a publisher for the novel.