Denai Gracie has worked in film for over two decades both in front and behind the camera. Already widely respected as a can-do producer in the local industry, Denai is now transitioning her love of storytelling into writing and directing roles. Most recently Denai wrote and directed The Staircase, an episode of the horror thriller anthology Deadhouse Dark which made official selection at Canneseries 2020, and will release globally as a Shudder Original Series in 2021.
Denai has worked on dozens of high profile television commercials, short films and features including Shift, Infini, Forbidden Ground, Gabriel and A Perfect Life. Writing ignited Denai’s directorial passion, penning the London storyline in her first feature, Forbidden Ground. Forbidden Ground (aka Battle Ground) sold to Lionsgate (USA), EOne (UK) and Pinnacle (Australia), among other reputable distributors worldwide.
In 2010 Denai founded production company Scarlet Fire Films and has been instrumental in the development of an impressive slate of features and series. Dystopic sci fi short Shift which Denai produced, finished its festival run on a high, named one of the top shorts at the Toronto After Dark Festival in 2018. The short is currently being adapted into a series. Several of Denai’s screenplays have already attracted interest internationally including horror thriller feature Kamera 12, show jumping drama feature One Eight Zero, and mystery action thriller series, The Habitat.
More than just entertain, Denai creates worlds. She’s currently developing a diverse slate of features and series’ exploring her refreshingly original scarlet fire universe – a collective of features and series’ that are linked by characters, where audiences can engage in spin-off stories, sequels and prequels.