Lisa Camillo

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Lisa Maria Celeste Camillo

Rome, Italy
Alma mater
  • University of Melbourne
  • Sydney Film School
  • Filmmaker
  • Author
  • Presenter
  • Anthropologist
  • Human-rights Activist

Lisa Camillo is an Italian-Australian human rights driven filmmaker, anthropologist, presenter and writer.

She’s the owner of film production company, AGAINST THE TIDE FILMS.[1]

She has directed, produced and wrote award-winning documentaries and films that travelled across the world in several international film festivals.


Lisa Camillo started her studies with a degree in Criminology (Criminal Justice) in 2000, at the RMIT University, Melbourne. After graduating in 2003, she followed up with a Postgraduate Degree in Anthropology at University of Melbourne and in 2010 she received a MA in International Development and Humanitarian Aid at the same university.

Following her master in International development, she worked in aboriginal communities with the Ministry of Health of New South Wales.

Her career in filmmaking utilises her knowledge in anthropology, international politics and economics, human rights, criminology and environmental studies.

Lisa is an award-winning director, who graduated in 2013, from Sydney Film School, considered as the most successful and reputable non-Government film school in Australia[2]".

Early Career

Between 2005 and 2010, Lisa Camillo was a guitarist, singer and song-writer of a Melbourne-based band, There She Goes Again, which in 2008 became the Red Brigades playing around Melbourne, the state of Victoria, Australia, and conducting a one-month- long tour in New Zealand in 2008.

In 2009 she worked for Marie Stopes International Australia, designing, implementing and evaluating strategy for an adolescent sexual and reproductive health program in Timor Leste. Following her Master's Graduation, she worked teaching Climate Change at University of Melbourne - School of Physics, Melbourne, Australia.

In 2011, she became a public health project officer for the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) of NSW, in Sydney, Australia, developing, implementing programs and activities with a prevention focus to increase awareness of hepatitis C and blood-born viruses among Aboriginal communities. She has created, developed, implemented and evaluated Hepatitis C Peer Education Program across NSW Aboriginal communities, called HIV Free Gen & Your Mob My Mob Our Mob- Hep C Peer Education', which is currently still running. She has supported "Where’s the Shame, Love your Liver' Campaign, receiving the Excellence in Viral Hepatitis Health Promotion Award; she has set up a Hepatitis C Advisory Committee, and a Green Committee and has implemented environmental practices and policies within the organization. She has assisted in developing four editions of [ Transmission Magazine, as a state-wide educational youth resource.

In 2012 she became a Freelance Consultant for the United Nations Security Council - Office of the Ombudsperson, in New York, USA. Her role was to review requests from individuals or groups in Italy, seeking to be removed from the Al-Qaida Sanctions list.

In that same year she was hired by the NSW Ministry of Health as a Forensic Health Aboriginal Hepatitis C Service Access Coordinator based at the Long Bay Correctional Facility, in Sydney, Australia. Her role consisted in creating a system between NSW correctional centers and community health centers to ensure that Aboriginal patients transitioning from incarceration back to the community, would have a continuum of care without interrupting their medications/therapies.


In 2013, she started working as a freelancer in Production Design to dress films and commercials’ sets, organizing costumes and props for several international brands and as a Film Make Up Artist. At the same time she produced, directed and shot a multi-award-winning short documentary, Live Through This and worked in production for television series of the homonymous documentary. She also produced, wrote, and directed Red River Shore music video clip Wild Wild Wind the same year.

In 2014, she worked as Researcher & Concept Developer for Essential Media and Entertainment,in Sydney, for factual films and the same year wrote and Directed Catherine Britt's Video Clip Boneshaker, for Universal Music Australia: Finalist in the 44th CMAA Country Music Video Clip Awards of Australia- Golden Guitar Awards.

In 2016 she produced, wrote, directed and DOPed a 5 minutes one-long shot drama, Requiem.

In 2018 she was hired by Endemol Shine Australia to post-produce the popular show, Married at First Sight (Australian TV series) (Season 5).

On that same year, her 5 year-long self-produced first feature documentary, BALENTES - THE BRAVE ONES, was released in Australia. The film talks about Sardinia’s environmental and health disaster due to war games exercises by NATO armies and highly polluting multinationals’ plants on this Italian island.

She has been featured in several magazines, (such as Marie Claire[3]), newspapers (such as Sputnik (news agency) [4], The Australian[5],[6]) and television programs (such as News Breakfast[7], RAI[8], RAI) for her projects and work. She's a published author of a book, Una Ferita Italiana [9](An Italian Wound), Published by Ponte Alle Grazie Italian Publishing House, based on her feature documentary, Balentes - The Brave Ones,[10] which came out in Australian and US cinemas and several international Film Festivals.

On the 4th of April 2019 she was invited to speak at the Italian Parliament [11] to discuss with the Ministry of Defence and Health some of the issues that were raised by her documentary in order to better her island's critical situation, Sardinia.

In Australia, Lisa participated in the drafting of the book on domestic violence:'Postcards from Tomorrow: A Collection of Letters From Inspirational Women to Their 21 Year Old Selves’[12], in which Lisa told her personal story on the matter. The book’s proceeding went to charity, to an organisation which helped Victims of Domestic Violence. The book is a collection of personal letters from women of particular importance and strength that also includes Oprah Winfrey.

In January 2020, Lisa received the title of Honorary Member from the, for her fight against NATO with her film and book.

Her film has also been submitted as evidence for the Teulada's court cases against Italian military generals, because of its thorough research on the use of depleted uranium by NATO in wars and on Sardinian military bases.

In 2020, during the Italian lockdown, Lisa Camillo was commissioned by the international channel, Al Jazeera[13], a 25 minutes documentary on a Covid-19 story in Milan, Italy, called Italy Covid Hotline


  • LIVE THROUGH THIS[14] , Short Documentary, 8min, 2013, Role as Director, Cinematographer and Producer.
  • Boneshaker (Catherine Britt album),[15] Catherine Britt 's Video Clip, 3 min, 2014, TribalApes Production Company, Role as Director
  • REQUIEM[16], One Long Shot Short Film, 5 min, 2016. Role as Director, Writer, Producer, DOP.
  • BALENTES – THE BRAVE ONES, [17] Feature Documentary, 2018, Producer, Director, Writer
  • ITALY COVID HOTLINE[18], TV Documentary, 25 min, 2020, Producer, Director, Writer

Selections & Award Winning


CourageCuriosityCompassion Documentary Award- Film Ink Best Music Award- AGSC

Official Selection at Flickerfest

Official Selection at Antenna Film Festival

Second Prize Winner at the Backyard Film Festival Official Selection at the Short Film Social

Official Selection at Seen & Heard Film Festival

Awarded 1st Class Award and entry into the Final Round at The "Tech-ex Cup" Awards Ceremony at Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China)

Official Selection to WOW Film Festival, the Festival of Women in Film, 2016.

  • BONESHAKER (2014)

Finalist in the 44th CMAA Country Music Video Clip Awards of Australia- Golden Guitar Awards- Winner TBA in 2016.

  • REQUIEM (2016)

Official Selection to ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL, Zagreb, Croatia, 2016.

Official Selection to FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL, Florence, Italy, 2017.

Official Selection to CLERMONT FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2017


Winner of Best Feature Documentary at the International Uranium Film Festival [19], Berlin, 2020

Winner of Award of Merit at Impact Docs Awards[20], 2020

Opening Featured Film of the Andaras Traveling Film Festival, 2020

Official Selection at Chelsea Film Festival, 2020

Official Selection at Newcastle Italian Film Festival,[21] Newcastle, Australia, 2019

Official Selection at Italian Film Festival USA,[22] Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Portland, Milwaukee, St. Louis, United States, 2019

Winner of Best Feature Documentary in the category Human Rights at Life After Oil International Film Festival [23], 2019

Official Selection at MIA- Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo[24], Rome, Italy, under the section Italians Doc It Better

Official Selection at Lavazza Italian Film Festival[25], 2018

Cinema Release with Palace Cinemas (Australia)[26] in Australia's major cities in Sept/Oct 2018 (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane)


  3. Fantasia, Di Giuseppe (2020-08-31). ""Racconto le ferite italiane" Lisa Camillo". Marie Claire (in italiano). Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  4. Italia, Tatiana Santi Sputnik. "La meravigliosa Sardegna soffocata dalle basi militari". (in italiano). Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  5. " - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  6. "Dark truth behind Sardinia's sun tans". NewsComAu. 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  7. Camillo, Lisa (23 October 2018). "ABC New Breakfast Show with Lisa Camillo". ABC News Breakfast.
  8. Camillo, Lisa (12 July 2018). "RAI Community Lisa Camillo, Italian Film Director".
  9. "Lisa Camillo — My Book - Una Ferita Italiana". Lisa Camillo. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  10. "About The Film". Balentes. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  11. Camillo, Lisa (2019-04-12), Balentes Director Lisa Camillo speaks at the Parliament, retrieved 2020-11-15
  12. "Postcards From Tomorrow". Postcards From Tomorrow. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  13. "Witness | Documentary News | Al Jazeera". Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  14. Camillo, Lisa (2013-06-29), Live Through This, retrieved 2020-11-15
  15. Camillo, Lisa (2017-12-14), BONESHAKER- Catherine Britt (excerpt), retrieved 2020-11-15
  16. Camillo, Lisa (2016-07-26), REQUIEM- One Long Continuous Shot, retrieved 2020-11-15
  17. Camillo, Lisa (2018-04-05), Balentes - The Brave Ones Official Trailer, retrieved 2020-11-15
  18. "EMERGENCY 112". AGAINST THE TIDE FILMS. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  19. "Award to Balentes - The Brave Ones | International Uranium Film Festival". Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  20. Globa347_wp. "Awards of Merit January 2020". Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  21. Gregory, Helen (2019-11-14). "Newcastle Italian Film Festival makes an offer you can't refuse". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  22. "Italian Film Festival USA". Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  23. "LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival". Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  24. "Italians Doc It Better". MIA | Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  25. "Balentes - The Brave Ones". Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  26. "Single Film". Palace Cinemas. Retrieved 2020-11-15.

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