Elisha is half american and half german and grew up on army bases around the world. Her film obsession may have begun as a toddler when her parents thought she was asleep in a cinema where they were watching Friday the 13th. Or it might’ve been on summer’s evenings at drive-in cinemas sat on the roof of her Dad’s car. Either way, film has always been emotive, memorable and transportive for this director who splits her time between London and Berlin.
From that early love of image came the pursuit of photography. Her work capturing the gothic anarchy of Berlin’s music scene in the early 2000s led to a place studying photography at the city’s prestigious Lette Verien. Not to mention a short-lived music career as the screaming front woman of an art punk band…
And so, after she graduated and the band split, Elisha had her work published in magazines such as Dazed & Confused, Bon and 032.c, before returning her focus to moving image. Since, Elisha has directed commercials, fashion films and experimental shorts that have toured the world with Diane Pernet’s “A Shaded View of Fashion Film Festival”, appeared in Nick Knight and ShowStudio’s exhibition “The Fashion Body” and in the V&A’s “Britain is Making It.
If she was rich she’d collect furniture (anything from the 1920s to the 1970s). If she weren’t a director she’d be travelling to Morocco to learn how to weave carpets. But it’s behind the camera, creating rhythmic, engaging films that is where she wants to be. “It gives you license to stare. To really look at people. And to wonder ‘what is their story..?”