Zillah is a filmmaker and writer. She studied at the National Film and Television School before working as a cinematographer, then as a director. Her debut as a director, SMALL PROTESTS, was nominated for a Grierson Award, and won the Current Short Cuts Award and Best Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival.
She has worked as a director on several documentary series for BBC and Channel 4, among others, and has collaborated regularly with Turner prize-winning artist Martin Creed on films and music videos. As a cinematographer, her feature films include ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, which won the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
Zillah won The Wordsworth Trust Prize in 2017 for END OF AUGUST. She was shortlisted, among others, for the Manchester Poetry Prize in 2018, judged by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Alpine Fellowship in 2018 and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2016. She won a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales in 2017 to develop a film series using her own writing.
She is currently developing several fiction film projects as writer/director and completing her first poetry collection. She has taught at the National Film and Television School and several other institutions as well as the LFS.