Michelle – Michela Carattini
The daughter of an Australian ballerina and a Panamanian-American intelligence officer,Michela grew up in Germany and made her film debut at the age of fourteen, featuring in The Houston Grand Opera’s internationally televised stage-movie, Street Scene. She studied at New York’s famed conservatory, The American Musical Dramatic Academy, and went on to graduate from Ivy League College, Columbia University and earn a Masters of Criminology at The University of Sydney. Compelled to improve the plight of trafficked peoples, Michela took several years’ break from acting to tackle the issue as a social worker. Returning with some incredible life experience, Michela now explores the human psyche through the art of acting.
The challenging role of ‘Michelle’ in 54 Days marks Michela’s second starring role in an independent feature. Her other recent film credits include starring as the charismatic and beautiful American psychiatrist ‘Sam’ in The 33rd Wedding, romantic French backpacker ‘Lauren’ in the French Art-Cinema short Le Matinal, the savvy business woman ‘Lana’ trying to break into the boy’s club in the avant-garde short Sweet Disposition, the epitome of altruistic strength as the ‘Mother’ in the live-animation short Papa’s Sonata and tough Aussie cop ‘Joyce’ in the bitter-sweet comedy short Busted. TV credits include CU2054, It’s A Dole Life, Strangers with Candy, and Third Watch. She has appeared on stage world-wide, including in Cabaret (‘Helga’, Off-Broadway), Angels in America (‘The Angel’, NYC), Godspell (‘Sonia’, Germany), Alice In Wonderland (‘Alice’, US Tour), Goodbye Charlie (‘Charlie’, FSTC, Sydney), Maria Stuart (‘Mary Stuart’, FSTC, Sydney), and The Student Prince at the Heidelberg Castle in Germany.