Shehani is an award-winning immersive producer / director based in London, passionate about innovative forms of storytelling that combine documentary practice with new technologies.
Most recently she produced ‘The Waiting Room VR’ with BAFTA-winning director Victoria Mapplebeck about her personal journey of breast cancer which premieres at the Venice Film Festival.
She has worked in a number of roles at The Guardian, including acting Head of Audio where she managed a team of audio producers and exec produced their podcast output (8 shows a week including Politics, Science and Books).
From 2016-18 she directed VR experiences for the Guardian’s in-house VR studio. The work ranged from interactive experiences for Google Daydream to 360 films, using techniques like motion capture, Tiltbrush animation and lidar scanning. The pieces have toured to festivals worldwide including Hot Docs and IDFA and have been exhibited at the Phi Centre in Montreal.
‘Limbo’, a virtual experience of seeking asylum, has won numerous awards including the main VR award at the Transatlantyk festival and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (2018). ‘The Party’ which puts the viewer in the position of an autistic teenager won the VR Expo’s Immersive music and audio design award (2018).
She spent many years shooting and editing hundreds of short films on a range of topics from politics to the arts for The Guardian, covering global news stories such as the US election in 2008, Wikileaks revelations and the Arab Spring. She is passionate about the arts and has filmed with contributors such as Rem Koolhaus, Terence Conran, Jeremy Deller and Marina Abramovich. She also co-produced an augmented audio app which brought to life the dynamic history of London's King's Cross.
She has lectured on VR at Royal Holloway University, University of the West of England and StoryFutures Academy, as well as serving on the jury for the Encounters Film Festival and Amnesty International Media Awards.