Shehani Fernando is a freelance filmmaker, photographer and multimedia journalist based in London.
She currently works as a producer/director of VR experiences for the Guardian. Her recent VR work includes ‘Limbo’ - a virtual experience of seeking asylum, and ‘The Party’, a 360 film seen through the eyes of an autistic teenager.
Previously, she worked for BBC London and independent TV production companies in both news and documentaries. After gaining a masters in photojournalism at LCC, she spent nearly six years at The Guardian where she filmed and directed over 350 short films on a variety of subjects, ranging from current affairs to arts features. Over this time she covered global news stories ranging from the US elections to the aftermath of the Tunisian revolution and the Wikileaks revelations. She also made numerous arts films with contributors such as Grayson Perry, Terence Conran and Jeremy Deller, and covered events such as Cannes film festival, Mercury Music Prize and the Festival in the Desert.
As a special projects producer for the Guardian, she oversaw visually rich multimedia interactives and co-produced a geo-located audio app about Kings Cross.
In 2011 she filmed and directed a documentary, 'Mohamad at Eton', for Al Jazeera English's 'Witness' strand, produced by the award-winning Minnow films. She has also worked as a creative producer managing projects such as a bespoke cinematic dining experience for Great British Chefs, and an art exhibition about the Kullu Valley which took place at the Prince’s Drawing School in Shoreditch.
She is interested in different forms of storytelling but particularly those that combine documentary practice with new technologies.