Samona Naomi Williams

DIRECTOR/WRITER

Samona Naomi Williams is a sassy, fiery, passionate, TV, Music Video and Promo Director who has taken her talents to the big screen in a much anticipated debut.

 Reasonable Excuse was written, produced and directed by Samona who attached her unique flair and sexy energy to this ground-breaking thriller

FILM FESTIVAL

WHO IS LAILA?

—  Samona Naomi Williams, Director

“Why are women in films always

so obvious? Can't they be sexy

and REAL ” 

Natalie Floetry Stewart

ACTRESS

The phenomenal Floacist  from the duet Floetry has had no less than 6 Grammy nods, six Soul train awards, a NAACP nomination for Outstanding New Artist a standing ovation at BET's Walk of Fame: Tribute to Smokey Robinson, electrifying performances at the Essence Music Festival, Def Poetry Jam (HBO) and amongst other big names has written for the legendary Michael Jackson.

—  Name, Title

Some snap happy Behind the Scenes moments working on this incredible series. This was before social media , the good stuff, never before seen type stuff. Celebrities please don't sue me...

If someone had actually told me how much hard work making a short was I would have just gone to bed and hidden under the covers....

I'm so grateful to Natalie for taking off her shoes and running down freezing cold cobbled streets just so we could get the final scene. 

SHOLA AMA

ACTRESS

After spending 6 weeks in the top 10 with her astonishing debut single, YOU MIGHT NEED SOMEBODY, Shola Ama has gone from strength to strength, bagging a Brit Award and 2 MOBO’s. Shola has worked with such musical legends as Angie Stone, Babyface and David Foster.

 

Shola Ama plays, Nichola. The flirty, attention seeking friend of Laila who believes in love and is constantly trying to get her friend to learn to settle down.

If someone had actually told me how much hard work making a short was I would have just gone to bed and hidden under the covers....

The whole thing was a challenge I think the hardest part was having to do a whole bunch of jobs at once...putting on different heads pushes you close to insanity... 

It's time to take it back, way back...

 

Although my shiny heels don't give it away I started out in breakfast TV and paid my dues as a runner. Here's the moment I finally got to direct my own stuff after making MANY cups of tea .

This for me was an exorcism of that infuriating frustration that can happen within women when we're mastering the art of submission

When the Amazon Delivery Guy recognised my name from a Channel 4 Hip Hop Documentary I first thought,    " Get away from me you stalker"  and then, "Hey I need to move" and finally

 

"Oh, people know me for my work on Hip Hop that's cool" 

But, as much as I would love to think of myself as a Hip Hop TV Queen (self titled with a ring to it don't you think), the truth is, I'm really not and  I've worked in television on all kinds of projects from documentary to entertainment.

 Some of it  I'm proud of...

Oh and don't be afraid to let me know you recognise my name from some show I made. I promise to be flattered but don't be alarmed if I take a note of your name and blood type

Some snap happy Behind the Scenes moments working on this incredible series. This was before social media , the good stuff, never before seen type stuff. Celebrities please don't sue me...

"New York - Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do..." Alicia Keys

 

I loved it so much, I moved there and worked in some incredible Sky Scraper type offices with some "awesome" people.

 

On my 1st day my scary American boss asked,

 

"Samona, what you gonna do to make today YOUR day"

 

I'm still trying to figure it out...

A (nameless) celebrity really has asked to be carried down the stairs and for her room to be painted white and filled with puppies.

 

TV producers do really work out whether you can make it in the industry based on the colour you make their cup of tea.

 

The offices in New York may look shiny but they still have rats and cockroaches.

 

Reality TV stars are dellusional and I've got the scar from a punch in the face to prove it.

 

Only a worthless Reality TV star would lower themselves to actually punch a producer.

 

If you're really clever you can grab some sleep in the gallery after hours.

 

The sofa in the studio isn't just for sitting on.

 

TV producers keep a straight face when travelling in the lift with a superstar - never play poker with one.

 

I've had 'no life" for most of my life and if that doesn't prove my worth in the entertainment game I don't know what will...

 

 

TTV

It's time to take it back, way back...

 

Although my shiny heels don't give it away I started out in breakfast TV and paid my dues as a runner. Here's the moment I finally got to direct my own stuff after making MANY cups of tea .

I have NEVER been good at archiving my work so you're going to have to believe me when I say I've worked for all the major UK TV channels, Independents and some of the top US TV channels.

 

In case you don't believe me here's some things I could only know if I worked there.

Recent Work in Brief

Summer 2016 Scriptwriting & Music Video

Yes I'm at it again. Writing a feature film. So I guess you'll see it on screen in like 10 years, seriously its a looooong process. In the meantime I'll entertain you with a few music videos this summer.

Summer 2015 House Every Weekend Visuals

Sing it with me, "When it comes to..." If you don't know the single where have you been? Not only did it smash the UK Charts with a record breaking No 1 but it's gone Platinum. I've been involved with the Stage direction for the super talented producer of the track David Zowie as well as creating videos for the House Every Weekend brand.

I raved to these guys back in the day so was super excited to be asked to produce their video "Marimba" this year! Fun fact, the glasses in the video were 3D cinema glasses painted with black nailpolish. Well we weren't gonna smash up Ray Bans now were we...

I got really sick in 2010 and I've been battling it ever since. On the upside, I turned the pain into Art ,collaborated with a photographer friend and created a series of photographic images that were featured in top gallery exhibitions, BFI Southbank, Brick Lane Gallery, Tricycle Theatre   Saatchi online and Tate online and earned me a spot in the Guardian. Every day is still a struggle but such is the life of a caterpillar.

CANNES

& FILM PRESENTING

RED CARPET

MY OLD DAYS IN BREAKFAST TELLY

MY OLD DAYS IN BREAKFAST TELLY

THE START

MY VERY FIRST PRESENTING GIGS

MY VERY FIRST PRESENTING

CRYbaby Media Production and Mangement

© 2015 by Samonas World

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