Efisia Fele is a bilingual Italian-South African living in Melbourne, Australia. A filmmaker, photographer, musician, theatre maker, voice artist; a jack-of-all-trades with a broad range of skills and experiences, mostly within the performing arts and film.
Before finishing VCE, Efisia ventured into the world of independent theatre as Assistant Director and performer for an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. After graduating from high school, she found herself at the helm of a large cast and crew, directing and performing several roles in a sold out, three week season of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ at Chapel Off Chapel, that coincided with the film’s 30 year anniversary, in the year 2001. Efisia went on to direct several plays by Melbourne’s award winning playwright/screenwriter/novelist, Ray Mooney; including political satire, ‘Mouth Of The Dog’; and techno-thriller, ‘Cock-a-doodle-do’ in collaboration with the Melbourne Writers Theatre and La Mama.
In 2005, Efisia co-wrote an Australian Outback thriller screenplay titled ‘Lost Not Found’ and directed a short investment teaser to showcase the intended look and feel of the thriller, which features a score by John Roome. The teaser and concept for ‘Lost Not Found’ gained the interest of much of the international horror community and was quickly featured in Fangoria where she later became a contributor under her horror pseudonym, Penny B. Dreadful.
In late 2005, Efisia joined the ensemble cast of American feature-film trilogy, ‘Death Walks The Streets’ as ‘Danielle’ and her likeness was used for the eponymous, limited edition prequel comics; including the exclusive Wizard World edition’s cover of Issue #0.
Efisia has since been involved in several commercial and independent film projects, taking on various cast and crew roles. She has trained in physical theatre, Theatre of Cruelty, Butoh, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and gained qualifications in Stage Management, Special Effects and Prosthetics Makeup (theatre), Bachelor of Communications (Media).
Efisia established her photography and film production company, Dogstar Pictures in 2013, photographing bands and producing music videos which have premiered at the inaugural Melbourne Music Video Festival, aired on ABC TV’s cult programme ‘Rage’ and featured in local and international publications such as VICE, Faster/Louder, Beat and more. Dogstar Pictures was retired in 2020 after some fun years and projects.
In late 2013, Efisia was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurological chronic disease, with no known cure.
Efisia currently works around her MS as a voice over artist and is self-teaching to paint with oil.