Gianluigi Perrone is an Italian screenwriter, producer and director based in Beijing. He has been working in the film industry for 15 years, trying to bring to life disruptive projecst that combine the commercial appeal of genre entertainment with the innovation of experimentation.
After studying psychoanalysis and neurology at medical school, Gianluigi turned his passion for cinema and art into his work as an author for one of the first satellite networks in Italy. He became a journalist and film critic for the most prestigious film magazines in Italy (Nocturno, Taxi Drivers, Best Movie).
Gianluigi's first film, Morituris, following a new exploitation trend, opening a debate about the limits of what it was allowed to shoot, and becoming popular in the underground worldwide. It was claimed as a "Pasolini" film, and became the first banned film in Italy in 20 years, forcing the bureau of censorship to reconsider their old policies. Gianluigi changed direction in genre but not in process with Ritual - a mystic fairytale based on the folklore of rural northeast Italy. He had the chance to work with some of his main influences: Jeff Gross, the screenwriter for Roman Polanski, and with Alejandro Jodorowsky
After moving to China, Gianluigi first experienced Chinese production with the awarded Song of Silence, a delicate tale of humanity in rural China, very distant from his usual genre but with many of the elements he had been used to dealing with: the role of women in society, relationships between family and abortion, and lack of communication. Since then, Gianluigi has experienced the Chinese film industry at every level, bridging for coproductions, distributions and festivals; also working at the diplomatic level with the European Union Delegation, where he found the way to deal with the strong Chinese censorship to bring sensitive contents never seen before in the big screen of the Mainland. He produced the independent flick Beijing Being, first LGBT Chinese film directed by a foreigner woman – way too extreme for the usual Chinese distributions.
Gianluigi is a senior screenwriting teacher at the Beijing Film Academy. While working on an international thriller set in the decadent Beijing with the producer Kim DJ, Gianluigi started his adventure in virtual reality, developing his own method of storytelling and production, Dogma VR, and helming the first VR co-productions with China in the industry of 360. In China he founded the company Polyhedron VR Studio. The 7th Night of Thelema, an original VR piece with a Twin Peaks-style setting, and Come Closer, a metatextual sci-fi piece about artificial reality, premiered at Cannes and are traveling for festivals and new media events. His latest work, Transcend, about Tibetan Meditation, is currently in post production.