With 23 years working in entertainment and media Arlene started her career as a lighting and set design for raves and private parties.
She was part of the CLR and Touchdown FM pirate radio station collective from 1989 and went on to qualify in 1993 as a theatre lighting designer. Fortunately a fear of heights led her to a more down-to-earth medium in film.
Having gained experience in various roles it wasn’t until she worked with Mmoloki Chrystie on his first short film Backslang in 1994 that she decided to get “serious” about writing and production. Several music videos for Sleepwalker, Giantkind and Donna D followed and a short film called Thatcher’s Children.
This was while developing a blossoming career in TV production for The Studio and The Sci-Fi Channel working on psychotic shows like; Headf**k and Saiko Exciting. In 1994 she met Jessie Grace Mellor and together they edited Jessie's first short film Terra Firma. A West End screening later, and a number of other projects including Before They Were Dubz and the idea for Coming Up was realised.
Arlene now works for the Locomotion family in the heart of Soho. Her short film The Problem with Butterflies is in pre-production and she is currently working on a screenplay for a comedy The King Of Euston Road and a psychological thriller To The Depths of Silver Water.