Ruba Nadda was born in Montreal and studied English Literature at York University and then took a 6 week course in film production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She made several award winning short films, including Lost Woman Story (96), Do Nothing (97), Interstate Love story (97), Wet heat drifts through the afternoon (97), So Far Gone (98), Damascus Nights (98), I would suffer cold hands for you (99) Black September (99) Laila (99), Slut (99) and Aadan (04) before writing and directing the features Sabah (05), Cairo Time (09) which earned Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival and Rotten Tomatoes best reviewed film (Romance) of 2010, Inescapable (12) and now October Gale (14). Next up for Nadda is ELISABETH, an original hour-long romantic drama for HBO with Patricia Clarkson attached to star. Details on the plot are currently being kept under wraps. Alan Poul (“The Newsroom”) is attached as executive producer, along with Clarkson and Nadda.