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Caroline Hanania was born in Lebanon and educated in England. She later studied fine art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy. There, she spent a year working as assistant to the surrealist artist Mayo, whose costume designs were featured in Marcel Carné's classic Les enfants du paradis.
After then completing her B.A. at London's Camberwell School of Art, she began her design career in the London theater, and spent three years as resident designer with the Common Stock Theatre Company. She entered the film industry working with production designer Andrew McAlpine, as an art director on such movies as Alex Cox' Sid and Nancy and Clare Peploe's High Season.
In the two decades since, Ms. Hanania has been a production designer on feature films all over the world. She has enjoyed a long collaboration with director Peter Chelsom; their films together include Hear My Song, Funny Bones, The Mighty, Town & Country, Serendipity, and Shall We Dance.
Her other features as production designer include Pen Densham's Moll Flanders; John Duigan's The Leading Man; Mika Kaurismäki's L.A. Without a Map; and the top-rated telefilm The Five People You Meet in Heaven (directed by Lloyd Kramer).