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Jessica Townsend

Agent:  Julian Friedmann

  Biography: Jessica began her career as a theatre writer where she was seen as an original and distinctive new voice. Her first two places won her a BBC film commission, the Peggy Ramsay prize and a commission to write a series for Channel 4. She was writer in residence for both Hampstead Theatre and the National Studio. Her early success led to many commissions with both TV and film.

Five years ago, alongside her writing career, she began making films as a writer-director. So far she has made four short films that have been shown in festivals across the world and garnered a number of prizes. She now teaches directing at the Met Film School and continues to work as a commissioned feature film writer. She is also developing two feature scripts for herself as a writer-director.


BENEDICT'S BROTHER. Commission to adapt the best-selling novel by Tricia Walker as a feature film script for Tikaro Media Ltd.  


DOGBOY. Short film.

Director mentor at Met Film School BA programme. 

15 SECONDS. Wrote/produced/directed comedy short. 15 SECONDS appeared in LA Shorts festival and won best International Film Trimedia Colorado as well as appearing in several London festivals. Saline drama short in London Independent and East End festivals. Places on three feature development schemes as an emerging talent: the Bureau's SOS scheme, LFS's Hothouse programme and Warp's ReAnimate.

TREVOR. Thriller. Shortlisted for BBC/Film London Microwave budget feature project.

SALINE. Wrote and, after securing Film London Borough Funding, directed short film.

Director mentor for 6-week Film Council children's scheme for two films in Scotland.

4 CONVERSATIONS. Won Best First Time Director at DC Shorts competition. Also shown at Cannes, Marbella, LA Shorts & La Femme Beverly Hills and broadcast on American's NBC.

The film now has a distribution deal. Also as a writer selected for C4 talent scheme Coming Up.

FALCON. Feature commission for Norasco Films.

TAKING THE CREDIT. Commission for 90-min TV film for C4/Granada.

THE FIRST SNOW. Play workshop.

4 CONVERSATIONS. Wrote & directed 15-minute film about love. Won Best First Time Director at DC Shorts competition 2007. Also shown at Cannes, Marbella, LA Shorts & La Femme Beverly Hills and broadcast on American's NBC. The film now has a distribution deal.