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Laura Kirwan-Ashman

Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Co-Founder

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsFounder & Executive - Writer - Director

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About me

Laura Kirwan-Ashman is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and co-founder of female film collective Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah. She wrote and appears in the collective's first project, a web series by the same name. The collective has been featured in Dazed, i-D, gal-dem, and ASOS print magazine, amongst others, and they were ambassadors for Monki's 10 Year #Monkifesto campaign. The web series has been screened at Brainchild Festival, The Floating Cinema, Hackney Attic Film Festival, and Underwire Festival. They have run workshops and programmes for the V&A Museum and the BFI. Laura's directorial debut 'MAGIC' - a short documentary on the importance of self-care for Black womxn - won the Eye Want Change smartphone filmmaking competition, and has been screened at the ICA and the V&A. Last year she wrote the treatment for and art-directed the music video for Big Bug's single Automobile which premiered on DIY. She was chosen to take part in the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme. Run by LOCO, the CTBF, and in association with Big Talk, Laura has been funded to develop her TV comedy pilot script which deals with race in post-Brexit Britain. Laura is passionate about blackness, queerness, the female experience, and DIY filmmaking. She has spoken on panels at the V&A, LCC, and BFI, to name a few, has appeared on BBC Woman's Hour, and has written for gal-dem and Dazed.

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Skills

  • Digital Media
  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Author
  • Critic
  • Screenwriting
  • Video
  • Creative
  • Proofreading
  • Web Content
  • Popular Culture
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Word
  • Writing
  • Directing
  • Public Speaking
  • Script Editing
  • Script Reader
  • Treatment Writing

Work history

Currently

Script Reader

Film4

May 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I read and reviewed speculative scripts, providing a synopsis, analysing the execution of concept, structure, dialogue and characterisation, and assessing both the script and the writer's potential for development.

Currently

Director

Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah

Mar 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • My directorial debut 'MAGIC' - a short documentary on the importance of self-care for Black womxn - won the Eye Want Change smartphone filmmaking competition, and has been screened at the ICA and the V&A.

Currently

Co-founder

Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah

Apr 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Co-founded this female film collective with two friends. Our first project, a web series of the same name, was launched in 2016. We have since made short films, fiction and documentary, and a music video. The collective has been featured in Dazed, i-D, gal-dem, and ASOS print magazine, amongst others, and they were ambassadors for Monki's 10 Year #Monkifesto campaign. The web series has been screened at Brainchild Festival, The Floating Cinema, Hackney Attic Film Festival, and Underwire Festival. We have run workshops and programmes for the V&A Museum and the BFI.

Currently

Screenwriter

Laura Kirwan-Ashman

Apr 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Completed a short screenwriting course at Central Saint Martins in 2014 and have been screenwriting ever since. My first project was a web series made with my female film collective Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah in 2015, launched 2016. In October 2017 I was chosen for the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme, and have been developing my TV pilot script with a script editor and Big Talk Productions.

Education

2011

BA(Hons) Theatre and Performance

University of Leeds

Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • First Class Honours

Awards

2017

Eye Want Change Smartphone Filmmaking Competition

Eye Want Change

  • My short documentary about the importance of self-care for young black womxn, made on an iPhone, won first place. It has been screened at the ICA and the V&A Museum.

2016

Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme

LOCO, CTBF, Big Talk Productions

  • I was chosen to take part in the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme. Run by LOCO, the CTBF, and in association with Big Talk, I was funded to develop my TV comedy pilot script which deals with race in post-Brexit Britain.