Laura Kirwan-Ashman

Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Co-Founder

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsScreenwriter - Film 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 was funded to develop her TV comedy pilot script which deals with race in post-Brexit Britain. More recently she was chosen for the BBC Comedy Writersroom, the Channel 4 Commissioning Mentor Scheme, and 2018’s BFI NETWORK@LFF programme. She has several TV projects in the works and the BFI is developing her first feature film. 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

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        Work history

        Currently

        Script Reader

        Film 4

        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

        For myself

        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

        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

        For myself

        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

        Leeds University

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

        Awards

        2017

        Eye Want Change Smartphone Filmmaking Competition

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        • 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

        London Comedy Film Festival

        • 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.