Laura Kirwan-Ashman

Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Co-Founder

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

Projects credited in

About me

I am a writer-director whose work focuses on Blackness, queerness, and the female experience. My roots are in DIY filmmaking; in 2015 I co-founded female film collective Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah, writing and appearing in our web series of the same name. I was chosen for the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing programme, BBC Comedy Writersroom, Channel 4 Commissioning Mentorship, and the 2018 BFI NETWORK @ LFF programme. I have spoken on panels, taught, programmed, and shown my work at the V&A, ICA, LSFF, LOCO Film Festival, Underwire Festival, and the BFI. My directorial debut MAGIC, a short doc about self-care and Black women, won the Eye Want Change smartphone filmmaking competition. I was recently funded to direct another short doc, PXSSY PALACE, by Converse who chose me as one of 25 female community leaders for their Spark Progress campaign. My debut feature film as a writer-director is currently in development with the BFI.

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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

People I’ve worked with

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. I was recently funded to direct another short doc, PXSSY PALACE, by Converse who chose me as one of 25 female community leaders for their Spark Progress campaign. My debut feature film as a writer-director is currently in development with 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. I was chosen for the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme and the BBC Comedy Writersroom scheme, and have written a Channel 4 Random Acts short. I am also a Channel 4 Commissioning Mentor.

2017

Apr 2015 - Aug 2017
  • 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 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.

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

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

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.