Lucille Sutherland

Development Associate


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About me

Most recently I was the Development Associate at Warp Films, where I started as an intern before I graduated from Falmouth University, four and a half years ago. I have since worked across both the film and television slates, on projects with producers as well as my own developments for the company. I follow projects from the early stages of development up to the beginning of production, giving constructive script notes through the various drafts (’71, The Last Panthers, Southcliffe). I attend and give written feedback at edit screenings to producers and financiers (Stone Roses: Made of Stone, For Those In Peril, Berberian Sound Studio). I am responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with talent, agents (literary, theatre, film and television) and commissioners on behalf of the company. I am continually sourcing talent and creating relationships with those writers and directors. My role is inherently wedded to storytelling, whether it is script editing existing work, or creating documents for self-generated ideas to pitch to the team and talent. Identifying gaps in the market and creating specific briefs to those gaps is integral to my role, whether it is sourcing existing material (articles, novels or lectures) to work from or researching the appropriate talent; writers, expert journalists or authors who will create an idea. Once projects are in development with a commissioner, my focus is on story lining and character development, addressing notes given by broadcasters or financiers and feeding back to the writer.


  • Film
  • TV
  • Pitching
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Script Editing
  • Final Draft
  • Script Analysis
  • Sourcing Talent
  • Project Development
  • Pitch Documents
  • Script Reports
  • Talent Relationships

Work history


Development Associate

WARP Films

Jan 2015 - Mar 2016
  • • Supporting producers on their projects and cultivating my own developments. • Developing relationships with new talent • Generating ideas for development, to attach talent and pitch to commissioners • Detailed script notes for producers and writers • Script meetings with talent • Reading of scripts, treatments and novels and writing script/book reports. • Meeting with agents and discussing new and emerging talent • Working across the film and television development slates with other developers • Covering screenings, lectures, shorts, theatre and comedy shows. • Tracking live commissions • Submitting applications on behalf of the company for development funding (BFI, Creative Scotland) • Research on initial ideas and/or on-going projects.


Development Assistant

WARP Films

Aug 2011 - Dec 2014
  • • Initial assessment of submissions such as scripts and reels • Development assistant on scripts (Yann Demange’s ’71) • General support on productions (Shane Meadows’ Stone Roses, Berberian Sound Studio) • Writing script reports and notes on projects in development • Co-ordinating weekly development meetings • Managing the film and television slates • Creating talent lists for playwrights, screenwriters and directors • Assisting in the delivery of the productions to financiers and broadcasters • Researching novels and their rights availabilities • Attending screenings, events, plays and exhibitions.


WARP Films Internship

WARP Films

May 2010 - Mar 2011
  • Two 3-week placements in Warp Films London office. My role consisted of general assistance to producers, business affairs and the development team, as well as sourcing and assessing reels, scripts, rights for novels and administrative tasks.


Production Runner & On-set Runner

E4 and Kissanut Productions

Feb 2011 - Feb 2011
  • For the Pilot of The Midnight Beast for E4, produced by Warp Films. I later assisted in the development of both series for the channel.


Festival Co-ordinator Assistant

Cornwall Film Festival

Nov 2009 - Nov 2009
  • Involved with the co-ordination of talent: organising their travel, schedules and accommodation during the festival.



Film Studies

University College Falmouth

Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
  • Practical and Theoretical Film Studies


English Literature, Media Studies and History

Wallington High Scool For Girls

Aug 2006 - May 2008
  • A levels (B, B, C, C)