Films

 
 
 

Screenwriter

FILM

BARE HANDS
Adaptation of novel Mani Nude by Paola Barbato
Director: Stefano Sollima - Producer: Gina Gardini/ Cattleya Films

CUCKOO
Original feature. Hayley Attwell attached.
Directors: Francesca Brill and Luke Watson Producer: Alexandra Stone/ CMP Films
This script was on the Brit List

THE MARVELLOUS MABEL STARK
Adaptation of the novel by Robert Hough
Producer: Miriam Segal/ Tailor-Made Films
This script was on the Brit List

THE BAIT
Feature rewrite
Producers: Eric Eisner & Aimee Peyronnet/ Peyronnet Pictures

STRAY
Feature adaptation of novel PURRL by Vicky Allan
Director: Dawn Shadforth - Producer: Recorded Picture Company

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY
Feature adaptation (rewrite) of novel by Libba Bray
Director: Charles Sturridge - Producer: Icon Entertainment

TELEVISION

THE HUSH
4 x 1hr episodes. co-created, written and directed with Luke Watson
Producers: Noel Clarke, Jason Maza, Alexandra Stone for Unstoppable and All3 Media

THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES
Feature-length episode of the crime serial
Season 2, Episode 2 - “In The Presence of the Enemy”
Director: Brian Stirner - Producer: Ruth Baumgarten/ BBC TV

TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL
2 x 1hr episodes of original television series
Director: Ciaran Donnelly (lead) - Producer: De Angelis Media/ RAI Television (Italy)

Author

 
  • LOUISA YOUNG
    The Harbour is an exceptional first novel: an intelligent romance immersed in its historical setting, and with a thread of steel running through it. Layers of race (Chinese, Japanese, English, American), of role (victim, observer, contender, survivor, soldier, spy, revolutionary) and of sex, politics and sexual politics meld to make a much tougher, more interesting novel than a casual glance might suggest. We need more love stories like this.
    LOUISA YOUNG
    author ‘My Dear I Wanted To Tell You'
  • MARK MILLS
    A haunting tale of love’s struggle to survive against all odds. A bold and beautifully written debut.
    MARK MILLS
    author ‘The Savage Garden'
  • ROSIE ALLISON
    A fiercely imagined and deeply felt story of complicated wartime love. I could see every scene.
    ROSIE ALLISON
    author ‘The Very Thought Of You’
  • Karen Robinson
    This is a powerful novel of depth and intensity and one that subtly changes mood from cocktail-and-opium-fuelled larks to despair and degradation.
    Karen Robinson
    SUNDAY TIMES
  • Charlotte Vowden
    This is a tumultuous, passionate, fierce story of wartime love. Verdict: 5/5
    Charlotte Vowden
    DAILY EXPRESS
  • Eithne Power
    With shocking vividness Brill describes the violence and deprivation of the occupation and sensitively explores the compromises, both moral and emotional, of people caught up in desperate situations. It is a romantic novel, but it’s tough and tragic too, a gritty tale of passion and wartime endurance.
    Eithne Power
    DAILY MAIL BOOK OF THE WEEK
  • SAM
    There were several nights where I thought to myself ‘just one more chapter’ and ended up reading well into the night. A story of passion, emotion, survival and above all love, The Harbour was a fantastic debut. I’ll be waiting eagerly to see what Francesca Brill has in store next.
    SAM
    SAM STILL READING
  • Louise Heinrich
    Stevie and Harry’s tale of love is gives a big middle finger to the uptight morals imported by expat British high society....The Harbour’s steamy evocation of Hong Kong will satisfy any would-be traveller. A screenwriter by trade, Brill’s writing exhibits vibrant visual representations of China’s island colony. Via Stevie and Harry we see the landscape and culture through eyes of outsiders.
    Louise Heinrich
    LIP LIT

Francesca Brill

Francesca trained at RADA as an actor and worked extensively in film, television and theatre before studying screenwriting at the NFTS. Her writing projects have been commissioned by major companies in the UK, US and Europe.

She is co-creating, writing and directing THE HUSH, a television series in development with All3 Media and Unstoppable.

Her short films as writer/director include EXPECTING (broadcast by Channel 4, shortlisted by the BFI New Directors Scheme and screened at many festivals) and LEO AND THE VIRGIN, short-listed by the American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Most recently she directed CHACONNE which is screening at festivals around the world and so far has picked up various nominations for Best Score and Best Actress.

Her feature CUCKOO co-written with Luke Watson was developed by the BFI and voted onto the Brit List for best as-yet un-produced screenplays.

Her first novel THE HARBOUR is published worldwide by Bloomsbury and was chosen as an Amazon Rising Star.

Francesca was invited to participate in the BFI program ‘Filmonomics’ designed to promote female and BAME directors. She is a member of Directors UK.

Contact

FILM & TELEVISION

AGENT
Emily Smith
The Agency
24 Pottery Lane
London W11 4LZ
emsith@theagency.co.uk

BOOKS

AGENT
Caroline Wood
Felicity Bryan
2a North Parade Avenue
Oxford OX2 6LX
caroline@felicitybryan.com