Amma Asante

Writer-Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Natasha Galloway
Assistant: Talia Tobias

Film, TV & Theatre

Writer/Director, Amma Asante began her film and television career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the GRANGE HILL.  She fronted the "Just Say No"campaign of the 1980s and was one of nine Grange Hill children to take it to the White House. She went on to appear in other British television series including DESMOND'S (Channel 4) and BIRDS OF A FEATHER (BBC1), and was a Children's Channel presenter for a year.

Asante left the world of acting and made the move to screenwriting with a development deal from Chrysalis, two series of the urban drama BROTHERS AND SISTERS followed, which Asante wrote and produced for her production company and BBC2.

A WAY OF LIFE was her directorial debut, premiering at The Toronto Film Festival and winning 17 international awards for  writing and directing including The London Film Festival's inaugural Alfred Dunhill UK Film Talent Award, The Times Breakthrough Artist of the Year at The South Bank Show Awards and the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Writer/Director in a debut film. The film also won Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema at the Miami International Film Festival, Best Feature at the FIPRESCI and 4 BAFTA Cymru awards including Best Director and Best Film.

Asante's second feature BELLE is based on a true story, developed with producer Damian Jones and produced by The BFI, Pinewood Pictures, Isle of Man Film, and Bankside Films, She continues to write and is currently developing her third feature film.

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WHERE HANDS TOUCH

Tantrum Films

Writer/Director
Prod: Charlie Hanson

Film

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A UNITED KINGDOM

2015

Pathe

Director
Prods: Brunson Green, Peter Heslop, Charlie Mason, Rick McCallum, Justin Moore-Lewy
(with Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael)

BELLE

2014

Isle of Man Film / Head Gear Films / Pinewood Studios

Director
Prod: Damian Jones
(with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, Penelope Wilton, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson)

A WAY OF LIFE

2004

AWOL Films / Tantrum Films

Writer / Director
Prods: Patrick Cassavetti, Peter Edwards, Charlie Hanson
(with Brenda Blethyn)