Emma Sullivan

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Ceci Mazzarella

Film, TV & Theatre

Emma is a graduate of the National Film and Television School, where she was awarded a scholarship from the David Lean Foundation for her MA in Fiction Direction. She also has a BA Hons in Fine Art from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design and an MA in Communication, Art & Design from the Royal College of Art.

Emma’s short film, AFTER TOMORROW, was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, and won Best Short Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2009. That year she was also named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow.

In 2006-7 Emma took part in the Skillset Film Lab, a year-long series of collaborative workshops between actors and directors about screen acting. In 2008 she was selected for the Young Vic Genesis Directors’ project, and during 2010 and 2011 was mentored by director John Hillcoat on the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme. Emma was shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize, run in association with the BFI Film Fund.

Emma has directed Television drama for the BBC in recent years, and continues to write screenplays and make short films. She was recently chosen to make a short for Directors UK and ARRI as part of their Challenge Alexa competition. Her spoof comedy commercial, Find Your Feet, can be seen here.

Further links to Emma's work can be found here.

AFTER TOMORROW

There are few short films that put such a weight of narrative and emotional importance on a silent character, and fewer still that do so with such success. His single held look toward the end of the film not only explained the entire plot but it broke my heart and if that’s not a shining example of the power of cinema, then I don’t know what is. - Ben Blaine, Shooting People

Television

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CALL THE MIDWIFE

2017

Neal Street/BBC 1

Director, 1 episode.
Writer: Louise Ironside.
Producer: Annie Tricklebank.
Exec Producer: Pippa Harris.

4 O'CLOCK CLUB

2016

CBBC

Director, 4 episodes. BAFTA-nominated, CBBC Flagship comedy-musical show.
Producer: Dominic MacDonald.
Exec Producer: Connal Orton.

HOLBY CITY

2013

BBC

Director, 2 episodes.
Series Producer: Simon Harper.

DOCTORS

2011 - 2013

BBC 1/ BBC Birmingham

Director, 12 episodes.
Producers: Ella Kelly, Natasha Carlish.
Exec Producer: Mike Hobbs.

Short Films

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THE HOLE

2017

LAMDA

Director.
Writer: Shaun Prendergast.
Producer: Anthony Quinn.

THE STICK

2016

Writer and Director.
Selected for the London Short Film Festival 2017 and nominated for Best Lo-budget award.

2015

Writer and Director. Short spoof commercial.
One of five Challenge Alexa competition winners, run by Directors UK and ARRI.
*Selected for Save the Earth! Competition / Academy Awards Accredited® Short Shorts Film Festival Asia, Japan 2016.

2009

Wilder Films/Screen East

Writer and Director. 15' thriller. A man’s desperate attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife are repeatedly thwarted by the strange old lady whose B&B he is staying in. A thriller with a surprising yet moving denouement.
Starring Joseph Mawles, Kika Markham.
Producer: Annalise Davis.
Selected by British Council.
*Winner: Best Short Film, Edinburgh Film Festival, 2009. The jury’s verdict: "We felt that this film presented a unique perspective on a topic that is becoming increasingly familiar. The approach was cinematic and ambitious and the film showed a real understanding of the short form. An intelligent and engaging story, full of suspense; with some compelling central performances and a slickness of execution that is rare in the short film form."
*Nominated for Palme d’Or, 62nd Cannes Film Festival 2009, Official Shorts Competition.
*Winner: Best Youth Jury International Film prize, Curtocircuito, International Short Film
Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
*Nominated for Best Director, Grand OFF, World Film Awards, Poland.
*Jury Special Mention, Alcine, Madrid, Spain.
*Won Public Prize for Best Film, Une Nuit Trop Courte, Grenoble, France.
*In Competition at The Toronto CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, 2009.
Other festivals include:
*Brooklyn Film Festival, NY, USA, 2009.
*London Film Festival, UK, 2009.
*Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden, 2009.
*Sao Paulo Film Festival, Brazil, 2009.
*Expresión en Corto International Film Festival, Mexico, 2009.
*Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, 2009.
*Athens International Film Festival, Greece, 2009.
*Bristol Brief Encounters, UK, 2009.
*St John’s International Film Festival, Canada, 2009.
*Rehobath Festival, USA, 2009.
*Ismaila Film Festival, Egypt, 2009.
*Curto Circuito, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2009.
*Cinessonne, European Film Festival, France, 2009.
*Tinklai Film Festival, Lithuania, 2009.
*Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan, 2009.

2005

Writer and Director. 18' drama. A long English summer and Katie is bored. As a last resort, she seeks out sherry and companionship in Dorothy, her grandmother. Dorothy wants to go home, though, and the two form an unlikely alliance whose days are numbered.
Producer: Annalise Davis.
Graduation Film from National Film and Television School.
Selected by British Council.
*Screened at The Los Angeles Short Film Festival, 2005.
*Screened at Poitiers International Student Film Festival.

BULLETS FOR BEGINNERS

2004

Writer, Director, and Producer. 23'.
Friendship and unrequited love proves destructive between three self-conscious friends in London.

NUT?

2003

Writer and Director. 4' comedy. A man tries to conduct a date but is hindered by hallucinations of an ex-girlfriend.
Co-writer and producer: Annalise Davis.
*Shortlisted for the Edinburgh Film Festival, 2004.

RECEPTION

2003

Writer and Director. 3' experimental drama. A bloody fight takes place at a reception.
*Screened at Eat Our Shorts Festival at the National Film Theatre, London.

PEAS OR BEANS

2001

Writer, Director, and Producer. 7' comedy. A couple in crisis find an imaginary old lady interfering when they least expect it.
*Screened at The Show at the Royal College of Art, 2001.

OLD ENOUGH

2001

Writer, Director, and Producer. 3' drama. A man asks directions from a teenager. They find they’re going to same place, then he finds out the boy is his son – but won’t tell him. Three parts are played by one actor.
* Screened at Raindance and Onedotzero, 2001.

In Development

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TREAD SOFTLY

Creative England

Writer and Director. Feature film, in development.
A psychological thriller, set on the island of Menorca. When her business fails, Tess sets out to find her missing daughter, Edie, who was snatched 8 years ago. Convinced she has found her daughter, she entangles best friend, Lisa, in an increasingly dangerous situation of unravelling events

NOTHING HERE BUT FOR DOGS AND OLD PEOPLE

Writer and Director. Feature film, in development.
A coming of all ages story set in New York City, that follows the relationship of an uncle and his niece, from their first meeting when she is a rebel teenager and he a put-upon middle aged man, to when she is a put-upon middle aged mother, and he is the rebel septuagenarian.