Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Nick Hitchcock

Film, TV & Theatre

Named as Broadcast 'Hotshots' 2013, selected for Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2012 and listed in the the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist in 2017, Jessica and Henrietta wrote their first script THE SHAKESPEARE CLUB – a farce about authorship controversy – at the age of 15.

Their feature script OLIVIA & JIM was placed third on the Brit List in 2011 and is currently in development with producer Ivana Mackinnon supported by the BFI. Following on from their TV work on the third series of FRESH MEAT and the BAFTA-winning DIXI (CBBC), Jessica and Henrietta are now writing on the second series of Phoebe Waller Bridge’s KILLING EVE and developing projects with Warp, BBC TV and Films, The BFI, Baby Cow, and their first US Project, ‘CODE NAME VERITY’, with New York-based company Levantine Films.

Jessica also works as an actress, appearing in Julian Jarrold’s BECOMING JANE and writing and performing with sketch group The Dudes. Henrietta directed their Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 'Best Debut' award-winning show CALL OF DUDEY last year, and is a graduate from the University of Sussex. She was awarded the prestigious Arts & Humanities Research Council Award scholarship and studied for a Masters in Film at University College London, completing it in 2013 with a Distinction.

The Ashworths are starting to develop their first directorial work in 2018, with a feature called SIREN, about a young girl who develops terrifying powers, produced by Helen Gladders of Gingerbread Pictures.  

 

In Development

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WEIRD

2018

Sarah Brocklehurst/BFI

A high school comedy about a teenage girl who fakes her Facebook profile in order to be popular then struggles to live up to the lies she's posted. Tim Kirkby attached to direct.

CODE NAME VERITY

2018

Levantine Films

Feature adaptation of the WW2-set YA novel by Elizabeth E. Wein.

QUEEN'S GAMBIT

2018

Baby Cow/Magnolia Mae Films

Adaptation of Elizabeth Fremantle's novel, which looks at the life of Henry VIII's last wife, Katherine Parr. Produced by Gaby Tana.

UNTITLED NATSAL PROJECT

2018

Fable Pictures / BBC Films

Feature film based on the true story of the first National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles undertaken by four women in 1986 due to an urgent need for information on the emergence of HIV/AIDS.

OLIVIA & JIM

2018

Equation Pictures/Stray Bear/BFI

Comedy-drama feature. OLIVIA & JIM featured 3rd on 'The Brit List' 2011.

THE SUPERLUMINAL COMMUNICATOR

2018

Roads Entertainment

Original feature, written with Andrew Legge.

US VS THE WORLD

2018

Warp/C4

TV pilot.

CLOVIS TEAZLE

2018

Element Pictures/IFB

Original Sci-Fi feature developed with director Andrew Legge.

KILLING EVE S2

2018

Sid Gentle

Film

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TELL IT TO THE BEES

2018

Archface/BFI

Written by Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth, Tell It To The Bees is the feature adaptation of Fiona Shaw's book of the same name, directed by Annabel Jankel and starring Anna Paquin and Holiday Grainger.

Television

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DIXI (Series 2)

2015

Kindle Entertainment/CBBC

- Wrote on series 2 of the BAFTA-winning online show

2014

Kindle Entertainment/CBBC

- Writers
- Online comedy-drama series
- Winner of Best Children's Interactive Show at BAFTA's Children's Awards 2014

FRESH MEAT (Series 3)

2013

Objective Productions/C4

Writers of episode 3

Short Films

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FAN GIRL

2015

- Writers and co-producers
- Directed by Kate Herron
- Starring Steve Oram
- A group of super-fans break into the house of a faded 90's popstar
- London Short Film Festival 2016: Best Comedy & Best Woman Director nominee
- LOCO Comedy Festival 2016: Discovery Award nominee
- Encounters Short Film Festival 2016: nominated for the Grand Prix Award
- Aesthetica Film Festival 2016: nominated for Best Comedy and the People's Choice Award
- Screened at East End Film Festival 2016 and Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival where its nominated for Best Short Film