Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth

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Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth

Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Nick Hitchcock

Film, TV & Theatre

Screen’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ 2012; Broadcast ‘Hotshots’ 2013; and listed in the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist in 2017, Jessica and Henrietta wrote their first script THE SHAKESPEARE CLUB – a farce about authorship controversy – aged 15. Their script OLIVIA AND JIM came third on the Brit List 2011 and is in development with Stray Bear. Following on from their TV work on the third series of FRESH MEAT and the BAFTA-winning DIXI, the Ashworths wrote on the second series of Phoebe Waller Bridge’s BAFTA-winning KILLING EVE for the BBC.

Their feature work includes an adaptation of QUEEN’S GAMBIT by Elizabeth Fremantle, that tells the story of Katherine Parr – the last wife of Henry VIII – which is in development with Gaby Tana and was featured on the Brit List 2018. That same year, their debut feature TELL IT TO THE BEES, adapted from Fiona Shaw’s novel of the same name, premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Daisy Allsop, Riverstone and the BFI, the film is directed by Annabel Jankel and stars Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger. 

Upcoming projects include an adaptation of David Gaffney’s graphic novel THE THREE ROOMS IN VALERIE’S HEAD for Wall to Wall, a dark comedy about relationships, memory, loneliness and obsession that explores the ways we remain haunted by our ex-lovers; an adaptation of Rebecca Stott’s IN THE DAYS OF RAIN for Company Television; an adaptation of Abrose Parry's The Way Of All Flesh for Sunny March; and a new TV pilot for Riverstone about a young woman who joins the WRNS during the First World War.

The Ashworths are now developing their debut directorial feature SIREN, about a young girl who develops terrifying powers, and have recently finished filming their short frim NIGHTBUS. Both projects were produced by Helen Gladders of Gingerbread Pictures.

In Development

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EDINBURGH SEVEN

2019

SunnyMarch

Adaptation of Ambrose Parry's The Way Of All Flesh

QUEEN'S GAMBIT

2019

Baby Cow

Adaptation of Elizabeth Fremantle's novel, which looks at the life of Henry VIII's last wife, Katherine Parr. Produced by Gaby Tana. Featured on the Brit List 2018

SIREN

2019

Gingerbread

Directors. About a young girl who develops terrifying powers

THE ISLAND

2019

World Productions

Episode 3

IN THE DAYS OF RAIN

2019

Company Television

Adaptation of In The Days Of Rain by Rebecca Stott

MAKING NOISE

2019

Stray Bear / BBC

Original series

I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW

2019

Warp

Original series

THREE ROOMS IN VALERIE'S HEAD

2019

Wall to Wall

Adaptation of David Gaffney's graphic novel Three Rooms in Valerie's Head

WEIRD

2019

Sarah Brocklehurst/BFI

A high school comedy about a teenage girl who fakes her online profile in order to be popular

OLIVIA & JIM

2019

Stray Bear/BFI

Comedy-drama. OLIVIA & JIM came third on 'The Brit List' 2011

Film

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TELL IT TO THE BEES

2019

Archface/BFI/Riverstone

Feature adaptation of Fiona Shaw's book of the same name, directed by Annabel Jankel and starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger. World premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Showcased at the 33rd BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2019

Television

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KILLING EVE Series Two

2019

Sid Gentle/BBC America

Episode 3, 'The Hungry Caterpillar'

DIXI (Series 2)

2015

Kindle Entertainment/CBBC

Series 2 of the BAFTA-winning online show

2014

Kindle Entertainment/CBBC

Winner of Best Children's Interactive Show at BAFTA's Children's Awards 2014

FRESH MEAT (Series 3)

2013

Objective Productions/Channel 4

Episode 3

Short Films

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NIGHTBUS

2019

Gingerbread

Directors. Horror film written by Jade Alexander

FAN GIRL

2015

Writer. Co-producers. Directed by Kate Herron and starring Steve Oram, FAN GIRL follows a group of super-fans who break into the house of a faded 90's popstar. Nominated for Best Comedy and Best Woman Director at the 2016 London Short Film Festival; nominated for the Discovery Award at LOCO Comedy Festival; nominated for the Grand Prix Award at Encounters Short Film Festival; nominated for Best Comedy and People's Choice Award at Aesthetica Film Festival; Screened at the East End Film Festival and Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Short Film