Jemma Kennedy

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Giles Smart
Associate Agent: Jennifer Thomas

Film, TV & Theatre

Jemma Kennedy is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Her first novel, SKYWALKING was published in 2003, and she has been writing for the stage since 2004. She was awarded a Jerwood Arvon Young Playwrights Apprenticeship in 2006 and was Pearson playwright in residence at the National Theatre in 2010.

Recent plays include: THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (Unicorn Theatre); THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY (Lost Theatre Studio, Los Angeles); DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS for National Theatre Connections, THE SUMMER BOOK (Unicorn Theatre), THE GIFT for the Hoard Festival (New Vic Theatre)  and SECOND PERSON NARRATIVE for Tonic Theatre’s inaugural Platform play series. She is currently writing her first stage musical ELECTRIC LADIES for Universal Music and her play GENESIS INC will be produced this summer at the Hampstead Theatre, directed by Laurie Sansom.

Jemma is an accomplished adaptor for the screen. Jemma’s first feature film, CAPTAIN WEBB, was released in 2015. Other work includes Barbara Pym’s novel EXCELLENT WOMEN for Raindog/ BBC Films and CROOKED HEART by Lissa Evans for Braven/ BBC Films. Jemma will also adapt Iris Murdoch's THE SEA, THE SEA for BBC Television.

In Development

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EXCELLENT WOMEN

Raindog Films / BBC Films

Feature film adaptation of Barbara Pym's novel

LAST CHRISTMAS

Solution 3 Productions / BFI

Feature film
Dir. Amanda Boyle

THE EDUCATION OF MARY

Solution 3 Productions

Feature film

CROOKED HEART

BBC Films / Braven Films

Feature film adaptation of Lissa Evans's novel

THE SEA THE SEA

Archery Pictures

TV adaptation of the Iris Murdoch novel

UNTITLED THEATRE COMMISSION

2018

Unicorn Theatre

Film

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CAPTAIN WEBB

2015

Prod. John Toba, Justin Hardy

Dir. Justin Hardy
Starring Hannah Tointon and Warren Brown

Theatre

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GENESIS INC.

2018

Hampstead Theatre

Dir. Laurie Sansom

SECOND PERSON NARRATIVE

Tonic Theatre

Script commission as part of the Play for Platform Series
Published by Nick Hern Books

THE GIFT

New Vic Theatre (Stoke-on-Trent)

Dir. Gemma Fairlie
Part of a festival of plays inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard

THE SUMMER BOOK

2014

Unicorn Theatre

Based on The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Dir. Douglas Rintoul

DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS

2013

National Theatre / NT Connections 2013

Published by Methuen Drama (as part of NT Connections 2013 collected works)

THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY

2013

Lost Theatre, Los Angeles

Dir. John Pleshette

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER

2012

Unicorn Theatre

Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Dir, Selina Cartmell
Published by Methuen Drama

Radio

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HOW TO REMEMBER THE DEAD

2007

BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

Other

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SOHO 6 SCHEME

2011

Soho Theatre Company