Ruth Platt

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Sean Gascoine
Associate Agent: Amy Sparks

Film, TV & Theatre

Ruth Platt read English Literature at University College Oxford after a comprehensive school education. She then went on to win a scholarship at RADA, leaving in her second year to set up a theatre company. She adapted Richard III and Hauptmann's Lonely Lives for stage as well as performing in both. Both won Time Out Critics' Choice extended runs.

Her second short film, The Heart Fails Without Warning, which she adapted from the twice Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel's short story of the same name, was officially selected for Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival, London Short Film Festival, Raindance and Underwire. It also had a special screening at the BFI, Southbank with Bird's Eye View Film Festival, followed by a Q&A with Ruth and Hilary Mantel.

The Lesson, her first feature, which she wrote and directed, was made for £25k. It premiered at FrightFest in the UK, and went on to be nominated for best narrative feature at Slamdance, also playing at Glasgow Film Festival, as well as playing many European genre festivals. It was picked up for distribution by Icon in the UK and picked up a sales agent, Jinga Films, after FrightFest. The Hollywood Reporter called it 'a brutal, nasty, and undeniably effective thriller'  and Sight and Sound wrote that it was it was 'so very smartly written, and so very slippery in its message'.

Ruth has recently finished filming her latest feature Martyrs Lane, with support from the BFI. Prior to that, she completed a micro-budget feature as writer/director, a black comedy drama about two families on holiday together, called The Black Forest which will premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival and also has a dark family comedy called Wormhole in development with Wellington Films. 

In Development

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WORMHOLE

Wellington Films

Writer / Director
Feature film

MARTYRS LANE

BFI / Ipso Facto Productions

Writer / Director
Feature film

Film

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THE BLACK FOREST

2018

UrbanFox Films

Writer / Director
*Edinburgh International Film Festival - Nominated for the Michael Powell Award: Best British Feature Film

THE LESSON

2015

UrbanFox Films

Writer / Director
*FrightFest
*London Film Festival
*Glasgow Film Festival
*Slamdance - Nominated for Best Narrative Feature

Short Films

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MARTYRS LANE

2018

BFI / Ipso Facto Productions

Writer / Director

THE HEART FAILS WITHOUT WARNING

2013

UrbanFox Films

Writer / Director
Adapted from the Hilary Mantel short story. Starring Maxine Peake & Nick Sidi.
*Raindance
*London Short Film Festival
*Aesthtica
*Palm Springs Short Film Festival
*Underwire