I have written several short films, including 'The Hotel Affair' (London Short Film Festival, *BAFTA qualifying, 2018), 'Visiting Mr Keats' (Best Short, NYC Indie Film Festival 2016; London Independent Film Festival; Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival), 'The Last Words of Gavrilo Princip' (Short of the Year Festival 2016), and 'We'll Meet Again' (Best Foreign Film Nominee, New Hope Film Festival 2016), as well as the TV/Arts series Then Dance (National Lottery Award nominee, Best Use of Public Funding - Arts, 2015).

My first feature screenplay, 'Chosen,' exploring the love triangle between Johannes Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann was an Official Finalist at the World Series of Screenwriting, UK Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, and New York Screenplay Contest 2017. 'The Conspirators,' following Gavrilo Princip and his school friends' plot to assassinate the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was a Feature Screenplay Competition Winner at the London Film Awards 2016. In 2015 and 2016, I was a screenwriter-in-residence at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

My most recent script, a six episode TV-adaptation of These Dark Wings, is currently in development.

Ophelia's End

Shakespeare's most famous heroine breaks free of her own play.

 

Frailty thy name is Hamlet. ‘Ophelia’s End’ recasts Ophelia in the lead role, and she fakes her madness to escape Elsinore castle and the world of Hamlet. Her obstacles to freedom are many and varied. But Ophelia is resourceful and brave, and though she finds herself locked in an asylum, she engineers an escape with the help of the sympathetic Queen Gertrude. Her final – and deadly – obstacle she must face alone: an armed highwayman looking to return her to captivity – or worse. Ophelia must risk everything to truly to be free.

Dir: Jacqueline Pepall

18 mins; Great Lake Films, 2016 (Commission: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

Official Selection: London Independent Film Festival 2017; On the Verge Film Festival

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Visiting Mr. Keats

An eager graduate student and a domineering Professor (disguised as a period-appropriate weaver and his mother) travel back in time to 1819 London in order to interview literary icon, John Keats. But present day arguments seep into the past, and the poet sits forgotten while the two academics bicker.

Dir: Jacqueline Pepall
Starring: Ed Coleman, Lisa Palfrey, Gavin Fowler, John Last

10 mins; Great Lake Films, 2015

Winner: Best Short, NYC Indie Film Awards 2016; Best Comedy, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2016; Best Period/ Historical Film, International New York Film Festival 2016. Official Selection: London Independent Film Festival 2016; Short of the Year Festival 2016; Moscow International Film Festival 2016; Lift-Off Amsterdam Film Festival 2016

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Beginners' Creative Writing

Things get personal in Beginners’ Creative Writing when Becky is motivated to present a story about her boyfriend – the teacher.

Dir: Jacqueline Pepall
Starring: Gemma Yates-Round, Hamza Siddique, Mariah Nonnemacher, Adam Burkholder, Christopher Runciman, Josias Bertrand, Sophia Shad, Shakira Francis

8 mins; Great Lake Films, 2015 (Commission: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

Nominated: Best Comedy, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2016

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We'll Meet Again

London, 1941. Shattered by an air-raid, an evening of dancing - and the hope of love - is renewed in the bomb shelter.

Dir: Jacqueline Pepall
Starring: Caroline Ward, Andrew Cantillon, Haley Bishop, Paul Bailey, Christopher Runciman, Sophia Shad, Rebecca Robinson, Rebecca Gutherless

4 mins; Great Lake Films, 2015 (Commission: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

Nominated: Best Foreign Film, New Hope Film Festival 2016; Best Creative Response, Imperial War Museum Film Festival 2016;  Official Selection: New Hope Film Festival 2016.

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The Last Words of Gavrilo Princip

A simple act of kindness brings light into the prison cell of the most famous assassin in history.

Dir: Jacqueline Pepall
Starring: Joel Gillman, Jonathan Tafler, Ailish Symons

10 mins; Great Lake Films, 2014 (Commission: Remarkable Books)

Nominated, Best Creative Response, Imperial War Museum Film Festival 2014; Official Selection, Bath Film Festival 2014.

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