Emma PassmoreWriter. Sometime director. Erstwhile arts and learning curator.
Currently in development with 3 feature films and a TV series.
Represented by Lucinda Prain at Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd.
I love writing immersive work, where action and the visceral experience are at the core of the drama.
I love to feel relentlessness and terror, alongside tenderness and fragility.
2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist with 2 original feature film scripts: '4 Miles Per Second' and 'Loosely Based On Real Life'.
2018 Commissioned to write and direct a new play based on her feature film 'Loosely Based on Real Life' debuted at Intermission Youth Theatre, London.
2015 Commissioned to write 3 x short films for Childnet around cyber bullying and 'sexting' and child safety on social media. Directed by Cassius Rayner.
2014 Writer on devised film 'Monster' directed by Eelyn Lee, starring Anamaria Marinca. Funded by Arts Council and part of the Barbican Pit Lab.
2012 Long-listed for The Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize with ‘The Immortal Gene’.
2011 Screenwriting mentee on the UK Film Industry Guiding Lights scheme, mentored by Olivia Hetreed.
2010 Short film “Breathe” won the public jury prize for best film at the Zebra International Poetry Film Festival, Berlin.
2006 Runner up in The Kaos British Short Screenplay Competition with 'If Tomorrow Never Comes’ short film script inspired by the 2005 London bombings.
2002 Winner [by public vote] of the National Orange/Guardian Text Poetry Competition. Text poetry published in 2 books and continues to be used by the Open University for teaching and creative writing resources.
2001 Regional winner in Ottakers’ National Poetry Competition.
Emma read Theatre Studies at Lancaster University. She went on to write and direct plays at the Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. She worked for the experimental theatre company The People Show before training in 16mm film. She went into film and TV production, working on shorts and low budget feature films, ending up in T.V. working for Endemol and The London Studios, whilst shooting her own short films. Her debut short film, Desire 95 won the audience vote for best film at the Halloween Film Festival at the BFI Southbank [now London Short Film Festival].
Since 2006 Emma has created visual arts programmes and events. She specialises in devising arts projects with grass roots organisations and young people. She has curated 6 film festivals at the Barbican Centre, mentored young people from under-privileged backgrounds into jobs and training within the arts and has successfully fundraised over £250K in project funding for a variety of organisations and secured capital bids worth over £2.5 million.
She worked on the Aylesbury Estate across 12 years and within the London boroughs of Southwark, Croydon, Brent, Islington, Hackney and City of London, acting as a consultant for arts organisations, working with youth-led arts groups, artists, developers, local authorities and stakeholders to create sustainable and meaningful opportunities for local people in areas of regeneration, to promote and preserve artistic and cultural life for all.