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Frances Poletti



Tanya Tillett

Frances is a passionate and engaged writer working across film, TV and children’s literature. In 2013 she completed her screenwriting masters from the National Film and Television School and her graduation film MISS TODD won Gold at the Student Oscars. A first in 40 years for an animation in the Foreign Film Category, the film was then long listed for the 86th Academy Awards 2014.

Frances has since developed the film into a children’s book: MISS TODD AND HER WONDERFUL FLYING MACHINE and has gone on to co-write another book about the first woman to run the Boston Marathon: THE GIRL WHO RAN. She’s been awarded a Kirkus Star and the Amelia Bloomer award for her work.

Short play BUS 141 FROM MANSFIELD was staged at the Soho Theatre with Tom Rhys Harries in the lead. Short film CHARLIE SAYS, directed by Lewis Arnold (Humans, Broadchurch), premiered at Edinburgh Festival and went on to play around the world.

Frances is currently writing an original TV series with Sharon Horgan’s Merman Productions as well as developing several other original ideas for film, stage and TV. She has been supported by the BFI Network, Creative England and is part of BAFTA Crew 2018.

Film, TV & Stage

MEET ME IN TEN YEARS (Merman Productions) Current

10 x 60’ dystopian sci-fi thriller with comedic impulses.


6 x 60’ mystery crime drama set in the Scottish Highlands centred around a missing girl, the Selkie myth and a cult of grieving men.


Full length play in development, set in Frances’ hometown of Nottingham. A love story of two girls, one white, one black, facing a changing Britain during the ‘Forgotten Race Riots’ of 1955.


Feature film centred around a group of kids from the Midlands who venture across Europe for the first time, in search of a missing father.

Call Tanya to discuss Frances or other Writers

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