In 2013 Frances completed her screenwriting masters from the National Film and Television School. Her graduation film MISS TODD won Gold at the 2013 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.
Short play BUS 141 FROM MANSFIELD was staged at the Soho Theatre in 2012 and again in March 2013 with Tom Rhys Harries in the lead.
CHARLIE SAYS vimeo link.
CHARLIE SAYS, directed by Lewis Arnold (Misfits, Humans, Prey), premiered at Edinburgh Festival and stars Conner Chapman (The Selfish Giant) and Elliot Tittensor (Spike Island).
WOODLAND, which Frances wrote and directed, was in competition at Underwire Festival, where she was nominated for Best Director with lead Shannon Tarbet winning Best Actress.
MISS TODD website.
Stop-motion musical MISS TODD, exploring the life of the first female aeronautical engineer, played over 50 festivals worldwide, winning 16 awards, including a Student Oscar and a Royal Television Society Award. Frances and co-writer/ director Kristina Yee were part of the BAFTA and NFTS ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ showcase in 2014. They have just finished writing MISS TODD the feature.
In 2015, MISS TODD AND HER WONDERFUL FLYING MACHINE was released as a children’s book. With publishers, Compendium Inc., Frances and Kristina brought Miss Todd’s story to life on the page. After the book’s success, they will be working with Compendium again, to celebrate the incredible story of how BOBBY GIBB became the world’s first female marathon runner. The book is due for release in 2016.
Salon Pictures is producing Frances’ sci-fi feature MEET ME IN TEN YEARS. Sharon Horgan, (Pulling, Catastrophe, Divorce) is attached to direct.
TV series, FRIENDSHIP WITH POSSIBILITIES, is in development with BIFA nominated producer Len Rowles. It explores the trials and errors of internet dating for a recently divorced Baby Boomer.
Frances’ next feature will be AUTOBAHN (working title). It’s a story of a group of kids from the Midlands who run away to Germany in search of a missing father.