Writer / Director
Tel: +44 (0)7815 857409
Email: jessedannylawrence@gmail.com


Works in Progress:

If You Can Hear Me

Fiction short (30 mins) funded by BFI / Creative England Emerging Talent Scheme and Bowness Theatre Festival. Status: post-production.

The Human Harp

Feature-length documentary about artist Di Mainstone and her project The Human Harp. Status: in production.

Sargasso Dreams

Feature-length screenplay – outline shortlisted to last thirteen in Euroscript’s Story Competition 2013.  Also shortlisted under Screen Yorkshire Triangle programme. Status: first draft.

Works completed:

Recovery Devon

Promo for this community interest company that promotes mental health and wellbeing. 2016.

Shoplifting / Fight / MDMA

Three short dramas commissioned by Somerset Youth Offending Team to deter young people from offending. Produced by Somerset Film in collaboration with The Space Theatre, Taunton. 2016.

Borderlands – A Special Place Part IV

Fourth installment in the series of short docs profiling artists / thinkers and the places that inspire them. Poet Ruth Sharman takes us to her favourite long barrow in Somerset. 2016.

A Page in the Book of Time – A Special Place Part III

Painter Jeremy Gardiner reveals his life-long fascination with the Dorset coastline. 2015.


Victoria Gallery, Bath, 2015.
Purbeck Film Festival, 2014.
ING Bank, London, Spring 2014.

Pretty Vacant

Short documenting artist Simon Lee Dicker’s work with Yeovil College Music students examining identity and sense of place through the filter of vacant retail units in Yeovil Town Centre (Somerset, UK). 2013.

Sun – A Special Place Part II

Composer Malcolm Lipkin reveals how walks in Lyme Kiln forest, Sussex, inspired his third orchestral symphony Sun.


American Online Film Awards Spring Showcase 2014.
Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival, 2013.

Music For All Zimbabwe

Several short documenting a project bringing traditional instruments to children in rural Zimbabwe.

What I Know I Know With You

Music promo for singer-songwriter Pat Whelan.

20 Films for the Ministry of Justice

Twenty short dramas about domestic violence and gang culture, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to assist in the rehabilitation of offenders. Produced by Positive Images. (Co-Director / Lighting Cameraman / Editor).

Across the States in 31′ 43″

Super 8 odyssey by road and rail from New York City to San Francisco.

Eye To Eye

Advocacy film about Restorative Practices commissioned by the Somerset Youth Offending Team. Produced by Somerset Film.

Community Justice

Documentary showcasing the pioneering work done by Chard Community Justice Panel. Produced by Somerset Film.

Man On Moor – A Special Place Part I

Portrait of my father who reveals why, for him, walking on Dartmoor is ‘like going home’€™.



Drama: When Daniel jumps off the pier and plunges into the sea, painful memories come flooding back – of the day he failed to save his brother, Isaac, from drowning. What he finds however, is not the end but forgiveness and a new beginning.
Digital short, produced by UK Film Council / South West Screen & Somerset Film. (Screenplay by Anna Lea.)


Auburn International Festival for Children & Young Adults, Sydney, Australia.
Thess Short Film Festival, Thessalonica, Greece.
Global Cinema Festival, Indore, India.
Cyprus International Film Festival.
WT Os International Film Festival, Norway.
Platforma Video Festival, Athens, Greece.
Skepto Short Film Festival, Cagliari, Italy.
Golden Knight International Film Festival, Malta.
Bath Film Festival, UK.
Norwich International Film Festival, UK.
Short Cuts Film Festival, UK.
Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival, UK.
The View From Here, UK.

More Than Just A Railway

Promo for the West Somerset Steam Railway. Produced by Somerset Film.

Face To Face

Dramatic Reconstruction of a Restorative Justice Conference involving a young offender, commissioned by Somerset Youth Offending Team.
Produced by Somerset Film.

Odysseus – The Journey Home

Director of film projections for a stage adaptation of Homer’€™s Odyssey.
Directed by Caroline Hunt for the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton.


Docu-drama fundraiser for the WRVS meals on wheels service.


Award-winning drama about a gang of boys who decide to teach a hermit ‘some manners’ by stealing his pet piglet, Isabel. Shane distracts the man while the gang carries out its plan. But when Shane learns he is a veteran of the Falklands War, he starts to question what they are doing. A National Film & TV School production.


International Award for Best Film, Bologna.
Grand Prix Européen du Conseil Regional de Bretagne, Brest.
Special Jury Award Taipei Golden Lion Film Festival.
Special Mention Stuttgart International Short Film Competition.
Special Mention Aix-en-Provence Short Film Festival.
Official Selection to Cannes Cinéfondation Competition.

Bfi London Film Festival, UK.
Festival Premier Plans, Angers, France.
Tampere International Short Film Festival, Finland.
Munich International Festival of Film Schools, Germany.
Atlantic Film Festival, Sante Fe, USA.
Telluride Film Festival, Colorado, USA.
Prix Europa, Berlin, Germany.
Festival of British Cinema, Dinard, France.
Brief Encounters, Bristol, UK.
DAKINO Film Festival, Romania.



Various shorts made for the charity Unchosen which campaigns against modern slavery.


The mud, the music, the mayhem. One of several cameramen / women tasked to capture the renowned Pilton Pop festival for Julien Temple’€™s feature length documentary.
Produced by BBC Films in association with Hanway Films & Roothouse Nitrate.


Last Words

Feature length documentary about the battle of Arnhem in World War Two as told by the people who were there.
Produced by Roger Chapman & Titus Mills.


Little Theatre Cinema, Bath, 2015.

Random Acts

3 min film for Channel 4 series, produced by Somerset Film. 2015.

Carers Films

A series of short films about carers who work with adults with learning disabilities. Produced by Biggerhouse Film.

Ghosts Don’t Shave

Fiction short – Blackly comical take on The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James. Directed by Roger Glossup. An Old Laundry Project produced by Charlotte Scott.

The Malcolm X Choir Sings

Documentary short about Bristol’s Malcolm X Choir. Directed by Tom Stubbs.

Until The End

Campaign film for Dignity In Dying. Directed by Peter Snelling.

Blood Makes Noise

Hour long documentary about patients on kidney dialysis commissioned by the Wellcome Trust. Directed by Peter Snelling.


Drama illustrating how relatives of patients with severe brain injuries learn to cope. Made for NHS Bath Neuro-rehabilitation Ward. Directed by Maria Sandford.

Stay With Me

Short horror about a cyclist who takes a wrong turn.
Directed by Roger Glossop. Produced by Old Laundry Projects.

Brave Face

Moving documentary about the summer riots made with young people in Tottenham and Edmonton.
Produced by mypockets & Somerset Film in association with First Light. Directed by Peter Snelling.

Days That Made Us

WINNER Bfi First Light Youth Voices Award.
Powerful documentary about youth offending made with young offenders from Somerset.
Produced by My Pockets & Somerset Film in association with First Light. Directed by Peter Snelling.

A World In Waiting and A World Beyond

Record of an Open Space Democracy event held at the Colston Hall, Bristol.

In My Book

Short drama made with actors with learning disabilities about an isolated young writer who is offered a story that might enable him to connect.
Produced by Biggerhouse Film in association with Somerset Film (also Colourist).

It’€™s What You Can Do That Counts

Challenging disability through outdoor adventure. Promo for the Calvert Trust.
Directed by Justin Owen.

Don’t Blame The Artist

Music promo for Bristol band C.O.I.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Festival promo.
Directed by Justin Owen.

Sharing Landscapes

Documentary following twenty Estonian farmers on a visit to the Blackdown Hills area of outstanding natural beauty.
Directed by Justin Owen.


Short film made with inmates at Eastwood women’€™s prison, Bristol, about how bereavements outside jail are handled by the prison chaplaincy.

Night / Day

Touching drama about a boy whose bedwetting puts pressure on his relationship with his mother.
A UK Film Council/ South West Screen/ Somerset Film Digital Short Directed by Deb Richardson.

Self Esteem

Prisoners at HMP Eastwood, Bristol, examine issues around self-esteem.

A Decent Job

Prison staff training film made with staff at HMP Eastwood, Bristol.

Liberating The Landscape

Documentary tracking the development of Neroche – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Blackdown Hills.
Directed by Justin Owen.

The River

Drama:  On a dark river, an old man rows for his life in a desperate effort to shield his €˜cargo from what lurks on the far shore.
Produced by UK Film Council/ South West Screen / Somerset Film.  Directed by Adam Laity.

Rook Lane 300

Community film celebrating the 300th anniversary of Rook Lane chapel, Frome.

Remembering The Future

Video record of art installation made for the Museum of Lost Heritage, Birmingham.

Every Child Matters

16 stories from children and young people’s services across South West England commissioned by Government South West.
Directed by Justin Owen.


Lottery bid promo for Devon and Dorset ‘Jurassic Coast’.
Directed by Justin Owen.

Levels Best

Farmers and growers from the Somerset Levels and Moors tell their stories.
Directed by Justin Owen.


Exciting Treatments – Euroscript, London.
Film Noir – Euroscript, London.
How to Write a Treatment – The Script Factory, London.
Story Design – The Script Factory, London.
Screenwriting – taught over 3 terms, City of Bath College.
Documentary Editing – 3 day course, Bath Film Festival.
3 year Postgraduate Diploma in Fiction Direction – National Film & Television School.
BA Hons Modern History, Wadham College, Oxford.


Self-shooter – comfortable with DSLR, Canon XF305, Panasonic P2, Sony Z7, PD170 and similar.
Software – Final Cut Pro, Color, Compressor, DVD Studio Pro, Photoshop, AVID.
Have traveled extensively through Europe, across the USA, Russia, China, Taiwan.
A level French and basic Italian.