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Head of Screenwriting
Anna worked as a freelance editor on documentaries for Channel Four before joining Leeds-based media facilities and production company Hall Place Studios in 1988.
In 1999, she helped develop Frigid Films with Bekki Wray Rogers making short films. In 1999 she further developed her skills as a writer while working as a centre director for the Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank in West Yorkshire. She later worked at the University of Bolton before joining the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University in 2014.
Anna is currently studying for a PhD in transmedia production and the form’s ability to explore narratives relating to the complexities of the Northern Irish experience.
During her career, Anna has developed skills as a producer and made a number of videos and 16mm films for cinema and broadcast, as well as running training courses in film. She also writes, and has made a number of short films, theatre productions and interactive transmedia productions from her scripts.
Her current interests are writing for transmedia and multi-platform production. She has worked with Bellyfeel Productions to write and produce Bolton Storyworld, a transmedia prototype made with students from the University of Bolton which won the Learning on Screen Award in 2016.
Her academic interests include screenwriting, transmedia narratives, Northern Irish cinema and filmmaking practice. She has been studying the practices and processes of large and small transmedia companies and the effects these have on their storytelling practices.
She has been recently published in the Journal of Media Practice, World Cinema and the Visual Arts, and the Journal of Screenwriting and she regularly presents papers at Conferences including in 2015 MIX03 (Bath Spa) Screenwriting Research Network (London) and in 2014 at CEMP (Prague), The New Voices (Galway), and TFTV: Exploring Conceptual and Creative Practices in Theatre, Film and Television (York). Anna’s recent plays and scripts include Red Branch Heroes and Bolton Storyworld, and she also co-wrote The Aviator. Mini-Cab, a feature film script, and Amazo-Bra, a short animation directed by Rozi Fuller, both received support from funding agency Screen Yorkshire.