Stephanie is an award winning, BAFTA long-listed filmmaker currently in development on several film and TV projects including her feature film IN OUR BLOOD, a provocative psychological horror. The screenplay was awarded Creative England/BFI Emerging Talent Development Funds that completed in 2018, working closely with BAFTA Vision Award recipient Jennifer Monks and UK Script Consultant, Ludo Smolski. The film was chosen for the 2017 Birds Eye View/BFI FILMONOMICS programme headed by Mia Bays. The project was selected for 2018’s EIFF Talent Lab and Galway Film Market. Stephanie was a participant in the 2018 BAFTA x CREW Talent Development Programme for writers, directors and producers and also mentored for the BAFTA/BFI Film Academy Alumni Programme and is now a full BAFTA voting member. In 2018 she was added to Shore Script’s Director Roster and received the 2018 John Brabourne Award for IN OUR BLOOD to support script completion.
Stephanie’s interactive comedy horror feature HOUSE HACK was commissioned under her banner FORGE FLIMS, which she founded in 2017. She is the Creator, Director and EP of the live-action interactive feature which was commissioned by Whatifi, the social story-hacking platform for original interactive films. The film has 16 possible endings and features Ann Akin, Amer Chadha Patel, Jenny Funnell and introduces newcomer Amanda Shodeko. Written by Abigail Blackmore, it was shot on location in Estonia during the pandemic of 2020 and released in March 2021.
ZEBRA GIRL starring Jade Anouka, Tom Cullen and Sarah Roy is Stephanie’s feature directorial debut which she also Co-Produced alongside Roy’s 19th Street Productions. She further developed the screen story from the critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival one woman play ‘Catherine & Anita’ by Derek Ahonen. The film secured sales representation with AMP International and is distributed by Bohemia Media. The film hit UK cinemas on 28th May 2021 and is now available on all major VOD platforms in the UK, USA and Canada.
Stephanie’s shorts have achieved festival, critical, online and broadcast success screening at OSCAR, BAFTA and BIFA qualifying festivals worldwide. She received the PIA PRESSURE NEW VOICES Award for her film BEING KEEGAN starring Stephen Graham. The film was championed and supported by BAFTA and OSCAR winning post-production teams at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post, Company 3 and Goldcrest and went on to win multiple awards. The film is now streaming in the US and UK on Amazon Prime and broadcast via Channel 5’s My5 and will air in Poland on Kino Polska TV S.A in autumn 2021.
Her short film MARIGOLDS was acquired and broadcast on BBC HD Shorts and won Best Director at Underwire Film Festival. Her second short film DAWN starring Edward Hogg and Keeley Forsyth was BAFTA long-listed in 2014. Both films are now streaming on Wilde TV and Discover Films.
Stephanie has over 20 years industry experience. Having started as an actress, she subsequently forged a successful career as a Promo/Shorts Producer and First Assistant Director in between making her own films, working with top tier talent, broadcasters and production companies over the last 11 years including BBC, CH5, Netflix and Sky.