Avril has worked on E20 the Eastenders youth spin-off series, where she directed 18 online short dramas to accompany the main series. Avril originally trained at the BBC and has written and directed promos for BBC1,2,3,4 and CBBC. Her first short film, Lip Service, won best short film at the ‘Images of Black Women Film Festival’. Avril was selected for the Film London Digital Short Scheme Fund, with her film Playground. The film was screened at The 52nd Times/BFI London Film Festival. Avril has been selected for the Women in Film and TV mentoring scheme and is currently in pre-production for short sci-fi film, Allie and The Other Girl.
Currently developing this sci-fi short film as writer/director. Due to shoot in March 2016.
Director of this short film. A coming of age period drama set in South East London in 1978.
Producer/Writers: Lisa Brunton & Xose Mourino
Directed and edited dynamic character trailers to introduce new characters in Eastenders.
Directed 18 online short films called ‘Up Close and Personal’ to accompany the new series. Working with the main cast from the show. The films feature on the main website and were used by BBC Learning as part of a promotional campaign.
Producer: Deborah Sathe, Executive
Producer: Sarah Miller.
Avril took part in the director shadow scheme at BBC E20 with John Hewlett and has also shadowed David Innes Edwards and Matt Carter at ‘Holby City’ and Rebecca Gatward on ‘Doctors’.
Selected to take part in this screenwriting and film development lab, run by the Scriptfactory and Birds Eye View. Mentored by screenwriter Laurence Coriat.
Short Films & Commercials
Short Films and Commerical: 1 x 15 mins, 1 x 90 Secs, , 3 x 5 mins.
Conceived and executed a multi-platform campaign aimed at recruiting more adopters for boys of mixed or black parentage in Lambeth. The commercial imagines an iconic moment when Britain’s first Black Prime Minister steps out onto Number 10 Downing Street.
Short film – Director / Writer
Selected for the Film London/UK Film Council Digital Short Film Fund. Screened at the BFI/TIMES London Film Festival in October 2008. Winner of the Silver Diana Award at the Austrian Film Festival 2009. Winner Best Short Film at Urban Film Festival, USA 2009
Selected by the Berlin Talent Campus/Arte/ZDF to represent the UK and write and direct a short film as part of the “Why Democracy” project. Screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2008. Part of the biggest online factual event called “Why Democracy”.
Directed a government funded film for inner city children about a black kid’s struggle for individuality and conformity.
Won best short film at the first IBW (Images of Black Women) Film Festival. Screened at the Curzon, Soho, London. Launched ‘The Black Filmmakers Festival’.
Awards & Achievements
- Promax Silver USA – CBEEBIES: Boogie Beebies – Best Kids Category 2005
- Promax Silver UK – CBEEBIES: Boogie Beebies – Best Kids Category 2005
- Promax Silver UK – Antiques Roadshow – Something for Nothing category. 2003
- Gained a place on the BBC Single Camera Directing Course 2007
- Gained a place on the BFI Talent scheme, Think. Shoot. Distribute Lab at London Film Festival 2006
- Selected for Berlinale Film Festival’s talent scheme – Berlin Talent Campus for emerging filmmakers 2005