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Karissa Hamilton Bannis

Writer - Television / Film / Theatre

Agent: Julie Press -

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Karissa is a graduate of the National Film and Television School’s Screenwriting MA. She has written several projects for film and television, both drama and animation. She is currently adapting the novel Resonance for Hillbilly Films and working on her original idea Possessed with Hartswood Films.


Development Projects

Possessed (2018)
Hartswood Films

Original series idea under option and in development.

Resonance (2018)
Hillbilly Films

Commissioned to write the television adaptation of Sci-Fi novel Resonance.

BAFTA Elevate (2018)

Karissa was selected to join this BAFTA talent development scheme for writers. To read more, click here.

The Party (2017)
Ecosse Films

Series idea currently in development for E4.

Perspective (2016-2017)
Hillbilly Films

Developing her techno-sci-fi thriller series set in the near future.

Fatherland (2017)
Zak Films

Thriller set in 1970’s Germany, based on the book ‘Snowleg’ by Nicholas Shakespeare. In development with German company Zak Films.

The Dumping Ground (2017)

Commissioned to write 5 digital spin off episodes of this long running children’s drama.


Original Television Series – A contemporary family drama about the Jones’s, an aspiring middle class black family who are horrified when their 15 year old daughter tells them she’s pregnant.

The Juke Box

Original Television Series Episode.


Television series Pilot and treatment.

Open Graves - A Zombie Musical

Feature Length screenplay.

Raising The Dead

Television Pilot

Short Films

Kahanikar (The Storyteller)


Animated Short Film, Premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2011. Won Best Animation at LA shorts Festival.

The Hooded Ghost

Writer: Short Film


The Spider

Rehearsed reading at Soho Theatre.