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Laura Degnan

Writer, Director

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Laura is a writer/director working in film and theatre. She is currently taking part in the National Film and Television School’s Director Workshop scheme where she will shoot an original short film. She developed ‘The Bone Woman’ a feature film project with Vita Nova Films and her short film ‘The Lost Girl’ with Conundrum Films. In 2013 she directed and produced a poetry film, Letter to a Minnesota Prison, a project commissioned to commemorate the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.

She was previously a finalist in Channel 4’s Coming Up new talent scheme and has been funded through the ‘Triangle’ scheme to write and direct a film teaser for her first feature, Unconditional. She developed the script alongside industry mentor Ivana MacKinnon as part of the ‘Film4ward’ scheme.

Laura created and directed the music video for The Guillemots single ‘I Don’t Feel Amazing Now’. She wrote and directed her short film ‘Between You and Me,’ as part of the UK Film Council’s ‘Digital Shorts Scheme’ in 2010. Her earlier film ‘Blind Eye’ was also funded as part of the Scheme. ‘Blind Eye’ screened in the official selection at the Palm Springs Shortfest, the Newport film Festival and the Athena festival in New York.

Laura’s stage plays have been performed at Theatre Royal, Live Theatre, Northern Stage and the Alnwick Playhouse. Her Play ‘He’s Coming’, toured as part of the New Writing North/Northumberland Theatre Company’s ‘4Play’ Scheme.


Film Credits

Directing Workshop (2017-2018)
National Film and Television School

Selected to take part in this masterclass workshop and film production scheme at the National Film and Television School.

The Lost Girl (2015)
Candle and Bell Productions

Writer/director of this short film that combines live action and visual effects.

Included in the official selection for the Aesthetica and London Short Film festivals and winner of the cinematography award at the Canberra Short Film Festival.
To save her baby sister from the dark fantasy world she has created, Chloe must confront the child in herself and learn to grow up.

One Green Bottle (2014)
Candle and Bell Productions

Attached as the co-writer and director of this feature-length fantasy horror film.

Nah (2014)
Conundrum Films

Director of this short film that combines live action, puppetry and CGI. It was developed and funded as part of Northern Film and Media and Film Four’s ‘Film4ward’ scheme.

Letter to a Minnesota Prison (2013)
Apples & Snakes

Director of this poetry film commissioned as part of the Martin Luther King ‘I have a dream’ anniversary celebrations.

I Don't Feel Amazing Now (2011)
Geffen Record Label

Writer/director of this music video for the band The Guillemots.

Unconditional (2011)
Conundrum Films

Writer/director of this feature film teaser that was written and directed as part of the pan-northern ‘Triangle’ scheme. Laura was one of the four finalists, and the only writer/director to be selected. She was supported through the scheme by mentors Julia Short and Hugo Heppel.

Between Me and You (2010)
The UK Film Council / Northern Film and Media

Short film written and directed as part of the Digital Shorts scheme.

Blind Eye (2009)
The UK Film Council / Northern Film and Media

Short film, written and directed as part of the Digital Shorts scheme. Included in the official selection for the Athena Film Festival New York, Palm Springs Shortfest and Newport Film Festival.

The Woman Who Loved a Tree (2010)
48 Hour Film Challenge

Co-written and directed as part of the Newcastle 48 hour Film challenge. Awarded best writing, best directing, best film and the audience award.

The Unwanted Heart (2011)
48 Hour Film Challenge

Made as part of Shine Television’s 48 Hour Film Challenge.


Vanishing Point (Theatre Royal Newcastle)

He’s Coming (Northumberland Theatre Company)

Tough Love (Live Theatre)

For Better Or Worse (Live Theatre)

Old, Young (Northern Stage)

Other Achievements and Qualifications

Reached final shortlist and boot camp for Channel 4’s Coming Up scheme, London (2012)

Think-Shoot-Distribute feature film talent and project development scheme, BFI London Film Festival, London (2011)

Film 4ward finalist, Film4/Northern Film and Media (2010/11)

Triangle scheme finalist, Screen Yorkshire/North West Vision/Northern Film and Media (2010/11)