Freelance Script Writer/ Director/ Treatment Writer
Representation: Nicky Lund @ David Higham Associates
Isla trained as an actress and after achieving a childhood goal of being in TV comedy series Red Dwarf (she plays Dispensing Machine 34 and 23) she decided to turn her focus to writing and directing. Her first short film PASSENGERS gained her a BFI Future Film nomination, a Best Actress award at Underwire Festival and screened at the BAFTA New Film Makers Market.
Her most recent feature script, THE TIDES, was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe Prize (top 8 screenplays read) and is ready for production. It also won the Grand Prize at the Cinefluential Screenwriting Contest, was a Semi-Finalist in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Diverse Voices’ and Final Draft’s ‘Big Break’ screenwriting contests.
She is a John Brabourne and Genera Films award recipient, the funds from which helped produce new short film CANVEY ISLAND. Her next short film REPRISE is supported by the BFI and is currently in post production.
In early 2018 she was one of 6 selected for the New Welsh Playwright Programme with the Sherman Theatre and her play OBSERVATIONS OF A SPARROW received a rehearsed reading at THEATRE 503 in December. She was also shortlisted for Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse and was commissioned to write a short play for The Other Room.
She is currently developing a serial entitled R.A.G.E about women in the 1980's amidst the threat of nuclear war.
Her debut feature film HALCYON HEIGHTS, starring Sheila Reid, Diana Weston, Mark Jordon and Reuben Johnson is now at completion and amongst official selections, has come in the top 3 in the Best Low Budget Feature category at the Toronto Independent Film Awards, won Best Feature Film at the International Film Festival of Wales and an Award of Excellence at the Depth of Field Film Festival.
Isla is director of THE TOMMY VINE FUND, an arts charity that makes the arts accessible to all. Always looking for people to support.