Looking for a writer who has worked in Radio, TV, Theatre, Film and Stand-Up Comedy,

    with performers from the National Youth Theatre to BAFTA and Oscar-winning talent?


    Here are some of PENWOMAN's current projects


    Short Film

    By Anna Southgate

    Based on actual asylum interviews, this film exposes the hostile immigration system that confronts some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees when they reach the U.K.


    Starring Dame Emma Thompson & Doon Mackichan.

    BERNIE'S GIFT - Comedy-Drama

    Feature Film

    By Anna Southgate & Jonathan Gershfield

    A disgraced celebrity chef with a dark secret goes on a culinary road trip with his son in the hope of restoring his reputation and their relationship. But to do that he must first swallow his pride, spill the beans then eat a great big slice of humble pie


    In Development with Nordisk Film


    90-min live show

    Working with and writing material for a satirical Edinburgh show that enjoyed a National Tour and 2 runs at the Soho Theatre, London (2018-19)


    Starring an Award-winning Stand-Up

    SECURITY - Rom-Com

    Short Film

    By Anna Southgate

    A pacifist bouncer and an ambitious receptionist are in love.

    Only he doesn't know how to say it and she wouldn't know how to accept it

    TEAMBUILDING - Black Comedy

    Feature Film

    By Anna Southgate

    The Diversity Committee of a Life Insurance Company goes on a team-building trip to Death Valley. Trouble is, everybody hates one another, nobody plays golf, then somebody dies.


    Without water man cannot survive 12 hours in the desert. The sands of time are running out. If they’re to make it out alive they’ll have to pull together as a team... Else their company is in for one f*ck off life insurance payout.

    BETTER SELVES - Magical-Realism Drama

    TV series - 6 x 30 min episodes

    By Anna Southgate

    The Community Centre is a focus for the hopes and dreams of local residents, where they come together to learn and laugh. But when the centre is shut down by the council and taken over by a private members club, it becomes a source of division. As the community fractures, pitting neighbour against neighbour, each finds themselves isolated and faced with their demons. If they want to restore harmony in the community and in their own lives, the locals will first have to reconnect with their better selves.

    EVE - Sitcom

    TV series - 6 x 30 min episodes

    By Anna Southgate

    If the world were a matriarchy, how would it function, in what ways would it be better, in what ways worse?


    Series 1 - ‘In The Beginning...’

    Believing there must be more to life than one man and his snake, Eve leaves Eden in search of a better life. Deep in the forest she discovers a community of women and their gay best friend living in some caves. Together, they must fight for survival, learn to communicate and explore what it means to be a Stone Age lady. And work out what the hell that female voice in the sky is trying to tell them.


    Series 2 and beyond - Each series will put the same characters in a new historical era - e.g. The Bronze Age, The Dark Ages, The Age of Reason. (Cf Blackadder). With each epoch will come a new set of problems.


    Need a Director to bring your project to life?

    Here are some examples from the PENWOMAN showreel

    I Seek Asylum


    Emma Thompson

    & Doon Mackichan


    Based on actual interviews, this short film portrays the brutality of the UK Asylum Interview process


    Made for:

    Helen Bamber Foundation -

    A charity supporting survivors of trafficking and torture


    Life of Leaf


    Francesca Lombardo


    International Techno DJ, Francesca Lombardo, presents her debut album as a singer-songwriter, 'Life of Leaf'


    Made for:

    Blue Raincoat Music



  • XR

    In partnership with moVRshAker productions, 

    PENWOMAN presents 4ever.com


    An interactive and immersive experience

    with a lot of laughter, a bit of history and some dating

    For more info on other XR projects: http://www.movrshaker.com/


    Need a safe and collaborative environment in which to explore your ideas?

    Want a sounding board or in-depth script analysis?

    Here are some of the ways PENWOMAN can help

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    Face-to-Face Consult

    Features / Shorts / TV & Web

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    Face-to-Face Practice


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    Face-to-Face Feedback

    Features / TV & Web Series

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    Written Script Analysis

    Features / TV & Web Series

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    Table Reads with Mentor

    Features / Shorts / TV & Web

    Screenwriting Classes

    Features / Shorts / TV & Web

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    Clients & Partners 

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    Here’s what clients say about working with PENWOMAN

    ANGELA CLARKE, Best-Selling Author & Screenwriter 

    ‘Anna’s passion, enthusiasm, and wealth of knowledge for screenwriting, and the industry, combined with her ability to identify and focus in on the heart of the story, and its emotional beats, made her an unparalleled script editor to work with. A true joy, she went above and beyond to hit a very tight deadline, I would wholeheartedly recommend her.’

    SAM BARON, Screenwriter-Director THE SCIENCE OF LOVE (Comedy Drama Feature)

    In Development with Rather Good Films (UK) Gary Foster (US), supported by the BFI

    'I can't recommend Anna highly enough. She has a wicked sense of humour and a brilliant eye for structure, plus the highest standards for emotional authenticity and a deeply character-driven approach to the whole process. She will push you to be as honest and daring as possible in your creative choices, and she will even make you feel like the good bits were your ideas. I can't wait to work with her again.'


    Anna Southgate

    PENWOMAN Founder

    Having worked as an Actress, Presenter and Stand-up, Anna started screenwriting nearly 20 years ago for a BBC Radio 4 satirical sketch show which then went to TV. Since then she has written shorts, features and TV series, with a bias for comedy. 


    Anna is also an award-winning Director who has worked with BAFTA and Oscar-winning talent as well as the National Youth Theatre.


    As a Script Editor Anna has worked with the BFI, independent producers in both the US and UK, and screenwriters from all around the world and at all stages in their writing journey.


    Executive Committee Member

    A collaborative of professional Script Editors providing support and consultancy for international screenwriters

    Reclaim The Frame


    A movement to promote female-driven films

    Socially Relevant Film Festival

    Narrative Drama - Jury Member 2018

    An annual Human Rights-based International Film Festival based in New York, US


    2017-18 Mentee

    Bird's Eye View's annualmentoring programme to support women film-makers 


    2017-18 Alumnus

    An Encounters Film Festival and British Council initiative to support up-and-coming film-makers

    Women in Film & TV

    Active Member

    An organisation to support, promote and advocate on behalf of women in Film & TV



    To discuss your film-making needs and our pricing, drop us a line at PENWOMAN