This is the website of Anna Southgate

    Writer, Director & Script Editor

    Anna started screenwriting 20 years ago for a BBC Radio 4 and BBC 2 (TV) satirical sketch show. Since then she has written shorts, features, web and TV series, and for the stage. She is currently developing several XR projects. (www.movrshaker.com)


    As a Script Editor, Anna has worked with the BFI, international TV and Film producers and supported a diverse range of writing talent – from Nicholl Fellowship award-winning screenwriters to best-selling authors. In 2018-9 she was consultant on a Stand-Up show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which went on to enjoy a National Tour and 2 runs at London’s Soho Theatre.


    Each year, Anna is Creative Director of a live event with audiences of over 800 people. She is also an award-winning Director who has worked with BAFTA and Oscar-winning talent as well as the National Youth Theatre.


    Here are some of ANNA's writing projects


    Short Film

    Written & Directed 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

    Anna consulted on and wrote material for an award-winning stand-up’s satirical Edinburgh show that enjoyed a National Tour and 2 runs at the Soho Theatre, London (2018-19)

    SPIN CYCLE - Drama

    Short Film

    A maths-fan with Aspergers likes to count washing-machine cycles; a fashion influencer likes to cycle in stilettos. But when their spinning worlds collide, the two teenagers discover they have more in common than meets the eye.


    TEAM-BUILDING - Black Comedy

    Feature Film

    Five warring colleagues from a Life Insurance Company go on a team-building trip to Death Valley - to play golf on the lowest course on earth - only to find themselves lost in the dessert. With an ice bucket containing a severed foot their only source of water, they have just 12 hours to get out. But to do that, they‘ll have to work as a team.

    BETTER SELVES - Magical-Realism Drama

    TV series - 6 x 30 min episodes

    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

    Believing there must be more to life than one man and his snake, Eve leaves Eden in search of a different life. 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 woman. And work out what the hell that female voice in the sky is trying to tell them.


    Written on behalf of the charity, HELLO WORLD

    265 million children do not have access to an education.

    Stephen Fry explains how Hello World is tackling the global education deficit by teaching marginalised communities to build and maintain solar-powered, internet-enabled education hubs.


    Here are some examples from ANNA’s 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




    Here are some of the ways ANNA can support you

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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 ANNA

    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.'

    GUY WOOLF, Creative Director, REPRESENT. Theatre


    ‘Anna's workshop was completely unique in the way she distilled the complex and enigmatic art-form of writing to its fundamentals. Building character from scratch and using psychological frameworks to do so was such an accessible way in for us and our cast to begin working on developing our new play idea. I would work with Anna again in a heartbeat and recommend her to anyone.’



    “Anna breaks down the core building blocks of creating a character and developing a working relationship to text and world-building. She creates a warm, light-hearted and playful environment that encourages you to put the theory into practice immediately. Had lots of fun exploring the basics and some finer details of character profiling. Learned a great deal and now have a mini toolkit to refer to when writing characters. Would recommend both newcomers to writing and the more experienced as it is an invaluable refresher on how to create believable and three-dimensional characters.”



    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


    Get in touch with ANNA to discuss your project