This is the website of Anna Southgate
Script & Development Consultant
Anna has partnered 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. She was consultant on a Stand-Up show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which went on to enjoy a National Tour and two runs at London’s Soho Theatre.
Screenwriter & Director
Anna is an award-winning Writer-Director of shorts, features, stage-plays, web and TV series who has worked with BAFTA and Oscar-winning talent as well as the National Youth Theatre. With a keen interest in immersive storytelling, Anna is also developing a slate of XR projects through her production company www.movrshaker.com
Here are a few of the ways ANNA can support your story
For Writers & Producers
Film / TV script analysis
For Writers & Producers
TV Bibles & Film Pitch decks
For Teams and Individuals
Workshops and Table Reads
Here’s what clients say about working with ANNA
‘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.’
AARON DOUGLAS, Actor
“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. 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.”
Here are some examples from ANNA’s showreel
I Seek Asylum
& Doon Mackichan
Based on actual interviews, this short film portrays the brutality of the UK Asylum Interview process
Helen Bamber Foundation -
A charity supporting survivors of trafficking and torture
Life of Leaf
International Techno DJ, Francesca Lombardo, presents her debut album as a singer-songwriter, 'Life of Leaf'
Blue Raincoat Music
Here are some of ANNA's writing credits
BBC 4 RADIO APPEAL
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.
IN OUR OWN WORDS - ASYLUM - Drama
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.
STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW
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)
SELF TAPE - Drama
Isolated from the outside world, a mother seeks to reignite her floundering acting career through a series of self-tapes. But as she loses the fight against alcoholism, so the characters take control of both her private life and public image.
MIX-TAPE - A Rom-com
A reluctantly love-struck young woman makes a mix-tape for her boyfriend, each song charting a seminal moment in their on-off relationship.
BERNIE'S GIFT - Comedy-Drama
Co-written with 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
TEAM-BUILDING - Black Comedy
Five warring colleagues from a Life Insurance Company go on a team-building trip to the lowest golf course on earth - in Death Valley, only to find themselves lost in the desert without a map, an ice bucket containing a severed foot their sole source of water. They have 12 hours to get out alive. But to do that they must work as a team.
Executive Committee Member
A Script Editing consultancy for international screenwriters
Reclaim The Frame
A movement to promote female-driven films
Bird's Eye View's mentorship scheme for female film-makers
Encounters Film Festival / British Council film-makers initiative
Women in Film & TV
Support, promotion and advocacy for women in Film & TV