ellis freeman - screenwriter
Starting out in print and TV journalism, Ellis has been writing screenplays for over fifteen years. He has had commissions from BFI, Channel Four, The Film Council, Rai (Italy), Fox Searchlight and the MEDIA program.
With Brazilian director, Henrique Goldman, he wrote PRINCESA, an award- winning feature about a transvestite prostitute living in Milan. The film was screened at the Sundance festival 2001 and was released in the US, UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia . He also co-wrote JANUARY 2nd, a comedy feature for director Matt Winn and the acclaimed short COMING DOWN, screened on Channel Four’s Shooting Gallery season.
He is currently developing EMPATHY a TV thriller series for Sixteen Films, producer Rebecca O’Brien and director Tim Fywell.
With Luke Schiller, he also runs Clownfish Films, a production company founded in 2013, developing and producing a slate of feature films. The first film, TIERRA CALIENTE, is a reenactment documentary by Mexican artist Laura Plancarte, currently in post production.
Ellis devised THE WRITERS' GYM, a workshop in creative screenwriting at the London Film School, where he has taught for the last eight years. He is a regular lecturer at the DFFB in Berlin teaching writers, directors and producers. Recently he became an advisor at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam and will be holding workshops at the Scuola Holden in Turin in March. He also works as a freelance script consultant on feature projects and shorts.