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Juliet Ellis is an award winning director. She is also an actor, performance artist and theatre maker. Her work has been screened at many international film festivals, including London, Oberhausen, South Africa and the US.

“My work is characterized by it’s haunting yet beautiful atmospheres, creating images that are visually compelling, evocative and disturbing, juxtaposing strange harmonies, which leave a sublime residue creating a world beyond language that seduces the eye of the

Most recent Credits:
Director: Music Promo: “Love Lives On” for Singer Songwriter Dana Fuchs : Get along
Records NYC
Writer/Director/Producer: Morning Feature film
Actor: Shane Meadows new drama “The Virtues.’
Director: Music Promos ‘Hinterland and Buckerpop for Singer Songwriter Lonelady for Warp
October 2013 – January 2014 Writers Lab at the BINGER FILMLAB in Amsterdam.
• 2013 Received Development funds from Creative England for Bit By Bit Script
• 2013 Received Funds from the BFI Development Funds for BINGER FILMLAB
• Blue (Short)
• Bro9 (Short)
Commissioned by the UK Film Council and B3 Media’s Blank Slate Scheme premiered at the
London International Film Festival. Bro9 was chosen to be a part of The British Council’s
Best short films compilations show-reel. Both films have screened at festivals world wide
• Sithengi Cinema Festival South Africa,
• Britspotting Experimental Short Film Program,
• Berlin, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
• The Int’l Fest of Cinema and Technology.
• Encounters Film Festival, Bristol
• Toronto Independent Film Festival
2008 Juliet was chosen as one of two UK emerging film directors to take part in the Toronto
Independent Film Festival’s Talent Lab.
Artist in Residence green room, Manchester funded by ACE’s BRIT (Black Regional Initiative
in Theatre).
Method Lab: Greenroom Manchester
At Home Residency: Contact Theatre
“North West’s most exciting and challenging devisor / performer”
Kevin Burke, The Manchester Evening News
As a performance artist and theatre director Juliet’s work explored the disruption of
language, space and visual architecture, examining performance, new technologies
structure and form. Juliet’s work also explored creative working methods for Live
Performance within Digital Formats, Multi Media Installation and Design with a team of
filmmakers, dancers, architects, historians, musicians and writers. Her time as Resident
Artist at Manchester’s Greenroom saw Juliet write, direct and perform her critically
reviewed Autobiography in Five Chapters, a body of work consisting of five performances
Silent Sermon, Hidden Thread, Separate Other, Slice and Hidden Thread.
Autobiography was performed at:
• THE NATIONAL REVIEW OF LIVE ART: An annual two-week festival of risk-taking live
performance. Glasgow
• PUSH: A contemporary event to showcase Black British art. In 21st century. London
• FUTURE FACTORY: A Programme of one to one experiences, installations and
performances. Centre of contemporary Art Nottingham
• HIP: A Festival of Black dance. London. Rome.
• Lancaster University, Contact Theatre Manchester, Soho Theatre London, Battersea
Arts Center London, Toynbee Studios London.
As well as creating her own work Juliet has also devised work with renowned artists such as
New York based Julie Tolentino, DV8’S Nigel Charnock, Award – winning Mem Morrison and
Third Angel.
Juliet specialized in directing a number of national and international multi-media
productions: Juliet received an Arts Council England’s award for outstanding achievement in
the arts in the North West, which culminated in a production called Manchester 04
performed at The Contact Theatre. Juliet also directed the BBC Young Writers Festival
2003-4 and is involved with developing scripts with new writers.
• Amsterdam written by Chanje Kunda, Podium Mosaiek Amsterdam
• The Blacks: Manchester Capitol Theatre
• Worlds Apart: for Red Ladder National Tour
• Somewhere the Shadow: Contact Theatre (co- directed with Contact Theatre’s
Artistic Director John E. McGrath)
• Bro 9: Contact Theatre
• The Root of it: Soho Theatre
• Twilight: a multi-media production co-produced by Contact Theatre and NITRO.
• Hydroponic: Showcase readings by 4 Culturally diverse playwrights. Reading
Arts Center.
• BBC’s Young Writers Festival.
• Flip the Script
Juliet’s career as an actor has seen her work with some of Britain’s best talent Ray
Winstone, (Vincent) Kay Mellor, (The Syndicate) Christopher Fulford (IF Series) and Ken
Loach in his film It’s a Free World opposite BAFTA nominee Keirston Wareing.
• Feature Film, Rose, IT’S A FREE WORLD, Sixteen Films, Ken Loach
• Feature Film, Crawler, THE DESCENT, Lion Gate Films, Neil Marshall
• 2013 Patty, IN THE FLESH BBC3 TELEVISION Jonny Cambell
• 2013 Debble, PRISIONERS WIVES SERIES 2, Damon Thomas
• 2013 Trina, Scott and Bailey ITV, Morag Fullarton
• 2011 Karen, THE SYNDICATE, BBC Television, Kay Mellor
• 2011 Debbie, PRISONERS WIVES BBC Television, Damon Thomas
• 2010 Terri Murray, Casualty BBC Television, Alan Wareing
• 2008 DC Danni Timmins, CORONATION STREET, Granada Television
• 2007, Maya, ALL ABOUT ME, BBC Television, Beryl Richards
• 2006, Kathy Barnwell, DOCTORS, BBC Television
• 2005, Emma Parker, IF DRUGS WERE LEGAL, BBC Television, Nick Copus
• 2005, Wendy, NO ANGELS, Channel 4, Jeremy Webb
• 2005, Amanda, VINCENT, ITV, Roger Garland
• 2003, Fiona, BURN IT, BBC Television, Mat Greenhalugh
• 2003, Helen, CLOCKING OFF, BBC Television, Brain Grant
• 2003, Paula McCullock, CORONATION STREET, Granada Television, Oliver Horsburgh
• 2003, Sarah Hargreaves, DOCTORS, BBC Television, Terry Iland
• 2002, Lorraine, HOLBY CITY, BBC Television, Jim Goddard
• 2002, Gilly Bishop, IMPACT, Paper Plane Production, John Strickland
• 2001, Becky, ALWAYS & EVERYONE, Granada Television, Mary McMurray
• 2001, Helen, EASTENDERS, BBC Television
• 1999, Maggie Cruikshank semi-regular, EMMERDALE, Yorkshire Television, Neil Adams
• 1999, Olivier, THIS IS PERSONAL, Granada Television, David Richards
• VW Golf Advert
• You Hang Up First: Contact Theatre Directed by Dana Fainaru. (Nominated
Best Actress Award Manchester Evening News)
• Weeding Cane, Directed by Wyllie Longmore. The Royal Exchange
• Storm: Directed by John E McGrath Contact Theatre Manchester
• King Lear: Directed by John McGrath. Contact Theatre Manchester
• A Caribbean Abroad: Directed by Wyllie Longmore. Library Theatre
• Mulgrave: Directed by Wilson and Wilson. Mulgrave woods, Whitby
• Hang Up Third Angel
• BBC Radio 4: Andrea, 100% HUMAN, BBC Radio 4, Katherine Beacon
• BBC Radio 4: Elaine, RUNNING TO PARADISE, Radio 4, Pauline Harris
• BBC Radio 4: Isabel, PATHS OF FIRE, BBC Radio 4, Mary Ward Lowery
• BBC Radio 4: Poetry Readings, WITH GREAT PLEASURE, BBC Radio 4, Mary Ward
• BBC Radio 4: Rebecca Forbes, BYE BYE MISS AMERICAN HIGH, Radio BBC 4, Melanie
B.A Honors Acting Studies Arden school of Theatre, Manchester
M.A Contempary Performance Practice, Queen Mary University
Recipient of the One to One Bursary Live Art Development Agency.
Arts Council Funding for three major pieces of multi – media productions.
Blank Slate commission by B3 Media / UK Film Council
• Nominated Best Actress ‘You Hang up First’ 2003 by Manchester Evening News
Awards 2004.
• Winner of two Manchester Evening News Awards: Best Set Design / Best Fringe
Performer for her direction on Multi-Media production Bro 9.
• Awarded Black Progress Trust Award for contribution to Arts and Media
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