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Jess Moore

Writer

Jess is a scriptwriter, director, and filmmaker. Her Audible Original series, BOOK LOVERS, has been released in the US and UK. She is a OneFifty Artist, supported by WarnerMedia to write and direct TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, a short film version of her critically acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh play, NEXT TIME. Her debut play, GIN FOR BREAKFAST received an Offie nomination for Best New Play. Her short films, BITTER LEMON and ALONE ONCE have screened internationally at festivals, including Cannes Shorts, Montreal Independent, and WMDIFF.

Credits

AUDIO SERIES
Date: 2021
Production (role):
BOOK LOVERS (Writer)
Company:
Audible
Project details:
BOOK LOVERS (Original series commission – released September 2021)
Romantic comedy, 10 x 20min episodes.
Directed by Ed Morrish. Produced by Victoria Lloyd for Listen and Audible Originals.
THEATRE (Development)
Date: March 2019
Production (role):
DADDY ISSUES (Writer)
Project details:
Read-through at MCC Theatre, New York in March 2019. Directed by Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award for Best Director - BIRDMAN)
Read by Lloyd Owen, Jennifer Mudge, Max Gordon Moore and Adina Verson.

Shortlisted by the Finborough Theatre in Introduce Yourself 2017.

Harri is a highflyer in the midst of heartbreak that she can’t handle. Convinced by her equally successful and emotionally dysfunctional ex that the traditional models of marriage and parenthood are broken, they embark on a completely logical and utterly flawed version of their own. Inspired by a line from Still Life by Alexander Dinelaris, “We all want to live. We just need permission,” the play considers how far we’ll push ourselves to do what we think we should do, before we will allow ourselves to do what we want to do.
Date: 5th June 2016
Production (role):
BOOM! (Writer)
Project details:
Staged read-through, Old Red Lion Theatre, 5th June 2016. Directed by Ryan Gage, produced by The Spill.

Architect of his own demise, a father, a brother, a son but no longer a husband. Ensconced in a seething, comfortable suburb, David is besieged by the voices of his own father, brother and son. Embittered, he sips over-priced cocktails and surveys the twinkly mess of unfinished skyscrapers he wishes he had built. How does a man who had everything find himself with nothing? Is it too late for redemption? An unflinching take on the baby boomers through the reflections of one man, this play considers a generation who had it all and squandered it.

THEATRE
Date: 27th and 28th June 2019
Production (role):
SEED BANK (Writer & Director)
Company:
Gielgud Theatre, RADA Festival 2019
Project details:
Written and Directed for RADA Festival, June 2019
It's 2029. The ice has gone. The coral has gone. The forests have gone. The whole world is at war. Should we continue to procreate on a planet we've destroyed? Trapped in a flooded seed bank, deep in the Arctic Circle, Professor Evie Evans and Doctor Dave Williams face that choice.
Date: 3 August – 25 August 2018
Production (role):
NEXT TIME (Writer)
Company:
Power Play Theatre Activists
Project details:
Commission for Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2018.
Directed by Polly Creed.

Suddenly left alone in her house in the aftermath of another vicious attack, a young woman attempts to leave the home that has become her prison. In real-time, the audience watch her try to escape, and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and injuries.
The play attempts to answer the “Why didn’t she just leave?” question frequently posed about victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

★★★★ Fringe Guru “an important and hard-hitting piece of theatre”; “powerful and emotive”.
OUTSTANDING SHOW* Fringe Review “compelling and serious drama”; “clever writing”; “painstakingly constructed”.
Date: 28 September – 21 October 2017
Production (role):
GIN FOR BREAKFAST (Writer)
Company:
Whatever Guise Productions / Tristan Bates Theatre
Project details:
Nominated for 'Best new Play' at Offie Awards 2017
Directed by Ryan Gage. Set and costume Design by Emmy Award Winner, Erica Hemminger.

Reviews:
★★★★ The Stage “tightly crafted debut play”
★★★★ Theatre News “rich with sharp dialogue”
★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions “brutal and compassionate”
★★★★ Camden New Journal “a lot of the play’s charm and wit comes from Moore’s beautifully written dialogue”

Childhood friends, Jen and Robbie, are all grown-up now and galaxies away from where they imagined they would be. With their world-views set on a collision course, and their dreams imploding, this debut play – Gin For Breakfast – explores whether or not they can save themselves, and each other. And, when everything's just stardust anyway, does it matter?
Date: April 2018 and March 2019
Production (role):
Q&A (Writer)
Company:
RADA Studios & Southwark Playhouse
Project details:
Southwark Playhouse, London. March 2019.
Directed by Imy Wyatt-Corner.
Performed by Looby Mills and Sanaa Byfield. Produced by Swings and Roundabouts.

RADA Studios, London. April 2018.
Directed by Cara Nolan. Performed by Tamara Lawrance and Laura Hanna.
Produced by Untold Stories

Gender, age, race, sexuality and ability are irrelevant. Q and A are entirely defined by their likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, the choices they make and the secrets they keep. They love each other, what else do they need to know to commit?
SHORT FILM
Date: 2021
Production (role):
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (Writer and Director)

Project details:
Written and directed by Jess Moore.
Produced by Sara Putt and Candida Julien-Jones.

Funded by WarnerMedia’s One Fifty Artist’s Studio.
Date: 2020
Production (role):
ALONE ONCE (Writer)
Project details:
Monologue. Directed by Polly Creed. Performed by Francesca Isherwood.

Selected by Cannes Short Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival, Cinemagic, Golden Bridge, and Dublin International (2021).

Official selection Dublin International Film Festival 2021.

Screened at Montreal Independent Film Festival, WMDIFF (2020).
Date: 2020
Production (role):
BOUNCE
Project details:
Directed by Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award for BIRDMAN) and Lloyd Owen. Performed by Lloyd Owen and Cathy Owen
Selected by Dublin International Film Festival and Underwire (2022).
Date: 2017
Production (role):
BITTER LEMON (Writer)
Company:
RADA
Project details:
RADA commissioned short film version of 'Gin For Breakfast'.
Directed by Edward Hicks.
Screened RADA Festival, 2017.
Selected for Riverbend Film Festival, Indiana (2018).
Selected for Fastnet Film Festival, Ireland (2018).
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
- OneFifty Artists, WarnerMedia

- Judge of the Young Theatre Designer Imagination Award 2016, alongside fellow judges: Sam Mendes, Mark Thompson and Caro Newling.

• Trustee of Tender, an arts and drama charity that works with young people to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence.

• Committee member of the National Film and Television School’s Gala, June 2017.

• BAFTA Scholarship Selection Panellist, 2013 - 2018.

• NFTS Scholarship Committee, 2013 – 2018.

• GCU MA TV Fiction Writing Selection Panellist, 2013 - 2018.

• Judge of the Best Screenplay Award for Film the House, 2018.

• Judge of the Best Short Film Awards for Film the House, 2019.

• Member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Theatre courses

• RADA Playwriting course led by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine), February 2016.

• SOLT Stage One New Producers course, October 2015.

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2021
    Production (role): BOOK LOVERS (Writer)
    Company: Audible
    Project details: BOOK LOVERS (Original series commission – released September 2021)
    Romantic comedy, 10 x 20min episodes.
    Directed by Ed Morrish. Produced by Victoria Lloyd for Listen and Audible Originals.
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Project details
  • Date: March 2019
    Production (role): DADDY ISSUES (Writer)
    Project details: Read-through at MCC Theatre, New York in March 2019. Directed by Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award for Best Director - BIRDMAN)
    Read by Lloyd Owen, Jennifer Mudge, Max Gordon Moore and Adina Verson.

    Shortlisted by the Finborough Theatre in Introduce Yourself 2017.

    Harri is a highflyer in the midst of heartbreak that she can’t handle. Convinced by her equally successful and emotionally dysfunctional ex that the traditional models of marriage and parenthood are broken, they embark on a completely logical and utterly flawed version of their own. Inspired by a line from Still Life by Alexander Dinelaris, “We all want to live. We just need permission,” the play considers how far we’ll push ourselves to do what we think we should do, before we will allow ourselves to do what we want to do.
  • Date: 5th June 2016
    Production (role): BOOM! (Writer)
    Project details: Staged read-through, Old Red Lion Theatre, 5th June 2016. Directed by Ryan Gage, produced by The Spill.

    Architect of his own demise, a father, a brother, a son but no longer a husband. Ensconced in a seething, comfortable suburb, David is besieged by the voices of his own father, brother and son. Embittered, he sips over-priced cocktails and surveys the twinkly mess of unfinished skyscrapers he wishes he had built. How does a man who had everything find himself with nothing? Is it too late for redemption? An unflinching take on the baby boomers through the reflections of one man, this play considers a generation who had it all and squandered it.

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 27th and 28th June 2019
    Production (role): SEED BANK (Writer & Director)
    Company: Gielgud Theatre, RADA Festival 2019
    Project details: Written and Directed for RADA Festival, June 2019
    It's 2029. The ice has gone. The coral has gone. The forests have gone. The whole world is at war. Should we continue to procreate on a planet we've destroyed? Trapped in a flooded seed bank, deep in the Arctic Circle, Professor Evie Evans and Doctor Dave Williams face that choice.
  • Date: 3 August – 25 August 2018
    Production (role): NEXT TIME (Writer)
    Company: Power Play Theatre Activists
    Project details: Commission for Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2018.
    Directed by Polly Creed.

    Suddenly left alone in her house in the aftermath of another vicious attack, a young woman attempts to leave the home that has become her prison. In real-time, the audience watch her try to escape, and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and injuries.
    The play attempts to answer the “Why didn’t she just leave?” question frequently posed about victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

    ★★★★ Fringe Guru “an important and hard-hitting piece of theatre”; “powerful and emotive”.
    OUTSTANDING SHOW* Fringe Review “compelling and serious drama”; “clever writing”; “painstakingly constructed”.
  • Date: 28 September – 21 October 2017
    Production (role): GIN FOR BREAKFAST (Writer)
    Company: Whatever Guise Productions / Tristan Bates Theatre
    Project details: Nominated for 'Best new Play' at Offie Awards 2017
    Directed by Ryan Gage. Set and costume Design by Emmy Award Winner, Erica Hemminger.

    Reviews:
    ★★★★ The Stage “tightly crafted debut play”
    ★★★★ Theatre News “rich with sharp dialogue”
    ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions “brutal and compassionate”
    ★★★★ Camden New Journal “a lot of the play’s charm and wit comes from Moore’s beautifully written dialogue”

    Childhood friends, Jen and Robbie, are all grown-up now and galaxies away from where they imagined they would be. With their world-views set on a collision course, and their dreams imploding, this debut play – Gin For Breakfast – explores whether or not they can save themselves, and each other. And, when everything's just stardust anyway, does it matter?
  • Date: April 2018 and March 2019
    Production (role): Q&A (Writer)
    Company: RADA Studios & Southwark Playhouse
    Project details: Southwark Playhouse, London. March 2019.
    Directed by Imy Wyatt-Corner.
    Performed by Looby Mills and Sanaa Byfield. Produced by Swings and Roundabouts.

    RADA Studios, London. April 2018.
    Directed by Cara Nolan. Performed by Tamara Lawrance and Laura Hanna.
    Produced by Untold Stories

    Gender, age, race, sexuality and ability are irrelevant. Q and A are entirely defined by their likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, the choices they make and the secrets they keep. They love each other, what else do they need to know to commit?
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2021
    Production (role): TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (Writer and Director)

    Company:
    Project details: Written and directed by Jess Moore.
    Produced by Sara Putt and Candida Julien-Jones.

    Funded by WarnerMedia’s One Fifty Artist’s Studio.
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): ALONE ONCE (Writer)
    Company:
    Project details: Monologue. Directed by Polly Creed. Performed by Francesca Isherwood.

    Selected by Cannes Short Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival, Cinemagic, Golden Bridge, and Dublin International (2021).

    Official selection Dublin International Film Festival 2021.

    Screened at Montreal Independent Film Festival, WMDIFF (2020).
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): BOUNCE
    Company:
    Project details: Directed by Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award for BIRDMAN) and Lloyd Owen. Performed by Lloyd Owen and Cathy Owen
    Selected by Dublin International Film Festival and Underwire (2022).
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): BITTER LEMON (Writer)
    Company: RADA
    Project details: RADA commissioned short film version of 'Gin For Breakfast'.
    Directed by Edward Hicks.
    Screened RADA Festival, 2017.
    Selected for Riverbend Film Festival, Indiana (2018).
    Selected for Fastnet Film Festival, Ireland (2018).
  • - OneFifty Artists, WarnerMedia

    - Judge of the Young Theatre Designer Imagination Award 2016, alongside fellow judges: Sam Mendes, Mark Thompson and Caro Newling.

    • Trustee of Tender, an arts and drama charity that works with young people to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence.

    • Committee member of the National Film and Television School’s Gala, June 2017.

    • BAFTA Scholarship Selection Panellist, 2013 - 2018.

    • NFTS Scholarship Committee, 2013 – 2018.

    • GCU MA TV Fiction Writing Selection Panellist, 2013 - 2018.

    • Judge of the Best Screenplay Award for Film the House, 2018.

    • Judge of the Best Short Film Awards for Film the House, 2019.

    • Member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

    Theatre courses

    • RADA Playwriting course led by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine), February 2016.

    • SOLT Stage One New Producers course, October 2015.
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