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Centre for New Writing

Emma Clarke

Senior Executive currently teaching our new Screenwriting MA

Emma Clarke

Emma Clarke is a Senior Executive who has personally overseen the development and production of over 30 award winning feature films and documentaries, working both in the US and UK. Passionate to champion and support projects driven by a strong directorial voice, Emma launched the work of many new directors as well as some of the most established arthouse filmmakers in Britain and abroad. She has worked very closely with writers and writer/directors during the development stage, supported producers through putting finance together with sales companies, broadcasters, distributors and Funds both in the UK and Europe-wide, and then was also closely involved in the editing process. Her work has taken her to a broad spectrum of festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance.

During her tenure as a Senior Executive at the UK Film Council (now BFI Production), Emma's credits included:

  • Red Road written and directed by Andrea Arnold – winner Jury Prize Cannes 2007, 5 Scottish Bafta Prizes
  • Fish Tank written and directed by Andrea Arnold – winner of Jury Prize Cannes 2009, Best British Film Bafta 2010
  • Bright Star written and directed by Jane Campion – selected for Competition Cannes 2009
  • She a Chinese written and directed by Xiaolu Guo – winner of Locarno 2009
  • Son of Babylon written and directed by Mohamed Al Daradji – nominated as Iraq's entry to the Oscars 2011
  • This is England written and directed by Shane Meadows – Alexander Korda Award Bafta 2007, Audience Award Rome 2007, Best British Film Bifas 
  • Touching the Void directed by Kevin MacDonald – winner of Alexander Korda Award Bafta 2004, Best British Documentary Bifas
  • Bloody Sunday written and directed by Paul Greengrass – winner of Silver Bear Berlin 2002, Sundance World Cinema award 2002
  • In the Loop directed by Armando Ianucci
  • Bullet Boy created and directed by Saul Dibb
  • This Little Life directed by Sarah Gavron
  • NEDS written and directed by Peter Mullan

Other writer/directors Emma has worked with include Sally Potter, The Brothers Quay, Danis Tanovic, and the directors Nicolas Roeg, John Crowley and Michael Caton-Jones.

In addition to her role as an Executive, Emma has been a regular juror and industry expert for international film festivals and organisations such as EAVE and is a member of Bafta.

A selection of Emma's film highlights