A former journalist, Tess won the Lloyds Bank/Channel 4 Film Challenge for her short film Beer Goggles in 1997 and in 2008 was chosen for the BFI/Skillset Think Shoot Distribute Scheme for emerging talent in the British film industry. Beginning her writing career on soap operas and sitcoms, including as a script editor with Seinfield writer Tom Leopold, in 2011 she decided to write a screenplay on spec: the romantic comedy Man Up. The script made the 2011 Brit List for the year’s best unproduced scripts, and was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, financed by Studio Canal and BBC Films. Man Up was released earlier this year, directed by Ben Palmer and starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell and Rory Kinnear. She also lectures on comedy and screenwriting for the Arvon Foundation and Royal Holloway, University of London and is currently developing two more scripts with Big Talk Pictures.
To be supported and encouraged by BAFTA, especially in the genre I write in, is such an incredibly exciting and inspiring thing, and makes me feel so hopeful and excited for my future! Which is always a good thing to feel as a writer. I am looking forward to so many things, but particularly being able to meet and talk to some of my industry heroes, I’m also very excited about having access to the screenings and Q&As at BAFTA, as I am at my happiest when in a darkened room, watching movies.