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Vanessa Caswill

Vanessa Caswill

Vanessa is a filmmaker with a passion for telling empowering and emotive stories about women. 

Vanessa won the 4Talent award for Best Young Director in the UK in 2008, after the success of her first two short films, Fairytale of the City and Pudding Bowl. Several more shorts followed, including The Fishdance Kid and Flea. She directed the pilot of Love Matters (Ruby/Sky) and then worked on the second season of My Mad Fat Diary (Tiger Aspect/Drama Republic/E4). She has also directed episodes of two Marnie Dickens’ mini-series, Thirteen (BBC/BBC America) and Gold Digger (BBC). She helmed the three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women (Playground/BBC/PBS), before directing a series of monologues for the BBC in celebration of 100 tears of women’s suffrage, entitled Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives. One of these monologues, ‘Bovril Pam’, written by Vicky Jones and delivered by Jodie Comer, was nominated for a BAFTA for Short Form Programme in 2019. 

Vanessa’s first feature film, Love at First Sight (Ace Films), starring Hayley Lu Richardson, Ben Hardy, Jamila Jamil, Sally Phillips and Rob Delaney, will debut on Netflix in the autumn of 2023. She is currently in late-stage development on two other films: her first original screenplay, Cuck, a comedy-drama about a woman who instigates her husband’s affair, for BBC films/Wild Swim; and May, a bittersweet coming-of-age love story about Alexander Graham Bell’s deaf wife, Mabel Hubbard, for Ecosse Films. 

Agent: Mady Niel, 42 Management