Isla is a writer and director with a particular interest in exploring the exchange between realism and the poetic, often in relation to psycho-social issues.
As well as having worked as a researcher, assistant and treatment writer for companies such as Camden Film Co (London), Wanda (Paris/London) and Ursula Rani Sarma (for BBC Ireland) she has spent many years teaching and mentoring young people and youth offenders with a range of special needs. She also held a long term voluntary post at Bristol Refugee Rights and continues to raise awareness and donations. This has all inspired much of her writing.
‘The Tides’ (feature screenplay)
Orphan Ashley finds an Iraqi boy washed ashore and nurses him back to health. When the authorities find him, Ashley must fight for his freedom.
- BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Prize, shortlisted (top 8 screenplays) (2020)
- Grand Prize Winner, ‘Cinefluential’ (2019)
- Semi-Finalist, Ava Duvernay’s ‘Diverse Voices’ (2019)
- Semi-Finalist, Final Draft’s ‘Big Break’ (2019)
- Quarterfinalist, Shore Scripts (2019)
‘The Conversation’ (short screenplay)
- Winner, iFilmThings and Final Draft’s short screenplay competition (2020)
‘Canvey Island’ (short film – in post production)
Ronnie kidnaps her daughter from foster care and takes her to Canvey Island in the hope of starting a new life as a tribute singer. But their sanctuary is put in jeopardy when they’re tracked down by the police and Ronnie must decide whether to give in or run.
- Genera Films Winner (2018)
‘Reprise’ (short film – in post production)
Despite being in a new relationship, the ex husband of a successful ballerina is called to care for her after a diagnoses of Picks disease, a form of early onset dementia.
- BFI funded (2019)
‘Kids’ (short film – in post production) (Directed by Isla Ure, written by Kam Ghandi)
A group of teenagers caught between child’s play and the adult world spend a final night in their urban playground before housing developers start building on it.
‘Sparrow’ (full length play) (magical realism)
The husband of a woman living in the depths of the Welsh valleys goes missing one night. Simultaneously, a mysterious man arrives at her door, threatening to reveal the secret she has kept for 20 years.
- Written whilst on the New Welsh Playwright programme at the Sherman Theatre.
- Rehearsed Reading at Theatre 503 and Sherman Theatre (2018)
- Top 20, Papatango Playwriting Prize
‘Darkling Sky’ (full length play)
The fractured lives of three females come together when the age of an Eritrean refugee is disputed.
- 4th Place, Bread & Roses Playwriting Competition (2019)
- Top 15 Bristol Old Vic (2018)
- Long listed, Theatre 503 (2018)
’80 DB’ (short play)
Four estranged friends return to an old haunt for a special occasion. Two of them are set on ruining it.
- Shortlisted, Southwark Playhouse’s ‘Little Pieces of Gold’
R.A.G.E (TV serial)
It’s 1982 and while Esme Mortlock joins the women’s peace movement, Linda Gibson tries to dismantle it. But as their personal lives collide, they’ll see that their greatest enemy is bigger than both of them.
(Pilot – in development)
To the embarrassment of her two children, Maggie spontaneously decides to take up Female Bodybuilding. It’s only through her training that she realises she must find a way to escape her emotionally abusive marriage.
BAFTA Crew 2019