Christabelle Dilks

Christabelle first analysed scripts as an actor (Royal National Theatre) before training as a film director at the Northern Film School.

She was Assistant Commissioning Editor in Channel4 Drama at a particularly fecund time, working with top writing talent across a broad slate of singles and serials from Queer as Folk to Shockers, and with Charles Sturridge on Shackleton and Longitude. At the BBC, she storylined the first series of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, script edited seven modern disaster movies in Surviving Disaster, and six films charting the rise and fall of the Roman Empire in Ancient Rome. She story-lined and script edited single films Casualty 1906, Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction and The Sinking of the Lusitania.

Christabelle has assessed feature film scripts for the Film Council and Film Four Lab, and developed original TV dramas and feature films with with independent production companies Blast!, Tigerlily, Warp and Inflammable. She recently script edited much of The Bible, later Son of God, for Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

Christabelle now works as a screenwriter and script consultant with established writers and production companies, developing new feature films and television dramas. She teaches screenwriting through Write2Screen’s HotHouse mentoring programmes supported by Creative England, at the National Centre for Writing, Norwich and also contributes to UEA’s Screenwriting MOOC at FutureLearn.

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“Christabelle combines a deep intuition about character development with a clear, precise understanding of the hidden mechanisms of screenplay construction.”

Christopher Spencer, Writer & Director, BBC