Christabelle has a strong instinct for story and a particular perspective on script writing, formed by being an actor – experiencing stories from the inside – and by her love of directing. She sees scripts visually, and is primarily interested in her characters’ journeys.
Christabelle trained as a director at the Northern film school, where she wrote and directed a short film, Shoes, and The Big Catch, which won the Kodak Student Commercial award. For the Screen East / UK Film Council’s Digital Shorts scheme she wrote a second short film Grace, which she also directed.
Christabelle has often worked as a story editor on documentary subjects, unearthing powerful, character-led narratives from complex histories. She researched and wrote three dramas in the BBC’s Surviving Disasters series: The Sinking of the Estonia, Eruption at Mount St Helens and Fastnet Yacht Race. She also wrote a three part series Suez: A Very British Crisis, starring James Fox, for BBC2.
Christabelle has written two feature film scripts with development funding from UK Film Council through Screen East: Flotsam and Faithless.
She is currently working on her first novel.