“Christabelle has an excellent grasp of character set up and narrative drive whilst also understanding the personal, poetic and instinctive side of story telling.”

Diarmid Scrimshaw, Producer Tyrannosaur


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.



Surviving Disaster – BBC 2, 3 episodes

  • The Sinking of the Estonia
  • Fastnet Yacht Race
  • Eruption at Mount St Helens

Suez: A Very British Crisis – BBC 1, 3 x 60’ episodes


  • Faithless – Screen East
    Original feature film script
  • Flotsam – Screen East
    Original feature film script
  • Grace – Screen East / Film Council
    Wrote and directed short film


  • Waking the Incas – Discovery Channel
    Wrote and researched script, shot pilot
  • Lost Children – Tigerlily Films
    Wrote and researched script, shot complete footage
  • Chica Inglesa – Channel 4
    Wrote feature length creative documentary drama