Ruth
Pickett

Writer and Director

Ruth Pickett is an Emmy-nominated Writer & Director, working across both TV and film, with a particular skill for narrative and character-driven comedy and comedy-drama.

Ruth has recently directed a 6-part narrative web series for Comedy Central, Transaction, due to be released in early 2020; and her award-winning short films and music videos have been accepted into top international and BAFTA affiliated festivals including LOCO, Aesthetica, Underwire, The Smalls, Etheria, Citizen Jane and Hollyshorts.

Ruth’s short film, Wasteland, made in just 48 hours, was the Winner of the Endemol Shine Short Cuts film competition, the prize for which saw her attend the Edinburgh TV festival and be invited to prestigious 'Ones to Watch' events. Her online comedy series Printfriends, which she wrote, directed and edited for Fremantle Media, was nominated for an International Emmy Award in the category of ‘Best Digital Fiction’; her feature script The Opposite of Everything was a finalist in Film London's prestigious Microwave scheme; her short play, A Handful of Dust, was produced at the Vineyard Theatre, Manhattan, as part of the Old Vic Theatre's T.S. Eliot UK / US exchange; and she is a member of female film collective Cinesisters.

Ruth's passion is for dark comedy and comedy-drama with a strong, character-driven narrative and a cinematic aesthetic. She believes there is a fine line between tragedy and comedy - it is often in the bleakest of scenarios that our impulse to laugh emerges; and a strong sense of humour can allow difficult subjects to be tackled in an accessible manner – and she strives to always create work that is visually compelling, distinctive and imaginative.

CV

Film

Writer & Director 

Accepted to numerous international film festivals, including Underwire (BAFTA-affiliated), The Shortest Nights, Hollywood Comedy Shorts and Carmathen Bay (BAFTA-Cymru affiliated)

Freelance

Accepted into to numerous international film festivals, including Underwire (BAFTA-affiliated), The Shortest Nights, Hollywood Comedy Shorts, The Smalls, Crystal Palace and Carmathen Bay (BAFTA-Cymru affiliated)

Freelance

Award-winning dark comedy which screened at numerous international film festivals, including LOCO, Aesthetica (BAFTA- affiliated), Citizen Jane, Etheria, and Carmarthen Bay (BAFTA-Cymru affiliated)

Freelance

Director 

Winner of the Endemol Shine 48 hour short film competition; screened at the Edinburgh TV festival and at the BFI as part of the BAFTA-affiliated Underwire festival

Writer 

Received development funding and support from Film London’s highly competitive Microwave scheme

In development

Television

Writer & Director 

Nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Digital Fiction

Fremantle Media

Director 

Web Series

Comedy Central

Writer 

Co-wrote a 30 minute comedy sitcom script, developed with Robert Katz (The 11 o’clock show, The Day Today) and Rohan Acharya (White Van Man)

DLT

Theatre

Writer 

Chosen as one of just 7 of the UK’s best up-and-coming writers to travel to New York

The Old Vic Theatre

Other

Director 

Responsible for every stage of the creative process: creative concept, pitching, casting, and directing. The promo was so well received by Nintendo that they hosted it on their European social media channels

Made for Endemol Shine

Director and editor of music video for indie-pop band Laish. The video was accepted into BAFTA-affiliated festival Aesthetica