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 directed Comedy Central's 6-part digital series, Transaction, which won a Broadcast Digital Award for best short-form scripted; 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 recently worked on the long-running Channel 4 series Hollyoaks, and is currently directing series three of the acclaimed BBC Three comedy Ladhood

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

Television

Director 

Creator Liam Williams

Coming-of-age comedy about a man reflecting on how his misspent adolescence has shaped him.



BBC Studios for BBC Three
In development
Hollyoaks
4 x 30'
Lime Pictures for Channel 4
Transaction
(Web series)
Writer Jordan Gray
Starring
  • Jordan Gray
  • Thomas Gray
  • Comedy about a transgender woman and her best friend, working in a supermarket.

    Winner of the 2020 Broadcast Digital Award for Best Short-Form Scripted series.

    Comedy Central

    Writer & Director 

    An Emmy-nominated Youtube series that follows Fistigan, a time-travelling, tea-loving nitwit with a universe-controlling code inside his tiny paper brain.

    Fremantle Media

    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

    Film

    Writer & Director 

    A downtrodden man tries to stand up for himself - with disastrous results.

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

    Freelance

    A desperate actress attempts to make a black-and-white French language film.

    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

    A newly wed Christian couple head to the Welsh mountains for their honeymoon.

    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

    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 

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