Jessica Benhamou

Jessica Benhamou

Talent Description
  • 8th March 2019

Jessica is a writer and investigative journalist. She likes powerful stories blending creativity with journalistic inquiry. 

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Jessica is developing a handful of scripts as a writer including a dramedy feature CRAZY LOVE with director Adina Istrate; a pilot for a TV series called ALT with director Miranda Howard-Williams following their award-winning short EVIE and a period drama about the Impressionist artist Berthe Morisot. Her scripts have made it to the finals of numerous film competitions from the Pears Short Film Fund to Shorts TV’s ‘The Pitch’ at Cannes Film Festival.

Now in post-production for her first feature as a producer, Jessica is developing a feature documentary with twice BAFTA-nominated director John Dower. Her shorts have screened around the world at BAFTA and Academy Award qualifying festivals, won awards and creative grants, and been distributed by ShortsTV. Jessica was awarded the 2016 Cointreau Creative Crew grant as an emerging filmmaker and named Marie Claire’s ‘Wonder Woman’ of the month.

Jessica started out in print journalism and her interest in current affairs has taken her to Paris, New York City and Tel Aviv. She’s worked for the BBC’s flagship series Panorama, Radio 4 and ITV Exposure. Her articles have been published in papers such as The Times, The Guardian and The New York Observer.

While studying Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, her essay on Honoré de Balzac was shortlisted for the 2012 Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize, a national competition whereby universities may only submit the top three student essays. Her love of the nineteenth-century French literature continues and – beyond her journalistic desire to shine a light on the untold – there are many stories from this era she dreams of bringing to the silver screen.