In 2018, Nessa wrote and directed the short film, Early Days, starring Maimie McCoy (Van Der Valk, Musketeers, White House Farm) and Adrian Bower (Gangs of London, The Last Kingdom), which was screened at numerous Oscar and Bafta-qualifying festivals internationally, winning multiple awards on the festival circuit.
In 2021, Nessa was chosen by the screenwriter/showrunner Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, The Deceived, Being Human) for one-to-one mentorship as part of the BBC/ITV Mentorship Scheme with Dancing Ledge Productions. Lisa selected Nessa’s TV project, Reunion, developing it with her to take to international broadcasters.
Nessa has written an episode of internationally acclaimed drama Smother S3 for RTE/BBC Studios which broadcasts on RTE, Alibi, ABC, NBC and HBO in 2023. She has also written an episode of new RTE/BBC Studios thriller series Black Shore for RTE1 and a BBC Studios True Crime series for BBC3 - both will air in 2024.
This summer, Nessa was named a Broadcast Hot Shot of 2023. She is developing an original TV project with RTE and a film through her production company, KLICK Productions. She has recently obtained the rights to adapt Eimear Ryan’s novel Holding her Breath.
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Smother Series 3
- Writer: Episode 5
- Prod Companies: RTE / BBC Studios / Treasure Entertainment
- Writer & Director: Nessa Wrafter
- Producer: Clancie Brennan
- Cast: Mamie McCoy, Adrian Bower
Official Selection: Galway Film Fleadh, London Irish Film Festival, Aesthetica, Raindance, London Short Film Festival, Harrogate Film Festival, Performance Insurance, UK Tweetfest, Breakout Shorts, Belfast Film Festival, Au Contraire, Festival du Film D'Aubagne, Clones Film Festival, San Francisco Irish Film Festival, Papaya Films Fund, Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Dingle International Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Beeston Film Festival, Ranelagh Arts Festival, Mental Health & Arts Festival Lisbon, Breakout Shorts, Forest Film Club, Reykjavik Feminist Film Festival, Malta Film Festival
Winner: Best Irish Short Film at London Irish Film Festival, Best Drama, Audience Award & Critics Choice Award at Harrogate Short Film Festival, Best Short Film at Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Best Short Film at Performance Insurance, Best Actress, Best Short Film & Audience Award at UK Tweetfest, Best Short Film at Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Best Short Film at Beeston Film Festival, Best Drama at Malta Film Festival
Nominated: Best Short Film, Best Debut & Best Cinematography at Galway Film Fleadh, Best Short Drama at Aesthetica, Grand Prix Irish Short at Cork Film Festival, Francie Award at Clones Film Festival, Finalist at Mental Health & Arts Festival Lisbon