Isabella is an award-winning British filmmaker, a Film Independent and New York Film Festival Artist Academy Fellow. The Rain Collector (2015), her short film about women in science in Victorian England starring Hermione Norris, was called “a stupendous marvel of anxiety and restraint” and won awards at festivals around the world, and Waiting (2017), a short vignette set in a bathroom at a New York wedding, was described as “a masterpiece of observation”. She wrote and directed two segments of the James Franco-produced project Black Dog Red Dog (2015) starring Chloë Sevigny, Logan Marshall Green and Tim Blake Nelson. After getting her MFA (Film Directing) from NYU’s Graduate Film Program (alumni: Ang Lee, Cary Fukanaga, Debra Granik, Dee Rees etc) she worked in development and production on projects for Showtime, Lionsgate and Park Pictures at Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions in New York and produced many award-winning shorts like Afronauts (Sundance, Berlin) and So You’ve Grown Attached (Student Academy Award finalist). She has received awards and funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Film Independent, Alfred P Sloan Foundation and is a two time KSF Artist-of-Choice finalist.
As a writer/director she has a contemporary Brooklyn coming-of-age feature film about a female neuroscientist in development with award-winning production company Park Pictures that she will write and direct and a UK-set period film with BAFTA-winning and BFI Vision Award producer Emily Morgan for Quiddity Films, as well as a series with Adaptive Studios. As a director she has a UK-set feature film One in Five about post-natal depression in development with actor/writer team Michelle Bonnard and Zoe Tapper and a Welsh-based historical drama feature Efa with writer Zara Symes for Farrena Films. Isabella is part of the UK filmmakers collective Cinesisters and is represented by Independent Talent. Isabellawingdavey.com