Melissa Osborne is an award-winning British screenwriter. Her feature script, EASY OUT, a young adult dramedy that tackles the weighty issue of assisted dying featured on the 2021 Brit List and is currently in development with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way. Prior to this it received recognition as a Script Pipeline finalist and a Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist script. Mel is currently adapting the Spanish teen romance novel MY FAULT into an English language feature film for Amazon which will shoot next year. She has just been commissioned to adapt the sequel YOUR FAULT.
Mel’s further commissions include an original supernatural genre series, MARKED, which is in development with Firebird Pictures; MISS HARGREAVES, an adaptation of the book as a family feature film for Ten Thousand & 86; an original TV project, SECRETS AND LIVES, which is in development with Playground and a romcom feature for Temple Hill called MY OXFORD YEAR.
Mel also participated in the writers’ room for WINTER, a comedy series for Heyday Film and TV. Melissa’s first feature script, LOSING IT, landed her in the Tracking Board’s Top 100 Young & Hungry writers list and in 2020 she was selected to be part of the prestigious BBC Drama Writers room Programme. Whilst living in the US she attended UCLA where she made two short films, NOTHING and CHANGE. The latter, which she wrote, produced and directed, won many awards including the Frameline Audience Award at Toronto and the Best Drama Award at the Minghella Festival. CHANGE was acquired by Frameline’s ‘Youth in Motion’ program where it was made available to schools throughout California and plays on iTunes and Shorts TV.
Melissa’s writing ranges confidently from genre to character-based drama and from commercial to arthouse.
A short film written, produced and directed by Melissa Osborne.
Jamie is an African-American teenager grappling with his sexual identity on the night Barrack Obama is elected president and Proposition 8 - the voter initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage – is passed.
When one of his friends initiates the bullying of an openly gay classmate, Jamie uses his wits to try and prevent it, but when things don’t go the way he predicted, he is forced to face his fears head on.
CHANGE explores the irony of Prop 8 passing on the very day that Barack Obama broke historic barriers to become our first African American President. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking story that is sure to reignite the frustration and disappointment that so many Californians felt that next morning.
Minghella Film Festival, UK - Best Drama Winner
Inside Out Film Festival, Tornoto - Audience Award Winner
Action on Film, California - Best LGBT Winner
Seattle LGBT Film Festival - Jury Award Winner
San Diego Black Film Festival - Best LGBT Film Winner
Long Beach Q Fest - Best Director Winner
The Iris Prize - UK - nominated
Texas Black Film Festival - Nominated Best Short
Athens International Film & Video Festival - Honorable Mention
USA Film Festival - Finalist