Writer / Director
Lotus Hannon is a writer / director driven to tell stories about human survival dealing with themes of power, sexuality and taboos.
Lotus’ short films have been screened internationally and her latest award winning short, Unseen is a Challenge ALEXA competition winner commissioned by ARRI. Unseen had its broadcast premiere on ARTE, screening to the French and German regions in November 2019. Lotus has just been selected for the BBC Directors Scheme on Doctors. Her screenplay Undertow was selected for a BFI NETWORK Live Script Read at Encounters Film Festival. Lotus is currently developing her directorial feature debut, a thriller, Orion’s Belt.
Lotus began devising and performing new writing in North Tyneside Youth Theatre with local playwrights, including the award-winning novelist, poet and dramatist Julia Darling. She went on to complete a 3 year acting diploma at East 15 Acting School. After graduating, she wrote, directed and co-produced her first short film Man of Me Dreams. That led her to work in primetime TV comedy and light entertainment, including directing inserts for Jonathan Ross’ It’s Only TV,..But I Like It for BBC1 and as 1st A.D. on Peter Kay’s Pilot / first series for Channel 4.
She was the winner of The Script Factory Development Scheme and was selected for the prestigious WFTV Mentoring Scheme, Creative England Talent Module, Raising Films ClosR Development Programme and a BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew participant 2019. Lotus is a board member of Directors UK and an active member of Cinesisters.