Marie Sophie Driffield is a Franco-British Writer and Director.
Currently in the UK, Marie Sophie is in development of her first feature Loved Ones and comedy series Deaf is Upon Us.
Marie Sophie discovered her passion for the creative industry at the early age of 6, choosing theatre classes over sports at school. She quickly gained the attention of her tutors and was encouraged to pursue professional acting classes.
In 2010, she wrote a comedy play, which won her secondary school’s performance competition, inspiring Marie Sophie to continue artistic studies. In 2013, she is casted as Nina in Soleil de Guerre, written by Jean-Louis Bachelet and performed at au théâtre Saint-Michel, in Paris. She then entered the prestigious Jean-Laurent Cochet acting school, trained by the actor himself, alongside her BA in Cinema and Theatre studies at La Sorbonne Paris III.
Bored at school, Marie Sophie started writing shorts and making them with friends, revealing her career ambitions. In 2015, her first short film, The Psychologist, is broadcasted on TVBocal, an independent Parisian channel. In 2016, she leaves her theatre classes in order to focus on writing and directing. Her acting experience, however, allows Marie Sophie to fully grasp the relationship between an actor and a character.
After a few other projects, Marie Sophie decided to move and study at London Film Academy. In 2018, she met Robin Vidgeon BSC and they collaborated on her short film, Nightshift, which then gets noticed by Sheila Nortley, executive of Emineo Films. In the same year, her script, The Estranged, is directed by Jasper Enujuba and later shown at the BFI. Her short film, The Holy Duty, is also shown at the BFI and is award winner for Best Student Film and Best Script at UMFF 2019.
In 2020, two of her other shorts are selected for the Aiku Series Competitions and her script Loved Ones, gets Marie Sophie noticed by the Parisian Talent Agency Lise Arif.
What is said of Marie Sophie Driffield:
“Very good visual sense of the scene. Clear communication with cast and crew. Very good work with the actors. Good sense of play involved in the collaboration. Good creative problem solving.” – David Pope, screenwriter and script consultant
“We want talented female directors in this industry and Marie Sophie has the talent, drive and tenacity to succeed – she is one to watch.” – Daisy Gili, London Film Academy