A romantic drama.
Inspired by THE LADY FROM THE SEA, by Henrik Ibsen.
Ghosts in the Fire
A dark family drama.
Top 20% ~ 2017 Academy of Motion Pictures
Nicholl Fellowship Contest.
A psychological thriller.
Co-written with Tom Freyer.
Writing samples and additional references are available. Just ask!
Producer / Actress
Working with Jo Hannah Afton has truly been one of the creative highlights of my life. I found her after a year-long search so I'd read a ton of writers and her work stood out head-and-shoulders above the rest. Together we are developing her script into an acting/producing vehicle for me. Without exception, Jo Hannah has been open, collaborative, passionate and dedicated to this process. She receives feedback without defensiveness and generates ideas faster than anyone I know. She is highly self-motivated and always works ahead of schedule to the point that official deadlines have become unnecessary.
Jo Hannah is particularly suited to creating content that empowers women actors, directors and producers. If you want to take the reins of your career in your own hands, she will prove herself to be an invaluable teammate on your journey. The notes that we've received on Jo Hannah's screenplay have been glowing; so many people have expressed their astonishment to me regarding her talent, speed and skill.
~ Los Angeles, CA
Writer | Producer | Director
I've been fortunate to read several of Jo Hannah's screenplays. She is a phenomenal storyteller with an incredible ear for authentic dialogue that expresses character and moves the story forward. Jo Hannah creates unique, three-dimensional characters the jump off the page. Her screenplays are crisp and clean, easy to read that keeps you turning the page.
Beyond her writing, which is first rate, what I value most in the time I've worked with Jo Hannah is the openness she has to collaboration and feedback. She intuitively knows which piece of advice works and is able to successfully incorporate suggestions into the next draft of her screenplay.
Jo Hannah writes hard and fast, is a joy to work with, and would be an asset on any creative team she joins. I've been fortunate in my life to work with many high quality creatives, and without a doubt, Jo Hannah is an A-level talent.
~ Boulder, Colorado
Script writer, Story Analyst, Script editor
As a screenwriter and script consultant from South Africa, I highly recommend Jo Hannah's script editing skills. She is honest, tactful, professional and has an uncanny ability to find plot weakenesses and suggest changes that lift a story instantly. She is undoubtably one of the most talented script consultants I've worked with.
~ South Africa
Screen and Stageplay Writer
Jo Hannah is one of the most talented writers I've personally come across. Her grasp of subtext, characterization and structure enabled her to critically assess my own film script to bring it up to commercial level. She's awesome!
~ Sydney, Australia
It's the only adventure that counts.
Writing Fun| Ep. 83 : Screenwriting for Beginners
BA Theater | Mass Media ~ Professional Screenwriting ~ Fund Development
Professional Screenwriting Courses
2014 - Present
12 Day Production Workshop
Jan 2016 -- Dec 2016
Master Screenwriting Certificate
MSC4: Screenwriting U
January 2015 -- August 2016
Master Class with Aaron Sorkin
July 2016 -- August 2016
Mini Movie Method Class
May 2015 - June 2015
ProSeries 52B: Screenwriting U
August 2014 - February 2015
Professional Certificate Fund Development
2002 – 2003
Professional Certificate in Non-Profit Fundraising & Fund Development, including grants, and corporate relations.
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Bachelor's Degree Theater / Mass Media (Film / TV) 1984 – 1988
Double Major in Mass Media and Theater. Received Theater department award for highest GPA in the department, 1988.