UK screen legend, writer, actor and director
Jessica Hynes discusses the sound and music journey on her new film The Fight. As both a writer and performer, Jessica Hynes has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre. After moving to London age 18 to take up bit parts as an actress and comedienne, she joined Simon Pegg on the sketch show, SIX PAIRS OF PANTS (1995). Simon and Jessica became friends, immediately, and decided that they wanted to write comedy together. They came up with SPACED (1999), a sitcom about dysfunction among a group of strange twenty-somethings. Edgar Wright was brought in to direct and the show was filmed in 1998 in North London, during Jessica’s first pregnancy.
An instant success, SPACED was commissioned for a second series and Jessica moved on to work in films, winning two British Comedy Awards. She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for her work in the play, THE NIGHT HERON, in 2001 and was also nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA Award for the film TOMORROW LA SCALA! (2002). Jessica, Simon and Edgar reunited for SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004), in which Jessica played Simon’s school-friend, YVONNE and continued to collaborate over the course of the next decade.
Having premiered her feature-length directorial debut The Fight at the BFI London Film Festival, Jess takes to the Short Sounds stage to discuss the unique collaborations that saw the film’s sound and music brought to life.