Melissa-Kelly Franklin

Upcoming projects


Short film, colour, 13 mins (completed - UK)

Aíma has a dark secret & deliberating agoraphobia.  To alleviate her loneliness she immerses herself in a tantalising online-world where she meets and connects with a like-minded stranger.  She's not afraid of what the outside world could do to her, but rather, what she might do to it

Cast - Pearl Chanda, Luke Pierre
Director - Melissa-Kelly Franklin
Writers - Melissa-Kelly Franklin & Stephanie Littlewood
Director of Photography - Anna Macdonald
Producers - Danielle Harvey, Melissa-Kelly Franklin, John Brown

The Quickening

Short film, super 16mm, colour (in development - UK)

1962, A remote Irish fishing village. A young woman faces a critical moment in her life - she is about to give birth to an illegitimate child. Unmarried, and hailing from a family steeped in Catholicism, the Young Woman has managed to keep her secret for nine months, but finds herself alone and desperate, not knowing what to do with herself, or her love-child. Inspired by the plight of women around the world who are seeing their reproductive rights unacknowledged or curtailed, The Quickening poses the question; if a woman’s right over her own body is taken from her, what desperate and tragic lengths might she be driven to?

Writer / Director - Melissa-Kelly Franklin

Wild Flower

Short film, colour (in development - Australia)

1899, Outback Australia. After the loss of her family’s fortune, a young woman finds herself sold in marriage to a brutish rural property owner. She finds solace in a connection with her husband’s half-sister, which leads them down a path from which there is no return.

Writer / Director - Melissa-Kelly Franklin


Short film, super 16mm, colour, French Language (in development - UK / Switzerland)

A woman who has lived a life of seclusion as a nun in a rural convent, finds that her desire for love and freedom becomes stronger than her will to remain in her religious vocation. A tender moment shared with a fellow sister over a bowl of potato peelings catalyses an urgent desire which has, until now, laid dormant within her; a desire to discover the outside world, and in turn, herself.

Writer / Director - Melissa-Kelly Franklin


Play (in development - UK)

A young couple living in a world ravaged by climate change is faced with a terrifying prospect.  An unplanned pregnancy.  Together they must decide whether they can bring a defenceless child into a seemingly hopeless world. 

Writer / Director - Melissa-Kelly Franklin