BIO 2018

Elsa O’Toole


(Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’ trained actor, filmmaker, BBC TV researcher/producer,  film journalist, UKFC/BFI script reader)

Elsa’s screenplay ‘Welcome to SAG (BAME, LGBT, satire) selected for Cannes Film Festival’s Babylon European Development Initiativefellow alumni include: Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) & Umut Dag (Kuma). 

UKFC New Cinema Fund (BFI) script reader, Fox Searchlight syndicated writer & last journalist to interview Sir Dirk Bogarde – tribute available BFI’s Reuben Library. Elsa moderated Cannes & London film press conferences.

As an actor Elsa collaborated with Ridley Scott, Gene Hackman, David Hare & Bill Nighy, shot comedy The Geeks in Hollywood; seasons @ Royal National Theatre, West End, Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre, 40+ TV dramas, films, plays, adverts. Winner Carleton Hobbs BBC Radio Award.

She produced BBC TV’s EMMA Awards, directing Sam Jackson & engaging David Oyelowo, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington & Maya Angelou for the live TX ceremony.

Elsa’s Covent Garden-based, BAME film/TV production company We Can Films script ‘Blasted’ was shortlisted by Film London, Screen West Midlands & B3 Media. She developed Serbian thriller ‘Foreigner’ (Mel Raido), produced ‘Clowning Around’ & was Assistant Director of ‘The Ghosts – Underrated’.

Elsa wrote/directed Blasted shot with BAME, able/disabled cast & crew, which ran Cannes Short Film Corner, nominated Best Foreign Short San Diego Black Film Festival, Best Actor UIVFF 2016, Runner Up IWMFFBest International Short, Honorary UMFF, selected MIFF, BUFF, DOFIFF 2016 PTFF 2017. Now penning satire ‘Sagging’ for May 2018 deadline.

As broadcast journalist/film editor Elsa covered LLGFF/FLARE for 10 years & contributed to: Virgin Media, BAFTA Mag, BBC London, The Voice, LBC, TV Times, Tartan Films, LWT’s ‘Whose London’, Ten Alps, South London Press, Pride Mag & Film Review.


          British Fencing Assoc – Bronze & Silver. London Film Critics’ Circle member, The Price is Right – Elsa risked brain damage as TV series’ Hostess