Testimonial: Beatrice Read


Sometimes I feel like an Uber driver in Los Angeles. I’ve moved to a city where my skill is necessary and much valued, but comes with no job security. And definitely no tips. I’m a freelance Archive Producer, which involves footage and photo research and clearances for documentaries, commercials and the occasional drama. Speaking of drama, I became a mum […]

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Shooting Away From Home: What We Learned


This week we had our first informal Raising Films gathering, to discuss Shooting Away From Home. A room of parents gathered to share their experiences, or to find answers to questions that were worrying them. Some people were shooting away from home for the first time, some had done it before, but when their children were much younger, so they […]

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Making It Possible – join us on 22nd June at EIFF

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The Raising Films team are excited to announce a unique opportunity for emerging filmmakers to access expert, personalised advice and support on balancing film and family. In partnership with EIFF and Directors UK, and funded by Creative Scotland, Raising Films are holding a career planning and personal development session for 16 film industry professionals, who are facing the challenge of balancing their professional life and […]

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Stand up and be counted!

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Our survey needs you! Raising Films has launched the first UK survey into how caring for dependents can affect your career development and possible solutions to help minimise the stress of juggling Family and Film. Please fill it out here and ask anyone you know in the industry – male or female, early stage career or experienced – to give […]

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Testimonial: Emma Cummins


The VFX industry, as I know it, is not a 9-5 existence, quite often we work late to meet deadlines, or to take calls from state side clients. Also, when on shoots, VFX related shots often get shunted to the end of a day’s schedule as there is no requirement to pay VFX crew overtime. 60 hour weeks are fairly normal, […]

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The Levelling: Post


I get home back to Edinburgh on Halloween. My children are out guising, and the house is empty and dark. I drag in my muddy welly boots and collapse. The doorbell rings and there are a group of children offering me a joke, a song, a scare. I take them all and then realise I have to give them sweets. […]

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Prevenge: Alice Lowe on Murder, Cardiff & Making a Human


It’s mid-December 2015 and I’ve got a month to work on the edit of Prevenge before I give birth. We shot a month ago, in Cardiff: I’ve spent Hallowe’en in Cardiff before, and I knew it would be interesting. Everyone was dressed as absolutely crazy things. We filmed on the streets for one particular sequence. We were out at 8pm […]

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Interview: Clare Binns


Clare Binns is Acquisitions & Programming Director for the Picturehouse Cinema Group. As well as acquiring titles for Picturehouse Entertainment, she is responsible for overall programming policies. Winner of the 2009 WFTV Award for Contribution to the Medium and 2015 Screen Awards Exhibition Achievement Award, Clare is a member of both the London Film Festival Industry Liaison Committee and the BAFTA Learning […]

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Interview: Esther May Campbell

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Esther May Campbell’s debut feature LIGHT YEARS premieres at the London Film Festival on 14 October 2015. A self-taught writer and director, her short ‘September’ won the Best Short Film BAFTA 2009, and she has worked on the TV shows SKINS and WALLANDER, as well as making music videos and sex education videos. Working with the Cube Cinema collective in Bristol, she mobilizes […]

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Interview: Beeban Kidron


Beeban Kidron, Baroness Kidron, OBE, is a filmmaker, activist and campaigner. Her early films, Carry Greenham Home and Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, are key texts of British and feminist cinema. She subsequently moved to Hollywood, making films including Used People, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar and Amy Foster. Her 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason had the second-highest admissions in Europe of any European […]

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Testimonial: Hattie Morahan

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Hattie Morahan is a stage and screen star. She was was awarded the Best Actress prize at the Critics’ Circle Awards 2013 and won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 for her portrayal of Nora in Carrie Cracknell’s A DOLL’S HOUSE at The Young Vic, which transferred to the West End and New York. She has been seen recently […]

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Testimonial: Deborah Sathe


Deborah Sathe is Head of Talent Development and Production at Film London. She oversees groundbreaking domestic and international projects which champion new talent and audiences. Last year she relaunched the award-winning feature film fund Film London Microwave, and through its initial round has greenlit two projects from over 160 applications. Alongside this she delivers short film schemes and key training programmes which […]

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Interview: Helene Klodawsky

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Helene Klodawsky is a veteran independent filmmaker – a passionate storyteller committed to portraying political and social struggles, as well as to exploring the documentary art form. Helene is known for poignant, daring films. Painted Landscapes of the Times (1986), Shoot and Cry (1988), Motherland (1994), What If (1998),Undying Love (2002), No More Tears Sister (2005), Family Motel (2007), and Malls R Us (2009) are among her best known […]

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Testimonial: Stevie Lee

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My name is Stevie Lee. I run a tiny film and TV production company called Runaway Fridge from home. I have two children: my son Joss is 10 (and profoundly autistic), Bebe is just 4. I’m a development producer script editor who was ‘raised’ to producer status with the film FRANK by a particularly generous and loyal producer partner. The scope […]

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Interview: Kris Swanberg


Kris Swanberg is the writer-director of the independent feature films It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home, Marriage Material, Empire Builder and Unexpected, and director of the web series Young American Bodies. She has also appeared in films by her husband Joe Swanberg such as Kissing on the Mouth and Hannah Takes the Stairs. Unexpected premiered this year at […]

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Testimonial: Becca Ellson


Becca Ellson (seen here holding her baby sister) is an Independent Development Producer and Script Editor whose work includes BAFTA-nominated feature TAKING LIBERTIES, critically acclaimed experimental piano performance MOMENTS OF WEIGHTLESSNESS and 23 multi-award-winning short films for the BFI and BBC including Cannes Critic’s Week Canal+ winner CROCODILE; BAFTA nominees TURNING, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES’, SEAVIEW and ORBIT EVER AFTER; Academy Award shortlisted SLR and Academy […]

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Testimonial: Samm Haillay

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Sam Haillay has a long list of producing credits, including “Better Things” and “Bypass”, both written and directed by Duane Hopkins and documentaries such as “6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia” directed by Mark Cousins, and “The Uprising” directed by Peter Snowdon. * Working as a film producer, a film consultant and a senior associate lecturer means my time at home […]

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Interview: Alexandra Hidalgo

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Alexandra Hidalgo is a documentary filmmaker, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of agnès films, a site for female filmmakers. Her current project is Vanishing Borders, a feature documentary telling the story of four immigrant women living in New York City, and she is also the director of Perfect, a documentary about middle-class Venezuelan women and the […]

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Testimonial: Debbie Isitt

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Debbie Isitt is one of the UK’s most prolific directors. She is known for her improvisational style of working with actors, a model that has produced critical and box office hits like “Confetti”, starring Martin Freeman and Jessica Hynes, which was nominated for a British Comedy Award, “Nasty Neighbours” starring Ricky Tomlinson, and the hugely popular “Nativity” series of films, the […]

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THE SLOG – Campaign Launch


The summer holidays are upon us and the Raising Films family are busy. Busy with kids, busy with films, busy with marking and proposals and budgets all the things that make up our busy lives. Like all parents, we’ve realised we need help. So we’re raising funds to raise films. We want to hire someone to take charge of this […]

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Interview: Romola Garai


Romola Garai is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, twice nominated for Golden Globe awards and BIFA awards. ‘Scrubber’, which she wrote, directed and produced, was released as part of Soda Pictures’ New British Cinema Quarterly in 2012. Since her breakout film role in I Capture the Castle (2003), she has appeared in – among others – Vanity Fair (2005), Angel (2007), Atonement (2007), and One Day […]

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Interview: Afia Nathaniel


Computer-scientist-turned-filmmaker, Afia Nathaniel is the founder of Zambeel Films, an independent production company in Pakistan. Prior to filmmaking, she worked for the  Power to Change Fund, and spoke internationally on the issue of violence against women and the role of artists as agents of change. She graduated from Columbia University’s Film Directing program, and currently teaches Screenwriting at Columbia University and NYUʼs […]

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Testimonial: Catherine Derry

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Catherine is a Director of Photography who mostly works on commercials, corporates, music videos and documentary. Her feature credits as DoP include JACK TO KING – THE SWANSEA STORY, directed by Marc Evans, TREACLE JNR directed by Jamie Thraves and starring Aidan Gillen, and JUNKHEARTS directed by Tinge Krishnan which stars Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge and Romola Garai. I have […]

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Interview: Susanne Bier


I couldn’t have made the movies I made without having kids. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier spoke to us from the shoot of The Night Manager (2016) in Morocco. A member of the Dogme 95 group, Bier is the model of a transnational filmmaker, working in Hollywood as well as at home in Denmark, and shooting internationally on films, such as Oscar […]

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Interview: Alex Kalymnios


Having my daughter, Nikita, is the best thing that has happened to me, personally and professionally.  It is often assumed that having children halts careers but she made my career. Alex Kalymnios is a film and and TV drama director whose recent credits include the Lifetime/Sony TV movie Cleveland Abduction starring Taryn Manning, Raymond Cruz, Pam Grier and Joe Morton, and an episode of WGN/Fox 21 Salem Series 2 […]

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Testimonial: Ludo Smolski


Being a freelance worker has a multitude of benefits, but working from home while my partner was on maternity leave was one I hadn’t really thought about until it happened. Working with my sleeping newborns slung across my chest, playing with them on my breaks, in fact just having some company was an incredible boon to my working day.   […]

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Raising Films, Raising Questions: Making Change with Directors UK, EWA and Women Call the Shots

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It’s so stark that even Variety noticed: May has bloomed with reports on gender inequality in the UK film and television industries. It’s a lot of data, so we’re very grateful for this handy round-up from The F-Word by Ania Ostrowska. The take home? Not great. Our partner organisation EWA announced their preliminary results at Berlin, and will unveil their multi-national survey report at Cannes next week; Directors UK, our partners […]

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Come Worry With Us!: Making Films, Making Change at the Radical Film Network

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“I’m excited, and a little unnerved, to be part of this original event, which brings my professional and parental responsibilities into the same space for the first time,” said Making Films, Making Change panellist Jennifer Armitage, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland. It was the first time for a lot of things: our first Raising Films event with childcare, courtesy of fantastic artists Barry Neeson and Erin Friel. […]

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