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The Slog: Lucy Baxter on Running a Creative Company & Changing the Industry

Flexible working, job sharing, genuine diversity in gatekeeper roles as well as in front of and behind the camera, paying key creatives properly and respect for people as rounded human beings who can get the job done in their own way and their own time – these things are key to the future health of … Continue reading “The Slog: Lucy Baxter on Running a Creative Company & Changing the Industry”

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Screenwriter Pete Jordi Wood on Supporting “Carer-Talent”

A deeper dialogue needs to happen between employers and employees of what the day-to-day responsibilities carers undertake alongside their film or television work actually entail. Only then will we start to see a little empathy begin to bloom. In a world where juggling child support with employment is still, sadly, an epic challenge for many … Continue reading “Screenwriter Pete Jordi Wood on Supporting “Carer-Talent””

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CTBF Family Support Fund

Balancing work and family life can be challenging, especially if you have people depending on you for their care and wellbeing. Working in the turbulent world of film and commercial TV can make it even harder to fund alternative arrangements to ensure the people you care for are looked after when you are away from … Continue reading “CTBF Family Support Fund”

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Interview: Shakyra Dowling

Shakyra Dowling founded her own successful theatre production company in the 1990s, and then went on to work for a well known producer, assisting in the casting of several West End shows, before moving to the film and TV industry as a Casting Director. She is a founder board member of the Casting Directors Association and a  voting … Continue reading “Interview: Shakyra Dowling”

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Interview: Of Love and Law

OF LOVE AND LAW is a documentary, currently crowdfunding, about Japan’s first LGBT law firm, run by partners Fumi and Kazu, and looking at issues including adoption, same sex partnerships and undocumented people. We talked film-raising with the international team making the film: director Hikaru Toda, producer Elhum Shakerifar, and co-producer Estelle Robin You. * Can you … Continue reading “Interview: Of Love and Law”

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Evening Standard, 5 October 2016

Cate Blanchett and Hope Dickson Leach are quoted in this article discussing filmmaking and parenting. Alistair Foster writes: Cate Blanchett spoke of the struggle faced by parents in the movie business — as she presented a new £50,000 award to a filmmaker who said she would spend most of it on childcare. British filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach, … Continue reading “Evening Standard, 5 October 2016”

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I, Daniel Blake: Line Producer Eimhear McMahon on Bringing the Team Together

From the moment we met Alison [Carter-Goulden, assistant editor] and started talking, her competency and efficiency convinced me that a job-share could work well. Her and Erline [O’Donovan]’s relationship with Jonathan [Morris, editor] was the most important thing, and that worked perfectly. Alison and Erline set out very plainly how they saw it working – and once they introduced us … Continue reading “I, Daniel Blake: Line Producer Eimhear McMahon on Bringing the Team Together”

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Interview: Julie Dash

Julie Dash has been making films and television for four decades, and is part of the LA Rebellion generation of filmmakers. Her feature Daughters of the Dust (1991) was the first full-length film by an African-American woman with general theatrical release in the United States. Dash is the film’s producer, screenwriter and director. In 2004, Daughters of the Dust was included in the National Film … Continue reading “Interview: Julie Dash”

Evening Standard, 7 February 2017

Charlotte Riley is Raising Films’ first Ambassador! As well as describing the challenges in finding a work/life balance as a working parent, she told Rashid Razaq that it’s not just personal – more needs to be done by the industry: So many other industries are years ahead of ours in creating a better work-life balance … Continue reading “Evening Standard, 7 February 2017”

Screen Daily, 7 February 2017

As Louise Tutt writes, Raising Films launched the Family Support Fund with CTBF – with grants contributing up to £75 a day to help cover the cost of childcare arrangements, up to £1500 per annum. And we also announced actor Charlotte Riley as our very first Raising Films Ambassador. Riley said: Our challenge is not to reform … Continue reading “Screen Daily, 7 February 2017”

The Independent, 19 Jan 2017

Hope Dickson Leach is quoted in Sarah Bradbury’s article about female directors in 2017, as are film-raisers Alice Lowe (who says “Get out there and do it. Don’t wait for permission”) and Alex Helfrecht, as well as our colleague Dr. Natalie Wreyford at Calling the Shots. Bradbury notes that: Raising Films’ survey Making It Possible reveals a host … Continue reading “The Independent, 19 Jan 2017”

Moving on up

Filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach reflects on the last couple of weeks representing Raising Films at a range of exciting events that took place around the UK The last week has seen a flurry of activity around the country. Gatherings of people looking to the future, organising around change, challenging the status quo. Raising Films has been trying … Continue reading “Moving on up”