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Testimonial: Ashley Sabin

Ashley Sabin produces, directs, photographs and edits critically-acclaimed cinematic documentaries that have screened internationally in festivals and on television worldwide at Sundance, Toronto, Cinema du Reel, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, RIDM, MoMA, and Viennale Film Festivals and on PBS, POV, BBC, CBC, DR, ARTE, and NHK. Her new film Do Donkeys Act? has its UK premiere … Continue reading “Testimonial: Ashley Sabin”

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Kerri Burbidge on CTBF’s Helping Hand for a Two-Partners-in-Film Family

We took each day as it came during my unpaid maternity leave when I had my second baby. We are not entitled to anything, I thought, this is a result of our chosen careers, the careers we love. I work as a freelance TV drama production coordinator and my partner as a freelance film and … Continue reading “Kerri Burbidge on CTBF’s Helping Hand for a Two-Partners-in-Film Family”

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Interview: Robin Swicord

Robin Swicord is the award-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of a significant body of films that often put the family lives of women front and centre, including Little Women, Matilda (with her husband, Nick Kazan), The Perez Family, Practical Magic, and Memoirs of a Geisha, as well as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She also adapted and directed The Jane … Continue reading “Interview: Robin Swicord”

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Slog: Manjinder Virk on With Love From Calais

On February 14th 2016, I decided to go to Calais with a cinematographer friend of mine, Annemarie Lean-Vercoe. We were going to go the now infamous “Jungle” refugee camp. Partly to document what we saw, partly to give donations but also to see with our own eyes what was going on. The camp was continuously … Continue reading “Slog: Manjinder Virk on With Love From Calais”

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Interview: Marie Kreutzer

Marie Kreutzer is an Austrian writer-director whose third feature film We Used to Be Cool has its UK premiere at the LOCO Comedy Film Festival 2017 on 5 May, with a special parent and baby screening. Her first film The Fatherless dealt with children growing up in communes, and We Used to Be Cool looks at a new generation and … Continue reading “Interview: Marie Kreutzer”

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Raising Our Game: Raising Films’ First Conference – and Next Steps

By Dr. Tamsyn Dent, Raising Films’ Research Manager In February, Raising Films brought together a group of 50 representatives from across the film and television industries along with delegates from support organisations for a half-day conference to talk about what we need to do as an industry to make change for parents and carers. The … Continue reading “Raising Our Game: Raising Films’ First Conference – and Next Steps”

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CLOSR Coaches Confirmed

We are delighted to confirm the wonderful Pippa Best and Jan Armstrong have come on board as coaches for our CLOSR Development Programme.   Pippa has worked in feature film development and as a script consultant for over 20 years. She project managed two significant EU-funded media development projects: the Cross Channel Film Lab (a … Continue reading “CLOSR Coaches Confirmed”

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Interview: Zeb Achonu

Zeb Achonu is an Associate Member of the Guild of British Film & TV Editors (GBFTE) and has extensive experience in editing across a wide range of genres, most notably factual and entertainment. She spent 9 years working for the BBC before going freelance and moving to Paris. During her 2 years there she started … Continue reading “Interview: Zeb Achonu”

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CLOSR Development Programme

Applications now open for CLOSR Development Programme for Director/Producer/Writer Parents and Carers in the English Regions CLOSR (Closer to Home) is a response to our 2016 Making it Possible survey, which found two consistent barriers for parents and carers looking to attend networking and career development sessions: a lack of time, and the cost of … Continue reading “CLOSR Development Programme”

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Interview: China Moo-Young

China Moo-Young went to the National Youth Theatre before studying Drama at Bristol University, where she graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Film, Theatre and Television. She was named a Star of Tomorrow in Screen International’s annual review of British film-making talent and was selected as a Breakthrough Brit on the prestigious UK Film Council … Continue reading “Interview: China Moo-Young”

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Case Study: Miranda Bowen Sets Off for The Last Post

A week today I am due to fly to Cape Town, South Africa to start prepping the second block of a BBC drama, The Last Post, a Peter Moffat scripted story set in Aden in the 60s about the end of the British empire as played out between the husbands of the royal military police … Continue reading “Case Study: Miranda Bowen Sets Off for The Last Post”

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Interview: Gaby Chiappe

Gaby Chiappe is an experienced TV writer, who has written extensively for long-running series such as Family Affairs, Doctors, EastEnders, Casualty, Survivors and many more. She also wrote for the series Lark Rise to Candleford, Shetland, Vera and recently created and wrote (with Alexander Perrin) the series The Level for ITV. Her first feature film, … Continue reading “Interview: Gaby Chiappe”

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Testimonial: Lorna Martin

The challenges of trying to combine motherhood with a creative career hit home for me a couple of years ago when my older daughter, then four, was doing a project in nursery about summer holidays. She informed me that all her friends were going to France, Spain, Portugal and Florida. Then she asked where we … Continue reading “Testimonial: Lorna Martin”

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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”

Observer New Review, 7 May 2017

Charlotte Riley, our first Ambassador, is playing “powerhouse” (and mother) Kate Middleton in King Charles III for BBC2, and she reflected on working conditions for parents in this interview with Michael Hogan, with a shout-out for fellow Film Raiser Sarah Solemani: Me and [fellow actor] Sarah Solemani have a project called Ready Set Play, where we’ve … Continue reading “Observer New Review, 7 May 2017”