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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”

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”