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”

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”

Guardian Magazine, 24 September 2016

Article on Sarah Solemani taking the Budget The Baby protest onto the Bridget Jones premiere, “Sarah Solemani: ‘I had to hide my pregnancy. I worked until I was due’”. Martha Hayes writes: Sarah Solemani was drunk after a hen do and heading home on a night bus when she bumped into a friend and came up with one of those … Continue reading “Guardian Magazine, 24 September 2016”

Evening Standard, 20 September 2016

Article on Alice Lowe and he film, Prevenge. Alice Lowe told Robert Dex that: “It was a matter of proof for me: if I can [direct and star in Prevenge] while pregnant, then a hell of a lot more women should be getting a chance at directing and multi-tasking, as we are renowned for.” Lowe, who was … Continue reading “Evening Standard, 20 September 2016”

Evening Standard, 8 September 2016

Report on Sarah Solemani championing on-set crèches at the premiere of BRIDGET JONES’ BABY (Sharon Maguire), on 5th Sept 2016. Solemani plays TV presenter Miranda in the film, a “distinct breakout performance” according to The Guardian. Big love to Solemani for breaking out her BUDGET THE BABY sign on the red carpet – designed to co-ordinate with her amazing gold … Continue reading “Evening Standard, 8 September 2016”

Mumsnet, 4 August 2016

Article, “Women’s voices are being lost from the film and TV industries.” Vicki Leslie states that: The Raising Films report [included] a number of recommendations for changes to improve things. These included enabling financial assistance for child or elder care and encouraging an industry-wide adoption of flexible working and access to care. The report also recommended formalising a … Continue reading “Mumsnet, 4 August 2016”

Screen Anarchy, 27 June 2016

Article, “Parenting in the Film Industry: Raising Films’ Survey Yields Sadly Unsurprising Results.” Shelagh Rowan-Legg writes that: This brings with it the fear that, as working or even middle class people are shut out of acting careers, their stories will no longer be told. The same can be said of those behind the camera: if … Continue reading “Screen Anarchy, 27 June 2016”

Herald Scotland, 24 June 2016

Report, “Arts News: Arches ‘imaginary festival’, Solstice Festival at Crawick, Raising Films present report at film festival.” In among other exciting Scottish arts news, Phil Miller reports that: A MAJOR new survey of workers in the TV and film industry reveals clear barriers for parents and carers who work in the sector. These barriers do … Continue reading “Herald Scotland, 24 June 2016”

Screendaily, 22 June 2016

Article by Wendy Mitchell entitled “Raising Films survey spotlights challenges of parenting in film business.” Mitchell notes that Parents working in the film industry have “no level playing field” including limited job opportunities, missed work, reduced hours or seniority, and periods of time when they have to leave the industry, according to the “Making It Possible” report by … Continue reading “Screendaily, 22 June 2016”

Women & Hollywood, 22 June 2016

“How Can We Help the Working Mothers of Hollywood? Raising Films Has a Plan”: guest post by Raising Films co-founder and film critics Sophie Mayer As Women and Hollywood recently reported, Elizabeth Banks took the huge step of being honest about childcare conflicts when stepping down from “Pitch Perfect 3,” and Zoe Saldana has been equally outspoken about the lack … Continue reading “Women & Hollywood, 22 June 2016”