Interview: Ming Ho

Photo by Eloise Ross Ming Ho is an experienced screenwriter, script editor, and active campaigner on dementia and carer issues. She began her career as Script Executive at independent Zenith Productions, working across a slate of British film and TV drama, including Hamish Macbeth, and later wrote for EastEnders, Casualty, Heartbeat, and The Bill. Ming took a career … Continue reading “Interview: Ming Ho”

Slog: Helen Grace of Left Films on (Not) Breastfeeding at Cannes

I went to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to acquire some DTV films for UK release on my distribution label, and also to help find distributors for the slate of British and Irish films I had brought to the market for international sales. As a solo mum of two, where I go my children go, … Continue reading “Slog: Helen Grace of Left Films on (Not) Breastfeeding at Cannes”

Slog: Mathilde Dratwa and Christy Lamb on Providing Mobile Childcare for Festivals

The biggest takeaway from our experience providing free childcare in a mobile unit we named the Wee Wagon, at SXSW 2017, was this: it’s possible. That may seem unremarkable compared with the incredible response from parent-filmmakers, who called the Wee Wagon “an oasis for families,” “dope,” “a necessity” and “a game-changer for gender equality!” And while … Continue reading “Slog: Mathilde Dratwa and Christy Lamb on Providing Mobile Childcare for Festivals”

Hope Dickson Leach and Alice Lowe Do Festivals

Hope Dickson Leach: ALICE. Alice Lowe: Yes Hope. HDL: We met in person for the first time in Toronto. You’d just come from Venice and for me it was my world premiere. I had left my children at home and you had your baby with you. This being the first feature I had made, I … Continue reading “Hope Dickson Leach and Alice Lowe Do Festivals”

The Early Hour, 12 May 2017

Co-founder Hope Dickson Leach and Raising Films favourite Alice Lowe talk about festivalling while parent, “diva” behaviour, and why you need the school gates massive, for online parenting and lifestyle magazine The Early Hour. HDL: I’ve been massively fortunate that my distributors Peccadillo have worked around my own commitments to manage this release. They took on board the … Continue reading “The Early Hour, 12 May 2017”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”