Interview: Kris Swanberg

2015-08-10T09:00:31+01:00August, 2015|Interview|

Kris Swanberg is the writer-director of the independent feature films It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home, Marriage Material, Empire Builder and Unexpected, and director of the web series Young American Bodies. She has also appeared in films by her [...]

Testimonial: Becca Ellson

2015-08-07T09:00:57+01:00August, 2015|Development Stories|

Becca Ellson (seen here holding her baby sister) is an Independent Development Producer and Script Editor whose work includes BAFTA-nominated feature TAKING LIBERTIES, critically acclaimed experimental piano performance MOMENTS OF WEIGHTLESSNESS and 23 multi-award-winning short films for the BFI and BBC including Cannes Critic's Week Canal+ [...]

Testimonial: Samm Haillay

2015-08-05T09:00:35+01:00August, 2015|Production Stories|

Sam Haillay has a long list of producing credits, including "Better Things" and "Bypass", both written and directed by Duane Hopkins and documentaries such as "6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia" directed by Mark Cousins, and "The Uprising" directed by Peter Snowdon. [...]

Interview: Alexandra Hidalgo

2015-07-31T09:00:30+01:00July, 2015|Interview, The Long Read, The Watch|

Alexandra Hidalgo is a documentary filmmaker, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of agnès films, a site for female filmmakers. Her current project is Vanishing Borders, a feature documentary telling the story of four immigrant women living in [...]

Interview: Romola Garai

2015-07-27T09:00:50+01:00July, 2015|Interview|

Romola Garai is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, twice nominated for Golden Globe awards and BIFA awards. 'Scrubber', which she wrote, directed and produced, was released as part of Soda Pictures' New British Cinema Quarterly in 2012. Since her breakout film role in I Capture [...]

Interview: Jeanie Finlay

2015-07-22T09:00:22+01:00July, 2015|Interview|

Jeanie Finlay is a British artist and filmmaker. She set up Glimmer Films in 2008 to deliver ambitious, engaging and empathetic work for cinema, broadcast and exhibition. Her work includes the feature documentaries ORION: The Man Who Would Be King (Winner Grand Jury – Nashville), Panto! [...]

Sexism in the Workplace (Anonymous)

2018-11-12T12:57:44+00:00July, 2015|Working in TV|

The first time I ever noticed sexism in the workplace is when I was on set as a production co-ordinator in reality television – real sexism and racism and homophobia, I’d never seen anything like it, but that’s not to say [...]

Interview: Afia Nathaniel

2015-07-15T09:00:55+01:00July, 2015|Interview|

Computer-scientist-turned-filmmaker, Afia Nathaniel is the founder of Zambeel Films, an independent production company in Pakistan. Prior to filmmaking, she worked for the  Power to Change Fund, and spoke internationally on the issue of violence against women and the role of artists as [...]

Testimonial: Catherine Derry

2015-07-08T10:29:10+01:00July, 2015|Production Stories|

Catherine is a Director of Photography who mostly works on commercials, corporates, music videos and documentary. Her feature credits as DoP include JACK TO KING – THE SWANSEA STORY, directed by Marc Evans, TREACLE JNR directed by Jamie Thraves and starring [...]

Testimonial: Caroline Steiner

2015-06-24T11:25:32+01:00June, 2015|Production Stories|

Caroline is a Production Designer and Art Director whose credits include "Svengali", directed by John Hardwick and starring Martin Freedman, and "Titus" directed by Charlie Cattrall. She is currently working on "Thea", directed by Nirpal Bhogal, the story of a young couple [...]

Testimonial: Laura Bellingham

2015-06-16T09:00:14+01:00June, 2015|Production Stories, The Long Read|

Laura is a cinematographer and a graduate from the National Film and Television School, shooting drama, commercials, promos and documentaries. Her work has been screened at many international film festivals including Cannes, BFI London, SXSW and Los Angeles and garnered various [...]

Save Childcare in Camden!

2015-06-15T09:00:32+01:00June, 2015|Production Stories, The Long Read|

Alexis Zegerman is a screen and stage actor, best known for her role in Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh, 2008). She has also written screen, stage and radio. She was a finalist for the prestigious 2011-2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and won a British [...]

Interview: Tally Abecassis

2015-06-12T09:00:47+01:00June, 2015|Interview|

Tally Abecassis is a Montreal-based documentary filmmaker. She graduated from Concordia University, Montreal, in 1996 with a specialization in Communications Studies. Her documentaries, which have screened at international festivals and on Canadian TV, include Warshaw on the Main, about a group [...]

Testimonial: Joy Wilkinson

2015-06-11T09:00:37+01:00June, 2015|Working in TV|

I wrote mainly for TV and radio drama when I had my kids. I took a few months’ maternity leave with my first son, and had to turn down a couple of cool work opportunities because I just didn’t think I [...]

Testimonial: Mel Heseltine

2015-06-10T09:00:09+01:00June, 2015|Production Stories|

Having a career in the media was the only job I ever wanted to do. I sorted outwork placements at any opportunity and when I was offered a job at a post-production house in Devon, during my time at Falmouth College of [...]

Interview: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

2018-11-05T15:48:10+00:00June, 2015|Interview, Production Stories|

Marie-Hélène Cousineau formed the collective Arnait Ikajurtigiit (Women's Video Workshop, now Arnait Video Productions) in Igloolik, Nunavut, in 1991. She is its coordinator/trainer as well as an active collaborating producer. Cousineau has written about the experiences of women making video in Igloolik [...]

Interview: Maggie Mackay

2018-11-05T15:24:28+00:00June, 2015|Distribution & Exhibition, Interview|

Maggie Mackay has worked as a freelance programmer and writer, script reader, Hollywood Assistant, on-set Production Coordinator, and Senior Coordinator of the Sundance Documentary Fund. She joined Film Independent in 2003, where she is Director of Nominations for the Film Independent [...]