Testimonial: Anne-Marie O’Connor

Anne-Marie O’Connor has written for the theatre, penned three novels and ghost written a number of best selling books but has since changed focus to TV. Writing on Waterloo Road before co-creating Sky 1’s Trollied. She is currently working on returning dramas both in the UK and in the US and has written her first … Continue reading “Testimonial: Anne-Marie O’Connor”

Slog: Annemarie Jacir on Baby Troubles at Cannes

Annemarie had two films premiere as official selections of the Cannes Film Festival. One in Venice and most recently Berlinale where W hen I Saw You won Best Asian Film. Founder of Philistine Films, she’s made over sixteen films and collaborates regularly with fellow filmmakers. She teaches screenwriting and works as a freelance editor and … Continue reading “Slog: Annemarie Jacir on Baby Troubles 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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”