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Category: Blog

11 March 2019

All Thriller No Filler: Louise Hooper on Directing New Female-Led 4-Part ITV Thriller, Cheat

In this guest blog post, Director and WFTV Member Louise Hooper (centre) gives us an insight into her work directing all 4 episodes of new ITV thriller, Cheat which runs from Monday 11 to Thursday 14 March on ITV One at 9:00pm each night. Since I was a child I have been addicted to thrillers. […]

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15 October 2018

Writing a Detective with a Difference: Feminism and ’40s Hollywood

Screenwriter and story consultant Helen Jacey is renowned for her expertise on feminism and the creative process. This year, she set up a production company, Shedunnit Productions, to develop female gaze content across different platforms. In this guest blog post exclusively for WFTV, Helen reflects on the life and work of Ida Lupino – a […]

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24 September 2018

10×10 Director Suzi Ewing on ‘Unlikable’ Female Leads

Thriller 10×10 is the feature directorial debut of Suzi Ewing. Penned by Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Fast Girls), the film starts with Lewis (Luke Evans) snatching Cathy (Kelly Reilly) off a busy street and locking her away in a soundproofed room measuring 10 feet by 10 feet. So far, so conventional. But as the plot unravels, […]

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09 March 2018

More Complex Roles for Older Women? Yes Please.

“Women who are over 50 or 40 – or whatever that magic number is – we’re not invisible. We get to fall in love,” says Barbara Broccoli, producer of Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, a UK/Hollywood biopic that marks a real sea change in filmed entertainment. While focussing on actor Peter Turner’s real life […]

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05 March 2018

Author Joy Press on The Importance of Female Showrunners

WFTV is delighted to share this special guest blog post written by Joy Press, author of brand new book Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television. “I decided to write a book dedicated to the struggles and triumphs of American female TV creators who fought their way through Hollywood and changed television forever.” I […]

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08 February 2018

The Short Film Taking on Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Stance: A Guest Blog from Writer/Director Claire Fowler

Claire Fowler is a Brooklyn-based Brit who received funding from Shore Scripts to make her short film, Salam. In this guest blog post she shares with us her experience of getting the film fully funded and made – and how the election of Donald Trump made it even more of an imperative for her to […]

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17 November 2017

Going It Alone: Documentary Director Jane Williams Shares the Story of Making Her Indie Documentary, Pilgrim Home

In this guest blog post, Birmingham-based director and WFTV member, Jane Williams describes her journey from BBC secretary to making her first independent documentary, Pilgrim Home – the untold story of an English Manor house where events over 400 years ago would come to define the spirit and ideals of the United States of America. […]

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26 October 2017

The Art of Illusion (or the Magic of Film Production) – A guest blog by Wendy Laybourn

“Sadly, too many students come out of education thinking that production is all about the headliners – performers, producers, directors and cinematographers – and are totally unaware of the number of people (and range of skills) it takes to produce what we see at the cinema or on television.” Film production, as anyone who has […]

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07 October 2016

Matt Gallagher: “Inspirational women at the helm will shape the future of our industry”

When I started writing Breaking into UK Film & TV Drama, I knew it needed lots of voices, not just my own, to make it truly invaluable for the readers: new entrants to the industry. So I turned to the most influential industry bodies and most talented freelancers in the business to ask them to […]

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27 October 2014

iFeatures and Beyond: Introducing The Levelling

This week, we welcome the creative team behind The Levelling – one of eight projects through to the final round of development on iFeatures. Back in May we introduced you to Team Ugly List, a talented group of women (Alex Kalymnios, Abby Ajayi and Jessica Levick) who had come together to make their supernatural genre […]

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