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Category: Interview

13 February 2017

In the Spotlight: Alma Har’el, Director and Cinematographer of LoveTrue

After stunning the documentary world with her debut feature, Bombay Beach in 2011 Alma Har’el returns to cinema screens with her highly-anticipated second feature, LoveTrue. The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at top festivals across the globe including Hot Docs, the London Film Festival and IDFA. LoveTrue […]

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08 January 2017

In the Spotlight… Heather Jones, A+E Networks

Last year WFTV partnered with A+E Networks for the inaugural Lifetime Shorts Competition, part of the network’s Broad Focus initiative which aims to find, develop and mentor female talent in the entertainment industry. The competition was the brainchild of Heather Jones, A+E Networks UK’s General Manager and Senior Vice President of Content and Creative. WFTV […]

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05 December 2016

In the Spotlight… Hartswood Films’ Beryl Vertue

The recipient of this year’s EON Productions Lifetime Achievement WFTV Award, recognising a woman whose body of work makes her an inspiration and role model, Beryl Vertue CBE is the founder and Chair of Hartswood Films, the production company behind Sherlock, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Men Behaving Badly and Coupling. She tells WFTV’s Kate Kinninmont about starting at the top, accidentally becoming an agent and nuns being good […]

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07 November 2016

In the Spotlight… producer and actress Fiona Gillies

Next week, Women in Film & TV will announce the 20 successful candidates for our mid-career Mentoring Scheme 2017. Here, former mentee Fiona Gillies talks to Kate Kinninmont about her experience of taking part in the scheme. You’re a successful actress, Fiona; what made you decide that you wanted to have a mentor and take […]

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02 November 2016

In the Spotlight… TV producer Lyndsay Duthie

An executive producer with credits for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, Lyndsay Duthie began her career 20 years ago, when she became the series producer of Trisha, aged just 23. Part of the ITV development team for Loose Women, she has interviewed murderers on death row and created the award-nominated documentary School Boy Dad. […]

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14 October 2016

In the Spotlight… Equal Representation for Actresses

In a bid to achieve greater equality in representation and pay by 2020, actresses including Elizabeth Berrington, Polly Kemp and Deirdre Mullins formed Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA) in late 2015. They spoke to WFTV’s Emma Morgan about balance, unconscious bias and broadening the stories we tell. On your website, you cite Eva Wiseman’s Guardian […]

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03 October 2016

In the Spotlight… BFI Head of Exhibition Clare Stewart

Clare Stewart joined the BFI in the newly created role of Head of Exhibition in 2011, since when the BFI London Film Festival has achieved record attendances. In 2015 Clare championed women at the LFF, dubbing it “the year of the strong woman”, teaming up with WFTV to stage The Geena Davis Global Symposium on Gender in […]

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23 September 2016

In the spotlight… BAFTA Chair Jane Lush

Newly appointed BAFTA Chair Jane Lush is the former BBC Controller of Entertainment and Comedy. She tells WFTV’s Emma Morgan about standing up for daytime television, championing diversity at BAFTA and saying hello to The Weakest Link. So you started at the BBC at 18, as a trainee secretary? I started at what is now the […]

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03 July 2016

In the Spotlight… director Pratibha Parmar

Writer-director Pratibha Parmar, a former WFTV board member, is behind the forthcoming drama-documentary Fury & Tenderness. She tells Emma Morgan about crowdfunding, inclusion and the unseen Andrea Dworkin. Your first feature, A Place of Rage, dealt with African-American women and civil rights, Warrior Marks is about female genital mutilation, Nina’s Heavenly Delights is a lesbian […]

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25 May 2016

In the Spotlight… cinematographer Sophie Darlington

As part of the crew on the BBC Natural History Unit’s The Hunt, wildlife cinematographer Sophie Darlington recently won a BAFTA Television Craft Award and Guild of Television Cameramen Award for Excellence. And, as she tells Rebecca Towers, all without attending film school… Sophie first decided to become a wildlife camerawoman after a chance meeting […]

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