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22 January 2018

First Year WFTV Mentees Collaborate on Feature Film, Kat and the Band

“WFTV’s Mentoring Scheme officially lasts for six months, but in reality impacts the rest of your career” – E.E. Hegarty, Director

L-R: E.E. Hegarty, Rebecca Long and Katherine Kelly

Women in Film and Television is delighted by the news that first year mentees E.E. Hegarty and Rebecca Long have teamed up on feature film, Kat and the Band. The film was shot in the four weeks leading up to Christmas and is now in post-production.

After a string of successful shorts, Kat and the Band is E.E. Hegarty’s debut feature as a director. The film is written by Jemma Field (BAFTA nominated for the short Tattoo), based on a screenplay by Michael Mueller (The Beat Beneath My Feet, City Slacker, Dummy). It stars up-and-coming talent Ella Hunt, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kelly, Joanna David and McFly’s Dougie Poynter, and tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who lives out her dream by taking a band on tour, despite having no experience of working in the industry and still being at school. The DoP was Annemarie Lean-Vercoe.

Fellow mentee Rebecca Long is a producer on the film, which is being made by Boudica, the company she founded with Ian Davies. Boudica’s mission is to increase the number of female-led stories being made into films, and WFTV has run a number of events featuring the company in the past to highlight their investment, production and distribution opportunities for female filmmakers.

E.E. and Rebecca got a lot from being part of the WFTV mentoring scheme, and their collaboration is testament to the strong bonds and creative relationships that it helps to foster. E.E. Hegarty said:

E.E. Hegarty on a recce for the film.

“I commenced the WFTV Mentoring Scheme in 2011 as a directing mentee, thinking only of how my goals would be achieved through sessions with my mentor, Carol Wiseman. Carol gave me many more sessions than the stipulated six, motivated me to make a short film, David during the scheme, (for which she lent her home as the location and did the catering) and remains an angel on my shoulder.

“Prior to starting, I gave no thought about the other mentees and relationships to be forged in the group. They were an amazingly accomplished and diverse group of women. My short film Miriam was produced by fellow mentee Rebecca Long in 2012, whilst others lent equipment, and performed the roles of second unit and AD department. After Miriam, Rebecca and I decided to make a feature together and Kat and the Band is the result. Forming a true partnership, both of us brought elements to the table without which this particular film would not have been made, and we have WFTV to thank for bringing us together.”

Kat and the Band is due to be released in October 2018. WFTV is very much looking forward to it!

The 2018 Mentoring Scheme begins at the end of January. Meet the Mentees who will be embarking on the six-month programme here.

Follow Boudica on Twitter for updates about Kat and the Band – @boudicafilm