‘When your mum drinks, you grow up fast. Young carer Ryan is getting a grilling from social services after his little sister lands back in A&E for the third time. His explanation: Emma thinks she can fly. Is Ryan covering up something else, or is he just trying to give Emma the childhood that he never got to have? Either way, they both have some growing up to do if they want to stay together as a family.’
I was successful in my bid to direct an episode of BBC Three’s ‘The Break’. Supported by the BBC Writersroom team and BBC Northern Ireland, I had the pleasure of working with the incredibly talented, award winning writer Jan Carson.Kate Croft, executive producer Artis Pictures and Steven Canny, executive producer BBC Studios said: “Lending our full support to nurturing the next generation of original voices, who have something to say about the world we live in, is an inspiring and vital part of our business. The BBC Writersroom performs a really important function and this year’s films showcase Northern Ireland talent, and we hope will be transformative for the great team bringing them to life.” Full Media Centre Article.
During my time as Sarah Gavron’s mentee I was invited into post production on her latest feature film ‘Rocks’ which has since premeried at the Toronto international film festival. This time with Sarah and the ‘Rocks’ team was invaluable.
A very pink opporuntiy this way cometh.
The Climb featured as part of the Northern Exposure short film showcase at BaseCamp Middlesborough.
‘Curation duties are being taken care of by our BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Amy O’Hara, who has picked an array of shorts from filmmakers in the North that spans animation, documentary and live action.’
‘In an intensely competitive process, just twenty women have been selected from hundreds of applicants for this mid-career scheme and they have come from every conceivable area of the industry from OB multi-camera operating to directing, producing, script editing and comedy writing. Each WFTV candidate is paired with a highly experienced mentor and will undergo six months of comprehensive training.’
Designed to remove barriers and increase opportunities for under-represented filmmakers, Widening the Lens 2019 will be delivered across three days in Bristol and will consist of masterclasses, round table discussions, workshops and film screenings.
Completion of one day practical Directing Your Behaviour workshop in Leeds. The workshop is designed to help directors lead by example when it comes to behaviour in a leadership role while acknowledging that directors can be victims, witnesses and perpetrators of inappropriate behaviour.
Delivered by Alec McPhedran Skills Channel TV
Currently supported by the Film and Television Charity’s Going Places fund. The fund aims to support experienced screen industry professionals from anywhere in the UK.
2nd Unit Director on Renegade Pictures’ Doing Money: Directed by Lynsey Miller, Written by Gwyneth Hughes, Produced by Alex Cooke & Mike Dormer. Based on the true story of a Romanian woman who was abducted from her home in London and brought to Northern Ireland where she was sold into Sex Slavery.
Remember by doing
‘Recently widowed Julia pushes herself to climb a mountain for the first and only time.’
Audience FEEDBACK for The Climb
National Youth Film Academy Easter Course 2018
I had the pleasure of booking and interviewing a collection of key industry professionals for The National Youth Film Academy Masterclasses and Q&As. Speakers included Gareth Edwards, John Connors, Emily Tilelli, Jennifer Withers, Kurban Kassam, Diane Gabrysiak, Jack Tarling, Yasmin Paige, Joseph A. Adesunloye and Jane Gull.
In 2017 I taught the Directing Masterclass for the BFI Academy in Belfast.
My upcoming feature film The Last Woman was developed through New Writers Focus with Northern Ireland Screen.
Completion of one day course Coaching Skills for Supervisors and Managers in Belfast. Includes deliberate and specific activities designed for employees to develop their skills by learning on the job. The Manager who can develop their coaching skills can lead highly productive teams with motivated individuals, resulting in significantly increasing cost effectiveness and organisational performance.
Connect with a stranger
An elderly woman sits in a park. A young photographer. Sam offers her time, showing Elaine much needed compassion and solidarity.
Between 2009 and 2011 I worked with the Prison Arts Foundation in Northern Ireland, producing, shooting and editing documentaries while also teaching prisoners.