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Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary UK Film Culture

Practitioner interviews

We are interviewing 50 women who work in key production roles in the UK film industry, which remains dominated by men. The interviews will give these women the opportunity to share their career stories and experiences working in filmmaking. We are video recording each (approx.) hour long interview, and at the end of the grant the recordings will be housed with the BECTU History Project. If you or someone you know is a woman working in the film industry in one of the key roles we are looking for (director, writer, producer, exec-producer, cinematographer, editor) and you or your associate would be happy to be interviewed, please see our contact page to get in touch.

Shelley, Linda, and Xialou
Shelley and Linda interviewing Xialou Guo

The interviews began at our launch of the project at the Shetland Film Festival in 2014.

Interviewees so far include:

Amma Asante, writer-director

Clio Barnard, writer-director

Victoria Boydell, Editor

Moira Buffini, Writer

Cairo Cannon, producer

Gurinder Chadha, writer-director-producer

Anne V Coates, Editor

Lucinda Coxon, Writer

Sarah Curtis, producer

Jeanie Finlay, director/producer

Mandie Fletcher, Director

Lizzie Francke, BFI Film Fund executive

Xialou Guo, writer-director

Joanna Hogg, writer-director

Elizabeth Karlsen, producer

Martya Knitter, Cinematographer

Christine Langhan, head of BBC Films

Hope Dickson Leach, writer-director

Amy Mathieson, writer-director-producer

Norina McKay, writer/producer

Polly Morgan, cinematographer

Carol Morley, writer-director

Kate Ogborn, producer

Juliette Towhidi, screenwriter

Tess Morgan, screenwriter

Kelly Marcel, screenwriter

Kim Longinotto, director

Saska Simpson, Editor

Lucia Zuchetti, Editor


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