Learning to Say No

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I’m a big believer is working on as many projects as you can when you are starting out. The more sets you are on, the more you will learn! I have worked on some very disorganized sets and learned how to run mine better. I’ve worked for no pay outside…

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An Unexpected Lesson

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I cared for my father for the last 3 years of his life. After which, I decided that by the time I was 50 I should be an established filmmaker or, at the very least, see the light at the end of the tunnel. That gave me 4 years. 4…

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Stronger Than Yesterday

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It’s 4am and I’m wide awake in a hospital bed.  With one hand I am replying to emails on my phone about the tech time for my play which is due to open in five days’ time. With my other hand I am attempting to hold my baby steady as…

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Why still, David Lynch?

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This has been a year of progression in both the micro and macro. In the micro: I began making movies for the first time (after a decade directing only theatre). In the macro – from the kick-ass Killing Eve to Debra Granik’s beautifully subtle Leave No Trace; from an entirely…

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Let’s talk about Airbrushing

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After a twelve-year hiatus working as a counsellor, I finally made my way back to acting last September. I can’t lie; I fully expected to return to a more ‘grown-up’ industry – one where difference and diversity were celebrated and certainly one where women were making great strides. I mean…come on,…

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Set Assistant Diaries: Guerilla Tactics

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Nobody has ever assumed the role of set assistant was a glamorous one. I knew that even before I found myself hiding beneath a tree on a rain-drenched afternoon while a drone hovered overhead. Naturally, my assigned position beneath this tree was not out of consideration for wellbeing. It was…

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Ladies! Be More Like Jessica Pearson

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If you ‘re not familiar with Suits, congratulations! The first 8 seasons, and the currently airing 9th season, are on Netflix. What are you waiting for? Suits doesn’t struggle for strong characters, but Jessica Pearson- head of Pearson Hardman (and all its other names) is the character that all women…

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Own your sparkle!

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I know it sounds a little cheesy right; maybe even clichéd; but the truth is, that when you own your sparkle, you navigate life more confidently. I’m a singer-songwriter and at this point in my life I feel so blessed. I get to travel the world and sing to thousands…

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Setting Boundaries

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Boundaries, like self care, has become a bit of a buzzword. A lot of us talk the talk, but struggle to actually walk the walk. And in film, it’s not surprising. Filmmakers constantly get asked too much of. Whether it’s working <12 hour days or trying to juggle a stressful…

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She’s a bitch

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Picture this – I’m in a club (underage) with Malibu & Coke in one hand and the other I wave about as though I’m conducting an orchestra. I’m singing along to Missy Elliot’s catchy song She’s A Bitch.  That beat, the music video – you must have seen it. Everyone…

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Staying positive is overrated

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There has been, by happy coincidence, a lapse of some four months since the time I submitted my suggested subject matter for this article, Staying Positive, and my writing it. Looking back, I can’t say I was feeling particularly positive at the time. The very fact that I had even suggested…

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Removing the Blockers

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Last year, I broke off an engagement because I would never have been able to pursue my dreams if I married my ex.  I work in three very challenging industries (film, theatre and photography) all of which require a lot of strength, determination and support. My partner needs to be…

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Art as Activism

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In 2014, ISIS invaded the Sinjar Mountains, home to the Yazidi community in Kurdish Iraq. They bombed and burned the houses, killed most of the men, and captured the women and girls to be traded as sex slaves in Raqqa. In 2017, artist Hannah Rose Thomas went to Northern Iraq…

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What would Elaine Benes do?

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Seinfeld is lauded to be the show about nothing, but it is everything to me. A rainy day classic, able to be repeated again and again; a perfect, genre defining sitcom with the mileage to match. It first debuted in 1989, and has been gracing our screens ever since, despite…

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Women in Hollywood

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I just love the old Hollywood movies! The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade, Singing in the Rain, Gone with the Wind. Stars such as Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth and Joan Crawford exuded a sophistication that was breathtaking and memorable. Hollywood movies made a huge…

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Crisis of Confidence

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I had been working in the UK factual industry for 15 years and was a producer of a broadcast travel programme. It had always been my dream to direct documentaries. So when I asked my then boss why he didn’t hire females as directors, his answer was, ‘Women make better…

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Note to Self

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There is a scene in La La Land that sums up my career as a woman in film and TV right now.  Mia has gone back home to Boulder City after one too many rejections and Sebastian has followed her because a real opportunity has come knocking.  One of the…

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Finding My Voice

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I went to international school in France and I don’t remember being good enough friends with anyone to add them on msn. So when I got to uni in the...
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Heroines of BAFTA

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The TV BAFTA’s took place on Sunday evening at London’s Royal Festival hall. The event was attended by some of the stars and creators of the best comedies, documentaries and dramas and as...
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Empowerment For All

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"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." —Michelle Obama Female empowerment is the movement to empower women to become more involved in the social, political, economical...
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The Beauty of a Story

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Standing in the toilet cubicle of the Telegraph offices I was trying desperately hard to catch my breath. I’d had mild panic attacks before, but this one was rather spectacular....
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The Love of Writing

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It’s tough. It’s laborious. It’s draining. It’s frustrating. It’s demanding. It’s competitive. It’s a risk. It’s lonely. It’s heartbreaking. And yet, it’s all that I am and everything I cannot...
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The Pregnancy Trap

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I am a theatre director and am currently 6 months pregnant with my first child. When asked write a blog exploring the empowerment of women, I thought I would use...
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The Power of Women

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Every woman can look into her purse and find at least one key that gives her access to something. If asked which key was the most important, most women would...
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We’ve got your back

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I work in horticulture - plants, gardens, soil, design.  Traditionally a male-dominated industry, it has come on a long way, but I still encounter sexism. I was at Borough Market...
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Women of the Oscars

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The 2019 Academy Awards was a great night for women – all women. With the #OscarsSoWhite campaign feeling a long way behind us, it was truly remarkable to see such...
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The New Normal

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The days of rushing to the TV to behold the glory of a black face on television are thankfully, well and truly over. But the new question on many of...
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God comes to the BAFTAS

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On Sunday evening British Actress Letitia Wright won the EE Rising Star Award during the 72th British Film Awards. The award is voted for by the public and she was...
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All Hail Regina King!

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Monday 7 January 2019 saw the 76th Golden Globes award ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. As with all major awards ceremony the day after saw...
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