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The 2017 BAFTA Elevate Participants: BAFTA’s Twitter account
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the participants of its annual Elevate program. As this year’s initiative addresses the gender gap among directors in the entertainment industry, BAFTA selected 15 female film directors for the program. BAFTA Elevate 2017 “will support the participants to progress in high-end television and feature films,” a press release details. BAFTA hosted a reception honoring the women on May 17.
This year’s focus on female directors is credited to “Africa United” director Debs Paterson, who wanted “an opportunity to highlight the number of experienced female directors ready to work, and to build a peer-to-peer community based on support and shared knowledge.”
Over one year, Elevate will provide the directors “tailored panel discussions, masterclasses, and workshops that will build peer support relationships, address cutting edge technical advances, and promote the directors to the wider industry.”
Among the Elevate 2017 selectees are television director Christiana Ebohon-Green (“EastEnders,” “Doctors”), “Honeytrap” helmer Rebecca Johnson, “My Brother the Devil” filmmaker Sally El Hosaini, “I Am Nasrine” helmer and Hetv Director Program participant Tina Gharavi, and “Call the Midwife” director Lisa Clarke.
“We are thrilled to be supporting our incredible 15 selected participants across the next 12 months,” BAFTA Film Programme Manager Mariayah Kaderbhai commented. “Through BAFTA Elevate, we hope to provide these talented individuals with the platform they need to reach the next stage of their careers by helping them build relationships and allow them to benefit from BAFTA’s network of industry experts.”
In April news broke that BAFTA had accidentally Cc’d all of the directors who were not selected for Elevate 2017. The snafu gave the 225 unaccepted women a chance to comfort one another, network, and organize. They eventually launched #BAFTAsLucky225, which reached number nine on Twitter’s trending topics list. As fate would have it, BAFTA managed to elevate all of its applicants — not just those selected for its official program.
Below is a full list of the Elevate 2017 participants, courtesy of BAFTA.
Alicia DuffyAmanda BlueCathy BradyChristiana Ebohon-GreenDawn ShadforthDelyth ThomasEmma SullivanKate SaxonLindy HeymannLisa ClarkeRebecca JohnsonSally El HosainiSarah WalkerTina GharaviVanessa Caswill
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- Rachel Montpelier
Tina Gharavi: Image courtesy of Gharavi
Directors UK and Creative Skillset’s High End TV (Hetv) Council have announced two directors set to participate in the High End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme. According to a press release, Tina Gharavi and Samantha Harrie will serve as “placement directors on two of the UK’s most popular High End drama productions: Kudos’ ‘The Tunnel: Vengeance’ and Neal Street Productions’ ‘Call The Midwife.’”
A total of six directors will be chosen from 200 applications to participate in the program, which was “launched to help progress and diversify the directing talent in Hetv drama.” The four remaining candidates will be announced later this year.
The initiative includes a 12-week paid stint on a High End drama production, where the placement director will have the chance to work side-by-side with the show’s lead director. Placement directors “will gain an insight into all areas of Hetv drama including pre-production, shooting, and post-production; ultimately giving them the skill set needed to be able to direct an episode in the future.” They will also have the chance to direct 2nd unit when possible and potentially earn an on-screen credit.
“Ensuring full representation behind-the-scenes in High End TV productions is imperative if Hetv is to be reflective of society,” Hetv Programme Lead Kaye Elliott explained. “This is why the Council and levy are fully supportive of initiatives such as the High End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme, and we are delighted that two female directors have secured such high profile placements.”
Gharavi received a BAFTA nomination for her coming-of-age film “I Am Nasrine” in 2013. She made her debut with the 2001 documentary short “Closer,” and her other directing credits include several shorts as well as the 2007 doc “A Town Like Lackawanna.” She is currently working on her next film, the gangster story “The Good Iranian.” As part of the High End TV Directors program, Gharavi will be working with Gilles Bannier (“Tin Star,” “The Tunnel: Sabotage”) on “The Tunnel: Vengeance.”
Harrie’s graduation film, the short “Love Letters,” earned her a Royal Television Society award nomination. A selectee for the 2016 BBC New Directors Scheme, Harrie has also helmed episodes of “Doctors” and the shorts “Copier” and “Adrift.” She is attached to direct two upcoming features: “The Pod,” a sci-fi/black comedy hybrid, and “The Orchestra,” a revenge thriller. Harrie will team up with Syd Macartney (“Last Tango in Halifax”) on “Call the Midwife” for the Hetv program.
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- Rachel Montpelier
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