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My guest this week is Georgina Higgins, a Script Supervisor, whose recent credits include the Film4 and BFI-backed production Limbo from director Ben Sharrock, which was selected for Cannes this year and very well reviewed at the London Film Festival; a moving drama called Monsoon starring Henry Golding which is on BBC Two tomorrow night and will t…
 
This week my guest is Joanne Michael, the Director of Marketing and Distribution at Cornerstone, an international sales and financing company that launched in 2015. Some of their recent titles include Herself directed Phyllida Lloyd and produced by Element Pictures, Josephine Decker’s enthralling psycho-drama Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss and Mic…
 
This week my guest is Jayisha Patel, an award-winning British filmmaker who works at the intersection of cinematic film and VR. Her short film, A Paradise, premiered at the Berlinale in 2014 and was nominated for over 37 international awards. In 2017 she directed Notes to My Father, an award winning VR experience commissioned by Oculus. The film la…
 
I’m excited for this episode because international sales isn’t a realm of the industry we’ve covered massively on the podcast and to my mind it’s obviously a hugely important chunk of the film’s journey, but one that sort of gets maybe less attention, particularly once a film is out in cinemas, we more often than note associate the film with its di…
 
This week’s guest is Malinda Kaur, a second assistant director whose recent credits include Clio Barnard’s upcoming film Ali & Ava, HBO & Sky Atlantic’s TV series The Third Day, British independent dramas Rocks and Monsoon and a little show calling Killing Eve. Malinda started out as a floor runner working on Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, befo…
 
I am very thrilled to be able to introduce Dionne Farrell as this week’s podcast guest. Dionne is a Development Executive at BBC Films where she has worked across several of their releases, including Rapman’s Blue Story and Francis Lee’s Ammonite which is closing this year’s London Film Festival. Dionne began her career as an office runner for Raw …
 
This week my guest is Sophie O’Neill, a costume designer whose credits include Clio Barnard’s upcoming film Ali & Ava, costume supervising on British indie films like Jawbone, Iona and The Selfish Giant and costume buying for the likes of Everest and the TV series The Last Panthers. Don’t worry, if you’re wondering what all those different roles me…
 
Hello podpals and welcome to Season 3 of Best Girl Grip, I’m very excited to be back with another round of guests who will help guide us through the many different roles in the film industry. It feels very special to be launching a new series with this week’s guest, because it has been a long-time coming and it was an interview that was delayed due…
 
I’ve interrupted my own break to deliver a bonus episode of sorts. It was recorded last week, and I didn’t want to hold onto it for a new season, it was a really mind-expanding conversation if that’s not too self-important to say and I wanted to share it ASAP. It’s with award-winning non-fiction filmmaker and geographer Brett Story whose is based i…
 
I’m rather excited and a little bit trepidatious to release this episode because it was recorded live at the Watersprite Film Festival in Cambridge back in March and so it feels rather antiquated. There were people there! Georgia and I sat face to face! We mention SXSW being cancelled which Georgia was due to attend with a pilot she directed called…
 
My guest this week is Louise Ford, a film editor who has worked on some of the most original and startling and accomplished features of recent times. I don’t think that’s overstating it. They include Robert Eggers’ The Witch and The Lighthouse, Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds and his recent release starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney Bad Education…
 
My guest this week is Grace Snell, a BIFA-nominated costume designer, whose glorious work you'll have no doubt seen in Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir, as well as Billie Piper's directorial debut Rare Beasts, and an upcoming film starring Riz Ahmed called Mogul Mowgli. We talk about her path into costume design, mentorship, mental health, getting an age…
 
I’ve got what I consider to be a really exciting episode this week and it’s with Mahalia John, who is a central and clapper loader. If you have no idea what that is don’t worry, we get into it. I was somewhat clueless going into this and really appreciate Mahalia’s time in breaking it down for me. Straight off the bat I’ll say this is one of my fav…
 
This week's episode is pretty exciting because as you know this podcast is called Best Girl Grip which is play on words for the role on a film set called Best Boy Grip, meant to highlight the historical and in fact present tense lack of women within the film industry. And this week I am actually speaking to a grip, to hear about that role and what …
 
This week I spoke to the casting director Lara Manwaring who has been in the industry for the past decade, predominately working at Des Hamilton casting - they’ve done films like Four Lions, Tyrannosaur, This Is England, Wuthering Heights and Adult Life Skills. Lots of of really incredible British cinema. Lara now has her own company, through which…
 
This week I spoke to director of photography Rina Yang and she’s someone I’ve wanted on the podcast for a while, but she’s incredibly prolific and hard-working and was always off doing shoots so lockdown was sort of the perfect opportunity to get to speak to her. Rina is based in London but grew up in Japan, and some of her recent credits include s…
 
This week I wanted to revisit the interview I had with Corrina Antrobus, originally published in February of this year, in the context of the dialogues happening around Black Lives Matter and because today is the online launch of Hackney's Windrush Generations Festival which Corrina worked on. If you can please consider donating to these UK-based a…
 
This week, I spoke to the brilliant Anna Bertmark. Anna is a sound designer and supervisor who has worked on several acclaimed and award-winning British feature films including God’s Own Country, The Goob, Adult Life Skills, Lilting, You Were Never Really Here and more recently Blue Story, as well as episodes of Normal People as a sound effects edi…
 
Cat Marshall is a producer based in South Yorkshire, and also Production Supervisor for the Sheffield based company Warp Films whose projects include Shane Meadows’ recently BAFTA-nominated series for Channel 4 The Virtues, This Is England ’90 (Channel 4), The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic), and feature films such Yardie and ’71. In her role at Warp,…
 
I had a really wonderful chat with Emma Norton, who is an In-House Producer at Ireland’s Element Pictures, she was formerly Head of Development there and she’s worked on a number of their big titles, including The Favourite, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Room, The Lobster, Frank and The Guard. She has also produced Rosie and A Date for Mad Mary and…
 
Meroë Candy is a story research and production consultant for film and television drama. We delve extensively into what that entails and what that research looks like. But essentially Meroë provides assistance to writers and producers in world-building, uncovering true stories, story-lining and connecting and coordinating experts from the scientifi…
 
Hello podpals and welcome back to Best Girl Grip; the mini lockdown edition. It’s been a crazy and stressful and unprecedented time, I feel like all adjectives have been exhausted and at that the same time like the language doesn’t exist to fully articulate what this is and what it feels like. I’m also really aware of pandemic saturation, it defini…
 
Lizzie is someone I’ve wanted on the podcast for a while. In fact when I first started this project whilst working at the BFI, I was always sort of biding my time slash working up the courage to ask her. And then serendipitously I was asked to do a live show at Glasgow, where two films that Lizzie had exec’d were showing and it seemed like exactly …
 
This week I interviewed Roxana Adle, a talent agent at Independent Talent. Her clients include some really exciting filmmakers such as Alma Har'el, Eva Husson, Aneil Karia, Remi Weekes, Mahalia Belo and Georgia Parris, among many others. It was really exciting to delve into this side of the industry for the first time and ask Roxana about how she s…
 
This week's episode is tinged with a bit of sadness. I recorded it with Sanne Jehoul, co-director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, whilst visiting the Glasgow Film Festival 2 weeks ago, ahead of their 2020 edition which was due to kick off tomorrow. Unfortunately Coronavirus has waylaid those plans and the festival has been postponed until later…
 
My guest this week is Natalie Samson, a chameleon of the film industry, who has held roles at Women in Film & TV, the post production house Clear Cut and currently as Head of Production at Into Film, a really fantastic educational charity that focuses on using film as a learning device that can aid young people's cultural, social and academic devel…
 
My guest this week is Rebecca Day, a documentary producer and psychotherapist, who began her filmmaking career working for the Scottish Documentary Institute. She has produced the immersive essay film Becoming Animal which uses cinema’s sensory tools to explore humanity’s relationship with the natural environment and is currently producing Silent M…
 
Cate is Head of Acquisitions at Curzon Artificial Eye, the UK distributor behind many an award-winning movie. Some of my favourite releases of theirs have included The Handmaiden, Victoria, Love & Friendship, Only You, A Fantastic Woman, 120 BPM, The Great Beauty and Jeune Femme, to name but a few. We talked about the start of Cate’s career working…
 
My guest this week is the very well-named Nicole Dorsey, a filmmaker who splits her time between Toronto and LA. Her work has screened internationally and her debut feature film Black Conflux - a haunting exploration of womanhood, isolation, and toxic masculinity, set in 1980s Newfoundland - premiered at this year’s TIFF. She has several short film…
 
This week I interview Robyn Citizen, who besides having a very cool name, is a film curator, scholar, educator and a Toronto-based Texan. Her eclectic film background includes working as a Publicist Assistant in the Repertory office of New York City’s Film Forum and guest lecturing on zombie cinema and the geopolitics of East Asian anthology horror…
 
Pamela B. Green has creative directed, produced, and directed feature film main titles, motion graphics, and award packages. She did the titles for a recent indie film I really loved called Blindspotting, as well as Crown Heights and Fences but if you look at her imdb page you will be scrolling for a while. Her most recent project, a documentary ca…
 
For episode three of Best Girl Grip goes to TIFF, I sat down with Elise McCave who is Director of Narrative Film at Kickstarter and was formerly Deputy Director at Doc Society (a.k.a. BritDoc) to talk about what excites her about crowdfunding, how filmmakers can optimise their campaigns and the importance of building communities. This was a really …
 
For the second episode of Best Girl Grip goes to TIFF, I’m joined by Margaret Boykin, Director of Film Development at Ubisoft where she is focused on adapting their catalogue of games for film, with titles in their library including Ghost Recon and Just Dance. Fun fact Jake Gyllenhaal has been lured back into the world of video game adaptation with…
 
So the next six episodes including this one were all recorded at the Toronto International Film Festival! For the first episode of Best Girl Grip goes to TIFF, I spoke to Dorota Lech, a Polish-born and Toronto-based film programmer who became the Lead Programmer of the Discovery section this year. She has worked for TIFF since 2013, and also produc…
 
A live recording of Best Girl Grip at Underwire Film Festival with filmmaker, producer and journalist Roxy Rezvany. Roxy won the Best Director award at the festival last year for her short documentary Little Pyongyang, which also played at prestigious festivals such as Sheffield Doc/Fest and CPH:DOX. She started out working for Vice, field producin…
 
It feels really special to introduce my guest for this finale episode - producer Sarah Brocklehurst - because 5 years ago I went to an event organised by Underwire Film Festival called Women Write Comedy where she was a speaker and I remember finding her really inspirational then - I wrote a whole blog post about the day and even plucked up the cou…
 
For the penultimate episode of the first season I spoke to Jasmin Morrison. Formerly an Investment Manager at The Fyzz Facility, a production and financing company based in London having worked her way up the ranks from Executive Assistant, Jasmin currently heads up Soul Cognition, a production and consultancy company that she founded. So I think i…
 
This week I spoke to Rowan Woods who has jammed so much into her career it’s actually pretty staggering and is possibly one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. Rowan is currently the Film Programme Manager for the British Council where she finds and screens new UK features to international film festival selectors, as well as being the Industry P…
 
This is the first of my recorded interviews from the Edinburgh Film Festival. It was a joy to sit down with Flore Cosquer who heads up the Talent Development department at the Scottish Documentary Institute and manages the Institute’s various training initiatives and industry events, including the Edinburgh Pitch, and oversees the production of the…
 
My guest this week is Sophie Powell, a graphic designer for Film & TV whose credits include Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Last Night In Soho, Yesterday which is currently in cinemas, Rocketman, Mission Impossible - Fallout, Patrick Melrose and the episode 'USS Callister' on Black Mirror Series 4, which I’d say is a pretty formidable CV. I was really…
 
Ellen Evans is a documentary filmmaker whose shorts have screened worldwide at Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and on BBC iPlayer. I had the absolute pleasure of watching her latest project Country Girl which I believe is still in post and its astoundingly good, empathetic filmmaking and it made me really excited to interview Ellen. El…
 
Rachel is the Film Programme Coordinator at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema. Previously she was the Producer of Alchemy Film and Moving Arts Festival, and has also held roles at Film Hub Scotland, Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI Festivals and Picturehouse, and she is also an archive activist. Rachel co-founded a project called Invisible Women that examine…
 
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