22nd January 2015
Tributes were paid to Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride at last night’s National Television Awards in London. Kirkbride’s on-screen husband in the soap, William Roache, said in his speech that “she became one of the best-loved and most enduring characters on British TV."
21st January 2015
Congratulations to the winners at this year’s Writers’ Guild Awards, which were presented at a ceremony in central London on Monday 19th January. The Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award was presented to screenwriter, producer and actress Kay Mellor, whose TV writing credits include Band of Gold, Playing the Field, Fat Friends, The Syndicate and In the Club. For more information about the event and a full list of winners, click here.
20th January 2015
Writer, comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has been named President of Women of the Year. Toksvig, who hosted last December's Women in Film and Television Awards, is a long term supporter of Women of the Year and has compered their annual Lunch & Awards for more than ten years. She has also been one of the judges for the Awards.
17th January 2015
Kate Nash wanted to create a feminist community to express ideas, and that’s what she has done with her new Girl Gang TV channel on YouTube. The show is still in its early stages, with only one introductory episode and a teaser trailer under its list of uploads. The trailer features punky riot grrrl-inspired music, with the words “grrrl gang” scrawled on someone’s knuckles in black marker.
15th January 2015
Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier, whose new film, A Second Chance, will be domestically released today (15 January), has been signed up to adapt UK author John le Carré’s espionage drama The Night Manager for the small screen, scheduled to be broadcast in 2016.
15th January 2015
Last week we saw the BAFTA nominations announced, the (brilliantly feminist) Golden Globe awards happen, and now we turn to the Oscars as details are released of who is in the running.
15th January 2015
Despite the recent directing achievements of Angelina Jolie and Golden Globe nominee Ava DuVernay, research shows that women are less represented in the film industry than ever before. Jolie's film Unbroken, a biopic about the athlete and prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, was a box office Christmas hit in the US, while DuVernay is the first black woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, for Selma, a drama about Martin Luther King Jr and the lead-up to the Voting Rights Act.
12th January 2015
Each board member is elected for a two-year term, with eight of the board up for re-election this time. Re-elected were two female members, Dagmar Jacobsen and Rebecca O’Brien. The six new board members are: Tilde Corsi, Italy, producer Ira von Gienanth, Germany, producer/distributor Angeles Gonzáles-Sinde, Spain, screenwriter Vanessa Henneman, Netherlands, talent agent Agnès Jaoui, France, director/screenwriter/actress Ewa Puszczynska, Poland, producer
12th January 2015
The 65th Berlin Film Festival (5-15 February) will open with the world-premiere screening of the new feature by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, Nobody Wants the Night, a snow-capped adventure film that will also be in the running for the Golden Bear.
12th January 2015
Writer and WFTV member, Melody Bridges (Celluloid Ceiling: Women Directors Breaking Through), is calling for academics, authors and lovers of the Silent Screen era to dip their quill and pen a chapter about the writers, directors and stars of the silent era for a wonderful new book due out in 2015. She is particularly interested in hearing from people with specialist knowledge in early cinema with regards to costume, technical department and editing.