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In the Spotlight... producer and actress Fiona Gillies

Next week, Women in Film & TV will announce the 20 successful candidates for our mid-career Mentoring Scheme 2017. Here, former mentee Fiona Gillies talks to Kate Kinninmont about her experience of taking part in the scheme.


You’re a successful actress, Fiona; what made you decide that you wanted to have a mentor and take part in our mentoring scheme?

In the spotlight... TV producer Lyndsay Duthie

An executive producer with credits for the BBC, ITVChannel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, Lyndsay Duthie began her career 20 years ago, when she became the series producer of Trisha, aged just 23. Part of the ITV development team for Loose Women, she has interviewed murderers on death row and created the award-nominated documentary School Boy Dad.

In the spotlight... BAFTA Chair Jane Lush

Newly appointed BAFTA Chair Jane Lush is the former BBC Controller of Entertainment and Comedy. She tells WFTV's Emma Morgan about standing up for daytime television, championing diversity at BAFTA and saying hello to The Weakest Link

Jane Lush © BAFTA

In the Spotlight... director Pratibha Parmar
Writer-director Pratibha Parmar, a former WFTV board member, is behind the forthcoming drama-documentary Fury & Tenderness. She tells Emma Morgan about crowdfunding, inclusion and the unseen Andrea Dworkin.

In the Spotlight... cinematographer Sophie Darlington
Marisa Clifford of Pulse Films, co-producers of Andrea Arnold's Cannes-bound American Honey

Marisa Clifford is CEO and co-founder of multi-award winning Pulse Films, co-producers of one of only three female-directed film in competition for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Andrea Arnold's American Honey.

Shamim Sarif & Hanan Kattan on Despite the Falling Snow
Writer-director Shamim Sarif (left) and producer Hanan Kattan are the WFTV members behind new release Despite the Falling Snow. They tell WFTV Head of Communications Emma Morgan about obstacles, integrity and exhaustion...
In the Spotlight...Susanna White

Film and TV director Susanna White is gearing up for the release of her latest feature, Our Kind of Traitor.  The film is based on the John le Carré novel and successfully pulls off a contemporary political thriller that is beautifully shot by Anthony Don Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) with compelling performances from a stellar cast that includes; Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis and Naomi Harris.

WFTV Award-Winner Caroline O Reilly on Producing ‘Feast of Varanasi’

Producing my first mainstream feature film Feast of Varanasi in India was initially quite daunting, mainly because as a script supervisor I had already filmed in India on the TV show Sharpe with Sean Bean – so I knew how challenging the process would be. But the move from script supervisor to producer was a relatively smooth transition in comparison!

Everybody remembers their first…especially in VIRTUAL REALITY!

I remember my first like it was yesterday, walking through the exhibition grounds, trying to find my next source of entertainment. There it stood in front of me, like it was straight out of the movie. I had to give it a go. Standing on a platform wearing this massively clunky headset I was being transported into a new dimension. I found myself part of a bizarre polygonal world with flying pterodactyls diving at my head. This was mind blowing, instantly I craved my next VR experience. This was circa.1995.