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FEBRUARY 2022 events

Q&A: In conversation with the team behind We Are England 
 
Speakers:
Aisling O’Connor | Head of Commissioning for BBC England                    
Sarah Trigg | Executive Producer

We Are England delves into the vital issues that matter most to audiences, told from their perspectives and as they see them, the series puts current affairs in the hands of the people. 


Examining the changing face of England and exploring the big issues people are talking about such as mental health and the housing crisis, to unsolved murders and young entrepreneurs striving to set up successful businesses in the face of adversity, the series offers a platform to voices and opinions across England and is produced from six hubs in Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, London and Norwich.
 
Hear from the Head of Commissioning for BBC England, Aisling O’Connor, and Executive Producer Sarah Trigg discussing the making of the series, offering an insight to coordinating a production across hubs and the importance of representing voices and audiences from across the country in current affairs.
 
We Are England starts on Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 19:30 on BBC One and will run weekly after that. If you miss it, you can catch up via the BBC iPlayer.

Writers’ Group: Hear from the Agent Steven Russell 
Speakers:
Steven Russell | Agent, Collective Talent
Christina Pickworth | Agent

For February's Writers’ Group, host Christina Pickworth will be in conversation with Agent Steven Russell of Collective Talent talking through the process and giving tips for finding, approaching and working with an agent.


This is a valuable session for writers looking to work with an agent and pick up tips for how to build a strong working relationship. 
After the talk there will be time for the audience to ask questions during the Q&A.

 
 
Q&A: The Lost Daughter, with Director and Writer Maggie Gyllenhaal and Producers Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman Keren
Speakers:
Maggie Gyllenhaal| Director, Writer and Producer                  
Talia Kleinhendler | Producer
Osnat Handelsman Keren 
| Producer

Watch WFTV and Netflix's conversation with Oscar and BAFTA nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, Director, Writer and Producer, Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman Keren, Producers of The Lost Daughter.

 

Gyllenhaal, whose award-winning career as an actress is full of ground breaking and thought provoking performances, will discuss the journey of her directorial debut with her screen adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter. The film follows how a woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when her obsession with a young mother forces her to confront the secrets of her past.


Directed and written by Gyllenhaal, who won the Best Screenplay prize at the Venice Film Festival, the cast includes Oscar nominee Olivia Colman, Oscar and BAFTA nominee Jessie Buckley and Dakota Johnson. Gyllenhaal, along with along with Kleinhendler and Handelsman Keren discuss their experiences working on the film, the creative challenge and the journey to sharing the film with audiences at festivals across the world.

Q&A: In conversation with Elizabeth Meriwether, Executive Producer of Disney+’s The Dropout
Speakers:
Elizabeth Meriwether | Executive Producer 
Emma Bullimore | Journalist and Broadcaster

Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. From Executive Producer Elizabeth Meriwether, The Dropout is the story of Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried) and Theranos, an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye?


Hear from Elizabeth Meriwether, who discussed her career to date and role as showrunner and executive producer, offering behind the scenes insight to the making of the new series which tells the story of one of Silicone Valley’s most notorious CEOs. 


The Dropout premiered on 03 March 2022 on Disney+. Watch the trailer here