WFTV Q&A: Panel Talk with Director, Ben Wheatley and the Producer Team on Rebecca

Join WFTV for an exclusive interview with the director, Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise, Sightseers, Doctor Who) and the film’s producer Nira Park (Baby Driver, Him & Her, Friday Night Dinner) and executive producer, Amelia Granger (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones), to discuss the feature film, Rebecca.

WFTV host Cassandra Sigsgaard will be talking to our guest speakers about adapting Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, and the processes involved in the making of the film.

Rebecca tells the story of a young, newlywed woman who arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house, long after her death.

Rebecca is currently showing on Netflix and in cinemas across the UK.

SPEAKERS

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Cassandra Sigsgaard

Producer and Founder, Jeva Films

Cassandra is a London based producer, with a passion for original stories by visionary filmmakers challenging boundaries and preconceptions. Theatrical credits include the award-winning feature debut Nina Forever directed by the Blaine brothers, and the acclaimed feature documentary, India In A Day directed by Richie Mehta and executive produced by Ridley Scott. She is currently in post on a documentary about the refugee crisis, and next up will be the comedy Enter the Dragons directed by Marjane Satrapi and starring Gemma Arterton.

Cassandra is also former Chair of Women in Film and Television and a voting member of BAFTA.

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Ben Wheatley

Director

Ben is the award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High-Rise and Free Fire. He started out directing live-action sections of the Channel 4 series Modern Toss and between 2006-09 he directed episodes of The Wrong Door and Ideal for the BBC. Down Terrace was his first feature in 2009, which he followed in 2011 with the thriller Kill List. His third film was the black comedy Sightseers which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and won an Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Comedy and the Empire Award for Best British Film.

Other film and television credits include; the psychedelic historical thriller A Field in England, the first two episodes of the eighth series of Doctor Who, High-Rise, Free Fire, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead and three episodes of the CBS series Strange Angel.

His upcoming projects include Tomb Raider 2 starring Alicia Vikander.

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Nira Park 

Producer and Executive Producer

Nira is best known for her collaborations with Edgar Wright and actors, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which began with Spaced and Shaun of The Dead and went on to produce Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Baby Driver.

Notable credits include; Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, The Kid Who Would Be King, Paul, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers; Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear; Cuban Fury, Man Up; and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Grimsby. She has also produced numerous TV series and documentaries including the double BAFTA award-winning sitcom Black Books. Executive producer roles include; the US adaptation of Free Agents for NBC, Friday Night Dinner and the BAFTA award-winning Him & Her.

 

In 1995 she set up Big Talk, which she left in 2018 to launch a new production company, Complete Fiction, with Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Rachael Prior; Nira is currently in post-production on Edgar Wright’s latest film Last Night in Soho.

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Amelia Granger

Executive Producer

Amelia is Head of Film at Working Title Films. Granger first joined the company in 1994 as assistant to Co-Chairman Eric Fellner. Since 2011 she has led film development out of the UK, working across the film slate from the early stages of script development, through to theatrical release.

 

As Development Executive and Executive Producer, Granger has worked on many of Working Title’s most well-known titles, including Notting Hill and Love Actually, Bridget Jones and Nanny McPhee franchises.

Other credits include: Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Atonement; Frost/Nixon; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Anna Karenina; About Time; Les Miserables; The Theory of Everything; Legend; The Program; Victoria and Abdul; Baby Driver; King of Thieves; Darkest Hour; Mary Queen of Scots; Yesterday; and in 2020, Radioactive and Emma. Upcoming films include Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.

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