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OCTOBER 2021 events

Inspirational Woman: In conversation with Jane Horrocks
Jane Horrocks
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Jane Horrocks | Actress

Join Golden Globe nominated Jane Horrocks to discuss her journey as an actress across film, television and theatre. Led by Esther Coles, they discussed some of her memorable roles from playing LV in Little Voice to Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous to Wendy in Bloods. Jane has truly built a career with a strong portfolio of characters. Onstage, her last performance was in 2020 as Nell in Endgame at Young Vic and this year she co-created an exhibition, Yolk and Aliens, at 2021’s Brighton Festival. 

International Cinema & Global Perspectives: In conversation with filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi
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Mahnaz Mohammadi | Filmmaker 
Anna Smith | Film Critic

WFTV and Cheltenham International Film Festival hosted a conversation with Iranian filmmaker and women’s rights activist, Mahnaz Mohammadi.

In conversation with film critic Anna Smith, Mahnaz will be sharing her journey in the industry and experience working as a writer, producer and director across documentaries, feature films and TV series.

Mahnaz will also be discussing her most recent project and directorial fiction-feature debut, Son-Mother, sharing behind the scenes insight to the making of the film. 

Mahnaz Mohammadi Event
24 hours in police custody
Making the move from AP to Director, with the team from 24 Hours in Police Custody
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Sophie Oliver | Shooting Producer/Director
Fozia Khan | Development Executive for Amazon

Emily Turner | Producer
Poppy Begum | Producer & Journalist

Watch back WFTV and The Garden's conversation with three of the directors from the most recent series of 24 Hours in Police Custody. Poppy Begum, Sophie Oliver and Emily Turner all made the move from AP or Producer to Director via the series. The panel with host Fozia Khan discussed making the move, how to effectively grow and invest in talent and what positive learnings can be applied from their experiences at 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Telling the Welsh Story in Sky’s Save the Cinema with Sara Sugarman 
Sara Sugarman | Director
Hannah Corneck | Mentoring Producer Wales, WFTV

Sky Original film Save the Cinema was inspired by the extraordinary real-life events sparked by tenacious hairdresser Liz Evans (Samantha Morton). Taking place in 1993 in Carmarthen, Wales the town council made the unwelcome announcement that The Lyric Theatre – the town’s much-loved but financially stricken cinema – would be demolished so a shopping centre could be built in its place. Liz, a linchpin to the local community, devises a plan and barricades herself in the theatre alongside her friends to stop the council from taking the cinema away. 

Watch the film’s Director, Sara Sugarman who will be speaking with WFTV Wales Mentoring Producer and host, Hannah Corneck discussing her vision to tell this Welsh story, her research into the movement and its people and the importance of bringing it to the big screen.  

Save the Cinema will be available to watch in cinemas from 14 January 2022 as well as available on Sky Cinema and streaming service NOW. 

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Empire's Child
EMPIRE's CHILD: broadcaster charlene white's journey
Charlene White | Award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster
Anna Manton | Producer / Director
Lizzy Elton | Assistant Producer
Rachael McLean Anderson | Production Manager
Jacqueline Springer | Researcher

Empire’s Child follows award-winning journalist and broadcaster Charlene White on her deeply personal journey looking at her family connection to the British Empire, how it’s shaped her family’s lives and asks what it is to be Black and British. Charlene White: Empire’s Child is a Doc Hearts Production for ITV and takes Charlene around Britain and Jamaica.

Hear Charlene White and some of the Doc Hearts team including Anna Manton, producer/director Rachael McLean Anderson, production manager, Jacqueline Springer, researcher and Lizzy Elton, assistant producer, discuss their journey of the show from idea and commission to production, bringing the White family together as contributors and what made them say yes and hearing about Charlene’s experience of looking back at their family history. 

Meet the Commissioner (Scripted): Sarah Asante, Commissioning Editor, Scripted Comedy, UKTV
Sarah Asante | Commissioning Editor Scripted Comedy at UK
Janet Awe | Development Consultant, Merman

In this event host Janet Awe will be in conversation with Sarah Asante, Commissioning Editor Scripted Comedy at UKTV, discussing the current landscape of scripted comedy in TV, her thoughts on what makes a great show and sharing insights on how to get a project commissioned.


Sarah's recent commissions include sketch show FAMALAM and comedy pilots Behind the Filter, written by Phoebe Walsh, and Dreaming Whilst Black, written by Adjani Salmon.

Sarah Asante Event
Short Film Club: Dissecting Horror, in conversation with Filmmakers
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Lindsay Anne Hallam | Director and senior film lecturer at University of East London
Karen Lam | Producer, Writer & Director
Allison Miller  
| Writer, Director & Actress
Jaine Green | Head of Content at

Short Film Club is an event series spotlighting some of the best short films for WFTV members. Showcasing the work of filmmakers based around a theme, you will have the opportunity to watch the films selected for the Short Film Club, hear from the creators behind them and join in the conversation.

Hosted by WFTV and in partnership, a global streamer dedicated to short form content, this Halloween special Short Film Club will be chaired by Jaine Green, Head of Content at 

Bringing together the filmmakers Karen Lam, Allison Miller and Lindsay Anne Hallam, they will discuss the making of their short films, the role of women in Horror in front of and behind the camera, and their experience as female directors working in the genre.

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