Episode 006: Caragh Davison

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This week I also spoke to BFI NETWORK co-ordinator, Forever Young Film Club programmer and all-round brilliant person Caragh Davison.

Caragh works across all of BFI NETWORK’s new talent film funding and professional development activity across the UK. She first joined the Film Fund in March 2017 as Executive Assistant to Ben Roberts and the Senior Production & Development Execs. Previously, she was working as an assistant at Creative England and before that spent two years as a Content Producer at a production company, working across short film and web content.

This was a joyous chat about soaking up knowledge at every opportunity, starting out in the industry when you don’t know anyone in it, the value of teen cinema and why there’s no shame in watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before more than three time.

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Episode 005: Delphine Lievens

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This week I spoke to Delphine Lievens, who I was introduced to via Grace Barber-Plentie, of episode two fame.  Both Delphine and Grace worked at Altitude Film Distribution and now Delphine works in box office analytics.

We had a really lovely chat about a whole side of film I haven’t really touched on in the pod before, from data and how that can inform when a film is released, to trends in cinema and why a film might under-perform at the box office. Delphine speaks really eloquently and knowledgeably about the theatrical release landscape and it was a real insight and joy to sit down with her.  

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Episode 004: Maya Maffioli

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This week I spoke to film editor Maya Maffioli. Maya grew up in Italy, and upon moving to London worked as a runner and edit assistant in a post-production facility in Soho. She’s also has an MA in editing from the National Film and Television School. It was there she met Michael Pearce and went on to edit his BAFTA-nominated short films Rite and Keeping Up With the Joneses, as well as his BAFTA-winning debut feature film Beast.  

Maya is currently working on Sarah Gavron’s latest film, and also edited Annabel Jankels’ film Tell It To The Bees starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, which recently sold to Vertigo Releasing at this year’s EFM. As well as the controversial Russian art project Dau, in which 400 people lived as Soviet citizens in a meticulously reconstructed research facility, causing Screen International to label it “one of the strangest endeavours in European film history”.

We discussed how Maya even knew that editing was a career path, why there are still so few female editors, how she got an agent and who she counts as editorial influences. 

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Episode 003: Helen Simmons

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Helen Simmons – a producer, writer and Screen Star of Tomorrow 2018, joins me on the podcast to talk about producing partnerships, making a micro-budget feature film, when she finds the time to write and why you shouldn’t force yourself to be a morning person. It’s a blinder of an episode in my opinion.

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