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It feels really special to introduce my guest for this finale episode – producer Sarah Brocklehurst – because 5 years ago I went to an event organised by Underwire Film Festival called Women Write Comedy where she was a speaker and I remember finding her really inspirational then – I wrote a whole blog post about the day and even plucked up the courage to go and speak to her about her career, so to then be hosting this podcast episode where we talk explicitly about just that, feels really serendipitous.
Sarah is a BAFTA-nominated producer whose latest project ANIMALS is being released in UK cinemas this Friday the 2nd of August. It’s directed by Sophie Hyde – whose debut film 52 Tuesdays I urge you to find and watch if you haven’t already – and it stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat as two party-loving best friends as they navigate the ups and downs of life in Dublin. At once a celebration of female friendship and an examination of the choices we make when facing a crossroad, ANIMALS is an honest, funny, edgy, unconventional and bittersweet snapshot of modern women, based on the novel by Emma Jane Unsworth, who also wrote the script.
Sarah and I chat extensively about pulling that production together, from hearing about the book on Twitter to premiering it at Sundance earlier this year. We talk about the advantages of running your own company from home and how she stayed motivated during the funding and pre-production process.
Thank you so much for listening to Series 1 of Best Girl Grip. I’ll be back in October with fresh guests and fresh eps.