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IFTN chats to NI Director and BAFTA Elevate Participant Cathy Brady
01 Jun 2017 : Katie McNeice
The Northern Irish talent is one of fifteen directors taking part in the scheme, which is a direct response by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts to the need for gender parity in the industry.

The two time IFTA winning director tells IFTN she is now at a turning point in her career, and with multi-award winning shorts such as ‘Morning’ and ‘Small Change’ and E4’s ‘Glue” and most recently RTÉ’S ‘Cant Cope Wont Cope’ behind her, it is clear to see she is.

Over the next year Brady and her Elevate peers will benefit from supporting with mentoring, networking and expert workshops, to enhance their skills.

Pippa Harris, BAFTA Committee Chair:
“The women identified through Bafta Elevate demonstrates just how much female directing talent there is in the film and television industries, and how important it is to support these women and ensure that their talents are being recognised.”

The already accomplished drama and shorts director reveals she is also dedicating this year to focusing on one of the most deciding challenges in any filmmaker’s career; her debut feature film.

While this means she won’t be rejoining ‘Can’t’ Cope, Won’t Cope’, young stars Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan will continue to battle through their early twenties as Aisling and Danielle on Irish screens in the upcoming second season.

‘Wildfire’ is produced by Carlo Cresto-Dina (Cannes Grand Prix-winner, The Wonders) and Charles Steele (Top Boy) and is set to star Nika Mcguigan (The Secret Scripture) and Nora-Jane Noone (I Hate the Man in My Basement) as sisters whose relationship against the backdrop of contemporary Ireland is the focal point of the story.

IFTN: How did you come to be involved in the BAFTA Elevate scheme?
“It was an open call for female drama directors who had a certain amount of experience but had yet to direct high end TV or features. I applied along with around 250 others and 15 of us were selected.”

IFTN: Do you have any idea of what mentorship you will receive in the next year?
“The scheme set to help directors transition into higher end TV drama and Film. So as a group we’ll meet the executives, commissioners, producers who are making these higher end productions. As well as that we’ll have individual mentoring sessions. It’ll be great to informally sit down and have a chat with industry heads and get a better of what it’s like to work at that scale. There will also be other talks and events that are open to the public too.”

IFTN: On your own work then are you going to balance all this training with your own projects for the year?
“Absolutely, in fact the training couldn’t come at a better time. Last year was all about Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. But now It’s great to have my focus back writing the feature. We’ve received development support from IFB and BFI have also come on board. So there’s an exciting momentum building around it and it’s feels this is the year to finally make the debut.

Updates on ‘Wildfire’ will be published on IFTN over the coming months.




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