A Cathartic Interview with Vicki Peterson

A recent analysis about female scriptwriters reminds us that the global film industry is out of balance. It skims the surface of issues surrounding women in front of and behind film–writing scripts, directing projects. In May, headline stories from Cannes to Hollywood, regurgitated topics that’ll take generations before there is any significant change to how the film business is run.

However, as part of this process, there are thousands of people, men and women, diligently imparting their wisdom, creating a network of thought, hoping to reframe the questions asked in the media. Through the magic of Twitter, I stumbled on one such person, Vicki Peterson.

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Vicki spoke to me in June from her offices in Los Angeles. She is a businesswoman, author, scriptwriter, soon-to-graduate MFA student, mother to three children, wife, plus many other roles we didn’t have time to discuss. Vicki and Barbara Nicolosi, her business and writing partner, also recently published a book about screenwriting while they continue to run their company, Catharsis, together. Continue reading

It’s Erica Tremblay’s Turn (and America’s, too)

After Friday’s historic US Supreme Court ruling legalising gay marriage in all US States, it’s time to share my interview with Erica Tremblay. Erica is the director of the feature-length documentary film IN THE TURN that just won Best Documentary at the Transgender Film Festival 2015 in Kiel Germany. The film has had several screenings and I expect there will be many more people lining up to see this topical story.


As film makers have access to cheaper equipment…you don’t have to be in LA to make documentary films (Erica Tremblay).

A couple of weeks ago I published an industry analysis about why there are fewer female scriptwriters in the film industry. The interview that follows relates to my Masters degree project.

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Interview with Lucy V. Hay of Bang2Write

It’s possible Anne-Cecile Ville brushed past Lucy Hay during the London Screenwriters’ Festival last year, where Lucy’s one of the event organisers and the Head Reader for the contests and other initiatives. Even if they haven’t met, I sense a similar determination emanating from Lucy, an energetic and outspoken woman who also lives in the UK. Lucy generously found some time in her busy schedule to speak to me on Skype about her experiences working in the UK film industry.

Whatever you do, do it well.

Lucy Hay in action.

Lucy Hay in action.

The ‘V’ must stand for vivacious

Lucy, who also goes by the moniker Bang2Write, is passionate about writing, her children and being true to herself and her blog readers. She has her hands and voice in a variety of projects, from being a non-fiction writer (e.g. Writing And Selling Drama Screenplays), novelist (e.g. The Decision: Jasmine’s Story), speaker, blogger, producer, script editor, Head Reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival…and many other roles. Suffice it to say she’s organised and disciplined. As the mother of three young children, two girls and a boy, she’s teaching them a strong work ethic that’ll ensure their own success when they grow up. She’s also a mentor and outspoken advocate about gender politics and feminism.
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Anne-Cecile Ville: The Evolution of a Screenwriter

Last week I interviewed two US-based scriptwriters, Kentucky’s  PJ Woodside and New York’s Juli S. Kobayashi. This week I travel virtually to the UK to tell you about Anne-Cecile Ville, a determined and focused screenwriter whose Dating Up script is in the top six in The Black List category for romance as of May 2015. Her efforts and persistence to learn the craft and to advance her skills is evident even without me having read her work (yet). I spoke to Anne-Cecile via Skype to get her perspective on being a scriptwriter. Continue reading

Juli S. Kobayashi: One Past, Many Futures

This week at the New York International Short Film Festival, Juli S. Kobayashi and her creative partner, Celiné Justice, will see their short film, ONE PAST, on the big screen at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City. The duo are working hard on the festival circuit, realising their dream and promoting a film that had its world premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival in September 2014.

I am fortunate to have seen and enjoyed the 20 minute film. The acting is professional, the editing impressive, the script taut and playful, and visually it is a moving blend of art and sisterhood. If you live in New York I highly recommend buying a ticket to the NY Films Shorts next week. Here is the trailer on YouTube:

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P.J. Woodside: Kentucky’s Woman of Horror

Big Biting Pig Productions.P.J. Woodside and her creative partner, Steve Hudgins, are on the edge of releasing their 9th horror flick, Frances Stein, a twist on the well-known story also written by a woman.

As I researched P.J. and the films she and Steve create together about once a year, I was able to piece together, Frances Stein-like, an idea of who P.J. is and why I think she, along with many other filmmakers, both female and male, are contributing positively to the global battle cry asking for more women in pictures.

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Women in Film – The Stories We Tell

Ingrid Bergman is the face of Cannes this year. Perhaps she is the heart of it, too, as the role of women in film/TV continues to be a hot topic at the French festival (see this Observer article and an MSN video). There is also a string of US media activity spurred by some high profile faces.

So what is all the fuss about, you might ask. If you must ask, then you are why there is this fuss. You are probably a victim of exclusionary film.  Continue reading

Why I Write: My Tunnel of Snakes and Ladders

Through other writer’s stories I have navigated to the surface from underground places where my only ally, and my only villain, is me, sometimes disguised as a reptile. Not an unusual trait for a writer (or artist) but I am challenged with (suffer from, experience, embrace) severe depressive episodes. I have learned to build and maintain depression escape tunnels where the walls are lined with things to make me feel better. Books, movies in particular, are embedded into the walls, each a rung of hope helping me to clamber out of my gritty and isolated hole.

Tunnel of Wood

Tunnel of Wood

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