“Audience don’t care about the gender of a director”

SASHA COLLINGTON

Writer & Director of Lunch DateFour Eyes and French Exchange.

When I arrived on set on the first day of a job some years ago, a runner pointed me in the direction of hair and make-up. People still imagine the director as a middle-aged man in a baseball cap. But I feel that bit by bit this is changing.

There are a host of exciting female directors coming onto the scene. The audience don’t care about the gender of the director. They want to immerse themselves in a great film, and be swept away by the story. I’m part of Film Fatales, a network of women filmmakers, who provide peer mentoring and support. It’s a tough path to take, there’s no doubt about that, and it requires a lot of determination.

It took three years to raise the finance for my first feature film, Love Type D, which is currently in post-production. But I did it. Seeing the statistics from the Directors UK report makes me even more determined to succeed, and to never give up. I thoroughly support the recommendations by Directors UK to increase diversity in the industry.

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