Published on 04 November 2020 in Career

Directing Intimacy: A Two-Part Career Development Webinar

We are thrilled to invite Directors UK members to a two-part career development session based on our 2019 resource Directing Nudity and Simulated Sex, and our recent guidelines, Intimacy in the time of COVID-19.

For our first session, we will be joined by our Vice-Chair and Chair of the Film Committee Susanna White as well as Intimacy Coordinator Vanessa Coffey, who will be introducing our original guidelines, discussing what Intimacy means, the role of an Intimacy Coordinator working in collaboration with a director and why this topic is so important post #MeToo. Bill Anderson, Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the Nominations Committee, will be moderating the conversation.

The first session will take place via Zoom on Tuesday 24 November from 5-6:15pm.

To secure your place, simply book via our event page by Friday 20 November. Attendees will then be sent a link to join the Zoom call.


The second session will be focused on our updated guidelines – Intimacy in the time of COVID-19 – and will involve real-life experiences of shooting during the current pandemic with advice on how the guidelines can be applied when filming intimate scenes in these unprecedented times.

The second session will be taking place on Wednesday 9 December from 5-6:15pm. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks so please keep up to date with our Career Development webpage and weekly digital newsletter.

Our Panellists

Vanessa Coffey

Vanessa Coffey is an Intimacy Coordinator (IC) working in film, theatre, and television.

With a background as a corporate lawyer, she re-trained as an actor before taking on the new role of IC. As the first and currently only, IC in Scotland, Vanessa’s work has seen her collaborate on shows for Netflix, Sky Original, BBC, Urban Myth Films and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Most recently she contributed to the Directors UK Guidelines, Intimacy in the Time of COVID-19, an update to the previously published Directing Nudity and Simulated Sex best practice guidelines for directing intimate scenes. This offers advice to directors to help create a safe working environment and offers a framework within which to create impactful and high-quality work.

Susanna White

Susanna White is a BAFTA winning film and television director with a body of work ranging from the hard-hitting Generation Kill for HBO, and the John le Carre thriller Our Kind of Traitor. Her work for television includes Bleak House with Carey Mulligan and Gillian Anderson, Jane Eyre with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens and Parades End with Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall. Recently she returned to working with David Simon to direct episodes of The Deuce.

Bill Anderson

Vice Chair of Directors UK, Bill directs and writes TV drama including Lewis, Dockers, Guardians, The Mill, Spooks, Mr Selfridge, Sword of Honour and Dr. Who.

He passionately believes that directors are storytellers not shot-gatherers: creative problem-solvers delivering vision at the eye of the storm.

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