Published on: 09 September 2021 in Industry

Directors Digest — Thursday 9 September

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The impact of COVID-19 on mothers in the industry, festival season kicks off in earnest, and 'groundbreaking partnerships' are formed to tell stories from disabled creatives. Read about it all below.  

Published this week by the Institute of Screen Industries Research at the University of Nottingham, Locked Down and Locked Out explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mothers working in the UK television industry. 

Meanwhile, "Bectu members take aim at Pact" with a letter sent to the indie body signed by 2,000 signatories that focuses on poor working conditions, as reported by Broadcast.

This week, the BBC and Netflix said they have "formed a groundbreaking partnership to develop and fund new, ambitious dramas featuring disabled creatives both in front of and behind the camera" (Netflix) 

Sky Studios has named Preethi Mavahalli as Creative Director, Drama - her remit will be to develop and produce a slate of original drama for Sky's networks and platforms across Europe. (Deadline)

The BFI London film festival programme was announced. The Guardian reports that 21 film world premieres will feature, and 39% of the programme is from female and non-binary directors/creators or co-directors.

Speaking of festival season, Directors UK member Edgar Wright asked audiences not to reveal spoilers from his hotly anticipated new film following its Venice Film Festival premiere. (Variety)

TIFF 2021 kicked off today with an in-person and digital presence. IndieWire discusses the films tipped to sell big at the festival.

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