Published on: 02 April 2020 in Industry

Directors Digest — Thursday 2 April

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Coronavirus continues to dominate headlines, as our industry tries to come to terms with the pandemic and its consequences.

But there is other news to be had, as the question of licence fee decriminalisation, TV show soundtracks, Derek Jarman and Neighbours all feature in this week’s Digest. Read all about it below. 

The Industry

Coronavirus continues to have massive implications for the screen industries, with major developments taking place daily. For comprehensive coverage, Screen International have compiled all their industry news in one place on their website. 

Meanwhile, Deadline is keeping a regularly updated list of cancelled or postponed events in entertainment.


Screen International speaks to Lightbox producer Simon Chinn about his working from home experience.

A new study reveals that a majority of the British public are against licence fee decriminalisation. (Broadcast)

Composers discuss the art of the perfect TV show soundtrack. (Guardian)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, TV streaming saw a large increase in March according to Nielsen reports. (IndieWire)

The Guardian presents an oral history of Neighbours. 


We were saddened to hear of the passing of Directors UK member Jeremy Marre, who was well-known for his world music documentaries

Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei writes for Vulture as he awaits his prison sentence while under quarantine

A crowdfunding campaign has successfully saved Derek Jarman’s cottage in Dungeness. (Little White Lies)

Director Kelly Walker speaks to Little White Lies about how she used Barbie dolls to storyboard her film My Fiona

Are you a member with an opinion on one of these stories? Is there an issue affecting directors that you think isn’t getting enough attention in the media? Why not write for us and make yourself heard — email [email protected] with your article idea.

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