Two Directors UK members have been getting some great experience on major upcoming productions, courtesy of the High-end TV Drama Directors Programme in partnership with ScreenSkills.
Katherine Churcher worked alongside lead director Damon Thomas on the second season of Killing Eve. Speaking of the experience, Katherine said: “The High-end TV Drama Directors Programme is invaluable; the practical experience I’ve gained in stunts, rehearsals and pacing of the schedule has been second-to-none. I have connected with top producers, gained an agent and been hired to direct further drama as a direct result.”
Meanwhile, Claire Tailyour completed ten weeks working on brand new drama Wild Bill for ITV. Working alongside directors John Hardwick and Annie Griffin, Claire described what she got out of the scheme: “Not only did I gain tangible directing tools whilst working alongside the incredible John and Annie during prep, production and post, but I also directed my own crew on location in Lincolnshire, on car stunts and scenes with our talented main cast. Schemes like this led by Directors UK and the High-end TV Council are crucial. It has been a turning point for my career.”
The aim of the High-end TV Drama Directors Programme is to provide emerging directors with access to all aspects of a production, and the chance to gain an on-screen credit. Earlier this year, we spoke to Laura Smith about her experience of the scheme, working on the new Sky One series Curfew with lead director Colm McCarthy. You can read our interview with Laura here.