I've started an interview series delving into the careers of my unsung heroes, independent film and TV producers. I know so many inspiring ones that I thought it was time to give them the spotlight. Females only for 2021 but will share some love with the excellent male producers I know from 2022 onwards.
A podcast version will soon follow, stay tuned for those if you prefer audio-only.
Thanks to anyone watching these and of course a huge thanks to the interviewees.
You can see the full collection here on YouTube and subscribe to updates.
or individual links, alphabetical by last name:
Farah Abushwesha, an Irish-born, Libya-raised, London-based, BAFTA-nominated producer. Her company is Rocliffe and she is also the creator of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition and Showcase, for emerging talent. She was a Screen International's Star of Tomorrow in 2017. She has worked on films and TV shows including The Scouting Book for Boys (Tom Harper), The Comedian (Tom Shkolnik), The Rise aka Wasteland (Rowan Athale), Pressure (Ron Scalpello), Identicals (Simon Pummell) The Party (Andrea Harkin), The Last Photograph (Danny Huston), Irreplaceable You directed by Stephanie Laing and starring Christopher Walken and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, The ABC Murders, an Agatha Christie adaptation directed by Alex Gabassi, written by Sarah Phelps and starring John Malkovich; and ITV’s The Singapore Grip directed by Tom Vaughan, written by Christopher Hampton and starring Colm Meaney, David Morrissey and Luke Treadaway. She has also written two books, Rocliffe Notes: A Professional Approach for Screenwriters & Writer-Directors and Rocliffe Notes: A Guide to Low-Budget Filmmaking.
Katja Adomeit, a German-born, Denmark-based producer who runs Adomeit Film. She has worked in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Germany, Denmark, France, Russia, Ukraine, China and New Zealand. Her film credits include The Weight of Elephants, Loving Pia and Resin by Daniel Borgman; Pine Ridge, Lida and Transnistra by Anna Eborn; Team Hurricane by Annika Berg; and Wolf and Sheep and The Orphanage by Shahrbanoo Sadat. She has also been a co-producer on Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure and The Square. She has been named a Future Leader by Screen International and an EFP Producer on the Move in Cannes.
Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Icelandic producer who previously worked at Zik Zak Filmworks before setting up Vintage Pictures. The films and TV shows she has worked on as a producer or line producer include The Swan (Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir), Agnes Joy (Silja Hauksdóttir), Happily Never After (Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir), The Minister, The Falcons, I Remember You, and as a co-producer, Land Ho! (Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens) and Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson). She’s working with The Swan director Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir on a new film with the working title of A Reply To a Letter From Helga. She’s been an EFP Producer on the Move in Cannes and a Screen International Future Leader.
Andrea Cornwell, London-based producer whose credits include The Scouting Book for Boys (Tom Harper), Last Days on Mars (Ruari Robinson), Suite Francaise (Saul Dibb), Apostasy (Daniel Kokotajlo), Saint Maud (Rose Glass); and the documentaries Sea Horse (Jeanie Finlay) and Bruce Lee and the Outlaw (Joost Vandebrug). Next up she is working on Clio Barnard’s series The Essex Serpent, with See-Saw Films for Apple TV+.
Marie Therese Guirgis, a New York-based film producer who has worked in both fiction and documentary film. She is currently head of production at Play/Action Films and previously worked for companies including Ratpac and distributor Wellspring Media. Some of the films she has worked on recently include Summer of Soul, Questlove’s hit at Sundance 2021; The Meaning of Hitler (Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker); Totally Under Control (Alex Gibney & Ophelia Harutyunyan); and MLK/FBI (Sam Pollard). Past credits include The Brink (Alison Klayman), Before The Flood (Fisher Stevens), On Her Shoulders (Alexandria Bombach), Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig), The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev) and Keep The Lights On (Ira Sachs).