Shedunnit proudly sponsors Women Over Fifty Film Festival 2020 Best Short Script Competition.
‘It’s a privilege to be judging the WO50FF Best Short Script Prize for the second time. I’m excited to discover some fantastic older female characters on the page – or scripts penned by fabulous older women filmmakers! Short scripts are not necessarily easy to write, but done well, they are utterly impactful. As women audiences gain in years, sadly the number of older female protagonists on screen shrinks! This special festival is unique for celebrating the older woman in front of and behind the camera!
1940s Noir with a Female Gaze at Cinema Museum!
Shedunnit Productions is proud to sponsor this year’s WoFFF, http://wofff.co.uk an incredible film festival that celebrates stories about older women and women filmmakers over fifty!
The Festival takes place in September 2019 in Lewes. Shedunnit Productions is sponsoring the top prize for the new best short screenplay category. This will be a screenplay consultation with Helen Jacey.
Signed copies of Helen’s book The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters , kindly provided by Michael Wiese Productions, https://mwp.com/product/woman-story-2nd-edition/ will go to the winner and runners up!
This year Helen was asked to judge the best screenplay at the Graftas, the awards ceremony run by the University of Greenwich for final year students’ short films.
Helen was delighted to give a screenwriting masterclass at this year’s Scriptfiesta https://scriptfiesta.pl in Poland. Helen talked about power and gender when creating characters. Afterwards there was a fun book signing, where Helen met a lot of screenwriters who bought the Polish edition of The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters.
Helen gave a talk for the Writers group of Women in Film and TV UK, on some of the representation issues writers face when the choose an older female protagonist. It was a packed night, with lots of laughter and frustrations about ageism affecting our characters and our lives as storytellers and filmmakers.
2018 was the centenary of Ida Lupino, actress turned producer and director. To celebrate this trailblazer of a Hollywood female filmmaker, Helen gave a talk on Feminism, Crime Writing, and 1940s Hollywood at Kino-Teatr in St Leonards on Sea, and also held a book signing for Jailbird Detective!
What a fun night! Friends, family, vintage and crime lovers flocked to the Jailbird Detective book launch at the legendary World End Bookshop in Chelsea. Guests included best selling author Lisa Jewell, Director Stephen Frears and writer astrologer Yasmin Boland.
Read an interview with Helen Jacey about Jailbird Detective!
Talking about misogyny and the Oscars with Celia Walden, US Editor at Large, Daily Mail
Helen is presenting Whatever Happened to Baby Jane at Bridport Page to Screen Festival and talking about ageing, social exclusion and misogyny in the film.
An interview with Helen and Women in Film and TV UK about the publication of the second edition of The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters in Trouble, in Love and in Power.
Selected links about Helen Jacey’s work