Actor-Director Insights

The dynamic between the filmmaker and their cast is at the heart of every film’s success or failure. Communicating a shared vision that turns a dramatic process into a true collaboration and makes full use of the talents of all involved has been a key skill throughout the history of drama, whether on stage or screen. ASFF brings together some highly experienced practitioners to share their insights into this central relationship.

We are delighted to welcome Andi Osho for Working Behind and In Front of the Lens (York Theatre Royal Main House: Friday 10 November, 15:30 – 16:30). Osho’s insights into both working in and breaking in to the industry come from a truly multi-faceted career. She is a playwright, performer, stand-up comedian and director. Her screen credits include PsychovilleWaking the Dead, Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week, whilst stage roles include a critically-acclaimed performance in the title role of Medea (Barons Court Theatre, 2005), She is a founding member of the London writers group Vowel Movement. Her short film Amber, the tale of an obsessed teenager terrorising a boyband star, is screening at the festival.

Aspiring directors or those seeking to raise their profile should check out the session with London-based production company Compulsory who present Establishing Yourself as a Director (Quad South, York St John University; Friday 10 November, 16:30 -17:30). The company hosts a roster of international directors who work across genres including long and short form narrative, music video and branded content. They will reflect on what they look for when they sign and represent up-and-coming directing talent.

Finally, when it comes to training and working with actors, there are few names more renowned than RADA, where the likes of Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sean Bean and Gemma Arterton began their careers. Edward Hicks, who is the Head of Film, TV & Radio at the famed London drama school presents Directing: Getting the Right Performance from Actors (Quad South, York St John University; Saturday 11 November, 13:00 – 14:00). He will be considering the best strategies to engage your cast and successfully create a dramatic piece.

ASFF runs 8-12 November. For more information or to book tickets:

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