Rebecca Frayn is a film maker, screenwriter and novelist. She has directed a wide variety of critically acclaimed documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, on subjects as varied as Annie Leibovitz, Tory Wives, Identical Twins, and Nora Ephron. Rebecca’s screenplay about Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, directed by Luc Besson and starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis, is released later this year. She is currently working on a screenplay about the Miss World demonstrations in 1970 for the BFI.
The event is organised by Women in Film and Television, whose Chief Exec is the peerless Kate Kinnimont. Visit http://www.wftv.org.uk/ for more details.
WFT celebrates women in these industries and also fights the sexism and sexism-ageism which mars TV and film's reputation for excellence, as these two quotes attest:
“Ageism is currently outlawed by the new Equality Act: it has no place in civilised institutions and ways must be found to safeguard talented and experienced women from such discrimination.”
Joan Bakewell, Broadcaster
“There can be no doubt that women suffer far more than men from the present cult of ageism and many women at the height of their achievements are denied opportunities of work because of an unreasonable prejudice in favour of the young. This is not only frustrating for the women concerned, but it denies audiences a wealth of maturity, experience and talent which we can ill afford to lose.”
Baroness PD James