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4th March: 7- 8pm

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Gender inequalities in the film industry are never far from the spotlight  – so  what does it take for a woman to break through and succeed? Join our panel of women working in the industry who’ll share their experiences and insight into the tough but rewarding working world of film and television production.

The event is being hosted by Bradford UNESCO City of Film in partnership with BBC Radio Leeds.  The debate will be recorded live for BBC Radio Leeds at the University of Bradford and will be broadcast on Backstage, the stations Arts & Culture Show, on Wednesday 6th March 7pm, to mark International Women’s Day later in the week.

Chaired by the University of Bradford’s lecturer in film and television studies, Dr Karen Thornton with BBC Radio Leeds, panellists include; 

Dr Karen Thornton 

Dr Karen D Thornton is programme leader for the BA film and television production degree in the School of Media, Design and Technology at the University of Bradford. Working in academia for over twenty years, her primary research area focuses on the representation of working and underclass in contemporary television documentary practices, framed within a neoliberal political context.

Outside of this, Karen has published work which explores other genres of factual practice, including natural history and mainstream cinematic documentary films. Whilst working at the National Media Museum, Karen produced a series of education packs aimed at GCSE and A’ Level media students and delivered numerous day-schools, film introductions and has been on the judging panel of festivals including the CO-OP Young Film Makers Festival, Exposures Film Festival and The Drunken Film Festival.

Jin-Theng Craven

Jin is an independent Producer and Director with a special interest in documentary storytelling focused on bridging different cultural perspectives. Her documentary feature films Being and Becoming Chua Ek Kay (2013) and Edge of Obedience (2017) enjoy worldwide distribution. Jin was previously writer and producer at Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, and worked on current affairs stories for TV and radio (Changing Times; Friday Background).

Jin has programmed and presented various quality arts events including art exhibitions, festivals and a fundraising concert ( Expressions of Self: An Exhibition of Southeast Asian Artists; An Exhibition of Paintings by Shan Fan and Chua Ek Kay; Jazz Singapore; Singapore Uncovered Arts Festival 2004 & 2007 editions). She was a creative team member on projects with London School of Economics (Southeast Asian Centre) and Singapore Art Museum. Jin studied English and American Literature and Film (BA Hons, UEA) and International Relations (MA, Warwick).

Lisa Holdsworth

Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. Her first commission was an episode of the ITV series FAT FRIENDS. She went on to EMMERDALE where she spent three years. She moved on to write for NEW TRICKS, the top-rated BBC police series. She won the RTS Yorkshire Best Writer award for one of her episodes. She also wrote extensively for WATERLOO ROAD and on the final series of the BBC’s ROBIN HOOD. She moved on to write ITV’s perennial MIDSOMER MURDERS including the fan favourite “Death by Cheese” episode.

Recently she has written episodes of ACKLEY BRIDGE for C4 and CALL THE MIDWIFE for the BBC. She also writes and produces fringe theatre in Leeds for SLUNG LOW SHORTS which is now in its fourth year. In 2019, Lisa’s adaptation of the novel “Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile” by Adelle Stripe will open in Bradford before touring nationally. The play will explore the life and voice of Andrea Dunbar, the Bradford writer of ‘Rita, Sue & Bob Too’ who died at the age of 29.

Sally Ogden

Sally Ogden has worked in television for the past 10 years working on documentaries for all the main channels and for True Vision Yorkshire since it was established in 2014. She is both a Shooting Producer and Development Producer for the company. 

Sally has recently spent two years developing and producing,  The Truth about Muslim Marriage for Channel 4 and she is also an ongoing shooting PD for the Bafta nominated series,  Catching a killer. Sally is now working as a Series Producer for a new prime time series she is currently making for Channel 4 as well developing new projects for BBC 3 and C4. Sally has just directed her first film for Guardian Documentaries called,  Fighting Shame.Sally is also a working mum who loves chasing sunsets, canal walks and writing in her spare time


Suman Hanif

Suman Hanif is an award winning filmmaker based in Bradford. With a passion for creative storytelling she aims to connect people through the medium of film. Suman’s films are dedicated to exploring social, cultural and environmental concerns with the intention to empower, unite and encourage positive actions in the society. Suman graduated with a first-Class honours degree in Film after which she made her first documentary film ‘Plates’ (2016). Her film was an international success, it was screened at the Busan International Film festival and Yorkshire film festivals. She was later commissioned by Bradford UNESCO City of Film and Age to make a short documentary on the subject of loneliness and isolation which was screened at 2018 Golden Years Film festival in Bradford.

Suman completed Screen Yorkshire’s boot camp training in 2017 after which she was invited to work on Clio Barnard’s Yorkshire based Film ‘Dark River’ as a regional marketing assistant. She completed her first feature documentary in 2018, She was the lead producer for a behind the scenes documentary which was made for a theatrical release film , Ask the cheat. This film had its world premiere in west Yorkshire prior to a successful market screening at the Cannes film festival. Suman recently featured on ITV as a creative champion. She was highlighted for her contribution in the Leeds bid for Channel 4’s relocation. She is currently nominated for the British Muslim Awards 2019 taking place in Bradford in the category of creative media and culture and has been announced as a finalist. Suman is currently developing a British Asian feature film in her home town of Bradford for an global audience.