Screen Talk

« Back to Bradford UNESCO City of Film – 10th Anniversary

Join us for an exclusive series of enthralling talks on life working in the film and TV industry. Our guest speakers will share first hand insights into the business, and talk candidly about their experiences – from working in special effects to location managing and producing.

These six Q+A sessions  – running throughout the anniversary year  and hosted by Bradford UNESCO City of Film –   offer film fans and those hoping to break into the business,  an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about one of the UK’s fastest growing industries.

Our next speakers are;

3rd October

Photo credit: Richard Cannon

Michael Hirst

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Michael Hirst was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1952. He attended Bradford Grammar School, the London School of Economics, Nottingham University and Trinity College, Oxford. He has been a professional writer since 1980. Michael now lives near Oxford  and he and his wife, Deb, a painter, have 9 children between them.

Film scripts include: Fools of Fortune, starring Julie Christie, produced by Working Title, 1990; The Ballad of the Sad Café, starring Vanessa Redgrave and produced by Merchant-Ivory, 1992; Meeting Venus, directed by Istvan Szabo, starring Glen Close, 1993 and Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, produced by Working Title, 1996.

Television series include: The Tudors, for Showtime, 4 Seasons, 37 episodes, 2006-2009. Vikings, for MGM and History, 6 Seasons, 89 episodes, 2012-2018.

See Michaels interview with the Telegraph & Argus here

7th November


Anne Sheehan 

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Anne Sheehan acts as a finance and business affairs consultant for a number of media clients including Magnolia Mae Films. Between 2014 and 2018 she structured the finance and executive produced nine films for clients: Chef, The Tale of Tales, Miss You Already, Eye in the Sky, Brimstone, The Limehouse Golem, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The White Crow and Official Secrets.

In 2013 she created a 15-year, £55m business plan for Locksmith Animation, which successfully launched in April 2014. From 2009 to May 2013 she was Director of Film Finance for Prescience responsible for the finance and business affairs of 17 of their film investments, including The Guard and The King’s SpeechPrior to joining Prescience in 2009, she acted for a number of Film Fund clients.  From 1999 to 2003 she was Director of Finance and Business Affairs at Renaissance Films.

Having qualified as a UK chartered accountant, she began her film career with Warner Bros, and was subsequently a Financial Controller for Palace Pictures, BBC Films, PolyGram Film International and FilmFour.