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 speakers are;

19th September

Rebecca Harris

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Rebecca Harris studied Film Production at The University of West London and spent breaks from studying working as a Runner at post production house Crow TV. After graduating with a first class honours degree in 2013 Rebecca volunteered with Media Trust on the ongoing Community Channel feature show Brilliant Britain, later joining production company Slick Show reels, now Slick Films, in 2014 where her skills grew over the next few years to becoming a full time Producer of show reels, music videos, corporate videos and more recently of short films.

Rebecca’s official film producing debut The Silent Child premiered at Rhode Island International Film Festival in August 2017 where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Live Action Short, qualifying the film for Oscar® consideration. The film then went on to win the Oscar® at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th 2018. Later in 2018 Rebecca was the youngest in The University of West London’s history to be awarded the title Honorary Doctor of Letters for her work on The Silent Child.

Rebecca is currently developing her first feature length film. Her next short A Glimpse will be released in 2019 and she is seeking funding for a female driven short Loser Like Larkin, based in Haworth, West Yorkshire.


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.

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.