Breaking into Film and TV Drama


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A comprehensive guide to finding work in UK Film and TV Drama for new entrants and graduates. >

Released: July 2016



"A refreshingly honest, remarkably comprehensive view of the challenges, opportunities and obstacles faced by those entering the UK film industry. Backed up by solid, well-researched facts, historical analysis and real insight from an impressive array of seasoned, talented professionals this book is a valuable guide to the pitfalls and pleasures of progressing in this wonderful business."

Adrian Wootton

Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission


"A must read for all the would-be filmmakers joining this mad world."

Sarah Greenwood Production Designer (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Anna Karenina)


"Very comprehensive and detailed, I would recommend it as essential reading for anyone considering entering our industry."

John Higgins Gaffer (Skyfall, Gravity, The Bourne Ultimatum)


"This book is a treasure trove of great advice and information. Use it to the full. Read it, make notes, don’t skip the bits that you think don’t apply to you. There’s so much good advice here that you won’t take it all in with one reading.  Read the book again".

Kate Kinninmont MBE

CEO of Women in Film and Television UK




  • How to find work in the Film and TV Drama industry
  • How Prep, Production and Post really works
  • Guide to the UK job market and production companies
  • How to write a brilliant CV and cover letter
  • Advice on networking, finding jobs & building a career
  • 10+ interviews with experienced Oscar & Bafta-winning crew
  • 50+ ‘pearls of wisdom’ from the best in the business
  • 100+ job titles and departments explained
  • 200 Film and TV terms explained in our glossary
  • 250+ useful links and resources

Includes exclusive comments and career advice from:

  • Lord David Puttnam Producer, Chariots of Fire
  • Carola Ash Director of AMPAS (The Oscars) Europe
  • Amanda Berry OBE Chief Executive, BAFTA
  • Alison Small Chief Executive, The Production Guild
  • Dinah Caine CBE CEO, Skillset
  • Amma Asante Director, Belle
  • Roy Button Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Productions
  • Jacqui Taunton-Fenton Head of BBC Drama Talent
  • Jed Mercurio Writer/Director, Line of Duty
  • Debbie Vertue Head of Production, Hartswood Films, Sherlock
  • John Yorke Head of Company Pictures
  • Rebecca O'Brien Producer, Sixteen Films, The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  • Emma Lawson Producer/Production Executive Cuckoo, People Just Do Nothing
  • Gillian Berrie Producer, Sigma Films, Under the Skin
  • Sarah Greenwood Production Designer, Beauty and the Beast
  • Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor Saving Private Ryan
  • Nigel Heath Hackenbacker Studios, Downton Abbey
  • Nicky Ball Creative England Crew & Facilities Manager
  • Vicki Allen & Tamana Bleasedale Calltime Company
  • David Worley Camera Operator, Game of Thrones, Indiana Jones
  • Andy Lowe Gaffer, Paddington
  • Flora Moody Make Up & Hair Artist, The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • **NEW: interview with Mick Audsley Editor Everest, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
  • James Cox Stunt Performer Star Wars: A Force Awakens
  • Mark Sanger Editor Gravity




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