Faye Gilbert - Director


Mentored by Danny Boyle

What were your reasons for applying to Guiding Lights?

“Originally I was looking to get a deeper insight into how an established director might work with actors on set and during rehearsals. I was also feeling quite frustrated because although I had made several short films, I was finding the transition into feature films incredibly difficult. I was really looking for a mentor who had the knowledge and experience to help me define my route into features.”

What did you learn during your time on the scheme and what were the highlights of the year?

“Danny Boyle’s time and advice have been invaluable to me. Most of all he helped me to think more commercially about my films and their appeal, which has led to the development of my new feature project SPENCER, due to go into production later in 2011.

Another highlight of the scheme was meeting my producer, Yaw Basoah (mentored by Alison Owen). We have developed SPENCER together and formed a very inspiring and solid partnership.

I also got a huge amount out of the camaraderie and friendships that developed out of the scheme. It’s easy to feel lonely working your way up in the film industry and programmes that bring filmmakers together are often competitive (unlike Guiding Lights) and do not necessarily nurture peer support. The support from peers, Guiding Lights staff and my mentor has been integral to me feeling like I am part of something – not just an industry but a community of filmmaking."


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