We caught up with British writer-director Kate Herron who’s certainly a Bright Young Thing. Kate’s work has been screened at festivals worldwide including the London Comedy Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival. Kate tells us what’s on her plate at the moment and imparts us with some rather inspiring advice for those looking to get into the art of filmmaking.
You seem to have a lot of projects on your plate at the moment. What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m locked away writing my debut feature, which was recently selected for development on the BFI London Film Festival Think-Shoot-Distribute lab. The film is a dark comedy about a shy waitress whom is tasked with writing the eulogy her first boyfriend’s funeral.
Could you tell us about your typical filmmaking process?
I like to do quite a lot of prep but I find that if a line of dialogue or a certain moment isn’t working when we are shooting I give the actors the freedom to improvise and we work out the scene together.
Where do you find inspiration for your shorts?
Everywhere. It can be from a conversation to a photograph. Some ideas come from something I find funny or interesting as a concept, which I’ll then work on.
Comedy seems to be a central theme in most of your work. Are there any genres that are off limits to you?
Not at all. I am working on a number of projects across different genres, including a thriller that is being shot in May this year. I always relish the opportunity to work in different genres.
You regularly collaborate with acclaimed BIFA winning director, Rob Savage. Could you tell us what your next project together is about?
We are currently developing a feature film together for Rob to direct. It’s about two young girls who go travelling and discover the dark heart of America. I can’t say anymore than that as I am pretty sure Rob can afford a better lawyer than me.
If there was only one film you could watch for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I can’t pick a favourite film as I love too many, but I watch Before Sunset at least once every month. I love the performances and the naturalism of the dialogue, which, amazingly, is not improvised.
You were recently selected for the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival and Sky Comedy mentoring scheme for your upcoming short, Rest Stop. Could you tell us what it’s about and where the idea came from?
The short is a dark comedy about a Canadian backpacker who is cajoled into believing a handsome conman she meets in an M5 service station is her Guardian Angel. It’s also loosely based upon my own experiences backpacking across America.
Any advice you’d like to give to aspiring filmmakers to get help get their work noticed?
There a lot of ways to get your work noticed, such as online distribution or film festivals. Make the kind of films you’d want to see and don’t give up on making them to please anyone else. If you keep going on your own terms, the right people will discover you.