A writer and director who studied at our Farnham campus has been named as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, joining a host of acclaimed actors, writers and producers who have previously been recognised by the publication.
Kate Herron, who graduated in 2009 with a BA (Hons) Film Production degree, was chosen from hundreds of potential candidates to make the list, with former Stars of Tomorrow including Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Felicity Jones, Twilight star Robert Pattinson, and Slow West director John Maclean.
Kate, 28, says: “Since graduating, I’ve made a number of short films, collaborating with filmmakers I met while studying for my degree and comedians I knew outside of that. These shorts allowed me to get better at my job and build up my reputation as a filmmaker – and I played at film festivals such as Palm Springs, Encounters, London Short Film Festival and Flickerfest. These shorts also won me a place on the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival with Sky Comedy mentor scheme, on which I made my short Rest Stop which went on to win the Grand Prize for Best Comedy at Flickers: Rhode Island Film Festival.”
Industry experts including casting agents, talent agents, managers, producers and directors are consulted by Screen International, with the most promising up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers being selected.
On what makes her work stand out, Kate says: “Honestly I think what you always hope makes your work stand out as a filmmaker is that it's your voice. Hopefully if someone’s coming to see something I've made, it's to see my perspective on that subject, like we're having a conversation.
“I love the casting process, seeing someone bring this imaginary person in your head to life is always interesting and exciting. I also love the collaboration in film. I think what I am most proud of is that when I graduated, I vowed I would make films that felt like me and even though it's taken a few years to get those breaks doing this, I stuck to it.”
With plenty of projects lined up, Kate, who is originally from Bexley, the future is certainly looking promising. “I am just about to direct a new project for BBC Three and Idris Elba's Green Door Pictures, which I am really excited about and I’m busy getting my features sorted too. I have one that's a Sci-Fi comedy set during an alien invasion at a beauty pageant in Woking and another that's a feature adaptation of my short Rest Stop. I am also in the early stages of writing a film noir set in a nudist camp and have a short film, Fan Girl, currently on the festival circuit, which has just been nominated for the Grand Prix at Encounters Film Festival.”