London Screenwriters' Festival

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Deborah Haywood

Posted on: August 13th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 1 Comment

Deborah HaywoodDeborah Haywood is a rapidly up-and-coming writer-director and 2007 Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’. She has directed three shorts and is currently developing a pair of features while enjoying the success of her short film ‘Sis‘ at the Rushes Soho Shorts film festival last month.

To read more about Deborah, visit her London Screenwriters’ Festival bio page and check out the website for ‘Sis‘ after you’ve checked out her thoughts from our grilling.

Q: What was your favourite film as a kid?

A: Grease!

Q: Who inspired you when you were starting out?

A: Andrea DunbarShane Meadows.

Q: What was your big break?

A: Getting a DV short commission.

Q: What was the best day in your career?

A: My short film ‘Sis‘ winning ‘Best Short’ at the Rushes Soho Shorts film festival this year.

Q: What has been your most important lesson?

A: Listen to your belly.

Q: If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?

A: Start small, aim big.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?

A: Fear of failure. I overcome it by working hard and thinking of how I don’t want to be sitting in a nursing home aged 84 wishing I’d had the courage to do it.

Q: What do you feel is a writer’s or filmmaker’s key responsibility?

A: To tell a story in a way that is also entertaining, to make us feel stuff.

Q: What mistakes do you see emerging writers or filmmakers making over and over?

A: Believing a piece of work to be finished when it could really benefit from more drafts/cuts.

Q: What advice would you offer an emerging writer or filmmaker?

A: Keep going. Listen to your belly and follow your heart.   Make mistakes and learn from them.  Always search for the truth in your work.

NEXT TIME ON ‘BEYOND THE BIO’: award-winning über-prolific producer Gub Neal.

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One Response

  1. Helen Smith says:

    Lovely interview – thanks for this.

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