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Jill Robertson, BAFTA nominated TV and film director.

Jill started working in film production in the 1990’s on films such as Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary. She then moved in to Producing and Directing short films, working with many reputable actors including Hugh Laurie, Jack Davenport and Ewan MacGregor before moving into TV, directing television programmes such as Hollyoaks, Brookside, Casualty and Waterloo Road in the early 2000’s. She has since progressed on to direct successful drama series including Last Tango in Halifax, Grantchester, Law and Order (UK), Vera and most recently the brand new ITV series Brief Encounters. In 2005, Jill was nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Drama for The Story of Tracy Beaker. Jill has tirelessly worked her way in up in a male dominated profession and industry. She is a member of TV Directors UK and Women in Film and TV and Directors UK who campaign to ‘improve opportunities for women TV directors and tackle gender inequality in the industry’ (Directors.uk.com)

“We found that despite women representing almost 30% of the TV and film directing workforce the percentage of women actually directing television output as a whole is far lower. In the report we look at these figures and how attitudes within the media industry are preventing women from reaching their full potential. The Directors UK campaign to tackle gender inequality has successfully built upon the report launched in 2014, examining the under-employment of women directors in UK TV production. Our report highlighted the challenges facing women directors and shocked the industry by revealing the true scale and depth of the problem. Using this evidence base Directors UK continues to develop its campaign to improve the ‘visibility’ access and opportunity for women directors working in TV.” (https://www.directors.uk.com/campaigns/women-directors-campaign)

A former dancer and drama teacher Jill trained at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield (imdb.com). Jill has applied courage, talent, integrity and sheer hard work to achieve her success and represent female directors in an industry that is notoriously challenging for women. Jill was born and grew up in Kings Langley, lived for a short while in Hemel Hempstead before moving to London in her 20’s to pursue her career.

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