Screen Talk – online, bringing the experts to your home

Join Bradford UNESCO City of Film in conversation with a range of experts from film and TV talking about their careers and sharing some insider knowledge on the screen sector.

The Screen Talk series were conducted throughout 2019 as part of the 10th anniversary of Bradford becoming the world’s first UNESCO City of Film and were all filmed by students at the University of Bradford. 

The Screen Talk series covers a wide range of roles from discussions with location managers who worked on shows such as Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack and Downton Abbey to the writer and creator of global TV hit Vikings, Michael Hirst and even an insight into the world of film finance with Anne Sheehan who supported films such as The King’s Speech and more recently the feature film Official Secrets starring Kiera Knighlty. The series also includes Bradford born actor, Enzo Cilenti who has played roles in productions such as Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy and also played the villain in the recent series of top TV drama, Luther.

Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film and the host of Screen Talk, David Wilson said; ‘I am delighted that we are able to use the footage shot throughout last year to bring the experiences of experts to a whole new audience at a time when so many schools, colleges and universities are working online only. I think there is a lot of information in these discussions which will prove valuable for anyone who might want a future career in the film or TV industries or may just have a general interest in how films and TV productions are made. 

All of the participants also have a direct connection to Bradford in some way which further supports the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Film.

In addition to the work we do to support film and TV production in the Yorkshire region, we also work in UNESCO film cities across the world and this series enables us to share experience of UK production approaches with colleagues in Italy, Spain, Japan, China and many other areas. We had some brilliant feedback from the interactive live session we hosted last week highlighting Bradford’s rich film heritage. There is a positive drive from UNESCO designations across the world to try to ensure that culture and creativity are high on the agenda as we emerge from this pandemic.’

A new edition of Screen Talk will be available to watch on the Bradford UNESCO City of Film website each week starting with Location Managers on Friday 17th April 2020 at 11am.

Here is a brief glimpse of what to expect :