Anyone who has spent any time in the trenches these last few years knows that things are not getting any better for directors, and they are probably getting worse. Certainly from where I sit, making documentary films for both British and international broadcasters, things are getting tougher and I think the time has come to say enough is enough. It’s not simply a question of financial pressures, the pressure to do more for less - it is I think to do with the fact that at a very simple and basic level, many producers and executive producers no longer seem to fully understand what it is directors do, what directors are for - and the unique vision that directors bring to film and programme-making. I’m not sure exactly what lies behind this, but I think tackling it is an important step on the road to restoring the status of directors.
Directors UK is at a strategic crossroads with the forthcoming negotiations and the arrival of a new Chief Executive. To help achieve our wider goals I think it’s now imperative for the organisation to raise its profile by sharpening its campaigns and communications, drawing on the voice of its members to explain who we are and what we are for.
In 1996-97 I spent a year away from directing in a frontline communications role as the Labour Party’s Broadcasting Officer. I know what it takes to organise a campaign; to fight it; and to win it. I am standing for election to the Board because I want to bring these skills to the service of DUK members, to restore the status of directors to where they rightfully belong.