Emerging Women in Hollywood
As the number of female writers, producers and directors increases, the film and TV landscape is changing. This workshop looks at the need for all actors, male and female, to adapt and welcome these changes so that everyone in the industry benefits from different, new, and emerging voices.
Emma Holly Jones
Born in England in 1988, Emma is a British filmmaker and director. At eighteen, she left her home in pursuit of a career in film in Los Angeles after assisting a variety of editors and directors in the UK. Emma attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for a year before deciding to write, produce, direct, and edit her first short film. In 2010 this film was selected for the NewFilmmakers Festival in New York and the Bel Air Film Festival, where she won Best Audience Short Film at age 21.
In January 2011 Emma formed Holly Films, her own production company. In 2011 Emma also began work on her second short film ‘Everything Carries Me To You’ starring Matthew Rhys and Janet Montgomery, it screened at festivals in both LA and London, the film is now being produced by Laura Rister, and Untitled as a full feature; Emma also penned the script.
In 2017 Emma was attached to direct ‘Mr Malcolm’s List’, a period drama, black list script which is being packaged at Verve alongside Alison Owen, Des Hamilton, and Laura Rister.
Since 2011 Emma has also been shooting a variety of commercial & photo work receiving rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and the British Filmmakers Alliance. Some highlights include: several short documentaries around the Hilary Clinton presidential campaign for Glamour Magazine and Lena Dunham, as well as a documentary for Vogue and Vice on Bella Thorne.
Emma currently splits her time between Los Angeles & London.
Sarah Spillane is a multi-award winning Australian writer and director. Sarah grew up in Sydney, Australia, before relocating to London to work for the BBC, then Los Angeles in 2009 where she is now based.
In 2013, Sarah’s debut feature film, Around the Block (starring Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard, and Ruby Rose), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sarah won several awards for Around the Block including an Australian Directors Guild award, and Outstanding Achievement in Direction in 2014.
Sarah wrote the pilot, based on the crime thriller novel The Body Reader, by New York Times best selling author Anne Frasier, now in development with Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown of Bender Brown Productions.
Sarah’s episode Familial of the series – Shakespeare Now is in development with Margot Robbie’s company Lucky Chap, Hoodlum, and ABC Studios International.
Sarah currently has three feature films and a movie franchise in development: True Spirit, (producer Debra Martin Chase & Sunstar Entertainment currently in discussions with Netflix); No Fear in Love with Juno Temple attached; and femme film noir thriller NOLA for Judy Fox and Christophe Kay Kourdouly. Sarah is attached as writer and director to the best selling author Meg Cabot’s eight -book series The Mediator, currently being developed as a movie franchise.
Sarah is also developing and attached to direct a limited series with Warner Bros’ company, and Wall to Wall in London, based on the book Counting to Zero by AJ Quinn. Sarah has a second British-based series in development with Wall to Wall, an original psychological crime-thriller called Shadows.
Sarah created and co-wrote the original crime-drama series Rebel, for Jay Firestone and Prodigy Pictures. Rebel has been adapted and published as a graphic novel (overseen by Sarah), and is currently in its fifth edition.
Sarah started her career in television at the BBC in London, directing documentary, true crime, and dramatic reconstruction shows. Sarah has written and directed several projects for Australia’s National Indigenous Television network and has directed multiple commercials in Australia and the United States.
Kerry Marlowe is an Actress/Producer originally from the UK. She has been producing numerous award winning feature and short films for over ten years (including the Oscar short listed film ‘Gone Fishing’).
Kerry runs the Los Angeles based production company Sweet Home Films. She is currently Producing ‘ABRUPTIO’ the puppet horror motion picture, which stars Oscar Winner Jordan Peele (Get Out), Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger), Christopher McDonald (Happy Madison), James Marsters (Buffy/Angel) and Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect).
Sweet Home Film’s filmography:
ABRUPTIO, Blood Rush, Horror House, Smasheroo, Shazza, Trippy, Monoxide, 50 Kisses.