LONDON — Documentary director Shreepali Patel will work alongside Roger Michell on his Pathe movie “Enduring Love,” after being selected as the first beneficiary of a scheme to help women directors advance their careers.
Directing Change is run by United Intl. Pictures and the British org Women in Film & TV. It aims to give two women a year the chance to shadow a big-name helmer through the production of a feature film.
Patel, who is based in Cardiff, Wales, has directed and produced several docs over the past nine years. She was picked by Michell from a short list of four candidates. The others, Tammy Riley-Smith, Morag McKinnon and Alicia Duffy, remain in line for placement on other movies.
“Enduring Love,” starring Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans and Samantha Morton, is produced by Michel and Kevin Loader’s Free Range Films and financed by Pathe, Inside Track and FilmFour. It starts shooting in September.
The Directing Change scheme will cover Patel’s expenses while she participates in the production.
Jane Cussons, chief exec of Women in Film, said, “This is a testament to what can be done when commitment and talent is applied. We first pitched the idea to UIP in January this year, and by September we will have the first woman working alongside one of the best directors in the business.”
UIP chairman-CEO Stewart Till said, “We hope that Shreepali will be the first of many women to benefit from the initiative.”