It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
JULY 2nd 2016
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Nadine Marsh-Edwards - United Kingdom
The Television Award
Nadine Marsh-Edwards is the recipient of TheWIFTS Television Award 2016, for
her body of work in film and television, and her commitment to encourage and enable talented writers and directors from diverse backgrounds to take their first steps in film, television, and the broader entertainment industry and to have their stories told.
Nadine Marsh-Edwards is a founding director of Greenacre Films. The company currently have a number of drama projects in development with various financiers including HBO, the BBC, ITV and the BFI and are working with some of the industries most talented writers, such as: Gwyneth Hughes, writer of The Girl; BAFTA winner Shawn Slovo; Misan Sagay, writer of the multi award winning feature film Belle; and BAFTA winner Malorie Blackman, a Children's Laureate who is collaborating with the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company on a feature film.
Greenacre Films are recipients of the Channel Four Alpha fund in recognition of their commitment to developing projects with writers from diverse backgrounds and are currently in receipt of funds from Creative Skillset to develop drama series creators for television.
Before working at Greenacre, Nadine was an executive producer at Leopard Films where she was the Development Executive on the single drama, An Englishman in New York, which continues the story of Quentin Crisp after his time as the Naked Civil Servant. The film premiered and won the Teddy at the Berlin Film Festival, and it was also nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Rose. Also whilst at Leopard she was the Executive Producer on The Grey Man, a single drama for BBC1.
Nadine was an executive producer for BBC Scotland for several years and whilst there oversaw the development and production of prime time drama including the series: Sea Of Souls (Scottish BAFTA winner), Rockface, 2000 Acres of Sky, Tinsel Town and Love or Money. She also initiated a film scheme MIGRATIONS in conjunction with Scottish Screen and BBC Films that was a new opportunity for talented filmmakers in Scotland.
Prior to joining the BBC, Nadine worked extensively in South Africa for a number of years, co-producing the feature film Hijack Stories (2000) Dir: Oliver Schmitz, which was an official entry at Cannes and Toronto film festivals. She was also an executive producer on the series of five Short And Curlies' films financed by Channel Four and the SABC. It was an initiative to encourage new voices, with Portrait Of A Young Man Drowning winning the Best Short Film prize at The Venice Film Festival.
Marsh-Edwards has extensive executive experience in the worlds of both film and television production, she is passionate in her promotion of the UK's creative industries and she is committed to encourage and enable talented writers and directors from diverse backgrounds to take their first steps in this arena and have their stories told.
To that end she helped devise Breakout, a year long training scheme for BME writers funded by Skillset. The project was in partnership with Screen East, Warp X, UEA and the British Documentary Film Foundation and had the express aim of bringing feature length films and documentaries to the big screen. The scheme culminated in a series of read-throughs and screenings which were attended by industry professionals and a number of the writers went on to have their projects put into hard won paid developed.
Nadine is also keen to share her script development and producing expertise and so has taught on numerous film and television courses including the MA script writing course at the London film School and she was an external examiner on the film and television degree course at the London College of Communication. She was also a Group Leader for three years on the prestigious EAVE training programme for European feature film producers. She has been associated with various organisations and was a board member of Film London, on the steering committee for Guiding Lights – a film industry mentoring scheme, and was part of the advisory panel for the producers' course at the National Film and Television school. She has also been a member of the Arts Council Film Lottery Panel, the BFI Production Board, the Arts Foundation Advisory Committee, and the British Screen Advisory Panel.
Nadine continues her interest in the broader world of the arts and is a board member of Eclipse, a black lead touring Theatre Company which is based in Sheffield, who aim to broaden the diversity of work on offer for audiences around the country. To this end they have just launched Revolution Mix – an Arts Council funded three year writing scheme to find and showcase new voices for theatre.
Their recent productions include: A Raisin in the Sun, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, all played to packed audiences around the country including The Sheffield Crucible, The Young Vic and The Tricycle Theatre in London.
Nadine Marsh-Edwards' Filmography includes numerous award winning feature films: Exec-producer: Before The Ashes (2011, Dir: James Erskine) Feature documentary; Bhaji On The Beach (1994, Dir: Gurinder Chadha), winner of the Evening Standard best newcomer's award and nominated for Best British Feature Film by BAFTA; Young Soul Rebels (1992, Dir: Isaac Julien), winner of the Critics Week Prize at Cannes Film Festival 1992; Exec-producer: Nasty Neighbours (1999, Dir: Debbie Issit) Premier screening at the Venice Film Festival 1999. Her other credits as Producer: Armed And Dangerous (One hour TV Comedy Special); Public Enemy/Private Friends Dir: Danny Thompson); A Nice Arrangement (Dir: Gurinder Chadha); Shakin' The Tree (1989 Peter Gabriel/Youssou N'Dour Pop Promo Dir: Isaac Julien); Looking For Langston (Dir: Isaac Julien); numerous awards including a Berlin Teddy; A Family Called Abrew (Dir: Maureen Blackwood); As an Exec-producer: Perfect Image? (Dir: Maureen Blackwood); Father, Sons And Unholy Ghosts (Dir: Danny Thompson); Home Away From Home (Dir: Maureen Blackwood); Flight Of The Swan (Dir: Ngozi Onwurah); As Associate Producer: Inbetween (Dir: Robert Crusz); Production Manager: Dreaming Rivers (Dir: Martina Atille); Production Manager/Editor: The Passion Of Remembrance (Dirs: Isaac Julien and Maureen Blackwood); Co-producer: Territories (Dir: Isaac Julien) numerous awards.