Hobbs’ career spark
New Zealand-born director Jessica Hobbs discusses her big break on Australian teen drama Heartbreak High and her subsequent work on fellow Oz series The Slap, which brought her to the attention of UK producers, leading to credits on shows including Broadchurch, River and Apple Tree Yard.
She talks about her story-focused and emotion-based method of directing, as well as the way she likes to work with writers to develop the visual style of a series.
Hobbs also speaks about the merits of rehearsing scenes before the cameras roll and the differences between launching a new series and working as an episodic or block director on an established drama.
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