The Changing Face of the UK Film & TV Industry - Leeds International Festival

Friday 10 May
19:30 - 20:30

The Changing Face of the UK Film & TV Industry

Hear from both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras: a spotlight on the TV and film industry.

Join our panel of industry experts for a lively debate on the changing landscape of the UK film and TV industry.

Hot topics up for discussion include: Can traditional cinema continue to thrive against the continued growth of digital SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) services, like Netflix, Apple and Amazon Prime? Does independent film have a future in our cinemas? Can it compete against the proliferation of superhero movies? What does diversity really mean, and how does it affect the film and TV programmes you will watch in the future?

We will also have a peek behind the careers of our panel, made up of leading casting directors, actors, producers and directors, to get a truly behind the scenes snapshot into the truth behind the telly and the secrets behind the screens. The panel will include Nicci Topping who has been a professional casting director for almost 20 years across film, TV, commercials and music promos; Actor John Thomson from the Fast Show and Cold Feet and Film Director Adam Morse, who lost his sight 10 years ago and recently premiered his new film Lucid featuring Billy Zane and Sadie Frost.

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Friday 10 May 19:30 - 20:30
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Nicci has been a professional casting director for almost 20 years across film, TV, commercials and music promos.

Her feature film work includes work on over 22 features, including the award-winning Northern Soul, and her commercials work includes casting the pre-fall campaign for Gucci in 2017 along with work for many global brands including Nike, Facebook, Amazon, Gillette and Corona. She recently cast the promo for Paul McCartney’s single and John Lewis’ Xmas 2018 campaign.

Nicci is a member of the CSA (Casting Society of America), sitting on their panel at Cannes 2018, the CDA (Casting Director’s Association) and was one of the D&AD judges in 2017.

Nicci is also a firm advocate of education in the industry for both actors and producers – she runs a series of workshops and is a popular blogger, helping aspiring actors to develop their career. (

John is an actor, writer, impressionist and comedian, and has been at the forefront of British television for over 20 years. He is best known for his roles in The Fast Show and Cold Feet, which returned to our screens last autumn after a 13-year gap, and is currently shooting a hotly anticipated seventh season.

Adam is an international award-winning filmmaker from London, England. He had perfect vision until 2009, when his eyesight suddenly deteriorated while he was in Dubai working on the film City of Life. Despite being left with only peripheral vision (registered blind), Adam continued to pursue a career in filmmaking, successfully directing his first critically-acclaimed short film, THE WINDOW in 2014, which has since screened at film festivals around the world where it has won multiple audience/jury awards. Honours include an Audience Award for ‘Best Short Film’ at the London Independent Film Festival and an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film.

Howard Ella is Joint Head of Production at Mammoth Screen managing a slate of internationally successful titles such as Poldark and Victoria alongside new projects such as the eagerly anticipated Noughts and Crosses. Prior to this he was Producer and Line Producer with 18 years of drama experience with a solid record of taking projects successfully from script to screen. Working primarily on Scripted programming he has directly overseen the production of over 180 screen hours of drama and comedy and has managed cumulative budgets in excess of £230 million.

Nicole Barber-Lane a British actress best known for playing Myra McQueen in the long-running soap Hollyoaks. Before landing her regular role in Hollyoaks, Nicole was a jobbing actor. Working on the stage in musicals, as a solo artist, Theatre in education, several corporate training videos. Nicoles first screen debut was on TV series “Juliet Bravo” as a youngster on rollerskates, she has also appeared in Emmerdale, Bodies, The Cops, and in a Yorkshire Building Society commercials. Over the last few year Nicole has had several nominations s in the “funniest female” category for the British soap awards and winning awards for best partnership in 2017 at the inside soap awards with Lizzett Anthony. She has featured in all the TV and soap publications as well as Woman, Red and NOW magazines. She is also one of the many celebrities who teamed up with Cancer Research UK to re-release “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

Sade is a 2018 graduate of LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) – founded by Paul McCartney. At the age of 14, Sade landed the regular role of Agnes Addo on the BAFTA-winning CBBC production 4 O CLOCK CLUB, a role she played across 4 series until 2014 before she started her drama school training. Theatre roles (whilst training) include: Philomele in LOVE OF A NIGHTINGALE and Mercutio in ROMEO AND JULIET. Since graduating, Sade went on to perform in SEASONS IN THE SUN at the East Riding Theatre, directed by John Godber; CUCKOO at the Soho Theatre, directed by Debbie Hannan and on screen in the one-off comedy for Sky One, THE QUEEN AND I alongside David Walliams and Samantha Bond, which aired over Christmas. This year she has already filmed a short film UNDERWATER for director, Michael Keogh and has just returned from Dublin for a role in television series, RIG-45.

Sade is a recipient of the coveted BAFTA Scholarship (Naomie Harris is her BAFTA-nominated mentor).

Terence “Terry” Christian is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He has presented ITV1 moral issues talk show It’s My Life and has appeared as a regular panellist on Channel 5 TV’s The Wright Stuff. He also presented two series of Turn On Terry with regular guest Tony Wilson and numerous other programmes for ITV, MTV, VH1 and Channel 4. Terry has also made appearances on This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast and Granada Reports, Would I Lie To You, The Late Late Show and fronted pieced for BBC TV, The Daily Politics and Sunday Morning Live to name a few. His radio work includes a variety of different and national radio programmes on stations including Radio 4, Talk Radio, Talksport, Century Radio, Key 103, Signal and BBC’s Radio Derby and Manchester.