A LOCAL filmmaker is helping women across the borough break into the industry.
Professional actress and producer Gemma Deerfield has founded the new network group North West Women in the Creative Industries which allows female actors, writers, producers and directors to share their experiences in showbusiness.
The 28-year-old started a group on Facebook and is now staging a networking event with fellow organiser Rebecca-Clare Evans in Deansgate, Manchester, on Wednesday.
Gemma, who also starred in the television series The Mystery Files, is originally from The Avenue, Leigh, said: “I travelled to Cannes Film Festival last year and met with a group called Women in Film and Television and decided to start a new networking organisation for women in the North West.
“It began with a group on Facebook, but now we have a mailing list and website and attracted support from a lot of great people.
“It’s snowballing and has exceeded all my expectations. Women can share their stories and help each other. It will also act as a mentoring programme to help the younger generation.
“We’ve already had 100 guests confirmed for the first networking event, including the BBC, ITV, film producers and big agents. It will focus on film and television before we concentrate on theatre later in the year.”
Gemma, who now lives in Worsley, recently returned to her home town to produce and star in the short comedy ‘Issues’ which was filmed at the Bridgewater Medical Centre in Leigh.
She was part of a nine-piece cast along with a make-up artist, sound producer and director. Her fiance, acting tutor Christopher Maric, wrote the 10-minute film and the couple now plan to show it at festivals across the country.
North West Women in the Creative Industry will meet at the Nag’s Head Pub, in Jacksons Row, Deansgate, Manchester, from 6.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday, March 16.