Brand new BBC Three drama Overshadowed lands on the channel this autumn
Hildegard Ryan (co-writer and director)
Getting to direct Overshadowed for BBC Three as well as co-writing was an amazing experience. It is great being able to take your vision directly from the page to the screen - although quite daunting at timesHildegard Ryan
How did you and Eva meet?
I met Eva on my Erasmus year abroad in Berlin. Eva's housemate was in my German class and introduced us in the canteen. Eva was eating a giant plate of sweetcorn and talking about a short film she wanted to make. The rest is history.
Had you always had a desire to work in the arts?
I have been into the arts since I was young. As a child I used to make all of the kids on our estate act in plays that we would put on in our sitting room for my mam. When I was a teenager I got into photography and filmmaking and since then it has been my dream to work in TV and film.
Did you work with Eva on Overshadowed (the theatre play) and how did you and Eva come to collaborate on the project?
Yes, I worked with Eva on Overshadowed the stage play. I helped her develop the script and then directed the show.
I had directed Eva's other plays previously so when she came to me with the idea of Overshadowed it was a natural fit. A lot of people close to me have struggled with eating disorders in the past so it is an issue that is really close to my heart.
Not only are you co-writer for the BBC Three series but you are also the Director. How does that feel and how have you found the television experience?
Getting to direct Overshadowed for BBC Three as well as co-writing was an amazing experience. It is great being able to take your vision directly from the page to the screen - although quite daunting at times. There was such a great positive energy on set: our cast and crew got fully behind the slightly unorthodox format we shot in and really gave it their all.
Would you like to continue directing or are you more passionate about writing?
I love writing. It is the most important element of filmmaking but I love directing too - the buzz on set and being able to see a project all the way through. Hopefully I can continue doing both.
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