filmmaker Vicki Psarias
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Writing, Writing…Striving for that Commission…

Having been a writer/director for nearly 10 years means I’m used to the freelance way of life, the not knowing when or where my next job is coming from and that commissions are never guaranteed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy but I’m used to it and happily accept it.

I’m pretty proud I received a distinction in my MA from Goldsmiths’ University of London in Screen Drama aged 22, my graduation film Rifts (film above) about warring kebab shop owners won film festival awards around the world (including a peace prize) and it helped me get my first running job at a major film company before I quickly progressed to developing a documentary there for a very famous singer. It was all a bit of a whirlwind for a 22 year old ‘green as they come girl’ and a steep learning curve.

What I learnt there in one year, couldn’t be taught in ten. I got insight into everything from script to screen and when I left I was prepared for the next stage of my career. I then wrote and directed a short film Broken (trailer below) based on my mother’s story as an immigrant with an incredible team of actors and crew which picked up awards from India to LA including The Channel 4 4Talent Award for Best Filmmaker which heralded the start of my official filmmaking career, leading me to make everything from fashion films to social tv documentaries.

Over the years I’ve always taught in between gigs too (GCSE English to MA filmmaking) which has not only been rewarding but essential in this most unstable of careers. I know many filmmakers whom do all sorts of jobs in between gigs from marketing to finance jobs. It’s the way of the freelance world.

Since having children I’ve become a happier, more fulfilled person and in turn, a stronger director. The ambition burns, more so in many ways but I have context now-not succeeding doesn’t matter as long as my family are healthy and happy.

Most recently I’ve come full circle, back to my graduation film Rifts (which I’d always strived to be made into a feature film or TV series and wrote it as the former) and am now developing it with a TV giant of a producer at a brilliant production company who have optioned the rights to it.

It has been developed in various forms for the last few years (that very first film company I worked for, wanted to develop it) but I really feel my co writer and I are writing our best comedy yet and I’m keeping everything crossed we get commissioned. I know nothing is for certain though and over the years am used to giving projects my all and brushing myself off and starting all over again, if they don’t happen.

Everything is subjective and not always strong enough/the right time etc.

It’s the way of the media world and I’m lucky for all those projects that have come off and enriched me in doing so.

I truly feel my kids are my biggest success of all and getting this off the ground will just be the icing on the cake so let’s see what happens!

Wish me luck…

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20 Responses

  1. Babes about Town

    Such an inspiring story, Vicki, you really are the definition of grabbing life by the balls and then juggling them with panache 😉 I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see the outcome of your latest venture, that most definitely will be successful!

    And as for the dream collaboration, let’s make it happen chica x 😉

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  2. julesey10

    Good luck darling lady. You’re tip top wonderful and deserve all the best things. So in awe of your drive and determination. Mwah much love xxxxx

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  3. ebabee likes

    Excited for you and sending you lots of love and luck. I watched it and really enjoyed. I can so relate to it too as can sometimes be a similar situation between Indians and Pakistanis. You go girl! xx

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  4. Super Amazing Mum

    You are SO talented!! I love everything I have seen of your work and it makes me want to act again!!! Now that would be funny, it’s been 20 years since I last did that! Maybe you could direct me? Let me know if you need any overweight, london mummas!! LOL xx

    Inspiration indeed!

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    • honestmum

      @SuperAmazingMum thank you so, so, so much-you used to act? We need to meet up again and you are not overweight you are gorgeous x

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  5. jane @ practically perfect mums

    Hi Vicky
    I remember those days well. Your work is great and you deserve success.
    It’s interesting that you’ve returned to an archived project. Sometimes it can be quite surprising how good a piece of work is when you’ve been away for it for so long.
    Good luck x

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Jane, it’s been in development for a while, years- on and off but in different forms-we wrote it as a feature film then BBC comedy optioned it and it’s moved to a new production company recently. It has been a while though and I think we are really writing our best work…let’s see how things develop x

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  6. Molly - Mums and Me

    Massive good luck – but I don’t think you’ll need it. It sounds to me like you’re already well on your way to making this project a big success! xx

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  7. Emily

    Good for you! I’ve spent the last year returning to writing, producing and it has been an incredible journey. Next year holds even more promise and a return to acting. I’m definitely finding it even more rewarding as a mum but there are very few mothers still working in the arts. I look forward to seeing how things go for you and if we can support you in any way let us know!

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Emily, that would be great. Keep me posted on your work too. I know a lot of mums in the arts but the nature of the job doesn’t always make it easy. I believe that only 7% of directors are women. Hoping things change…

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