Kate Herron is a Writer-Director in comedy and drama, working in Film and Television. She is passionate about making female-driven stories that are as cinematic as they are funny. She is a SCREEN INTERNATIONAL STAR OF TOMORROW, on the FORBES 30 UNDER 30 list and the BBC NEW TALENT HOT LIST. She was described as "A huge comedy voice in the years to come" by SKY COMEDY who mentored Kate on her short REST STOP.
Kate's short films have screened at festivals including BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, PALM SPRINGS SHORTSFEST, ENCOUNTERS and FLICKERFEST.. Her work has been featured by VIMEO STAFFPICKS, COMEDY CENTRAL and the BFI. Kate's work has been described as, "Fantastic" (DIRECTORS NOTES), "Moving", (THE BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE) and "Great" (AINT IT COOL NEWS).
Her short VALENTINE was described as "A perfect film" by Lisa Albert (Writer & Producer, MAD MEN), her film REST STOP won the GRAND PRIZE for BEST COMEDY at the BAFTA-QUALIFYING RHODE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL, HEALEY'S HOUSE that she wrote (dir. BIFA-winner Rob Savage) won BEST UK SHORT at RAINDANCE. She had two shorts (FAN GIRL & HEALEY'S HOUSE) nominated for the OSCAR-QUALIFYING GRAND PRIX PRIZE at ENCOUNTERS '16.
For TV, Kate directed every episode of FIVE BY FIVE for BBC/GREEN DOOR PICTURES, starring and exec-produced by IDRIS ELBA. The show aired in March 2017 and was a SUNDAY TIMES CRITICS PICK OF THE WEEK. Kate also directed VICKI PEPPERDINE & ELLIE WHITE'S SUMMER SHORT for SKY COMEDY, produced by Adam Tandy (Inside No.9). As a writer, she is currently developing her debut comedy-series with Tom Davis' company, Shiny Button (MURDER IN SUCCESSVILLE). She is attached to direct.
In film, Kate is working on a number projects including her debut feature MISS UNIVERSE, a horror-comedy that follows a beauty pageant under alien attack. She developed the film to the final round of FILM LONDON'S MICROWAVE feature scheme, in partnership with BBC FILMS and the BFI. She also just did a re-write on the crime-comedy, MAI TAI for Talisman (The Woman in Black) and Incognito Films (Oscar-nominated AVE MARIA).
With her MISS UNIVERSE team, Kate has also just finished a new short, SMEAR, a horror-comedy inspired by Gremlins and Day of the Triffids. It explores smear test anxiety and is about a woman with a monster in her vagina having her first smear test. It stars Sophia Di Martino (Flowers) and Nick Mohammed (Mr Swallow).
She is represented for Film & Television as a Writer-Director by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.
"I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH DIRECTOR KATE HERRON; SHE WAS GREAT AT WORKING WITH ACTORS. BRINGING ON A TALENTED AND UP-AND-COMING DIRECTOR WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE PROJECT, AND IT WAS A CHALLENGING ASK - TO HELM A SERIES MADE UP OF FIVE VERY DIFFERENT EPISODES USING MULTIPLE ACTORS AND LOCATIONS. BUT HER ENERGY, PASSION AND AMBITION - AND THAT OF EVERYBODY ELSE INVOLVED IN FIVE BY FIVE - HAS PAID OFF" - IDRIS ELBA (ACTOR AND EXEC PRODUCER OF FIVE BY FIVE, BBC DRAMA AND GREEN DOOR PICTURES)
"KATE HAS CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATED A GIFT FOR WORKING WITH TALENT THAT IS FURTHER EVOLVED THAN MANY OF THE VETERAN COMEDY DIRECTORS I WORK WITH IN BROADCAST TELEVISION. IN THE COMEDY WORLD, REAL CONFIDENCE - IN THE MATERIAL AND THE AESTHETIC - IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIT A DIRECTOR CAN OWN; YOU NEED TO *SELL* THE JOKE TO WIN THE AUDIENCE'S TRUST. SUCCESS IN THAT AREA IS A SIGN OF MATURITY THAT CAN TAKE YEARS TO CONQUER. KATE'S WORK TACKLES THIS WITH PRENATURAL CONVICTION - SHE'S GOING TO BE A HUGE COMEDY VOICE IN THE YEARS TO COME." - BEN BOYER (COMMISSIONING EDITOR AT SKY COMEDY)
"I FIRST SAW KATE'S WORK IN MY PREVIOUS JOB AS CREATIVE HEAD OF COMEDY AT THE BBC. I WAS AN AVID FAN FROM THAT MOMENT AND NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND SCREENINGS OF HER WORK." - SIMON LONDON (PREVIOUS CREATIVE HEAD OF COMEDY AT THE BBC)
"ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED, CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE AND INSTINCTUAL DIRECTORS EITHER OF US HAVE EVER COME ACROSS. SHE IS ALSO HILARIOUS, A DELIGHT TO WORK WITH, DILIGENT, PROFESSIONAL, AND A CHAMPION NETWORKER. EVERYONE WHO COMES ACROSS KATE WANTS TO WORK WITH HER AGAIN. A SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT TRAIT IN THIS INDUSTRY." - SCREENWRITERS JESSICA AND HENRIETTA ASHWORTH (SCREEN INTERNATIONAL STARS OF TOMORROW 2013 & BROADCAST HOTSHOTS 2012)
"AN AMAZING COMEDY DIRECTOR." - SARAH MCINTOSH (SHORTS PROGRAMMER AT THE BAFTA-QUALIFYING CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL)
"WE MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE DIRECTORS BECAUSE THEY THINK IT'S A COOL JOB, OR THEY WANT TO BE FAMOUS. KATE'S A DIRECTOR BECAUSE SHE WAS JUST BORN TO BE: SHE HAS A CLEAR, DISTINCTIVE VOICE AS A FILM-MAKER, SHE HAS A STRONG SENSE OF STORY AND CHARACTER, AND SHE MAKES WORK THAT CONNECTS INSTANTLY WITH AUDIENCES WITHOUT EVER PANDERING TO THEM." - JONATHAN WAKEHAM (CO-FOUNDER AND PROGRAMMER AT THE LOCO LONDON COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL)
"KATE SUCCESFFULY BLENDS HER USE OF CHARACTER COMEDY AND SOCIAL SATIRE TO CREATE FILMS THAT PRESENT A REFRESHING TAKE ON THE CHARATERIZATION OF WOMEN IN FILM. WE SPEND MONTHS LOOKING FOR FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE A DISTINCT VOICE AND VISION. FILMMAKERS LIKE KATE MAKE EVERYTHING WE DO AS A FESTIVAL WORTH IT." - SHAWN QUIRK (DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING AT THE BAFTA AND OSCAR-QUALIFYING FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL)