Kate Herron is a Writer-Director of comedy and drama in Film and Television. She is passionate about making character-driven films that are as cinematic as they are funny. Needless to say, she’s a big Billy Wilder fan.
In 2016 Kate was named as Screen International Star of Tomorrow and in 2017 one of Forbes 30 under 30. The BBC just featured her on their Hot Upcoming Talent List which features the broadcasting stars of the future. She was described as "A huge comedy voice in the years to come" (Ben Boyer, Comissioning Editor at Sky Comedy) by her mentors at Sky Comedy who worked with her on her short Rest Stop.
Kate's films have screened internationally at festivals including Flickerfest, Palm Springs ShortsFest, Encounters, London Short Film Festival and Raindance. Her work has been featured by Vimeo StaffPicks, Comedy Central, the BFI, Hunger Magazine, Londonist and Marie Claire. 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 the '15 Bafta-qualifying Rhode Island Film Festival, Healey's House that she wrote won Best UK Short at Raindance '16 and she had two shorts (Fan Girl, Healey's House) nominated for the Oscar-qualifying Grand Prix at Encounters '16.
Kate's first television project Five by Five went on BBC Three in March 2017 for which she was handpicked to direct by Idris Elba. Five by Five was produced by BBC Drama with Idris' Green Door Pictures, in which Idris and an array of up coming talent star. The show is a Sunday Times Critics Choice Pick of the Week and currently in the most popular shows on BBC iplayer.
As a Writer-Director Kate is currently working across multiple feature and television projects including a comedy film-noir set in a nudist camp, The Raw Ones and also sci-fi comedy Miss Universe which follows a beauty pageant hit during an alien invasion which Kate describes as "The Thing meets Mean Girls"
Miss Universe in currently the final round of Film London's Microwave feature scheme, in partnership with BBC Films and the BFI. Microwave was named one of the "best low-budget schemes in the world" by producer Ted Hope (Adventureland, 21 Grams).
"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 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)
"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, BRITLIST WITH "OLIVIA & JIM")
"AN AMAZING FEMALE 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)