Kate Herron is a Writer-Director making comedy and drama in film and television. She is passionate about making character-driven stories that are as cinematic as they are funny. Needless to say, she’s a big Billy Wilder fan.
Kate was named as Screen International Star of Tomorrow, is on the Forbes 30 under 30 list and on the BBC's New Talent Hotlist. 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 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.
In television Kate was handpicked by Idris Elba with his production company, Green Door Pictures, to direct all the episodes of their debut narrative fiction, drama mini-series Five by Five. It aired on BBC Three in March 2017 and was a Sunday Times Critics Choice Pick of the Week. Kate also just finished directing Vicki Pepperdine's and Ellie White's Summer Short, Grey Dogs, for Sky Comedy. Produced by Adam Tandy (Inside No.9, Catastrophe).
From 2016-17 Kate was selected for Film London's Microwave feature scheme, in partnership with BBC Films and the BFI to develop her debut feature, Miss Universe which follows a beauty pageant hit during an alien invasion which Kate describes as "The Thing meets Mean Girls"
Kate is currently busy working across multiple feature and television projects including a comedy film-noir set in a nudist camp, The Raw Ones, short horror-comedy Smear, exploring smear test anxiety about a woman with a monster in her vagina, starring Sophia Di Martino (Flowers) and Nick Mohammed and is also busy working on a web series with her Rest Stop co-writer Monica Heisey (debut novel I Can't Believe It's Not Better reccomended by Lena Dunham and the New Yorker).
"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)