Tanya Doyle is Programme Director of the BA in Film & TV Production at Griffith. She is also Creative Director of Marmalade Films, an independent production company, established in 2008. Time to pick her brain about film!
How did your film career begin?
I have always been fascinated by film, and always knew I wanted to work in film. Having initially completed a BA in Accounting & HR, I then undertook a Master's in Film & TV. After that, I decided I wanted to do a practical course in film production so I studied practical film making at Griffith College. As part of that programme, I made connections in the film industry, including people in professional equipment houses and as well as people working in camera departments. Through these relationships, I gained roles as a camera trainee and camera assistant on various TV commercials, feature films and a lot of broadcast TV shows.
Tell us about some of your most interesting projects.
While training, I worked on the Oscar-winning film Once. I got to work with some fantastic people and learned a lot. The first documentary I directed, The House, was a critical success and enabled me to travel throughout the promotion process. The film won a lot of awards and served as my launchpad into the industry as a film director.
What would you say to someone considering a career in film?
I would say, "Do it." The industry is expanding rapidly, and there are so many amazing opportunities for new industry entrants. I would also say it is useful to consider what you want to do. It is challenging to work in such a competitive industry, particularly if you are a jack of all trades and a master of none. That’s why it’s generally of benefit to study film so you can figure out what you want to do and the skills you need to do so.
What's your favourite style of film and why?
I'm a big fan of observational documentary - one of my favourites is a film called Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d' un été), 1961. It was directed by Jean Rouche and Edgar Morin, and it’s just a beautiful film. My interpretation is that it is ultimately an exploration of what it is to love. As one of the first Cinéma vérité films, it questions what’s known as ‘profilmic performance’ i.e. how people react to a camera. It's fantastic and definitely worth a watch.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of film?
I like listening to music. I don’t play any instruments, but I haven’t tried, so who knows? That might be something I start doing. I’m a big foodie – I love cooking and eating. Other than that, I do pilates and spend a lot of time watching and reading about films.
What do you think makes film at Griffith College different?
Our approach to film at Griffith College is very practical and industry-focused. All of the lecturers on the programme are industry professionals currently working in their chosen field. Our motto is, "You get out what you put in." If students are willing to work hard and want to develop their film production skills, we are here to facilitate, teach and guide them.
What is your advice to prospective students?
Think about what you want from the programme, but ultimately just go for it - you will never regret opening up your mind to new ideas!