The Making of Small Axe with Tracey Scoffield Event

The Making of Small Axe with Tracey Scoffield

11th May 2021 from 7-8pm

Zoom: Evening Talk

Join us for a very special evening with Film Producer, Tracey Scoffield, who will discuss the making of Small Axe, a collection of five films directed by Steve McQueen first broadcast on BBC One in November 2020, that depict the experiences of West Indian Londoners.  All films are currently available on BBC iplayer.

Tracey is known for her expertise in factual dramas and her credits include The Special Relationship, detailing the relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, and The Gathering Storm, which explored Churchill’s wilderness years, prior to WWII.   In 2010 she was first contacted about creating a drama series for the BBC, to be directed by Steve McQueen.

From the start of the project, McQueen insisted that the events depicted were to be recreated with painstaking accuracy.  To acknowledge the subject matter, great effort was made to hire BAME cast and crew.  Tracey discusses the process with Charlie Wijeratna (1986), which promises to be a fascinating insight into the making of a major drama series.

Tracey Scoffield, BA, was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she read English Language and Literature. Her career has been spent in television and film drama, first as a researcher, then script editor at the BBC and finally as Executive Producer for BBC Films.

Tracey also worked at Faber and Faber Publishers for eight years as an editor on the film books and plays list. During this time she also served as Chairman of the Board of the Bush Theatre. Since leaving the BBC to set up an independent production company, Tracey has produced a number of films and drama series for HBO, the BBC and ITV.

Tracey is the longest serving Governor on the LUS Board!

Charlie Wijeratna, BA, read modern history at Worcester College, Oxford University. Charlie’s career moved from sports TV production with Sky Sports, to the city, as a lawyer with Clifford Chance and an investment banker with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

Charlie, one of the first members of London’s bid team for the 2012 Olympic Games, remained on the Olympic and Paralympic project until 2010 as a director of the organising committee responsible for raising the private funding for the Games.

In 2010 he became Commercial Director of Tottenham Hotspur FC before fulfilling the same role at the European Games and then at Aston Villa. He is currently working as a commercial consultant to sports rights holders and corporates.

Charlie was elected a Governor in 2015 and is now Vice Chair of the Governors.  He is also a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

                 Photo  from Lovers Rock, taken on a playground ride in Ravenscourt Park! 


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