The shortlist for the Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians has been announced. Beatrice Dillon, Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu have made the shortlist.
The £5,000 prize, now in its third year, rewards UK-based female creative technicians who have played a significant role in artists’ moving image production. The award highlights the crucial role in artist filmmaking played by female technicians. It also draws attention to the fact that women are seriously underrepresented in the film industry.
The three shortlisted women: Beatrice Dillon, Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu, have created sound for the work of artists such as Steve McQueen, Conrad Shawcross, Siobhan Davies, Jeremy Deller, Susan Philipsz and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “The shortlisted sound designers have all accomplished tremendous things, bring depth, atmosphere and a sense of total immersion to works by the likes of Steve McQueen, Jeremy Deller and the Chapman brothers. The startling and innovative sound work of Beatrice Dillon, Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu is to be applauded, and I congratulate all three of them on their nomination for this year’s prize. I would also like to thank The Wapping Project for their support and for helping us celebrate this pivotal area of work.”
The Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician was named after the late founder of The Wapping Project, a successful theatre director, curator and long-time champion of women in the arts. The prize is part of the annual Film London Jarman Award.