Posted Tuesday 28 Sep 2021
Jessica Hobbs won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at the recent Emmy Awards for the episode entitled War in the Netflix TV series The Crown.
According to Deadline.com, the other three female directors who have won a drama directing Emmy are Reed Morano in 2017 for The Handmaid’s Tale, Mimi Leder in 1995 for ER and Karen Arthur in 1985 for Cagney & Lacey.
Hobbs accepted her award at a satellite event in London, where she thanked series creator Peter Morgan and while also paying tribute to her mum, WIFT NZ member Aileen O’Sullivan, who at 77 is still directing.
Jessica started her career in New Zealand and has risen to work on some of our favourite series made in Australia and the United Kingdom including Rake, The Slap, The Split, Apple Tree Yard, and Broadchurch.
Check out this Script To Screen talk with Jessica from March this year where she talks with director Rob Sarkies about what it's like working on a series drama in the UK right now, her approach to directing, and her ambitions for the future.