Scratch Me: Casting Director Insights
Heather Basten demystifies the casting process

Date: 27 Oct 2020
Time: 18:00
Location: Online

Scratch Me presents: Casting Director Insights; an online in conversation event with casting director for film and television Heather Basten. Join us from 6pm on Tuesday, 27 October for the penultimate event in a series all about character development.

During this session, Heather will demystify the casting process and the casting directors' role in bringing screen characters to life. Drawing on her work on productions such as Netflix's The End of the F***ing World and Robert Egger's The Lighthouse, she'll talk about the importance of casting to the production process as a whole, what the perfect performer can bring to your project and how to get the strongest cast within your budget.

Our host for the evening is Manchester-based film and television producer Loran Dunn.

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Event info

Every event in our Scratch Me programme is free to attend. Sessions are held via Zoom webinar - you don't need a live webcam or microphone to participate, just a reliable internet connection.

There will be the opportunity to ask Heather questions during the session. You can use Zoom's Q&A feature to ask a question on the day or submit them in advance to:

This event will feature a BSL interpreter.

Heather Basten

Heather Basten is London-based casting director. She broke into the industry at the BFI nearly a decade ago, and then moved into casting for Film and TV where she has cast for directors such as Rob Savage, Ana Rocha De Sousa, Charlotte Regan, Abraham Adeyemi and Mustapha Kseibati. Heather cast the first ever feature length film to come out of the NFTS, Feline. In January 2020, Heather was selected to be a Film London Lodestar. Heather is a member of the Casting Directors Guild (UK) and the Casting Society of America (USA).

Scratch Me is a Film Hub North and BFI NETWORK project delivered in partnership with Screen Yorkshire and SIGN (Screen Industries Growth Network).