Badass BBC director Steve Hughes talks about directing Dr. Who, crashing a real helicopter into a hospital, Monster Squad, and the other films that influenced a young kid (um, we mean Steve) from Northern England.
- Making the jump from directing TV to film (yes, there’s a difference)
- Can Ryan and Andre be the “token Americans” on a UK tv show?
- “Pay-for-play” casting director scandals and the “machine” of auditioning in Hollywood
- NOT having access to some great shows from UK – Ryan gets em anyway
- Comparing British actors & American actors
- Ryan wants a ride in the Tardis, and Andre wants to live in a very magical place
- Lots more in between
And finally, Ryan and Andre get hired as Production Assistants in Steve’s next show.
(credit: Steve Hughes)
About Steve Hughes
Steve took charge behind the cameras for the filming of the Series 6 adventure Closing Time in which the Doctor joined forces with Craig Owens to overthrow the Cybermen’s latest attempt at world domination – this time from the shadows of a department store.
Growing up in Wigan there wasn’t a lot to do, so Steve spent his time watching movies. A LOT of movies. He wrote, directed, produced and edited his first film at 16 – a spoof action movie based on HG Wells’ THE INVISIBLE MAN. Steve studied TV production in Northumberland, where he wrote and directed CRY WOLF, a 30min drama which won numerous awards including the Royal Television Society Award for Best Student Production. After moving to London, Steve worked as an editor and cameraman for the BBC whilst continuing to make short films in his spare time until he made the leap into directing TV drama in 2005.
Steve directed the critically acclaimed feature length 30th anniversary episode of CASUALTY, which featured a helicopter crashing into the hospital, and was watched by over 7 million viewers. His DOCTOR WHO episode “Closing Time”, starring Matt Smith and James Corden, received strong reviews: “Drama of the Week: an episode of lovely touches“ – Radio Times, “The penultimate episode is one of the best” – TV Times, “4 Stars” – Heat, Time Out. He directed 6 episodes of LEONARDO II for Kindle Entertainment in South Africa and was the lead director on BBC1’s award-winning period drama LAND GIRLS and has directed episodes of SUSPECTS, MIDSOMER MURDERS, DISNEY’S EVERMOOR, WATERLOO ROAD, HOLBY CITY and DREAM TEAM. His last short, VISITING HOURS, was nominated for Best Short Film at the Milan International Film Festival and was screened at LA Shorts Fest and Brief Encounters in Bristol. He has lectured at several universities about directing drama and programme making, and has directed 2nd unit shoots for BBC1 dramas FROM DARKNESS and FRANKIE.
Steve’s directing style is consistently praised for its strong cinematic quality, lightness of touch, solid performances and creative storytelling.
He also has a freakish knowledge of film music and cooks legendary cupcakes and burgers.
Follow Steve on Twitter (@moviegoblin) or his website.