Directors Guild of Great Britain: directing film and theatre
Direct Access Feature Film Director Training Scheme
Direct Access Feature Film Director Training Scheme



Direct Access was a groundbreaking director training scheme run by the Directors Guild Trust and supported by Skillset and Film4, placing emerging feature film directors onto major feature productions to shadow a director. The only one of its kind in the country at the time, Direct Access fostered new talent in the British film industry by giving tomorrows’ directors unparalleled insight into the creation of feature films.


Launched in 2007, four talented directors were chosen by a jury panel of industry professionals. The candidates all showed outstanding promise as directors of short films and commercials and each were developing their own feature film scripts. Offered this opportunity to observe the highs and the lows of filmmaking has prepared them to shoot their own features and television projects in a way no other training can offer.


Created to address this training gap in the industry; the Direct Access Scheme is unique in its thoroughness, taking these new  directors from pre-production through principal photography and post-production, exposing them not only to the work of experienced  directors but of writers, performers, designers and cinematographers.


‘The only way to learn about directing is to direct, the next best thing is to watch somebody else do it.’
– Sir Richard Eyre Notes on a Scandal



Funded by: Skillset as part of ‘A Bigger Future’ - The Film Skills Fund and Film4

Endorsed and supported by:

Jon Amiel Entrapment/ Creation (Direct Access placement)

Sir Richard Eyre Notes on a Scandal

Mike Hodges I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Joe Johnston Jumanji/ The Wolfman (Direct Access placement)

John Madden Shakespeare in Love

Janine Marmot Former Head of Film: Skillset

Bharat Nalluri Tsunami: The Aftermath

Phillip Noyce Catch A Fire

Sir Alan Parker Directors Guild Trust Patron

Tessa Ross Head of Film: Film4

David Yates Harry Potter (2007 – onwards)


The scheme is closed.

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