Hazel McKibbin is a British-American writer and director based between North London and Brooklyn. She is a 2020 BAFTA Newcomer and is currently working on her thesis at Columbia University where she is pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing. She finds herself drawn towards realism, often through a feminist lens, and the idea that compelling stories can be created from ordinary relationships and interactions. Doublespeak is her directorial debut and had its festival premiere at the Sundance 2021 Film Festival.
“Doublespeak is based on my own experience of reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. When I started my MFA in film at Columbia, it was the first short I wanted to make. I felt like I needed to exorcise the experience and turn it into something positive or every other film I made would be colored by it somehow. I’d like Doublespeak to be part of a conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace and serve as a reminder that, even after the #metoo movement, it happens all too often. If an audience can watch the film and feel what Emma feels – how I felt – I’d like to think they’d want to be part of changing these practices.”
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