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What’s the Story? The job of directing character-led action films by Marc Jobst

Marc Jobst, Writer and Director

Date/Time: Thursday 11 March 2021, 5.30pm

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Hosted by Professor Sally Shortall, with introduction from Professor Julie Sanders

‘A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard’, said Billy Wilder. Making a television series involves hundreds of brilliant creatives. The director has to lead those skills to a single vision, within the pressure of time and budget. Director of action shows The Witcher (Netflix), Daredevil, The Punisher (Marvel) and intense character dramas, Hannibal (NBC), Tin Star (Sky/Amazon), Marc Jobst considers the truth in Billy Wilder’s words.


Marc Jobst graduated from Newcastle University in 1983 with a degree in Agriculture. He began his career in theatre, and then worked as a producer and director at the BBC for 10 years, where he directed shows such as Eastenders and Casualty.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.