Rachel Talalay

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Rachel Talalay
Born (1958-07-16) July 16, 1958 (age 58)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Film director, film producer, television director, television producer, university professor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Rupert Harvey
Children 2

Rachel Talalay (born July 16, 1958) is an American film and television director and producer. She is also a University of British Columbia film professor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Talalay's parents are English. She was raised mostly in the United States, with two years of her childhood in England.[1] Talalay attended Yale, where she majored in mathematics.[2] She also ran the Yale film society.[2]


Talalay has worked in number different capacities in filmmaking before making her directorial debut with the film Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).[3] Talalay also worked on the first two movies about Freddy Krueger.[2] Her work with the earlier Freddy movies utilized her computer skills and finding ways to create better special effects while still keeping costs low.[2] Despite her familiarity with the Freddy movies, when she directed Freddy's Dead, she was given internal memos telling her not to be "too girly" or "too sensitive."[4]

Talalay also directed Tank Girl in 1995, and was looking into re-optioning the rights to make a new film in 2008.[5] As a film producer, Talalay worked with director John Waters on the films Hairspray (1988) and Cry-Baby (1990). She was also a production assistant on Waters' 1981 film Polyester.[6]

Talalay states that ever since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, she wanted to work on the show.[7] Talalay directed the Series 8 finale episodes, "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven".[8] She returned for Series 9, directing that season's finale episodes "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent".[9]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1988 Hairspray
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
1990 Cry-Baby
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
1993 Ghost in the Machine
1995 Tank Girl
1997 The Borrowers
2003 A Tale of Two Wives
2006 The Wind in the Willows



  1. ^ a b Bailey, Ian (8 August 2014). "Q&A: UBC professor went from Doctor Who fan to director of this season's finale". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wigler, Stephen (27 September 1991). "'Freddy's Dead' Gives Rise to Career". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "A Nightmare On Elm Street : Interviews - Rachel Talalay". Nightmareonelmstreetfilms.com. 2005-03-22. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  4. ^ Rohter, Larry (17 March 1991). "Are Women Directors an Endangered Species?". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Martin (5 August 2008). "Rachel Talalay for Tank Girl Reboot". Den of Geek!. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Rachel Talalay Biography, Film Reference
  7. ^ Collis, Clark (3 November 2014). "Doctor Who Director Rachel Talalay Talks 'Dak Water'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Film Prof Directs Doctor Who Season Finale". The University of British Columbia. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Reynolds, Andrew (20 December 2015). "Directing Doctor Who: Rachel Talalay's Notes on Heaven Sent". Katerborous. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8". Doctor Who TV. 14 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rachel Talalay Returning for Series 9 Finale". Doctor Who TV. 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Sherlock series 4: Rachel Talalay directing first episode". Den of Geek. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rachel Talalay Slate". Instagram. August 22, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 

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