Rachel Talalay

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Rachel Talalay
Born (1958-08-16) August 16, 1958 (age 59)
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 August 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]

Career[edit]

Talalay has worked in a number of 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"—the former one of the most critically acclaimed since the revival began.[9] She returned for Series 10, again directing the final two episodes "World Enough and Time" and "The Doctor Falls." [10] In May 2017, it was announced that Talalay would also be directing the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special, "Twice Upon a Time", which will be last to star current Doctor Peter Capaldi and the last written by Steven Moffat [11]

Selected filmography[edit]

Movie[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1988 Hairspray
NoN
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
NoN
1990 Cry-Baby
NoN
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
NoN
NoN
1993 Ghost in the Machine
NoN
1995 Tank Girl
NoN
1997 The Borrowers
NoN
2003 A Tale of Two Wives
NoN
Television film
2006 The Wind in the Willows
NoN
2012 Hannah's Law
NoN
2016 On the Farm
NoN

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Band of Gold Director Episodes:
"Tainted Love (part one)" (3.05)
"Tainted Love (part one)" (3.06)
1998 To Have & to Hold Director Episodes:
Turkey Day Blues (1.08)
Who's Sorry Next? (1.12)
1998 Touching Evil (U.K. Series) Director Episodes:
"War Relief: Part 1" (2.03)
"War Relief: Part 2" (2.04)
1999-2002 Ally McBeal Director Episodes:
"Saving Santa" (3.07)
"Prime Suspect"(3.15)
"Two's a Crowd" (4.03)
"Blowin' in the Wind" (5.09)
2000 Boston Public Director Episode: "Chapter Five" (1.05)
2000 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Director Episodes:
"Mental Apparition Disorder" (1.02)
"A Blast From the Past" (1.05)
2001 That's Life Director Episode: Miracle at the Cucina (1.18)
2001 State of Grace Director Episode: Eve of Discussion (1.07)
2001 Wolf Lake Director Episode: Tastes Like Chicken (1.04)
2001 Dice Director Episodes:
Episode #1.1
Episode #1.2
Episode #1.3
Episode #1.4
Episode #1.5
Episode #1.6
2002 Without a Trace Director Episode: "He Saw, She Saw" (1.03)
2002 Crossing Jordan Director Episode: "Four Fathers" (1.14)
2002-2007 The Dead Zone Director Episodes:
"Shaman" (1.12)
"Symmetry" (5.07)
"Ego" (6.02)
2002-2003 The Division Director Episodes:
A Priori (2.07)
Castaways (3.17)
2003 Cold Case Director Episode: "Sherry Darlin'" (1.09)
2004 Touching Evil (U.S. Series) Director Episode: "Y Me" (1.02)
2004 Life as We Know It Director Episode: "Natural Disasters" (1.06)
2004 Unfabulous Director Episode: "The Perfect Couple" (2.10)
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Director Episode: "Protection" (1.08) (Unaired)
2005 Terminal City Director Episodes:
"Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
"Episode #1.7"
"Episode #1.8"
2006 What About Brian  ?  ?
2006 Whistler Director Episodes:
"In The Air" (1.07)
"After The Fall" (1.08)
"Scratching The Surface" (1.11)
"Meltdown" (1.12)
2007 Supernatural Director Episode: "Hunted" (2.10)
2007 Greek Director Episode: "Separation Anxiety" (1.08)
2007 Kyle XY Director Episodes:
"Hands on a Hybrid" (2.11)
"Leap of Faith" (2.13)
2008 Flash Gordon (2007) Director Episode: "Blame" (1.18)
2009 Durham County Director Episodes:
"Boys Do Things" (1.03)
"Consumed" (1.04)
2010 Haven Director Episodes:
"Harmony" (2.05)
"Surviving the Fall" (2.06)
2011 Endgame Director Episode: "Gorillas in Our Midst" (1.07)
2011 Hiccups Director Episode: "Sexual Healing" (2.08)
2012 Continuum Director Episode: "Time's Up" (1.06)
2012 XIII: The Series Director Episodes:
"Breakout" (2.07)
"Mousetrap" (2.08)
2013 Bomb Girls Director Episodes:
"Party Line" (2.07)
"Fifth Column" (2.08)
2013 Played Director Episodes:
"Cars" (1.07)
"Revenge" (1.13)
2014 Reign Director Episode: "Sacrifice" (1.10)
2014–2017 Doctor Who Director Episodes:
"Deep Breath (8.1) (1 scene, uncredited)
"Dark Water" (8.11)
"Death in Heaven" (8.12)
"Heaven Sent" (9.11)
"Hell Bent" (9.12)
"World Enough and Time" (10.11)
"The Doctor Falls" (10.12)
"Twice Upon a Time" (2017 Christmas)[12]
2015 South of Hell Director Episodes:
"Judge and Fury" (1.02)
"White Noise" (1.04)
2016 The Flash Director Episodes:
"Fast Lane" (2.12)
"The Present" (3.09)
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Director Episode: "Last Refuge" (1.12)
2016 Supergirl Director Episode: "Welcome to Earth" (2.03)
2017 Sherlock Director Episode: "The Six Thatchers" (4.01)

References[edit]

  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 'Dark 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. ^ "Original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who!". BBC. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "The 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special will be called.." Radio Times. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Marcus (23 July 2017). "Twice Upon A Time - Official Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Teaser | SDCC 2017 | BBC America". Retrieved 23 July 2017. 

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