Thursday, December 9

Director Jessica Hobbs talks about winning an Emmy and creating the Crown during a pandemic


The award-winning New Zealand director of The crown says it is incredibly stressful to create a show about the royal family that the family itself can watch.

Jessica Hobbs on the set of

Jessica Hobbs on the set of “The Crown”
Photo: Supplied / Des Willie

New Zealand director Jessica Hobbs was voted Best Director of Drama Series at the Emmy Awards for her work on the Netflix sensation. The crown.

“It was surreal that night and wonderful, somewhat exhilarating and a little bit scary,” he said. Morning report.

Hobbs was recognized for her direction in the final episode of the last season that dealt with the breakup of the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

In his Emmy acceptance speech, Hobbs acknowledged the work of his mother, Aileen O’Sullivan.

“Not many women have won this award so I feel like I am on the shoulders of some truly extraordinary people, I am very grateful for the path they have led.

“In particular, I would like to pay tribute to my mother, who at 77 is still directing.”

O’Sullivan says Hobbs has always been his own person and that directing is who he is.

It was encouraging that her daughter won the award, she said.

The Covid-19 pandemic struck during the filming of The crownFourth season.

“We created several of those episodes from what we had, so we had to be extremely skilled in our thinking and lateral, but we also felt lucky enough to be able to do that.

“I loved it as a creative process. I think sometimes those kinds of hardships and economies actually force you to think even more creatively.”

It’s incredibly stressful to create a show about royalty that the royal family can watch, he said.

“You are very aware that you are dealing with the lives of real people. You have a huge research team and you have a lot of information, but in terms of what happens in private conversations and closed doors, we do not know, so we are aware of that we represent people.

“For me, it’s always about humanity, trying to understand what’s going on underneath. Everyone misbehaves at different times in their lives and it’s important sometimes to shed light on that to have a greater understanding of our shared humanity.”

Hobbs says he views the royal family in the same way as the rest of us, “only there’s a little more at stake and certainly grander locations.”

She says that while the golden age of television began before the pandemic, the pandemic seemed to increase people’s desire to see new things.

O’Sullivan is excited about this new era.

“The possibilities with the biggest budgets just get quite extraordinary, exceptional and … the way they can deliver things that we imagine or fantasize, on screen, I feel so blessed to be living in this moment.”

Hobbs is in the middle of filming the first episodes of the fifth season of The crown with a new “very exciting” cast.

“We know this is our last two seasons, so there is a lot of care, love and intention in how we close this story, this chapter.”


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