Carol Wiseman worked with St Catherine Productions from its inception. A passionate and hugely successful director, Carol was a true pioneer for women in the film and television industry. Carol was born in Southport, and after graduating from Oxford University, she began working at the BBC. She worked her way up, from entry level, right up to Location Manager which she enjoyed for many fruitful years. Carol began directing educational segments for the BBC and it was there that her particular love for directing work aimed at younger audiences began. Over her 25-year career, her diverse ability to work across genres and continents is clear to see, with her international work taking her to France and Brazil amongst other countries, she directed 3 feature films and many television plays, series, serials, children’s dramas and sitcoms.
Carol went on to win a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama (A Little Princess) two Royal Television Society Awards for Best Children’s Drama (The Queen’s Nose) and Best BBC Drama (Love Hurts), a Prix Europa for a 90-minute film (Somewhere to Run), which spearheaded an ITV week dedicated to runaway children, and a Comedy Awards Nomination for Best Sitcom (Blue Heaven). She taught on the BBC Directors Training Course, NFTS and Guildford School of Acting, was a Mentor to up and coming female directors through Women in Film and Television and also directed showreels for the graduating MA Screen Students at Drama Centre London.
She had a meticulous eye for developing story, subtext and the particular rhythm of storytelling for the screen, not to mention her truly special, personal ability to get the best out of actors of all ages. She sadly passed away in May 2019 and we want to pay tribute to her, and all her brilliant work, here. We miss her greatly.