The director of the feature film POMS, Zara Hayes joins Marquette on this episode of Directing Magic. They discuss the making of POMS, working with legendary actresses Diane Keaton and Pam Grier, and finding the fine line of humor in a comedy movie.
Zara is a British filmmaker who has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, Channel 4, A&E, National Geographic and more. She recently directed and co-wrote her narrative feature debut POMS, starring Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman and Jacki Weaver, and produced by eOne/Sierra Affinity. Inspired by true events, POMS tells the story of a group of badass senior women who decide to form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community. The film sold to STX in a highly competitive bidding war at AFM in 2018, marking the festival’s biggest sale. It is available on Amazon Prime.
Zara’s background is in documentary filmmaking, specializing in stories of inspiring, pioneering characters and pressing social issues. She is best known for her feature documentary THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES, the story of Billie Jean King’s historic tennis victory against Bobby Riggs, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2013 before a worldwide release. This story was made into the film of the same name starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell for Fox Searchlight in 2017.
Zara is a member of BAFTA and has been selected for the Women in Film Los Angeles Mentoring Circles. She graduated from Cambridge University.
This episode was sound edited by Teresa Gawrych, an instructor at The University of Alabama.