Rachel Talalay

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

Rachel Talalay
Born (1958-07-16) 16 July 1958 (age 63)
Alma materYale University
Occupation
  • Director
  • producer
  • professor
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Rupert Harvey
Children2
Parent(s)Paul Talalay

Early life and educationEdit

Talalay was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father Paul Talalay was a pharmacologist, born in Berlin to a Russian Jewish family, and her mother Pamela is an English biochemist. She has two sisters and a brother.[2] She was raised mostly in Baltimore, Maryland, with two years of her childhood in Britain.[1] Talalay attended Yale, where she majored in mathematics, graduating in 1980.[3][4] She also ran the Yale Film Society.[3]

CareerEdit

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).[5] Talalay also worked on the first four A Nightmare on Elm Street films.[3] Her work with the earlier Nightmare films utilized her computer skills and finding ways to create better special effects while still keeping costs low.[3] 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."[6]

Talalay also directed Tank Girl in 1995, and was looking into re-optioning the rights to make a new film in 2008.[7] 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.[8]

Talalay states that ever since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, she wanted to work on the show.[9] Talalay directed all three of Peter Capaldi's series finales: series 8's "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven",[10] series 9's "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent"—the former considered by many to be one of the best episodes in the show's 57-year history[11]— and series 10's "World Enough and Time" and "The Doctor Falls",[12] as well as the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special, "Twice Upon a Time".[13] In 2019, she directed a film adaption of Joe Ballarini's A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting for Netflix.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Talalay met British film producer Rupert Harvey while working on Android in 1982. They began a relationship soon after, and were married in 1990, with John Waters officiating the wedding.[4][15]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Director

Producer

TelevisionEdit

TV movies

TV series

Year Title Episodes
1997 Band of Gold
  • "Tainted Love (Part 1)"
  • "Tainted Love (Part 2)"
1998 To Have & to Hold
  • "Turkey Day Blues"
  • "Who's Sorry Next?"
Touching Evil (U.K. Series)
  • "War Relief: Part 1"
  • "War Relief: Part 2"
1999-2002 Ally McBeal
  • "Saving Santa"
  • "Prime Suspect"
  • "Two's a Crowd"
  • "Blowin' in the Wind"
2000 Boston Public
  • "Chapter Five"
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)
  • "Mental Apparition Disorder"
  • "A Blast From the Past"
2001 That's Life
  • "Miracle at the Cucina"
State of Grace
  • "Eve of Discussion"
Wolf Lake
  • "Tastes Like Chicken"
Dice
  • "Episode #1.1"
  • "Episode #1.2"
  • "Episode #1.3"
  • "Episode #1.4"
  • "Episode #1.5"
  • "Episode #1.6"
2002 Without a Trace
  • "He Saw, She Saw"
Crossing Jordan
  • "Four Fathers"
2002-2007 The Dead Zone
  • "Shaman"
  • "Symmetry"
  • "Ego"
2002-2003 The Division
  • "A Priori"
  • "Castaways"
2003 Cold Case
  • "Sherry Darlin"
2004 Touching Evil (U.S. Series)
  • "Y Me"
Life as We Know It
  • "Natural Disasters"
Unfabulous
  • "The Perfect Couple"
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets
  • "Protection" (Unaired)
Terminal City
  • "Episode #1.1"
  • "Episode #1.2"
  • "Episode #1.7"
  • "Episode #1.8"
2006 Whistler
  • "In The Air"
  • "After The Fall"
  • "Scratching The Surface"
  • "Meltdown"
2007 Supernatural
  • "Hunted"
Greek
  • "Separation Anxiety"
Kyle XY
  • "Hands on a Hybrid"
  • "Leap of Faith"
2008 Flash Gordon
  • "Blame"
2009 Da Kink in My Hair
  • "Of Papers and Patois"
  • "Playing Social"
  • "Honesty the Best Policy?"
Durham County
  • "Boys Do Things"
  • "Consumed"
2010 Cra$h & Burn
  • "Lawyers, Guns & Money"
  • "Bond Blame Baptize"
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
  • "How to Get Ahead in Medical School"
  • "Family Practice"
  • "Unhappy Endings"
Haven
  • "Harmony"
  • "Surviving the Fall"
2011 Endgame
  • "Gorillas in Our Midst"
Hiccups
  • "Sexual Healing"
2012 Continuum
  • "Time's Up"
XIII: The Series
  • "Breakout"
  • "Mousetrap"
2013 Bomb Girls
  • "Party Line"
  • "Fifth Column"
Played
  • "Cars"
  • "Revenge"
2014 Reign
  • "Sacrifice"
2014–2017 Doctor Who
2015 South of Hell
  • "Judge and Fury"
  • "White Noise"
2016-2021 The Flash
  • "Fast Lane"
  • "The Present"
  • "Fury Rogue"
  • "Cause and XS"
  • "Masquerade"
2016-2021 Legends of Tomorrow
  • "Last Refuge"
  • "Meat the Legends"
2016-2019 Supergirl
  • "Welcome to Earth"
  • "Suspicious Minds"
2017 Sherlock
2018-2021 Riverdale
  • "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine"
  • "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter"
  • "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night"
  • "Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key"
2018 Iron Fist
  • "The City's Not for Burning"
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • "Chapter Six: An Exorcism in Greendale"
2019 Doom Patrol
  • "Puppet Patrol"
American Gods
  • "Donar the Great"[17]
2021 Superman & Lois
  • "The Best of Smallville"

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Dr. Paul Talalay, Johns Hopkins molecular pharmacologist who made broccoli famous as a cancer fighter, dies". The Baltimore Sun. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Wigler, Stephen (27 September 1991). "'Freddy's Dead' Gives Rise to Career". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ a b Wigler, Stephen (September 8, 1991). "A Friend of Freddy Krueger: Rachel Talalay has worked on five 'Elm Street' films". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "A Nightmare On Elm Street : Interviews - Rachel Talalay". Nightmareonelmstreetfilms.com. 2005-03-22. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. ^ Rohter, Larry (17 March 1991). "Are Women Directors an Endangered Species?". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  7. ^ Anderson, Martin (August 5, 2008). "Rachel Talalay for Tank Girl reboot". Den of Geek!. Archived from the original on May 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Rachel Talalay Biography, Film Reference
  9. ^ Collis, Clark (3 November 2014). "Doctor Who Director Rachel Talalay Talks 'Dark Water'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Film Prof Directs Doctor Who Season Finale". The University of British Columbia. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  11. ^ Reynolds, Andrew (20 December 2015). "Directing Doctor Who: Rachel Talalay's Notes on Heaven Sent". Katerborous. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who!". BBC. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  13. ^ "The 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special will be called..." Radio Times. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  14. ^ Fleming, Joe Jr. (April 15, 2019). "Netflix Turning A Babysitter's Guide To Monsters Into Family Film; Rachel Talalay To Direct". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Collis, Clark (July 19, 2016). "Rachel Talalay talks going from Tank Girl to Sherlock". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Marcus (23 July 2017). "Twice Upon A Time - Official Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Teaser | SDCC 2017 | BBC America". Archived from the original on 21 August 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Home - American Gods S2 Presskit". Starz. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

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