WEEK IN WOMEN: Josie Rourke to Helm THIS NAN’S LIFE – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Mary Queen Of Scots director Josie Rourke will helm This Nan’s Life, an origin story about British comedian Catherine Tate’s television character Nan.

The feature film will explore the origins of the profanity-spewing pensioner Joannie “Nan” Taylor, played by Tate, who first appeared in BBC sketch series The Catherine Tate Show,.

The sketch series continued for three series between 2004 and 2006, and it was nominated for six BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards and an Emmy Award. It spawned several spin-offs based on the Nan character. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.