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Karen Cunningham

Karen Cunningham has carved out a real niche for herself as a top child wrangler. While a lot of female directors have - understandably - fought hard against the stereotype which suggests they are the natural choice when handling young performers, Cunningham has embraced the opportunities provided by this hackneyed idea.

Far from limiting her, this 'pigeon-holing' has enabled her to create work marked by extraordinarily naturalistic performances and - especially through her empowering work for Barbie - play her part in levelling the playing field for girls.

WORK:
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
"Dad Jokes"
A quick glance at this year's top Edinburgh Fringe gags confirms groan-inducing puns are alive and well. This ad for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (or, er, fatherhood.gov) celebrates lame dad jokes by letting their intended audience deliver the punchlines. No matter how hard you wince at the material, the cast's laughter is infectious.
Director: Karen Cunningham ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ (Thomas Thomas Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Editor: Sean Fazende @ Cut+Run Ⓦ
Thomas Thomas
Mappin House
4 Winsley Street
London
W1W 8HF
020 7437 1112
Trent Simpson
(Head of Production)
trent@thomasthomasfilms.co.uk
Philippa Thomas
(Executive Producer)
philippa@thomasthomasfilms.co.uk
http://www.thomasthomasfilms.co.uk/
Directors
Atanasio + Martinez
Karen Cunningham
Kevin Thomas
Kim Albright
Mark Denton
Tiny Bullet

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