|Fan-made poster for season 4 of Sherlock|
While this news was announced a month ago, we only just heard about it, and in fact, stumbled across it by accident while working on our #52FilmsByWomen project, which is interesting/depressing. Season four of the hit BBC mini-series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, won't be returning until 2017, but when it does, it will be making a bit of history.
It was announced in April that Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl, Ghost in the Machine, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare) would be the first woman to direct an episode of Sherlock. She will be helming the first feature-length episode of the three-episode mini-series, airing in January of 2017. Talalay has also directed episodes of The Flash and Doctor Who. But interestingly, Talalay isn't just the first woman to direct an episode of BBC's Sherlock; she is only the fourth woman to have ever directed any version of Sherlock Holmes, including in film or on television. And that is a hell of a feat when you consider that the dashing detective first hit movie screens in 1900. That is 116 years of media.
So cheers, Rachel Talalay, for making history for women!
(Source: Casarotto, Ramsay, & Associates)