First Day Back
Tally Abecassis was a documentary filmmaker - is a documentary filmmaker - who's trying to get back in the saddle. Six years ago, she took time off to have kids, and what she thought would be a run-of-the-mill maternity leave turned into essentially permanent stay-at-home parenting. In this podcast, she attempts to re-enter the workforce after her long period away, hustling to secure funding for a new film project in an industry where she's out of the loop ('We wrote you off a long time ago,' a former colleague tells her). In the process, she wrestles with her own conflicted feelings about working and parenting, unpicking our in-built prejudices about mothers who 'don't work', and the negotiations and compromises and losses and gains that a return to work will represent.
The tone, like Tally herself, is wry and gentle, and her production skill is evident. Over the course of nine episodes, she assembles a thoughtful, ambiguous picture of her own life, and her very relatable struggle to be everything. Season 1 concluded in late August 2015, so is ripe for wholesale consumption; Season 2 will follow someone else's 'first day back' story.
Gateway episodes: #1 Getting back out there (11 Jan 2015) / #4 Fear and insecurity in Las Vegas (22 Mar 2015) / Special: On Death and Space Clouds (8 May 2016)