Margery Simkin has cast such films as Beverley Hills Cop, Top Gun, Brazil, Field of Dreams, Twelve Monkeys, Erin Brockovich, Marley & Me, Avatar, Pacific Rim and Beautiful Creatures.
In the course of her career she has given early opportunities/starts to such actors as Tom Cruise, Laura Dern, Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey Jr, Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Queen Latifah, Natalie Portman and Sam Worthington.
Based in Los Angeles, Ms Simkin has had the privilege of working with many great directors including Terry Gilliam, Frank Oz, Danny DeVito, David Frankel, James Cameron and Richard LaGravenese.
Joining Margery in conversation is UK casting director, Lucinda Syson.
In a career spanning over twenty years and specialising in film, Lucinda's first project was Alien 3 (David Fincher) as a casting assistant followed by City Of Joy (Roland Joffe) and 1492 (Ridley Scott). She then co-cast Everafter with her mentor Priscilla John and, on becoming a fully fledged casting director, her first project was Brothers In Trouble (Udayan Prasad) followed by The Fifth Element (Luc Besson) as her second. She continued to work with prolific directors on projects such as Spygame (Tony Scott), Snatch (Guy Ritchie), Syriana (Stephen Gaghan) Batman Begins (Chris Nolan), Children of Men and Gravity (both Alfonso Cuarón) Stardust and X-Men - First Class (Matthew Vaughn), W.E. (Madonna) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Kenneth Branagh).