At 28 Kate Thompson-Gorry became a TV director taking over the reigns of an Award Winning prime-time history program. SIMPLE PAST shed light on current affairs through their historical roots; an intense four-year experience during which she covered a multitude of topics; from the Armenian Genocide to The Shoah to more social subjects like Immigration in France, Abortion laws and the rise of the AIDS epidemic, cementing her love for archive footage and the personal yet universal stories they behold.
Passionate about our collective memory and universal past, Kate Thompson-Gorry has always been inspired by post-industrial settings and the history they convey. Leigh-on-Sea, the seaside resort of her childhood, offers a particular mix of stunning scenery and post-industrial edge lands, of theme parks and oil refineries, with hidden gems such as the Maunsell Forts.
This early memory no doubt explains her attachment to her adopted town of Pantin, on the outskirts of Paris. She naturally chose its huge industrial wasteland by the canal to film L’OEIL DE LINKS a weekly show produced by http://www.laparisiennedimages.com/ and broadcast on Canal + and chose the amazing Centre National de la Dance building as the location for FACE À L’ÉTRANGE, produced by Zed with whom KTG is currently developing a new TV show on Urban Exploration.