I read an interview where you said being tall helps you as a female cinematographer...
"I am tall and, actually, it's a real hindrance when filming because you spend a lot of your time curled up in a one metre by one metre hide – I can guarantee being tall is a definite disadvantage. I think I said it glibly once... in the same way I said that the only advantage men have over us is that they can grow beards in the cold. I'm glib about it, but it's very serious. There needs to be more women doing what I do and there are some incredibly talented women doing what I do, such as Justine Evans, Sue Gibson and Julie Monière. There are more fabulous women coming up as well and I think the more they see people like me doing it, the more normal it will become."
Did you ever encounter sexism, when you were breaking into the industry?
"You know what, it never occurred to me not to be a wildlife DOP. When I started, I don't think it mattered to Hugo. He just wanted to see that I had passion for what I was doing and an eye, and he felt I had both. I've seen women carrying as much stuff, if not more, than the blokes on the shoots. If you're interested and passionate, it shouldn't matter a damn."
So what's your advice for women, and men, who are trying to break into the wildlife filmmaking industry?
"I get emailed pretty much every day by people asking how to get into this business. Can you do what I did? The answer is no, because I did my own personal thing. But it's much more accessible now that you can film, edit, put your videos up, tell your story. You can shoot on really affordable, great kit. The CN20x50 costs what it's worth, but if you've got a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, you are away in a hack. That's a great camera to film with a 70-200mm lens, or whatever you might have. The secret is the story, because that's what it always comes back to. My advice would be to get out there – you're going to tell the story by being out there and being in it, not by sitting at home watching YouTube videos. That ain't going to do it for you."