Cathy Heffernan is a freelance producer director with experience in investigative journalism and observational documentary-making.
She started out in TV working as a researcher on Hands On, a magazine programme for the Irish Deaf community on RTE1 in Ireland but made a detour into print journalism, working at the Guardian as a reporter and news subeditor for over five years.
During this time, she co-produced Deaf Sisterhood and directed Crossing the Divide for the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. Leaving the Guardian in 2013 she took part in Channel 4’s investigative journalism programme that year and worked as a development assistant producer on Blakeway Productions’ Dispatches team.
In 2014 she directed an observational documentary following a theatre company translating A Midsummer Night’s Dream into BSL to be performed at the Globe for the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust.
She has also directed some feature-length programmes for BBC See Hear and produced a film about deaf education for Channel 4 News. She is currently working in documentary development at Postcard Productions.
She is a keen theatre-goer – one reason she loves living in London is the vast array of shows performed in BSL or with captions. She has been a Deafinitely fan for many years and loves seeing how the company interprets well-known stories into BSL.