Hilary has produced numerous groundbreaking and award-winning dramas. A firm believer that scripted programmes can influence as well as entertain, Hilary produced the acclaimed BBC/HBO film The Girl in the Café which won three primetime Emmys. The film was about extreme poverty and transmitted at the same time as the G8. Mary and Martha, another BBC/HBO film by Richard Curtis starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn, focused on malaria, and ways to conquer this.
Through her company Endor Productions, she has produced shows including Restless, written by William Boyd, That Day We Sang, by Victoria Wood, and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench. Other productions reach back to Cracker, Red Dwarf and State of Play.
Feature films include Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked. More recently, Gwen, a gothic drama film, was directed by William McGregor and produced with Tom Nash, premiered at TIFF 2018.
Matthew Parkhill’s returning series Deep State was the first scripted drama series commission from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa and also shown on EPIX.
Vienna Blood, co-produced with Jez Swimer, a coproduction with Austria’s MR Film, was produced in 2019 for ORF & ZDF. Vienna Blood aired on BBC Two from November, 2019.
In 2006, Hilary became Chair of BAFTA, the first woman chair in its then 60-year history. She is also Chair of Watersprite International Student Film Festival.