Do you know that female actors start to slide off our screens when they hit their 40s? Unless your name is Frances, Meryl or Judi chances are you won’t lead a film though you may have a better shot in television. You’ll have less dialogue and the parts you are offered will often be little more than clichés and stereotypes. Small, inconsequential roles. For 2021, WFT is spotlighting this issue. It’s time to call a halt to ageism in the industry. In this panel chat, our chair Dr Susan Liddy spoke with actor, Orla Brady, casting agent Maureen Hughes and author and researcher Dr Josephine Dolan, teasing out the issues and taking a cold hard look at the film and television industries. This event was organised with the support of Screen Skills Ireland.