Jameson First Shot is looking for fresh and fearless filmmakers to take a leap into the unknown, and this year's leading lady is doing exactly that, leading by example. Despite having blockbuster hits like The Dark Knight, indie triumphs like The Secretary and an acclaimed TV role in An Honourable Woman under her belt, Gyllenhaal admits to feeling a certain amount of nervous excitement in taking on the short film format in Jameson First Shot. "There's a whole element of this where I'm totally a beginner... that excites me".
It is this theme of new talent rising to the challenge that is central to this year's competition, and is something that Gyllenhaal believes the film industry is calling out for: "We need new writers, we need new thinkers, we need new ideas," she declares. "If you've any inclination to make films, then why not? What's the worst that could happen?"