What’s On?

Alli Haapasalo’s Girl Picture in cinemas Spring 2022! Here’s the first glimpse of this beautiful feature film:

Yellow Sulphur Sky based on a novel written by Kjell Westö, directed by Claes Olsson, now in cinemas in Finland!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: I run workshops, lectures and seminars online and in person. Contact me via email if you wanted to know more and/or book a chat with me. All workshops and lectures are specifically tailored to meet your individual or company needs and goals.

2-day Intimacy in Film & TV Workshop: ARRANGED ON DEMAND – Please be in touch!

Intimate scenes are often challenging for both cast and crew. Similarly to a physically violent scene which can cause external damage if not handled properly, an intimate scene can cause internal damage that is not visible to the eye. Therefore, it is important that cast and crew who are working with an intimate scene are equipped with a technique that supports open communication, transparency and consent.

During the workshop the participants will have a unique opportunity to explore new tools for their work in film, TV and theatre both through the guidelines and  practical exercises.

  • There will be no nakedness or nudity in this workshop
  • Please bring copy of the text, notebook and pens, yoga mat and water
  • Please wear clothes in which you can easily move in

COURSE DURATION: 10am – 5pm (please arrive by 9.45am for a 10am start)

Tove is now in cinemas in Finland!

“The scenes in which Tove bares it all, connecting with a loved one, are captured in the most tasteful and romantic way by Bergroth. Instead of showing what goes on in these most private events, she chooses to avoid unnecessary clichés and rather goes for the build-up, which is just as intimate. ‘Tove‘ is in ways comparable to Todd Haynes’ 2015 drama ‘Carol‘. The same sense of desire finds a balance with Bergroth’s own vision.” (Tove directed by Zaida Bergroth, produced by helsinki-filmi Oy/ IntoScreens 09/09/20)
“There is a noted dedication to showing the physicality of their love, with hands pawing at backs when they don’t yet want to part, sleepily toying with a lover’s bangs in the morning, and untying the straps of a dress, that makes their love feel tactile. The frequent scenes of intimacy never feel made for male consumption, with unobtrusive ways to avoid nudity, and body hair, that only serves as further evidence to call Tove an example of the female gaze.” (Tove/ Cinema Etc. 09/2020)

I’m excited to take part in PRESENT: Choreographing Intimacy – Trust and Boundaries in Acting on Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 5PM with fantastic colleagues!


Exciting news!

The Finnish Film Foundation has published Intimacy guidelines for audiovisual productions in October 2020. I’m excited to have been consulted on these here.


I’m thrilled to have been invited to the Finnish Film Affair as part of Helsinki International Film Festival (HIFF) to discuss Choreographing Intimacy & Initiating Change. You can find details here.



This is a workshop that must begin to be implemented in all actors’ training! I feel empowered with the knowledge I’ve gained and now move forward having full awareness of the necessary standards required for an intimate scene. Pia is warm but firm on how to approach the industry, furthermore her passion on the topic is contagious and I loved learning in this environment. This workshop was a groundbreaking revelation to me. – Grace Butler, Actor
Such an insightful session with intimacy co-ordinator @pia_rickman on intimacy and acting. Came away from it feeling a lot more positive about performing intimate scenes and with a better awareness on how to speak up when uncomfortable. And most importantly, when to say no. Charly Ayers, Actor
I have gained a lot more confidence when asked to do a self-tape for an audition and have recently filmed and sent a self-tape in for a part in a play and have been successful.  – Joseph Parrish, Actor
Pia was encouraging, positive and nurturing while giving notes that helped me grow as an actor. She opened my mind to thoughts and ideas about character and context that I would not otherwise have considered. – Vanessa Owen, Actor 
Pia was always going up to them (actors) and working with them to find the essence of the scene and ultimately deliver the best performance. She creates a safe environment for the actor to work and try new things. I can truly say it was very inspiring and her passion was truly contagious for everyone in the room. – Alessandro Montalbano, Director
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