With great sadness, our client, Cate Haste, has died.
Cate was an extraordinary figure in both documentaries and books, and will be very much missed.
Her first book, Keep the Home Fires Burning (1977) , reviewed as ‘a work of high journalism’ was about British propaganda to the home front in the First World War. Rules of Desire (1992) a history of British sexual mores in the 20th century was ‘as diverting and as suggestive as a very good novel…. temperate, balanced, subtle and humane’, according to Maureen Freely (Independent on Sunday).
Nazi Women: Hitler’s Seduction of a Nation (2001) examines how women were mobilised by Hitler to build the Third Reich – as collaborators or victims of Nazi Germany.
The Goldfish Bowl (2004) co-written with Cherie Booth, (then at No 10 Downing Street) examines the role of the Prime Minister’s spouse since the 1950s.
Clarissa Eden A Memoir: Churchill to Eden (Ed.) (2007) is a vivid record of the life and times of a remarkable woman, the wife of Anthony Eden and niece of Winston Churchill.
Cate then shifted focus to biography-monographs of artists: Cumbrian Expressionist landscape painter Sheila Fell in the prize-winning Sheila Fell: A Passion for Paint (2010) and idiosyncratic Scottish colourist Craigie Aitchison in Craigie Aitchison. A Life in Colour. (2014)
In a career spanning forty years, and as one of the very few woman film producer-directors in television at that time, Cate worked as an independent documentary film director for the major television networks in UK and US. These included award-winning historical BBC TV series, Secret War, Thames TV’s ground-breaking political series The Day Before Yesterday, Munich: The Peace of Paper and Brook Associates’ The Writing on The Wall, The Churchills and Secret History: Death of a Democrat. She directed five films for Jeremy Isaacs Productions’ award-winning series, Cold War, Hitler’s Brides in the series Nazi Women, and Married to the Prime Minister, presented by Cherie Blair.