Hebden Bridge Film Festival March 2021

Real Life: The Challenge of Documentary

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Jeanie Finlay is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. She creates award-winning work for cinema and television, telling intimate stories to international audiences. She has made films for HBO, IFC, BBC as well as four commissions for the acclaimed BBC Storyville strand, including BIFA nominated The Great Hip Hop Hoax and BIFA Award-winning Orion:The Man Who Would Be King. All of Jeanie’s films are all made with the same steel and heart, sharing an empathetic approach to bringing overlooked and untold stories to the screen.

Carol is an award winning documentary director who specialises in telling intimate stories from around the world. Her debut feature documentary Almost Heaven won Best Documentary at BIFA, nominated for Best Documentary and a Crystal Bear at Berlin International Film Festival 2017. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, Carol’s previous films have screened worldwide and won numerous awards, including at IDFA, Edinburgh and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Her most recent films, Left Coast was part of The Uncertain Kingdom anthology and Breadline was premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest 2020.

Abigail works at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation alongside poverty activists and campaigners, content creators, cultural partners and the media to drive JRF's strategy and tell a new story about people in poverty. She led JRF's award-winning Talking about Poverty work and is passionate about the role of authentic storytelling for systems change, and recently collaborated with Sean McAllister on the critically acclaimed documentary A Northern Soul.

Moderator Anna Kime is an artist and consultant based in Sheffield where she works on film, art and community projects. Previously Anna set up Film Hub North, devising audience development strategies for film exhibitors across the North of England. She also founded This Way Up, the UK’s only cultural cinema exhibition conference. Anna currently represents Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim the Frame for Sheffield and recently exhibited at Bloc Projects in Sheffield.