Summer Film School
Filmmaker and educator who uses conversations, archives, workshops and fictional storytelling to create films that explore connectivity between individuals and groups.
She was the recipient of the IDFA First Appearance prize in 2019 for her film Solidarity which premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest and in London at Open City. Solidarity is about the experiences of workers in the UK who were systematically denied work, including women who were tricked into intimate relationships with undercover police – the film captures their coming together to find a route to justice. She is currently participating in IDFA Project Space 2021 developing a new film about the current Undercover Policing Inquiry.
She was the 2016 filmmaker in residence at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. Her films are distributed by LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London. She has extensive experience in devising creative filmmaking workshops having taught in further and higher education and in community settings. She previously co-ran the BA in Filmmaking at Kingston University and has recently led filmmaking workshops at Four Corners, Bethnal Green.
Katharine Round makes creative documentaries for broadcast & cinema exploring the essence of being human with warmth and humour. Her work is variously described as "tender and evocative" and “poignant and viscerally enraging”.
In 2016, she directed and produced the critically-acclaimed The Divide which had a successful theatrical release across the UK, followed by a US/UK release on Netflix. In 2017, she produced London Symphony, nominated for the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival before a successful UK theatrical release including 3 special event performances with a live orchestra supported by Arts Council England, and a VOD release on BFI Player. She is currently working on a trilogy of films with support from EU MEDIA.
She has made films for the BBC and Channel 4, exhibited at leading international film festivals (including Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA ,CPH: DOX & Cork Film Festival), in galleries (the Serpentine, the Barbican Centre, V&A) and at the European Parliament in Brussels. Alongside Open City, Katharine has been a guest tutor and speaker at Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAFTA, Royal Holloway and the Roundhouse, amongst others. She is the co-founder of documentary filmmakers organisation Doc Heads, supporting documentary through curated events and screenings, with a focus on independent artistic work.