Open City Documentary Festival

Below, information can be found on the tutors teaching on UCL Anthropology’s MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, MFA Creative Documentary, and Studio 4: Immersive Factual Storytelling. You can also find more information on the tutors leading Open City Docs School short courses.

In addition to the below, some of the current MA course mentors include: Ed Laurenson, Christopher Hird, Vanessa Stockley, Simon Chambers, Gareth Evans, Xiaolu Guo, Eva Weber and Grant Gee.

UCL Anthropology

Michael Stewart (UCL Anthropology & Open City Docs School Course Leader)
Michael is the founder of Open City Documentary Festival and MyStreet Films. He has worked on or produced ten documentaries for Granada (Disappearing World) and the BBC (Everyman, Timewatch).

Richard Alwyn (Associate Professor, MA)
Richard joined the BBC in 1988 after several years teaching English at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He quickly became one of the most distinctive and distinguished documentary makers of his generation, making films for many of the BBC’s most prestigious strands as well as for Channel 4. Specialising in intimate portraits of ordinary people often caught at extraordinary moments in their lives, his films have been made and shown throughout the world. In 2006, he won Europe’s most highly coveted documentary award, the Prix Italia, for The Beslan Siege. In 2002 he made his first fiction film for the BBC, the BAFTA nominated Stopping Distance. He subsequently co-wrote the story of the Rwanda genocide feature film, Shooting Dogs, starring John Hurt. Recent documentary work includes two trilogies for BBC Four, Catholics and Cathedrals, and a film about the loss of the ability to use language, Speechless.

Marc Isaacs (Associate Professor, MA)
Marc has recently joined the department as an Associate Professor. As an award winning documentary filmmaker, Marc has up to date knowledge of contemporary documentary practice  both inside and outside the UK. He also has a detailed knowledge of the history of the documentary especially in the UK. Through his own  broadcast films and by experiencing first hand the working methods of some of the world’s top documentary filmmakers, he has an excellent understanding of documentary forms, genres and the possibilities of the form. Over many years, Marc has developed specific methods and approaches in order to pass these skills on to students and young filmmakers.

Since 2001, Marc Isaacs has made more than twelve creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society  and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international film festival prizes. In 2006, Marc had a retrospective at the prestigious Lussas Documentary film festival in France and his work has been included in numerous documentary books and academic studies. In 2008, Marc received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. Marc has been a guest tutor at numerous universities and film schools in the UK and overseas including, the London Film School and the National Film and Television School.

In relation to his own filmmaking approach, Marc has been at the forefront of a new kind of filmmaking that is characterized by a profound intimacy with the film’s protagonists, a sense of humor, a non-judgmental way of seeing and a distinct approach to the documentary form itself. He has often applied the notion of the Greek unities to his films working to develop a coherent relationship between character, time and space. In pushing the formal boundaries of his films, he is often involved in creating hybrid works that challenge traditional notions of the documentary, his most recent work, The Filmmakers House 2020, being a good example.

Katharine Round (Associate Professor, MA)
Katharine Round has over twenty years experience in creative documentary for broadcast and cinema, including The Divide (2016), which a successful theatrical release across the UK, followed by a release on Netflix, and London Symphony (2017), which was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival before a UK theatrical release including 3 special events across London performed with a live orchestra, and a release on BFI Player. She has also made films for the BBC, Channel 4 & Discovery, the V&A, Al Jazeera and the Guardian, as well as new platforms. She has had work exhibited at leading international film festivals (including Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA, Open City & Cork Film Festival), in galleries (the Serpentine, the Barbican Centre) and at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Katharine is also an accomplished producer, devising new models of finance and managing complex international shoots, and the co-founder of leading professional documentary filmmakers organisation Doc Heads, supporting documentary through curated events, masterclasses and commissioning opportunities.

Chloe White (Associate Professor, MA)
Chloe White is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer and director of Whalebone Films based in Hastings and London, with frequent travels around the world to collect stories and images. Her films are intimate, considered portraits, focusing mainly on the female experience. Her clients and partners include the Guardian, Topic, Nowness, BBC, Channel 4, Oxfam, Save the Children and the BFI and she has had films screened at festivals internationally including at Camden International Film Festival, Open City, and Sheffield Doc Fest.

Lasse Johansson (Associate Professor, MA)
Lasse is a self-shooting documentary director and media trainer with a background in fine art and sociology. Apart from making his own independent films Lasse works as a freelance cameraman and editor making films and online content for a variety of charities, non-profit and educational organisations. He also works internationally as a media trainer on projects aiming to empower local voices and media organisations. Over the past 4 years Lasse’s work has explored issues around urban regeneration in Hackney, the part of London where he also lives. This work has produced a large-scale public art installation, a publication and a number of short films documenting the lives of local people. Lasse’s interest in film also include how the process of filmmaking in itself can be used as an educational tool to help marginalised groups unlock, discuss and express issues that impact on their lives. For this purpose Lasse is currently exploring different ways of using film when working with groups of young people not in full-time training or work.

Dieter Deswarte (Associate Professor, MA)
Dieter is an award-winning documentary self-shooting filmmaker and editor based in London. His intimate approach leads to a low-intervention kind of filmmaking that captures human stories with sincerity, creativity and cinematic beauty. For several years now he has dedicated part of his practice to working with local and international charities and arts organisations, ranging from short documentaries on wildlife conservation projects in Zambia to short animations for research on disability related bullying in the UK.

In the past two years he has been working with another charity where he led several collaborative filmmaking projects alongside a number of community groups. He worked with youth offenders, parents who had their children removed from their care, women who suffered domestic and sexual violence, and young people in care. His personal work has gained him awards and screenings at several festivals and galleries worldwide. His most recent film St Helena, An End to Isolation was broadcast on BBC News.

Lucy Sandys-Winsch (Associate Professor)
Lucy is a multi award-nominated Documentary Film Director, Series Producer and Executive Producer, with a very strong track record across landmark documentary strands such as Channel 4’s ‘Cutting Edge’ and BBC’s ‘Modern Times’.  Having worked at the BBC and at numerous independent production companies, she has made observational documentaries, biographical, historical, scientific and reportage single films and series for all the major television channels. As well as having been nominated for Griersons and BAFTAs, Lucy has been on judging juries for the Griersons, Student RTS Awards and the Sheffield Documentary Festival New Talent Pitch. From 2021 she will lead two modules, one in Ideas Development for Documentary and one in Ethics and Editorial for Documentary.

Ellen Evans (Associate Professor, MFA)
Ellen Evans is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened at international film festivals, and with public broadcasters such as PBS and the BBC. Through patient and sustained engagement with her subjects, Ellen’s films complicate the popular media’s simplified representations and diversify public discourse on contemporary ways of life. Ellen’s work has been supported by national funding bodies such as Creative England and BFI Doc Society, and promoted by the British Council. 

In 2019, Ellen’s short film ‘Life in Miniature’ was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and later qualified for Academy Award consideration. In 2020, Ellen received a Grierson Award for her hybrid documentary ‘Country Girl’, which was also nominated for the International Short Film prize at Hot Docs. Ellen completed her most recent film ‘Motherland’ as part of The Uncertain Kingdom anthology. The film was released in June 2020 to excellent reviews from The Financial Times, The Evening Standard and The Guardian. The film is now part of the BFI National Film Archive.

Ellen is currently working on her debut feature.

There are also a number of industry contractors who teach on these programmes

Sandhya Suri (Senior Tutor, MA)
Sandhya is a British-Indian writer/director based in London. A graduate in pure mathematics, she received a scholarship to study documentary at The National Film and Television School. Her feature documentary I For India premiered in the World Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival, screened at over 20 international festivals and garnered several awards before being released theatrically to critical acclaim in the UK and the U.S. In 2016 she was selected for both the Sundance Screenwriters’ and Directors’ Lab with her first fiction feature Santhosh. Sandhya’s latest feature documentary Around India With a Movie Camera has just been released theatrically by the BFI, and she has recently completed her fiction short The Field, a Film London and Canal+ co-production produced by Thomas Bidegain and Balthazar de Ganay, which won the Short Cuts competition at TIFF 2018.

Dylan Howitt (Senior Tutor, MA)
Dylan is a filmmaker with many years of experience telling compelling stories from all around the world. He’s directed, filmed and edited for: NETFLIX, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Sky, Discovery, NHK, RUV, British Museum, British Council, MacMillan Cancer Support, Christian Aid, Prince’s Trust, Media Trust, Undercurrents, DFID, Tate Media, and the Open University, amongst many others.. Out of Thin Air is his first feature film.

Dylan’s films tell stories both intimate and political. His career has taken him to remote corners of the globe. From recording the testimony of a death row survivor in Ohio, to following a ferry boatman in Buenos Aires. From running video workshops with kids living around Guatemala’s rubbish dumps, to documenting Mozambican artists creating sculptures out of decommissioned guns. From capturing the life of one street in Amman to the work of a street photographer in Ecuador. His recent series for the BBC on contemporary ethics, Matters of Life and Death, was nominated for a BAFTA, as was the children’s series Rooted for Channel Five.

Vanessa Stockley (Senior Tutor, MA)
Vanessa is an experienced and intuitive documentary maker with a strong sense of narrative and an innate ability to gain people’s trust and maintain relationships with contributors. She has made many access-led documentaries and is used to dealing with, and overcoming tricky access situations. She directed the film Soldier Girls: On the Road to Afghanistan for Channel 4’s First Cut, a documentary about women training to become officers at Sandhurst, which broadcast in March 2009. Her film The Genius and The Opera Singer screened at Hot Docs in 2017.

Sophie Fiennes (Tutor, MFA)
Sophie’s feature documentaries include the acclaimed Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017; her collaborations with Slavoj Zizek, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006), and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012); and her portrait of German artist Anselm Keifer, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, which premiered in Cannes in 2010. Her first feature documentary, Hoover Street Revival, was released theatrically in 2003, and she has also made various work for television. Fiennes was awarded a NESTA fellowship in 2001 to develop her innovative approach to film, and won the Arte France Cinema Award in 2008.

Kim Longinotto (Tutor, MFA)
Kim is a British documentary filmmaker, well known for making films that highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto has made more than 20 films, usually featuring inspiring women and girls at their core. Some of her films include Shinjuku Boys (1995), Divorce Iranian Style (1998) and Salma (2013). She has received a number of awards for her films over the years, including a BAFTA for her documentary Pink Saris (2010).

Riete Oord (Tutor, MFA)
Riete has produced and directed a range of primetime, high profile and award winning documentaries for BBC 1 and 2, Channel 4 and The Discovery Channel. Her work includes Make Me a German, the BAFTA nominated, The Leader, The Driver and the Drivers Wife, directed by Nick Broomfield, the RTS and Grierson award winning Aileen Wuornos – The Selling of a Serial Killer, the RTS nominated Luton Actually and Who Do You Think You Are. She works across a range of genres including observational documentaries, current affairs, history, science, education, personal celebrity journeys and formatted entertainment.

Bonnie Rae Brickman (Editing Tutor)
Bonnie is a New York born, London based Film + TV Editor with over twenty-five years’ experience, accumulating a diverse and extensive list of credits including Julie Andrews’ Opening Night on Broadway, American Playhouse, and Shining Time Station. She has been honoured with four New York Area Emmy Award Certificates during her ten years at WNET/thirteen, Highly Commended at Underwire’s In The Cut: Best Editor Award 2015 for BOOTWMN, and shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Award 2016.  Her work has screened on US, UK and Australian television and at film festivals worldwide including Clermont-Ferrand, HotDocs, Open City Doc Fest, SF Frameline, LA Outfest, Athens International Film+Video Festival, BFI Flare and Fringe! Film Fest.

Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas (Editing Tutor)
Ariadna is freelance editor with over 10 years experience. She works in UK and internationally mainly on documentaries, fiction and artists films. Her films have played in festivals worldwide (including Berlinale, Sundance and Toronto) and some of the accolades that her films have received include an Oscar nomination (The Act of Killing), a BAFTA award and other three nominations (The Act of Killing, Yours Truly and The Last Regal Kingsize), the Ecumenical and Panorama Audience Award in Berlinale, three prizes at Tribeca (Una Noche), a Grierson Award nomination (Estate. A Reverie) and a British Animation Award. Ariadna’s credits include many of the large T.V. channels in Europe and North America (like BBC, Sky Atlantic, Channel 4, PBS, Canal+, ARTE, RTE and MTV). Ariadna graduated from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) with an MA in editing in 2006. She’s been nominated to the 2016 Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians. She has also long-term involvement in education, including most recently as Course Leader for Goldsmiths’ MA in editing.

Vera Simmons (Editing Tutor)
Vera has a Masters in Editing from the National Film and Television School, and short films that I have edited have been selected for festivals, including Cannes Film Festival, Annecy Animation Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, London Short Film Festival and East End Film Festival. The Bigger Picture has enjoyed much festival success and been nominated for an Oscar, as well as winning the 2015 BAFTA for Best Short Animatio

Juan Soto (Editing Tutor)
Juan studied the MA Documentary Filmmaking at the International Film and Television School – EICTV in Cuba until 2010, with a focus on editing and in film archives.  His collaborations as a film editor include works by artists such as John Akomfrah, Gideon Mendel and Juan delGado, amongst others, and on feature films such as The Dragon Defence (Natalia Santa, 2017), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight; In The Studio (Ana Salas, 2016), Best Feature Film at the Colombian Film Panorama in Paris; and The Man Who Always Did His Part (Orisel Castro and York Neudel, 2017). He has edited short and feature films, fiction, documentary and experimental films both in Latin America, Europe and the UK where he is currently based. In 2018, he took part on the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School at L’imagine Ritrovata in Bologna.


Dinah Lammiman (Senior VR Tutor, MA)
For many years Dinah was a senior broadcast journalist for BBC Radio and TV’s Current Affairs Division, producing and presenting multiple documentaries. During her BBC years she was also closely involved with experimental interactive and digital initiatives at CBeebies. Latterly she’s worked extensively in immersive media, specializing in binaural and other sound concepts for museum and visitor attractions (including the National Trust, the Royal Collection, Oslo’s Fram Museum and SS Great Britain), alongside producing innovative mobile phone games and creating installations for VR/360 experiences.

Jayisha Patel (Senior VR Tutor, MA)
Jayisha is an award winning British filmmaker, who works at the intersection of cinematic film and VR. Her films (A Paradise, India’s Wushu Warriors, Notes to my Father VR, Circle have premiered at festivals such as the Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Locarno and New York Film Festival amongst others, and won various awards. Her works embody an intersectional female gaze and seek to give a platform to women of color fighting stereotypes, in bold and unconventional ways.

She is currently an artist in residence at Somerset House, where she is working on her latest immersive experience, After the Fire in collaboration with the Danish Film Institute’s Anidox Lab, The Mill and Prof Courtney Cogburn from Colombia University as well as on her debut feature, SUGAR.

Jack Reynolds (VR Tutor, MA)
Jack is a specialist 360 audio engineer at SohoVR, CEO of Reynolds Microphones, musician and sound designer. He’s president of the UCL Audio Engineering Society.

Anatole Sloan (VR Tutor, MA)
Anatole is a co-founder and managing director at Zoya, a Soho based film production company specialising in creative advertising and digital content. He teaches production and post-production of virtual reality (VR) documentary films, tutors on UCL’s VR Strand on the practice-based MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film.

Rafael Lino (VR Tutor. MA)
Rafael is a VR post-production specialist, currently freelancing and working on projects for clients such as UNESCO and Tate Modern. Previously he was a part of film production collective LUMATERA, producing work for CANAL180 and GUIMARAES 2012 – European Capital of Culture, before pioneering 3D360 capture methods at Visualise.

Ben Huss-Smickler (VR Tutor, MA)
Ben is an award-winning 360 filmmaker and VR/AR producer. His company SkyEdge 360 specialises in dynamic 360 film, supporting other 360 studios. Recent notable works include: Common Ground a VR/360 piece which premiered at Tribeca, VRwithyou an immersive branched narrative piece for the Children’s Society which won the Vodaphone Techstarter Award, 360 live streaming Massive Attack and Gretta Thurnburg to over 120,000 viewers and producing Sound of Trees.

Open City Docs School

Chloe Hadjimatheou (Making Radio)
Chloe Hadjimatheou is an award-winning BBC reporter and producer whose work includes: Intrigue: Mayday, Islamic State’s Most Wanted, Searching for Tobias, No Place to Die and America Revisited.

Catalin Brylla (Documentary Storytelling and Documentary Storytelling: Reloaded)
Lecturer in Film and Television at Bournemouth University, and holder of a doctorate in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, his research aims for a pragmatic understanding of documentary spectatorship with regards to experience, empathy and narrative comprehension. In a larger context this work also advocates for the filmmaker’s understanding of how audio-visual and narrative representation impacts on society’s understanding of stereotyped groups, such as disabled people, women and African cultures. He is currently editing two books, “Documentary and Dis/ability” (with Helen Hughes) and “Cognitive Theory in Documentary Film Studies” (with Mette Kramer). As a practice-led researcher, he has just completed two feature documentaries about blindness and the everyday, and another feature documentary, “Zanzibar Soccer Dreams” (with Florence Ayisi), about Muslim women playing football.

Helen De Witt (Experiments in Ethnographic and Documentary Film)
Helen de Witt is an independent lecturer and curator. She teaches at Birkbeck University of London, University of the Arts London, and the National Film and Television School. She is a programmer of the BFI London Film Festival Experimenta section for international artists’ moving image. Previously Helen was Head of Cinemas at the BFI, and BFI Festivals Producer for the BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare. Helen is also a director of The Service Co-op, an independent production company dedicated to making films about social justice, the arts and creative collaborations.  She has published on independent cinema and artists’ film.

Romain Beck (Shooting Documentary: An Introduction)
With a background in fine art and theatre, Romain started out as a film editor nine years ago. He has worked mostly with documentary filmmakers and artists. His recent work includes the video installation Landlessness shown at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Disastro (Jihlava Film Festival and Whitechapel Gallery), and the feature length documentary Larryland. He also edited the festival favourite short documentary, the Watchmaker (SXSW, Hot Docs, DokLeipzig) which won awards and is on various online platforms.

Alongside his work as an editor, he has directed videos for local anti-gentrification campaigns and had worked as a director and camera man for music videos for the label Nyege Nyege Tapes.

Onyeka Igwe (Archives in Non-Fiction Cinema)
Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, born and based in London, UK. In her non-fiction video work, Onyeka uses dance, voice, archives, sound design and text to create structural ‘figure-of-eights’, a format that exposes a multiplicity of narratives. Her works have been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, LUX, Berlin Biennale, and the London, Rotterdam International, Essay and Smithsonian African American film festivals. She has exhibited at articule, Montreal, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Jerwood Space, London and The Showroom, London.

She was awarded the New Cinema Award at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2019 and the 2020 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Experimental Film.

Onyeka has recently completed a practice based PhD researching British colonial film archives and developing a methodology that challenges the orthodoxy of Western knowledge systems. She has been published in MIRAJ, Alphaville, and most recently, had an article titled ‘Being Close to, With or Amongst’ on her archive methodology in The Feminist Review. She teaches film production and art history and theory at Kingston University and the Ruskin School of Art.

Ludovica Fales and Adelle Tulli (Cinema of the Margins and Within and Beyond Reality)
Filmmaker and artist Ludovica Fales has been making independent documentary and experimental films since 2007, following on a BA-MA in Philosophy in Rome and Berlin. After an MA in Documentary Direction at the NFTS in 2011, she travelled around the Mediterranean area, across the Balkans and in the Middle East, making films and working closely and collaboratively with vulnerable communities around the world and using filmmaking as a conflict resolution tool.

Her award winning feature film “The Real Social Network”, “Letters from Palestine”, “Fear and Desire” etc…were screened in festivals around the world . With experience as an AP on projects for Al Jazeera and BBC, she worked collaboratively with various artists and filmmakers, as well as with European Cultural Foundation and Basis of Aktuelle Kunst on a film portrait about Forensic Architecture.

She collaborated with Frames of Representation festival at ICA in London, and programmed for IsReal, Quadrangle, Salinadocfest festivals. With her international collective, Kitchen Sink Collective, she organised mobile cinema events in the Uk and collaborated with festivals such as Sheffield doc/fest.

Her International PhD in Audiovisual Studies led her to researching in the field of interactive documentaries, digital platforms, VR projects and wearable technologies. She started lecturing in documentary practice and theory, experimental and interactive film and video and she now teaches at UCL in London. Her dual posture as filmmaker and academic, led her to take an interest in the exploration of memory and personal and collective, including the use of archival material and new media.

In the last two years, she has been engaging in a process of collaborative workshops with a group of Roma teenagers in Italy, which resulted in a series of improvisation workshops for the production of her first hybrid documentary- fiction film “Lala”.

Adele Tulli is a filmmaker and an academic researcher interested in documentary experimental practices, as well as in gender and queer studies and visual anthropology. In 2018 she has completed a practice-based PhD at Roehampton University in London, exploring subversive film aesthetics within queer and feminist contexts.

She has directed award-winning films such as 365 without 377 (2011), about the struggles of the LGBT community in India, and Rebel Menopause (2014) on feminist activist Thérèse Clerc. Both films have been broadcasted internationally and have been screened at numerous festivals (Sheffield DocFest, WatchDocs, Guadalajara International FF, Flare BFI/London, Frameline/San Francisco, NewFest/NY, Mix Brasil, Turin LGBT Film Festival, Films de Femmes/Creteil, and many more) and won several awards.

Her latest film, Normal, is a visual journey through the performance of gender in contemporary Italy. Since its premiere in Berlinale Panorama 2019, it screened at major international film festivals across the world (CPH/DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Frames of Representation at ICA in London, Thessalonikki International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Against Gravity Film Festival in Poland, Bogota International Film Festival and many others) and got a theatrical release in Italy, UK, Greece and Germany.

She has recently completed a post-doc at Sussex University, exploring the career of Jill Craigie, one of the first women to make documentaries in the UK.

Barbara Knorpp (Visual Anthropology and the City and Anthropology of Home)
Barbara Knorpp is an anthropologist with a special interest in film history. Her work is situated in the interdisciplinary arena between anthropology, cinema, media studies, and fine art. Before her PhD she worked in an international photo press agency, collaborated with artists, and worked in documentary and fiction film in Germany, Japan, and Australia. She was a Teaching Fellow in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies at University College, London in 2015-16 and has been a Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at Brunel University since 2007. Barbara is also a Tutor at Goldsmiths and a member of the RAI Film Festival film committee. She recently published a book on African Cinema: “African Film Cultures: Context of Creation and Circulation” edited by Winston Mano, Barbara Knorpp and Anuli Agina (2017). She has a background in Anthropology, Theatre, Film, and Television Studies, and Art History.

Katharine Round (Summer Film School)
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.

Lucy Parker (Summer Film School)

Lucy Parker is a 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.

Grant Gee (Summer Film School)

Grant Gee is a filmmaker from Brighton, England.
His most recent film “The Gold Machine”, with writer Iain Sinclair debuts on Mubi in September 2022 and completes a trilogy of acclaimed, internationally distributed feature-documentaries about landscape and literature which began in 2012 with “Patience (After Sebald)” and continued with “Innocence of Memories,” (based on the work of and with original narration by Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk).
His documentary “Joy Division,” premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, and won the Grierson award 2008 for Best Cinema Documentary and the Mojo Vision Award 2009, CPH:DOX festival’s (Copenhagen) Sound and Vision award for Best Music Film (2008) and the Audience Awards for Best Film at both Gdansk and ‘In-Edit’ Barcelona (also 2008).
Also in 2007, his film “The Western Lands,” a portrait of climber/writer Jim Perrin’s climb of The Old Man of Hoy, won best short film at the Banff Film Festival.
In a previous life he directed many many music videos including the iconic clip for Radiohead’s “No Surprises” as well as the notoriously bad-tempered, 500,000 DVD-selling film “Meeting People is Easy” about the band.
He is currently developing, with Irish Film Board and BFI support, a drama feature, “Intermission” (with Hot Property Films and writer Mark O’Halloran) about the jazz musician Bill Evans.

Pinny Grylls
Pinny is an award winning documentary filmmaker and ethnographer. In 2010 she was featured in the Observer as one of a crop of innovative young directors working today. Her short documentary Peter and Ben has had over 350,000 views on YouTube and won a number of awards such as the FourDocs Best Documentary, Best Documentary at Aspen Shorts Fest and The Grand Jury Prize in SXSW Click. For the last 10 years Pinny has also worked as a freelance video ethnographer for both Ipsos Mori and the U.K. government, filming everything from Gypsies and Travellers to young carers for studies that have influenced government and corporate polices. She was part of the pioneering team at Ipsos Mori Ethnographic Centre for Excellence that developed the use of video for researching and understand human behaviour for both the public sector and commercial brands. The team went on to win several MRS awards for their innovative work.

Katie Buchanan (Making The Move into Directing for Television)
Throughout a 25 year career in television Katie has worked to the highest editorial standards, Exec Producing one-off documentaries, documentary series and social experiments, often with complex access, compliance and duty of care requirements. Her programmes have won numerous awards including Broadcast, RTS and Grierson Awards and she has worked extensively with emerging directors including Exec Producing nine First Cuts for C4 and mentoring and promoting young female directors.

As Creative Director at Sundog Pictures Katie’s commissions included the acclaimed Teachers Training to Kill and What Britain Bought for C4, Whatever Happened to Tony Slattery? on BBC2 and two BBC3 series – Big in the Valleys and a forthcoming series on surrogacy – all of which were made by female directors.  

As Head of Docs at Keo Films Katie was responsible for Broadcast, RTS and Grierson Best Documentary series winner, The Romanians are Coming, three series of Skint (Grierson-nominated and rated 3.3M) and real-world social experiments such as Living with the Amish. 

As a multiple award-winning executive producer Katie has worked at Films of Record, Minnow and Lightbox where she was responsible for developing and exec producing over 50 hours of acclaimed documentary series including Grierson shortlisted Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue, RTS and Grierson nominated American Justice, War Child, Love and Drugs on the Street and Grierson shortlisted Excluded: Kicked out of School. 

– As a filmmaker Katie’s credits include BBC2’s George Melly’s Last Stand (Grierson shortlisted) and Extraordinary Breastfeeding (achieved ratings of 3.8M). She also worked at RDF Media for 10 years and was part of the original team that developed Faking It and Wifeswap.

Luke Moody (The Art of Industry)
Luke W Moody is a creative producer and curator developing new work with LONO studio. From 2017-2019 he was Director of Film Programming at the world-leading non-fiction film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest curating the 200 film programme across short and long-form documentary film and producing live events. Previously he was Head of Film at Doc Society, co-commissioning long-form documentary cinema across six international film funds from development to completion including Oscar-winning ​CITIZENFOUR​, and Oscar-nominated Virunga, The Square​ and ​Dirty Wars,​ and creative non-fiction works such as Shirkers, ​Black Mother, Hale County This Morning This Evening​, and ​Bisbee 17​. Additionally, he executive produced feature-length Indian documentary ​An Insignificant Man​ (Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London, IDFA) in 2016 and led on filmmaker outreach globally for Doc Society, managing UK impact distribution campaigns, innovating new means of creating social impact with documentary film. He also co-founded and curated creative documentary festival​ FRAMES of REPRESENTATION​ film festival at ICA, London and online curation platform ​Something Real​.