I’m a creative Producer/Director with more than a decade’s experience working in features and factual television. I thrive in a fast-paced environment, producing high quality investigative films, short VTs and 60 minute programmes.
I recently produced and directed ‘God’s Lone Country‘ – a short film for the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, which explores issues around rural poverty and isolation (see clip below).
I worked for many years on BBC One’s Countryfile programme and was part of the team that took the show from a Sunday morning slot and turned it into the most-watched factual programme on British television, reaching up to nine million viewers weekly.
I’m comfortable under pressure, used to leading a team and directing high-profile on-screen talent and crews (single and multi camera). I keep a cool head on location and I’m organised and efficient in the edit. An ideas person with a proven track record for developing bold concepts, I deliver ambitious, original journalism on a tight budget and fast turnaround.
Bill Lyons, Executive Editor, BBC Studios: “Anna is an impressive journalist and a creative and talented director who can handle both hard and soft subjects with imagination and flair. Anna is naturally curious, never rests on her laurels and is always looking for the next creative opportunity. It’s hard to think of a challenge that she would not meet – and master – or a subject area, or genre, to which she could not turn her talents and bring a perspective that is quite fresh.
Anna’s energy is formidable as is her aptitude for acquiring new skills and experiences. Her knowledge of rural affairs is second to none, soundly based in her own family background but also bolstered by her experience as a Nuffield Scholar. She fought hard against strong competition to win that opportunity and went on to use it to great effect – expanding her already comprehensive understanding of farming in a wider global forum. I very much hope to work with Anna again, but in the meantime have no hesitation in recommending her to others.”
Alex Kann, Chief Executive, Together TV: “Anna joined us as Producer-Director on God’s Lone Country – a short documentary we made for the Royal Society of Arts’ Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, exploring three lives in rural Derbyshire.
Anna is amazing and knows the rural affairs brief inside-out. Working with a small development team she researched and identified our three key contributors, and assembled a strong production team for the shoot. Anna coaxed some amazing stories from her interviews and captured their lives and surroundings really well. She also liaised and sometimes mediated between the RSA team and our team at Together TV, ultimately producing a film that worked really well for all involved. She helped secure coverage for the film on BBC radio whilst we landed some coverage in the Mail’s TV pages. The film has been watched over 800k times on Facebook and kicked off a global conversation about rural issues faced in different countries. You can see the film here: www.facebook.com/watch/?v=529655774232649
Super-professional and a pleasure to work with, I’d heartily recommend Anna to other production teams and companies.”
Joanna Brame, former Series Producer, Countryfile, BBC Studios: “Anna is an extremely accomplished journalist and TV director. She is skilled at drilling down into the heart of a story, making it accessible to a prime-time BBC 1 audience and making it visually exciting too. She has turned the most potentially dry of subjects into relevant television for the populist masses. Anna is hugely respected by the talent she works with who value her for her clear direction, understanding of a story and sense of humour. Anna writes well both before a shoot and during the edit. She is creative, well-organised and diligent. She has mastered the art of the quick-turnaround low-budget school of film making. I always know with Anna that a job will be done well. She’s fair to contributors, treats everyone with respect and turns out some cracking films.”
For a full list of credits please see my page on Talent Manager.