Film Programme Manager
Christine is our longest-serving Film Programme Manager, joining Arts following a varied career in the British Council including stints working overseas managing development projects in Bangladesh and heading the British Council office in Gaza. Already a passionate cinephile, she relinquished her amateur status to become a full-fledged full-time film professional in what was then the Film and TV Department in 2001. She honed her curation skills developing popular annual British film festivals in countries as diverse as Israel, Nepal, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia and Romania as well as working with established international festivals to profile UK work across Europe, Asia and Africa. Over the last five years Christine has focused on documentary, developing projects with a range of partners including the Grierson Trust, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Scottish Documentary Institute, Guardian Docs and Picturehouse. She is also a Documentary Strand Advisor for the BFI London Film Festival.
Specialties for British Council Film Team: documentary; South Asia, Wider Europe
Working at British Council since: 1983
The best thing about working in British Council Film Team: Hard to narrow it down to one thing, as there are so many – the camaraderie, the amazing access to creative talent in and outside the UK and the inexhaustible supply of truly international snacks
Career highlight so far: Meeting Nelson Mandela in Gaza
Favourite British Film: A Matter Of Life and Death
Favourite British Film of 2016: Lady Macbeth