Christine Bardsley

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.

Specialism for British Council Film Team: documentary; Wider Europe, The Americas

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 UK Film: A Matter Of Life and Death

Favourite British films of 2016 and 2017: Lady Macbeth; Dunkirk; God's Own Country; Almost Heaven

To contact Christine:
christine.bardsley@britishcouncil.org