Sarah Lutton

Freelance film directory and catalogues researcher and editor


Sarah is involved in researching current UK film production, tracking new feature-length work from the development phase through to completion. Working with filmmakers, production companies and sales agents her research feeds through into updating and maintaining our extensive UK Film Directory. Sarah also researches and edits our UK Film Catalogues, a showcase for recent UK films, which we produce regularly to coincide with major festivals and markets.

Sarah has an MPhil in Film History and Theory and began her career teaching Film Studies at the universities of Manchester and Kent. From an early stage she combined her academic work with cinema exhibition projects and working with filmmakers, including film festival and public programme projects at Cornerhouse, Manchester (now Home). She then moved to the BFI, initially working on an EU MEDIA-funded initiative, and then to the BFI’s Festival Team. She was Programme Manager for the London Film Festival and London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (now BFI Flare) for more than ten years, and now works as a programming advisor to the LFF, specialising in film and filmmakers from Nordic countries.

Specialism for British Council Film Team: UK Film Directory, UK Film Catalogues

Working at British Council since: 2014

Best thing about working on British Council Film Team: The inspirational knowledge and experience of my colleagues. And, they’re also a good laugh too.

Career highlight so far:
Meeting and having a cup of tea with Tony Benn at Odeon West End Cinema when we screened The Battle of Orgreave at the London Film Festival.

Favourite British film of all time: It’s so hard to choose between these: Carine Adler’s sublime Under the Skin; Nicolas Roeg’s terrifying and affecting Don’t Look Now; and, if I’m allowed a US, UK coproduction, Kubrick’s masterful The Shining.

Favourite British films of 2016 and 2017: Free Fire; Mindhorn; Gods Own Country,

contact: sarah.lutton@britishcouncil.org