Wendy Mitchell

Film Programme Manager

Prior to joining the British Council in January 2015, Wendy was editor of Screen International (she continues to write for Screen as a Contributing Editor). She previously worked as staff news editor for Entertainment Weekly in New York and as Managing Editor at indieWIRE. She has also written about the entertainment business for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Variety, Rolling Stone, the Dow Jones News Service, Time Out New York, Billboard, and the New York Daily News. She has attended hundreds of films festivals as a journalist, juror or moderator. She has also hosted on-stage talks with the likes of Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Ewan McGregor, Ang Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels, Pawel Pawlikoski, Alfonso Cuaron, and the Backstreet Boys. She is also a regular contributor for SkyArts’ TV series Discovering Hollywood and has appeared as a film industry commentator on the BBC, CNN, and Sky.

Specialties for British Council Film Team: festival selector screenings, digital platforms including our website and social media, and EU Europe

Working for British Council since: 2015

Best thing about working on British Council Film Team: the international snacks brought back from globetrotting colleagues. You haven't lived until you've eaten dark chocolate covered Ukrainian cherries. And the senses of humour on the team, there is a LOT of laughter at our desks.

Career highlight so far: interviewing Oprah on stage and her being even lovelier than you’d hope. And, at British Council, making friends for life on Script Junction, our UK-Nigeria screenwriting lab. Still waiting to be invited to some Nigerian weddings.

Favourite British film of all time: Kes, Blow-up or Sightseers

Favourite British film of 2016: American Honey, with Lady Macbeth as favourite debut film

contact: wendy.mitchell@britishcouncil.org