Our team

The British Council film team is made up of film industry experts, working across genres and disciplines.

Hitchcock 9, bringing films from the BFI National Archive to the world, 2015.

Who we are

We understand the industry because we maintain diverse roles in the current film sector alongside our work at the British Council. This allows each member to offer specialist knowledge in key disciplines and regions around the world.

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  • Briony Hanson

    Director of Film. Talk to Briony about British Council film projects and partnerships.

  • Christine Bardsley

    Film Programme Manager. Talk to Christine about Northern Ireland, the Americas, Wider Europe, the EU, and documentary.

  • Gary Thomas

    Film Programme Manager. Talk to Gary about Wales, East Asia and China, animation and experimental work, film and music, art and science.

  • Jay Arnold

    Senior Film Programme Manager. Talk to Jay about projects in South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, the EU, England and film exhibition.

  • Jo Duncombe

    Film Programme Manager. Talk to Jo about the Middle East & North Africa, short film and new talent.

  • Rowan Woods

    Film Programme Manager. Talk to Rowan about the UK and international festival circuit.