Briony Hanson

Briony Hanson, Director of Film

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About Briony

Briony Hanson is British Council’s Director of Film, responsible for promoting UK film internationally. Previously she directed The Script Factory training organisation, headed both Tyneside Cinema and the BFI Programme Unit, and co-programmed London’s LGBTIQ+ Film Festival.

She also chairs BAFTA's Original Debut Award Jury, is a frequent film critic for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, The Film Programme and Saturday Review shows, and is a regular onstage interview host for BAFTA and others.

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