Staff Profiles: Lindsey Dryden

Lindsey Dryden

Staff Profile: Lindsey Dryden
Lecturer in Film Production

Lindsey Dryden

Lindsey Dryden

Lecturer in Film Production

Film and Television

An award-winning film Director and Creative Producer. After starting out in television documentary, Dryden began making independent films for cinema. Selected for 50+ festivals incl. Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Sheffield Doc/Fest, her work has broadcast on Netflix, BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Tate Modern and


Lindsey Dryden is a Director, Creative Producer and Exec Producer, who specialises in intimate and surprising stories, often about the body, music or art. She founded indie production company Little By Little Films after beginning her career in TV documentaries (BBC, Channel 4, History Channel, Current TV) and arts docs (Royal Court Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company).

She directed Lost and Sound (SXSW, 2012), Close Your Eyes And Look At Me (True/False, 2009) and Jackie Kay: One Person Two Names (for Tate’s Queer British Art 2017). She produced Sundance award-winning, Academy Award-shortlisted Unrest (2017), Little Ones (2013), verite series Trans In America (ACLU, 2018), and co-produced Sheffield Doc/Fest award-winning Unrest VR. Lindsey is also a Story Consultant, Creative Distribution mentor, Queer Producers Collective founding member and artist-in-residence at Somerset House Studios.


Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) Media & Communications Goldsmiths 2003


Won Sundance Special Jury Award for Editing (Unrest, 2017)

Won River Run Audience Award (Unrest, 2017)

Won Nashville Film Festival Grand Jury Award - Best Documentary Feature (Unrest, 2017)

Won Special Jury Award - DORF Music Film Festival (Lost and Sound, 2012)

Nominated Best Producer, Underwire Film Festival (Little Ones, 2013)

Nominated Best Female-Directed Film, Sheffield Doc/Fest (Lost and Sound, 2012)

Nominated Best New UK Filmmaker. Open City Docs (Lost and Sound, 2012)

Teaching and research


Film production, from development to distribution. Special expertise in directing, story development, creative producing, festival strategy, impact producing, bespoke distribution strategy, working with animation and creative sound design in documentary, and Virtual Reality development and project management.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate

External responsibilities

Lindsey has a slate of films in development and production in the UK, Canada and the USA, is writing and directing a feature length film called Billy, directing art films for Tate, and works as a Story Consultant with emerging filmmakers.

Subjects for media interviews

Documentary film, independent film, women in film, queer film, disability in film.

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