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 internationally award-winning film director and producer, Lindsey started out in TV documentary (Channel 4, BBC, History Channel) then moved into independent cinema. She has produced and directed Emmy®-winning shorts and features that have won at Sundance and the Webbys, been shortlisted for Oscar nomination, and broadcast on Netflix, PBS, BBC and others.


Lindsey Dryden is an Emmy®-winning film producer, director, writer and academic. Her multi-award-winning credits include producing Unrest (2017, PBS/Netflix) which won a Sundance Special Jury Award and was shortlisted for a Best Feature Documentary Academy Award nomination; producing short documentary series Trans In America (2018, ACLU/’them’) which premiered at SXSW and won two Webby Awards; co-producing Sheffield Doc/Fest award-winning Unrest VR (2017, Tribeca); and directing feature documentary Lost and Sound (2012, SXSW) which led to a nomination for Best New UK Filmmaker at Open City Documentary Festival; short documentary Jackie Kay: One Person Two Names (2017, Tate ‘Queer British Art’/Random Acts); short Tate Shots: Agnes Martin (2015, Tate), short documentary Close Your Eyes And Look At Me (2009, True/False); short films for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre; and numerous art films for Tate Modern and Britain.

Working with a range of partners including the American Civil Liberties Union, Sundance Institute, Impact Partners, The Harnisch Foundation, Doc Society, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies, Women In Film, Influence Film Foundation, Hyundai, Wellcome Trust, Film London, Current TV and Media Trust, her work has been broadcast internationally on Netflix, PBS, BBC and Channel 4, been released theatrically, featured in Vogue and Elle, and screened at 60+ festivals incl. Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, HotDocs, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:Dox, MIFF and Art Of The Real.

Lindsey is a recipient of fellowships from Sundance Documentary Film Program and Sundance Creative Distribution Initiative; and is a Fellow of BFI Flare and Guiding Lights, where she was mentored by Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) and Mary Burke (BFI), and of HotDocs Forum, XOLabs, IDFA DocLab and BRITDOC Good Pitch. She was invited artist-in-residence at Jacob Burns Film Center and Somerset House Studios, and she is a proud founding member of Queer Producers Collective and Filmmakers With Disabilities (FWD-Doc).

She founded SW England-based indie production company Little By Little Films, to focus on groundbreaking creative projects led by LGBTQ people, women and people with unconventional experiences of the body. At LBL Films she prioritises intersectionality and inclusivity in productions and practices, and works with authentic voices to tell unexpected and intimate stories.


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


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA



Won, Emmy® award for Outstanding Short Documentary (Trans in America: Texas Strong, 2019)

Won, Webby Award for Long Form Documentary (Trans in America: Texas Strong, 2019)

Won, Webby People's Voice Award for Long Form Documentary (Trans In America: Texas Strong, 2019)

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


Dryden is committed to enabling students to reach their creative potential, and to empowering them to explore their own voice in documentary and narrative storytelling. She has a wide range of teaching experience, gained from delivering masterclasses at film festivals and institutions including Oxford’s Said Business School and Sundance Film Festival, mentoring and exec producing for new filmmakers, lecturing at Cambridge School of Art, teaching at Met Film School, and leading and co-tutoring several modules at the University of Gloucestershire, where she brings special expertise in directing, producing, story development, festival strategy, impact producing, bespoke distribution strategy, incorporating animation and creative sound design in documentary, and Virtual Reality development and project management.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Dryden's key research interests are around embodiment, sexuality, and the so-called 'deviant body' in visual culture. She explores how society treats people with bodily experiences that are rebellious and non-conforming, and how we might decide to be active in representing ourselves.


External responsibilities

Lindsey has a slate of films in development and production in the UK and the USA. Alongside her filmmaking and academic research, she works as a Story Consultant and Creative Distribution Mentor.

Subjects for media interviews

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

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