About

Jeanie Finlay

Photo: www.joirvinephotography.com

Jeanie is a British artist and filmmaker who creates intimate, funny and personal documentary films and artworks. Her focus is on creating compelling portraits and is obsessed with telling other people’s stories. Her work is known for its innovative approach to engaging with audiences in meaningful ways.

Her work includes:
 ORION: The Man Who Would Be King (87 mins, BIFA winner, Premiere – Tribeca, BBC Storyville, Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Broadway. Distributed by Sundance Selects)  The project was awarded a Future documentary innovation award from React Lab to create a wraparound artwork – I am OrionIndietracks (29 mins Shine a Light, Esmé Fairbairn) about the indiepop music festival that takes place on a heritage railway site in Derbyshire, Panto! (71 mins) a co production with Met Film Production for BBC Storyville,   The Great Hip Hop Hoax (88 mins, World Premiere – SXSW) for BBC Scotland and BBC Storyville, Sound It Out (75 mins, World Premiere – SXSW) (winner – Cinema Versa – Best documentary) a documentary portrait of the the very last vinyl record shop in Teesside (official film of Record Store Day), feature documentary Goth Cruise for the Independent Film Channel (USA,75 min) which became the most downloaded title ever on IFC, critically acclaimed doc Teenland (BBC4 60 min) and award winning interactive documentary Home-Maker.

Jeanie was named by Creative England and The Telegraph in 2016 as one of the 50 most creative companies in England and an Inspiration award winner by Sheffield Doc/ Fest as someone who has been an inspiration to filmmakers and inspired audiences around the world to engage in documentary. She is a vocal supporter of Raising Films, which advocates for parents working in the media industry and is a regular contributor to The Talkhouse.  Named a “Star of Tomorrow” in Screen International’s prestigious yearly review of new filmmakers, Jeanie was a director of Nottingham’s flagship cinema and media centre, Broadway for many years.

She set up Glimmer Films in 2008 to develop and deliver ambitious, engaging documentary works, made in the region for an international audience.
Glimmer Films aim to: Tell a variety of (predominantly) female stories, delivered by a predominantly female team. Challenge creatively the form of documentary. Celebrate untold, intimate stories. Inspire audience engagement through provocative subject matter and further exploring “wraparound filmmaking”. Continuing a groundbreaking practice of engaging with audiences in innovative and meaningful ways.

Recent Press:

ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Winner: Discovery Award British Independent Film Awards
Winner: Grand Jury Prize Nashville Film Festival
Winner: Best International Documentary In-Edit, Barcelona
Winner: Best Screenplay Solo Positiva Film Festival, Croatia
Nominated: Best Music Documentary UK Music Video Awards
Deftly told… a strange and tragic piece of musical history that says worlds about the fickleness of fame and ends with a jolt that makes it even sadder.” Critics Pick – NEW YORK TIMES
The one film you need to see this week” ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw: THE GUARDIAN
“Stirring… tantalizing… fascinating… Finlay shows why some masks are easier to remove than others.” LA TIMES 
Wonderfully weird… As entertaining as it is moving” ★★★★ Mark Kermode: THE OBSERVER 
It’s unlikely you’ll see a better music film this year” ★★★★★ THE QUIETUS
A must watch.ROLLING STONE A vivid whirl VARIETY
★★★★ LITTLE WHITE LIES ★★★★ RADIO TIMES  ★★★★ TOTAL FILM ★★★★ MOJO

PANTO!
“The film captures magnificently the spirit of the production in all its chaotic, funny, joyful and exhilerating glory”  THE TIMES
“Wonderfully uplifting” RADIO TIMES   “Funny and poignant” THE GUARDIAN
CRITICS CHOICE: THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES ★★★★, DAILY MAIL, THE TELEGRAH, THE OBSERVER ★★★★, TV TIMES, RADIO TIMES, WHAT’S ON 
and TOTAL TV GUIDE

THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX
Nominated: Best Documentary – BIFA.
Nominated: Most entertaining documentary – Grierson Awards
★★★★  THE HERALD
 “A great tale of a rock n’ roll swindle told with pop star flair and biting intelligence”
★★★★  DAILY MIRROR  ★★★★  DAILY TELEGRAPH  ★★★★  LITTLE WHITE LIES ★★★★  TOTAL FILM   ★★★★  TIME OUT  ★★★★ EVENING STANDARD ★★★★  
★★★★ “The most anticipated film at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival… Funny, touching, inspiring and wonderfully captivating.” “utterly jaw dropping” SHORTCOM

SOUND IT OUT
Winner Cinema Versa award best documentary – Leeds International Film Festival
Like a mint pressing in a bargain bin “Sound It Out” is a rare find NEW YORK TIMES
★★★★ EMPIRE ★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT ★★★★ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
★★★★ EVENING STANDARD ★★★★ SUNDAY TIMES ★★★★ SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

GOTH CRUISE
Don your best black eyeliner and run to see this film” MTV
Wacky, fascinating… downright brilliant” WG

TEENLAND
“Heart-warming and inspiring… personal and touching” THE TIMES
CRITICS CHOICE: THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, THE OBSERVER, DAILY MAIL, THE TELEGRAH, THE DAILY MIRROR and RADIO TIMES

Jeanie gives her projects time. She’s a serious, meticulous thinker, not a documentarist for the Big Brother Generation” SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

Photo: Jo Irvine

Photo: www.joirvinephotography.com

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