Lindsey Dryden

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Lindsey Dryden is an Emmy award-winning British film director, producer and writer.

Early life[edit]

Dryden was born in Stroud, in Gloucestershire, England. She learned to play piano as a child from her father.[1] She studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with First Class honours. Dryden has been mentored by The National Film & Television School, Women In Film & Television, 45 Years director Andrew Haigh[2], and BFI Flare.[3]


Dryden began her career working on television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, The History Channel, Current TV and others, before moving into independent film.[4]

Dryden has directed and produced films that have screened at numerous top international festivals, including SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, HotDocs, New York's Lincoln Center and the British Film Institute. Her work has been released theatrically in the UK and US[5], exhibited at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, streamed on, featured in Elle (magazine), and broadcast on Netflix, PBS, BBC and Channel 4.[6]

Her directing credits include feature documentary Lost and Sound (SXSW, 2012),[7] short documentary Close Your Eyes And Look At Me (True/False, 2009) and Jackie Kay: One Person Two Names, commissioned for Tate Britain’s Queer British Art 2017.[8]

For directing Lost and Sound she was nominated Best New UK Filmmaker at Open City Docs and Best Female-Directed Film at Sheffield Doc/Fest.[9] The film went on to screen and win awards at festivals globally, including at ReelAbilities [10] and Napa Valley Film Festival.[11]

Dryden produced SXSW-debuting documentary series Trans In America. One of those short films, Trans In America: Texas Strong, won the Emmy for Outstanding Short Documentary on 24 September 2019 Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). won a Sundance Special Jury Award,[12] won a 2018 Independent Lens Audience Award,[13] and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Oscars.[14]

Her other producing credits include short documentary Little Ones (dir: Joanna Coates, 2013), and a verite documentary series with the ACLU about transgender civil rights (2018). She co-produced Sheffield Doc/Fest VR award-winning Unrest VR (2017), with Jennifer Brea, Arnaud Colinart and Amaury La Burthe,[15] and in 2013 was nominated Best Producer at Underwire, a festival celebrating female filmmakers, for Little Ones. The film was developed as part of the London Borough Film Fund Challenge.[16]

Dryden is a member of Queer Producers Collective, a recent Filmmaker-In-Residence at Jacob Burns Film Center in New York, and an artist-in-residence at Somerset House Studios. She frequently consults, mentors, speaks on panels and offers masterclasses, including at Sheffield Doc/Fest and Women In Film & Television.


  • Trans In America (producer) – documentary series (2018)
  • Jackie Kay: One Person, Two Names (director) – documentary short (2017) – Tate Queer British Art 2017
  • Unrest (producer) – documentary feature (2017) – 2017 Sundance Film Festival
  • Unrest VR (co-producer) – virtual reality experience (2017) – 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
  • Tate Shots: Georgia O’Keeffe directed by Petra Collins (executive producer) – short (2018) –
  • Tate Shots: Harun Farocki (director/producer) – documentary short (2016) – Tate Modern
  • Tate Shots: Yinka Shonibare (director/producer) – documentary short (2016) – Tate Modern
  • Tate Shots: Agnes Martin (director/producer) – documentary short (2016) – Tate Modern
  • Tate Shots: Parviz Tanavoli (director/producer) – documentary short (2016) – Tate Modern
  • Alexis Hunter: Approach To Fear (director/producer) – documentary short (2014)
  • Little Ones (producer)[17] – documentary short - 2013 Underwire Film Festival
  • Lost and Sound (director/producer) – feature documentary (2012)[18] - South By Southwest Film Festival[19] - Winner, Special Jury Award, DORF Music Film Festival, Croatia[20]
  • RSC: Much Ado About Nothing (director/producer) - documentary short (2012) - BBC/The Space/Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Making Sense of My Senses (director/producer) – documentary short (2011) - Community Channel
  • TRIBES (Royal Court Theatre) (director/producer) - d/Deaf-accessible shorts (2010) - Royal Court Theatre
  • Close Your Eyes and Look at Me (director/producer) – documentary short - 2009 True/False Film Festival


  1. ^ "Planet of Snail & Lost and Sound". June 15th, 2012 by Paul Martinovic
  2. ^ "Mentors Tessa Ross, Andrew Haigh and Moira Buffini Join Guiding Lights 8" Screen Training Ireland. Friday, February 10th, 2017
  3. ^ "BFINETWORK @FLARE Mentorships in partnership with BAFTA: Meet the filmmakers" March 23rd, 2018
  4. ^ "Interview : Lindsey Dryden". Hearing Times, by Lizzie Ward.
  5. ^ "Sundance Documentary ‘Unrest’ Set for September Release (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety, by Dave McNary, July 19th, 2017.
  6. ^ "Susan Kouguell Speaks with Unrest Documentary Director Jennifer Brea and Producer Lindsey Dryden". Script Magazine, by Susan Kouguell, November 30th, 2017.
  7. ^ "'Lost And Sound' Director Lindsey Dryden On What Happens To Music When You Go Deaf". The Huffington Post.
  8. ^ "Poet Jackie Kay Opens Up About Accepting LGBTQ+ Identity To Celebrate New Tate Britain Exhibition"., by Katie O'Malley, May 2nd, 2017.
  9. ^ "Sheffield Doc/Fest introduces award for best female director". Real Screen. June 6, 2012 by Kevin Ritchie.
  10. ^ "Disabilities Film Festival Making Big Strides". March 4, 2014, George Robinson, The Jewish Week
  11. ^ "Loss, Listening, and Learning to Hear Music Again". San Francisco Classical Voice.
  12. ^ "Sundance Winners: 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore,' 'Unrest' Top Festival Awards". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  13. ^ "Unrest is Independent Lens Audience Award Winner"., June 18th, 2018.
  14. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2017-12-08). "Oscars: Documentary Feature Shortlist Cuts Field To 15". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  15. ^ "Project produced by Former WFTV mentee wins two Awards at Doc/Fest". Women in Film & Television UK, June 15th, 2017.
  16. ^ "Film London's BoBs awards celebrate short film in the capital". Pictureville, 5 September 2013
  17. ^ "Woodhouse wins Film London's Best of Boroughs shorts award". Screen Daily.
  18. ^ "'Lost And Sound' Director Lindsey Dryden On What Happens To Music When You Go Deaf". The Huffington Post. 03/28/2012. Gazelle Emami
  19. ^ "SXSW Film - Review: 'Lost and Sound' - Screens - The Austin Chronicle".
  20. ^ "DORF 2013 Awards - Dorf film festival". Retrieved 22 December 2013.

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