Molly Dineen

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Molly Dineen
OccupationTelevision documentary director, cinematographer and producer

Molly Dineen (born 7 March 1959 in Toronto, Ontario)[citation needed] is a television documentary director, cinematographer and producer. Dineen is mostly known for The Lie of the Land (2007), The Lords' Tale (2002), and Geri (1999).

Early life[edit]

Dineen was born in Canada and brought up in Birmingham, England.[1] She originally studied photography at the Bournville School of Art and then at the London College of Printing, but later switched to cinematography.[2] Sound Business (1981), featuring sound producer Lloyd Coxsone and record store owner Blacker Dread (Steve Burnett-Martin) was her final degree project.[3][4] She then enrolled in film classes at the National Film and Television School,[2] where she studied under Herb Di Gioia and Colin Young, achieving recognition for her 16 mm 1987 debut Home from the Hill.[5] This film was picked up by BBC for its 40-minute series, despite the film being an hour in duration. It therefore had to be cut by twenty minutes, which displeased Dineen as she was rarely allowed to spend any time with the editor in the cutting room.[6] The two different versions of the film were released on DVD in 2011 by the British Film Institute.[2][5]

Notable works[edit]

  • Home from the Hill – 1980s BBC documentary about Lieutenant-Colonel Hilary Hook's return to the UK after living abroad.[1][2][5]
  • My African Farm (BBC Two, 1988) – Dineen returns to Kenya and to the home of Sylvia Richardson, a stalwart of British colonialism.[2][5]
  • Operation Raleigh, The Mountain, The Village (BBC Two, 1988) – Operation Raleigh was founded by the Prince of Wales to give young people the benefit of war time in peace. Two 30-minute films about an expedition to Southern Chile.
  • Heart of the Angel (BBC Two, 1989) – Capturing life in Angel tube station, one of the busiest on the London Underground, this account of the struggles by staff to cope with the British travelling public is filled with humour and pathos.[1][2][5]
  • The Pick, the Shovel and the Open Road (Channel 4, 1990) – A 60-minute film about the Irish roadwork company McNicholas.
  • The Ark (BBC Two, 1993) – In this series of four films, Dineen reveals the inner working of London Zoo.[1]
  • In the Company of Men (BBC Two, 1995) – A three-part series which joins Major Crispin Black and his men in The Prince of Wales Company of the Welsh Guards during a final tour of duty in pre-ceasefire Northern Ireland.[5]
  • Tony Blair, a short profile of the Prime Minister produced as a party political broadcast and screened on all four channels for the general election campaign in 1997.[7]
  • Geri (Channel 4, 1999) – Geri Halliwell, the most colourful and outrageous of the Spice Girls, has dramatically left the band. Two days later, Dineen joins her as she dodges the paparazzi and seeks solace with family and friends in a fascinating rollercoaster ride through fame, celebrity and the personality behind that infamous Union Jack dress.[1][7]
  • The Lord's Tale (Channel 4, 2002) – About the hereditary lords losing their seats in the Lords due to the House of Lords Act 1999. Dineen follows one of Parliament’s greatest upheavals: the abolition of the hereditary peers.[1]
  • The Lie of the Land (Channel 4, 2007) – On the eve of the fox hunting ban, Dineen uncovers the unpleasant thrust of life in the British countryside, where farmers struggle to survive under the weight of government legislation and national indifference towards rural communities.[1][2]
  • Being Blacker (BBC Two, 2018) – Following three years of Blacker Dread's life featuring "Brixton’s Jamaican community and the man who unintentionally became its kingpin".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dineen has been married to William Sieghart, with whom she had three children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Barton, Laura (1 June 2007). "'I've always been a nosy git'". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Walsh, John (26 April 2011). "Molly Dineen: Notes from the underground". The Independent. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. ^ Dineen, Molly (8 September 2003). "I am a camera". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ Bradshaw, Paul (25 February 2018). "'BEING BLACKER': A radical encounter between BAFTA Winning film-maker Molly Dineen and Brixton's Blacker Dread". Ancient to Future. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Malcolm, Gabrielle (28 April 2011). "The Birthplace of Reality TV Celebrities: 'The Molly Dineen Collection'". Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. ^ McWilliams, Donald (1 July 2013). "Molly Dineen, Voice Behind the Camera". Point of View Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b Lawson, Mark. "Molly Dineen in Conversation". British Film Institute. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  8. ^ Walker, Rob (4 March 2018). "Blacker Dread: the record store owner who became Brixton's hero". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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