Pinny Grylls

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Pinny Grylls is a documentary filmmaker.

In 2001 Grylls co-founded Invisible Films with Rachel Millward. In the next year they founded the Birds Eye View Film Festival, which has since showcased films by emerging women filmmakers around the country, and is the UK's first major film festival for female filmmakers. In 2003, Millward took control of Birds Eye View, and Grylls focused on Invisible films, making short films Human and Blackout, which won her a place on the 2004 Berlin Film Festival Talent Camp. In 2004 she wrote and directed Small Worlds starring Zoë Wanamaker.

Grylls' commissioned films since include 14 arts documentaries for Creative Partnerships (Arts Council of Great Britain) including four films for The Helen Storey Foundation. Her first documentary, Mr and Mrs Smith, was screened at the Channel Four BRITDOC festival in July 2007 and at Britspotting in 2007 in Germany.

In 2006 Grylls was one of the recipients of the 2006 Film London UK Film Council Digital Shorts Scheme grants for her 2nd short documentary 'Peter and Ben' completed in 2007. This multi - award winning film was screened at the London International Film Festival 2007 and at International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam where it was nominated for prestigious Silver Cub Award. It has won Best Documentary at Aspen Shorts Fest 2008 and 3 awards at the 5th London Short Film Festival - the FourDocs Award for Best Documentary the VX Auteur Award and 'Highly Commended' for the Best Film Award. It also won the SXSouthWest Click Grand Jury Prize in 2008. It also screened in the International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2008. In 2009 it won the Shooting People Werner Herzog Competition.

Grylls directed a 3 Minute Wonder for Channel Four called "Bravo!" celebrating the centenary of "The Bra". It was broadcast in August 2007. She went on to direct Brit Doc supported 3-minute wonder "Seeing a Song, Hearing a Smile" for Channel Four, broadcast in July 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a 2008 Channel Four 4Talent Award in the 'Short Documentary' category. In 2010 she directed a First Cut episode for Channel 4; "Who Do You Think You Were?" explored the phenomenon of past life regression.[1][2] The documentary was Pick of The Day in the Observer, Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and Radio Times. It was given 4 stars in Time Out.

On 19 December 2010 Grylls was featured in an Observer article as one of a crop of 'innovative daring directors' making short films for the web.[3]

Personal life[edit]

As a child Grylls attended Westminster School and the Children's Film Unit. She studied Anthropology and Archaeology at Oxford University at Hertford College. She is the daughter of British artist Vaughan Grylls and theatre designer Gillian Daniell, and step daughter of publisher Polly Powell. She is married to actor Sam Crane and they have a young son and daughter.[4]


  1. ^ Who Do You Think You Were? Channel 4
  2. ^ Lucy Mangan, TV Review Who Do You Think You Were? Guardian
  3. ^ Best Short Films on The Web, Observer, 19 December 2010]
  4. ^ Interview with Sam Crane, Evening Times, 21 July 2009

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