“As director of My Street and The Red Lion for Channel 4 and Mum and Me for BBC1 Sue Bourne has develped her own genre of documentaries that begin with a personal experience and attempt to say something more universal. Her films have seen her knock on the doors of all the houses in her London street for My Street, visit pubs around the country with the most common pub name in Britain, The Red Lion, and put together the story of her own experiences with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease in Mum and Me. A famed observational documentary maker, Bourne reveals an intense commitment to her subjects.”
2010 BROADCAST MAGAZINE’S HOT 100 - TOP 12 DIRECTORS
Over the last decade Sue Bourne has carved out a reputation for producing films that people talk about and remember. Insightful, thought-provoking documentaries that open doors and throw a new light on subjects we thought we knew about.
Award winning, critically acclaimed and hugely popular with audiences, Bourne’s style of documentary-making is now almost a brand - instantly recognizable and enjoyed by many all over the world. While the fifteen plus films she has produced over the past ten years capture the essence of life in contemporary society, in her gentle, thoughtful way Bourne has repeatedly managed to find the “extraordinary in the apparently ordinary” and bring her quirky, often humorous, vision to a rich variety of subjects.
Bourne works more or less exclusively through her own tiny independent company, Wellpark Productions. By keeping overheads to a minimum and working with the smallest, most devoted of teams Wellpark Productions and Bourne have managed to maintain their commitment to making high quality, intelligent documentaries. Bourne has every intention of continuing that commitment to serious, top quality film-making for the next decade.