Meet our delegation to Getting Real '24

Meet our delegation to Getting Real '24

BFI Doc Society, in partnership with FWD-Doc, is hosting a virtual delegation of UK documentary directors, producers and editors who identify as disabled, deaf and/or neurodivergent to attend IDA’s Getting Real ‘24. The conference runs between 15 - 18 April 2024 in Los Angeles and online.

Getting Real is a biennial conference designed for and by documentary practitioners and focused on the business and art of nonfiction storytelling. The sixth edition of Getting Real will celebrate a decade of what is now the largest peer-to-peer gathering of its kind in North America. 

BFI Doc Society and FWD-Doc are also hosting a virtual panel at the event, Is There Independence Out There?, during which Lindsey Dryden, Ella Glendining, Set Hernandez, and Kyla Harris will discuss how reframing "access" beyond accessibility can create and sustain space for radical new voices in the documentary industry.


Meet our Getting Real '24 virtual delegates below!

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Deb Boyle

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Deb is a disabled aspiring documentary maker from Derry, Northern Ireland, trying to get back into non-fiction filmmaking following some recent health problems.

Fatoumata Gandega

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Fatoumata Gandega is a writer, director and film programmer. Her craft focuses on marginalized narratives and brings impactful stories to life, where unique perspectives are celebrated and embraced. Fatoumata’s first documentary Where The Heart Is is an official selection for the Catalyst International Film Festival 2024.

Freya Wilkinson

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Freya is a 26-year-old filmmaker living in London. She produced and directed a short student film at the Met Film School in 2021 called But You Don't Look Autistic?, surrounding the on screen representation and lived reality of women with autism. It was nominated for best documentary at London Short Film Festival, selected for Sunderland Film Festival and received an honourable mention at the United Kingdom Student Film Festival.

Hannah Tookey

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Hannah Tookey is a producer working across film, audio, and digital arts to tell stories about urgent social, political, and environmental issues. Her documentary credits include: Pointe Black (Nowness); ill, actually (BFI and BBC, BBC4 premiere); and Wargames (BFI and Film London, Vimeo Staff Pick).

Jessi Gutch

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Jessi Gutch is an award-winning disabled filmmaker who tells experimental stories that sit between fact and fiction. She is currently in production on her first feature documentary, Border Town, alongside being a BAFTA Elevate fellow and artist in residence at Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage.

Nigel G Honey

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Nigel was told he would never be a film editor, as he has bi-polar disorder, however he went in to edit feature films for BAFTA, Cannes and Raindance. He set up his Ability Academy to teach people from different backgrounds Avid and Premiere. They now teach for BBC Natural History Unit, ITV Emmerdale and Coronation Street, and Netflix .