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Life As Art: Crowdfunding – The Art vs Commerce of Making Creative Documentaries

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Katharine Round (The Divide, London Symphony) will present: Life As Art – Crowdfunding; The Art vs Commerce of Making Creative Documentaries.

Round will talk at length about how to push the boundaries of factual, unscripted storytelling while offering her detailed thoughts on:

  • Getting work made – art vs commerce
  • Crowdfunding for The Divide
  • Making work that pushes creative boundaries
  • Working across multiple mediums – film, television, installation

Round will tell us about her hands-on experience of directing and producing critically acclaimed work, her support of the arts and working with Arts Council England, BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and The Guardian.


Katharine Round has over twenty years experience in creative documentary for broadcast & cinema. Her work is described as “tender and evocative” and “poignant and viscerally enraging”, and aims to challenge the idea of documentary in all its forms.

In 2016, she directed the critically-acclaimed “The Divide”, hailed as “fierce and unsettling” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) and “timely, emotionally-shattering, formidable” (Picturehouse Cinemas). The film had a successful theatrical release across the UK including Picturehouse and Curzon sites, followed by a US/UK release on Netflix. In 2017, she produced “London Symphony”, called “a seductive parade of striking images” (Sight & Sound). It was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival before a successful UK theatrical release including 3 special events across London performed with a live orchestra supported by Arts Council England, and a release on BFI Player.

She has also made films for the BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and the Guardian. She has had work exhibited at leading international film festivals (including Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA, Open City & Cork Film Festival), in galleries (the Serpentine, V&A, the Barbican Centre) and at the European Parliament in Brussels.