Lucy Blakstad is one of Britain’s most
critically acclaimed documentary and commercials film makers. She
has shown a serious concern and sympathy for the points of view of
‘ordinary people’. By allowing them to give voice to their inner
thoughts, hopes and fears, and placing them in a striking visual
context, she reveals universal truths that speak across
Born in Macclesfield in 1965, Lucy began her
career as a graphic designer at the BBC.
Her award winning documentary work (BAFTA,
Royal Television Society) includes BBC2 Modern Times documentaries
‘Lido’ (1995), ‘Flatmates’ (1995), ‘Weekenders’ (1996) and
‘Hong Kong’ (1997); ‘Naked’ (1998), a BBC 1 series on how we relate
to our bodies; and ‘Bridges’, a three-part series for BBC2 which
was hailed as one of the best pieces of British programming in
Lucy was chosen as one of six contemporary
artists commissioned by The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich
to make an installation piece about the sea. This resulted in the
film, ‘Shipping Forecast’ (1998), which simultaneously captured a
moment in time throughout Europe using 16 different cameras and is
currently being shown on a video wall in the main exhibition
In 2001 Film Four commissioned her to make a
short drama, ‘The Birthday’, which won a Ulysses Award and was
screened at the Berlin Film Festival 2002, Edinburgh Film Festival
and short-listed for the Turner Classic Short Film Award.
In 2003 Lucy was commissioned by the BBC’s
Alan Yentob to make a film for the launch of his flagship arts
series, “Imagine”, which was a bittersweet portrait of world famous
Cuban ballet star, Carlos Acosta.
Her most recent documentary was ‘From Dreams
To Reality’ about the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Ballet
Company which was broadcast on Christmas Day 2006.
Blakstad has been as successful directing
commercials as documentaries. Her work includes high profile
campaigns for First Direct, Royal Bank Scotland, Heinz, Prudential,
the Royal Mail, Marks and Spencers, and a 60 second cinema ad shot
in refugee camps in Liberia for Médicins Sans Frontières.
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