Jeanie Finlay - Filmmaker

“Jeanie gives her projects time. She’s a serious, meticulous thinker, not a documentarist for the Big Brother Generation”

Jeanie Finlay is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. Her acclaimed films tell small and intimate stories to large audiences, whether inviting them behind the scenes of Teesside’s last record shop (Sound It Out) or delving into the myth of the mysterious masked man, who may be Elvis back from the grave (Orion: The Man Who Would Be King). Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth is her eighth feature film.

Her work includes: Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (89 mins BBC Storyville on BBC2), Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (87 mins, BIFA winner, Premiere – Tribeca, BBC Storyville, Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Broadway. Distributed by Sundance Selects)  The project was awarded a Future documentary innovation award from React Lab to create a wraparound artwork – I am Orion.  Indietracks (29 mins Shine a Light, Esmé Fairbairn) about the indiepop music festival that takes place on a heritage railway site in Derbyshire, Panto! (71 mins) a co-production with Met Film Production for BBC Storyville,  The Great Hip Hop Hoax (88 mins, World Premiere – SXSW) for BBC Scotland and BBC Storyville, Sound It Out (75 mins, World Premiere – SXSW) (winner – Cinema Versa – Best documentary) a documentary portrait of the the very last vinyl record shop in Teesside (official film of Record Store Day), feature documentary Goth Cruise for the Independent Film Channel (USA,75 min) which became the most downloaded title ever on IFC, critically acclaimed doc Teenland (BBC4 60 min) and award-winning interactive documentary Home-Maker.

Jeanie was named by Creative England and The Telegraph in 2016 as one of the 50 most creative companies in England and an Inspiration award winner by Sheffield Doc/ Fest as someone who has been an inspiration to filmmakers and inspired audiences around the world to engage in documentary.

She had her first film commissioned when she was 6 months pregnant so being a parent has always informed her filmmaking. She is a vocal supporter of Raising Films, which advocates for parents working in the media industry. She regularly writes about film for The Talkhouse and was Named a “Star of Tomorrow” in Screen International’s prestigious yearly review of new filmmakers, Jeanie was a director of Nottingham’s flagship cinema and media centre, Broadway for many years.

She set up Glimmer Films in 2008 to develop and deliver ambitious, engaging documentary works, made in the region for an international audience. Glimmer Films aim to:  Challenge creatively the form of documentary. Celebrate untold, intimate stories. Inspire audience engagement through provocative subject matter and further exploring “wraparound filmmaking”. Continuing a groundbreaking practice of engaging with audiences in innovative and meaningful ways throughout production and distribution.


"Funny, touching and almost beyond belief…without question among the finest music documentaries ever made… proves Jeanie Finlay as one of the most talented filmmakers working in the genre today"

The Evening Standard

SOUND IT OUT trailer

“Like a mint pressing in a bargain bin “Sound It Out” is a rare find“

The New York Times
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