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Anna Hall

Creative Director & Founder of True Vision Yorkshire

Anna Hall is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker based in Leeds. She specialises in bringing a humane light on challenging and difficult to access subjects. Her passion is working on social affairs through an observational lens, bringing intimate storytelling with warmth and a lightness of touch. Her first film was Dunblane: Remembering Our Children, where she won the confidence of bereaved families and shaped a film about grief rather than guns. That film transmitted to a live audience of 6.6 million live on ITV, won a Prix Italia and was nominated for a Royal Television Society Documentary Award and an Emmy.

Since then she has directed films about teen pregnancy, brain injury, Muslim women in northern England, morbid obesity, the last all-women’s College at Oxford University, children in detention, and in three films for Channel 4, British school girls suffering rape, exploitation and trafficking. These films represent the culmination of Anna’s research and campaigning over seventeen years. Since The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs was shown in May 2013, the Government, Courts and Prosecution service have all changed their approaches to prosecuting those trafficking and exploiting children. She won numerous awards for this film.

She has gone on to make Forced Marriage Cops for Channel 4 about the new legislation making the procuring of a forced marriage illegal. Filmed over20 months in Greater Manchester it took 9 months for the team to get a case – but eventually we filmed the largest investigation Manchester Police had ever known with 15 young children potentially at risk and in a heart-breaking sequence we watch a young girl going home for the last time to collect her belongings after her father had threatened to kill her.

Behind Closed Doors showed the reality of domestic abuse in the UK today. Working with three women who waived their right to anonymity to work with Anna’s team each woman showed how difficult and traumatic it was to remove themselves from their violent relationship; sometimes lying to the police; changing their minds about what they wanted to do and going back to their abusers. The film transmitted to a live audience on BBC One at 9pm of 3.1 million. The film was shortlisted for a Grierson for Best SingleDocumentary; a Broadcast Award for Best Single Documentary and nominated for a BAFTA in Best Single Documentary Category. Anna was alsobeen nominated for a BAFTA CRAFT AWARD as Best Factual Director.

Anna's career culminated in 2017 a 90 minute feature documentary for Channel 4. Working with Thames Valley Police, she filmed a live investigation into a domestic homicide from the moment the call came into the incident room. The family of the murdered woman took part from day one because they wanted to highlight the effects of coercive control. Catching a Killer: The Search for Natalie Hemming was part of the Catching a Killer strand shared with our sister company True Vision in London. The series was nominated for Broadcast Award, Royal Television Society and BAFTA for best Documentary series in 2018. Anna was nominated for the second year running for BAFTA CRAFT Best Factual Director - the only woman to ever achieve this. 

Anna is a member of BAFTA and has won the RTS Journalism Award for Current Affairs; The AIB for Best Investigative Journalism; she has been nominated for three BAFTAs; two Griersons and in 2013 won the hugely prestigious Women In Film and Television BBC News & Factual Award. She's been nominated for 5 BAFTAS in the last 4 years ..fingers crossed that one day she'll get on the stage!

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