The Portrait Conversation 3<br>Ursula Macfarlane, Director<br>Documentaries with Heart

The Portrait Conversation 3
Ursula Macfarlane, Director
Documentaries with Heart

Part 1: Boundaries, Sensitivity & Trust


Part 2: The Director’s Role & the Power of Stories


Session 2 Overtime: Music, Love & Hope



The Portrait Conversation with special guest Ursula Macfarlane, director, producer and documentary film maker, was broadcast May 1st and 8th, 2020.

Ursula is an award-winning documentary and drama director and executive producer. Her body of high profile documentaries and docu-dramas showcases her ability to capture truthful and beautifully observed characters, combined with compelling storytelling and visual flair. Whether working with psychiatric patients (Notes From The Inside with James Rhodes), Broadway stars (West Side Stories), hostage-takers (Captive) or established actors (Warwick Davis), she is known for her humane touch, wit and psychological insight.

She has been nominated for a BAFTA four times and has a clutch of wins and nominations for the Grierson, Broadcast and Royal Television Society Awards.

“My passion for film-making has given me speed, creativity and the collaborative spirit to tackle any project regardless of size. Beyond documentary, I’ve worked in drama, commercials and music videos and am keen to explore these fields more, continually developing my storytelling and visual skills in a constantly changing production world. There’s a lot of stories out there; I want mine to be memorable, whether they make you laugh, cry – or preferably both.”

Some of Ursula’s Films

Please visit Ursula’s list of films (each with a short clip) on her web site. Also see her British Film Institute (BFI) Filmography and Directors UK Credits. They include the following:


Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris

The Life and Loss of Karen Woo

Notes From The Inside with James Rhodes

Gun Violence In America: One Deadly Weekend

Breaking up with the Joneses

Warwick Davis and the Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz

The Real Yoko Ono

Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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