POLLY STEELE (‘Lena: The Bride of Ice’; ‘Women Talking Dirty’)
Polly is an award-winning, UK-based, independent film-maker, renowned for her ability to tell the most sensitive stories. Documentary work has included BAFTA nominated Tantrums & Tiaras, the inside story of Elton John’s life (ITV), Kofi Annan, The Eye of the Storm (BBC), Ewan McGregor, A Scot in the Arctic and Grierson-nominated The World’s Youngest Surgeon. Most recently (Jan 2015) she shot and directed Rich, Russian and Living in London for BBC 2. She was a co-founder of Elton John’s Rocket Pictures with David Furnish. They developed and produced together for 5 years. In 2010 Polly was commissioned by George Films to write an original screenplay and, as a visual artist, May 2012 saw a major exhibition of Polly’s video portraits commissioned for the opening of London’s newest Mint hotel. Her subjects included Tony Benn, Jason Isaacs and star of The Wire, Michael K Williams.
LIZZIE PICKERING Ex-Channel 4 (Channel 4 Daily News/Big Breakfast). Following the death of her eldest son Harry, Lizzie became a founding member of the fundraising team at Helen & Douglas House, helping to raise £5 million a year for Hospice care for children and young adults.
For 12 years Lizzie produced fundraising events and supported the Major Donor and Corporate teams too. During those years she co-produced a yearly comedy show, Childish Things, featuring among others Michael McIntyre, Miranda Hart, Hugh Laurie, Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr, Rowan Atkinson, the cast of QI, Radiohead, Jamie Cullum, Rob Brydon and many more.