POLLY STEELE (‘Lena: The Bride of Ice’; ‘Women Talking Dirty’)
Polly is an award-winning UK-based film-maker renowned for her ability to tell the most compelling and sensitive stories. She has made films for all of the UK’s major broadcasters, and produced/developed fiction as MD for Rocket Pictures with Elton John and David Furnish and for her company In Trust Films. She is writing a treatment for a 24 part drama series for the French company DP productions and is shooting a documentary feature on Mac Maharaj, Mandelas Robben island cell mate. She is also set to direct Niall Williams Four Letters of Love. She wrote and directed LET ME GO starring Juliet Stevenson and Lucy Boynton, with Radiohead’s Philip Selway composing. It was selected to premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2017 and was released in the UK in September through Evolutionary Films. It won Best Ensemble at Bentonville USA, and best actress and supporting actress at Scottsdale, and was selected for Sonoma and New Filmmakers L.A. Red Arrow have just taken worldwide distribution rights. Documentary directing work has included BAFTA award winning: VIDEO DIARIES (BBC); TANTRUMS & TIARAS, the inside story of Elton John’s life, shortlisted for a BAFTA (ITV); KOFI ANNAN – THE EYE OF THE STORM (BBC2);EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE – THE WORLD’S YOUNGEST SURGEON, shortlisted for the Grierson Award (Five); IN THE ARCTIC WITH EWAN MCGREGOR (best Indie Documentary); EASTSIDE STORY, a revealing portrait of Ray Lewis’s controversial Eastside Youth Leaders Academy!
At the end of 2014, Lizzie joined forces with Polly Steele to form In Trust Films and produce Let Me Go. She previously worked for Channel 4 on programmes including the Channel 4 Daily and the 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. As part of that work for ten years she co-produced an annual comedy theatre show, Childish Things.
Lizzie is an Executive Producer on Four Letters of Love with Polly Steele and is also working with The Good Grief Project raising funds for their documentaries, creative grief retreats for bereaved families and developing innovative educational work for multi-national companies on all aspects of grief and loss.
Lizzie also gives individual motivational speeches and consults on change management.