Holly Aylett

Holly Aylett is a filmmaker, cultural sector director, lecturer and consultant. She studied English Literature at Cambridge and has worked extensively abroad.

She is currently a Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research focuses on audiovisual policy, gender equality and development. A former member of the Cultural Committee of UK’s National Commission for UNESCO, she has worked with The British Council, The Commonwealth Foundation, The Council of Europe and The Travelling Caribbean Showcase (Muestra Caribe).

She is founding director of the UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity, and a founding editor of Vertigo, UK’s leading independent quarterly on the moving image (2000-2010). In 2003 she set up the Independent Film Parliament, which until 2007 provided a forum for the UK’s independent film sector to feedback on government policy.

Recent publications:

Where are the Women Directors?, European Women’s Audiovisual Network, 2016; Marc Karlin: Look Again, Liverpool University Press & Marc Karlin Archive, 2016

Selected filmography:

Nicaraguan Journey, 1984 on the Women’s Movement in Nicaragua; Havana Report, 1985 on the New Latin American Film Movement; Living with the Regime/Untold stories from the Camps,1987, on the future for Afghan women; Tales Beyond Solitude (1989), on the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Footnote in History (1991) on the role of writers in East Germany; Spanish Odyssey, (1992) on the Spanish designer, Javier Mariscal; and Battle for the Gulf (1997), an oral history of the 1991 Gulf War.

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