Christopher Hird

Founder and Managing Director

Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Foundation and was the founding chair of the Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation. He is currently a trustee of the Grierson Trust (www.griersontrust.org) the Wincott Foundation (www.wincott.co.uk) and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (www.tcij.org/)

Christopher is also the Managing Editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (www.thebureauinvestigates.com)

His career started in The City as a stockbroker but when he tired of this, he became a journalist working on The Economist, the New Statesman (of which he was deputy editor) and the Sunday Times, where he was editor of the investigative...

Sandra Leeming

Head of Production / Line Producer

Sandra has worked with Christopher Hird since 1994 and shares his passion for producing documentaries which aspire to challenge, educate and bring about social change.

She worked at Fulcrum Productions for 12 years as a Production Manager during which time she was responsible for about 200 hours of their UK and international broadcast output. She became Fulcrum’s Head of Production and 2006, but left to join Christopher when he set up Dartmouth Films in 2008.

As Head of Production she manages all of Dartmouth’s documentary film projects which range from small low-budget docs made by first-time directors to large-budget docs working with hugely experienced talent. She enjoys meeting the challenges that both size projects can bring. She supports the development of new talent and unearthing new approaches to production processes.

Sandra was the Line Producer on the multi-award winning Black Gold, The End of the Line, The War You Don’t See and The Battle for Barking. She also Line Produced last years...

Rachel Seifert

Independent Producer / Director

Rachel is an award-winning producer, and ‘Cocaine Unwrapped’ is her directorial debut.

Among her screen credits is the feature documentary ‘Who Am I? The Found Children of Argentina’, a story of the children of the disappeared during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’, and the Channel 4 Dispatches film ‘The Kids Britain Doesn’t Want’, a film about the treatment of children in the asylum system in the UK. She has also worked on a variety of other observational, investigative, and social documentaries for BBC, PBS, and Al Jazeera and has directed a number of films for Channel 4

For Dartmouth Films, Rachel has directed 'The Kids Britain Doesn't Want' (Dispatches) and the feature-length documentary 'Cocaine Unwrapped'.

Rachel can be contacted at rachel.seifert@gmail.com

Katharine Round

Independent Producer / Director

Katharine is a producer/director with over thirteen years experience in television, whose films have covered everything from the impact of organ donation, to the power of sport to transform lives, and the realities of parenthood. She has made films for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and Discovery, amongst others.

She also has extensive development experience, having worked as a development executive at Shine and Brighter Pictures, and as a producer at a number of leading independents, including Mentorn, Diverse and Cineflix.
In 2009, she moved into the independent sector to pursue her passion for making documentary films that could create meaningful change in lives and attitudes.

She is currently directing “The Spirit Level”, adapting the award-winning book on the human cost of inequality in the developed world.

Katharine founded and co-directs the leading filmmakers organization ‘Doc Heads’, which brings professional documentary filmmakers together, and regularly works with Sheffield Doc/Fest, the DFG,...

Leah Borromeo

Independent Producer / Director

Leah Borromeo is a journalist and filmmaker who has worked as deputy foreign editor at Sky News, Channel 4 News and APTN; among the publications she contributes to are the Index on Censorship, the British Journal of Photography and Juxtapoz. She films for NGOs, social movements and factual programmes across the developing world from Haiti to Gaza to Pakistan and Iran.

Leah is directing The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold - a film investigating why up to 300k Indian farmers have committed suicide to get out of debt. Focusing on cotton farmers and the fashion industry, she's out to show us the real fashion victims - the people left behind by the industrialisation of agriculture. A situationist documentary with one eye on the tragedies of life and the other on a fine sense of irony, the film will highlight the problems and have a series of interventions exploring solutions. Like if Newsnight met the Yes Men at a party. At the heart of the film will be the human stories of the people who work the fields to form our moral...

Matt Hird

Social Media and Projects Coordinator

Matt works across all Dartmouth Films projects with a focus on outreach, promotion and distribution.

Vicki Lesley

Independent Producer / Director

"A documentary maker from Brighton, England, my twin passions are making films, and trying to make the world a better place! Preferably at the same time if I can manage it!

I have worked in the UK television industry since graduating from university in 1999, working on high profile single documentaries and documentary series for a variety of network and cable broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Five, Sky One and Discovery. I've also worked extensively in documentary development gaining numerous commissions from a wide range of international broadcasters.

In 2006, I set up Tenner Films in order to produce my own work on some of the big environmental and social justice issues we face, as well as exploring many of the new, emerging forms of alternative funding and distribution - including crowd-funding (the name Tenner Films actually comes from my initial idea of getting people who support my work to give me a tenner!)

In addition to several short videos for NGOs, my main work with Tenner Films has...

Cressida Kinnear

Researcher

Over the last few years Cressida has worked in development and as a researcher on a range of projects, including commissions for the BBC, ITV, Sky & NBC.

Whilst working as a researcher on The Cotton Film, Cressida is currently finishing off an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths.