Vanessa Stockley CV


The Genius and The Opera Singer

This observational documentary follows a 91 year-old opera singer who lives with her screwball daughter and their obese Chihuahua, Angelina Jolie.

The three inhabit a Manhattan penthouse, but are at constant threat of being evicted by the ‘evil’ landlord. The film is an intimate portrait of a mother-daughter relationship, its extreme emotional states, and the knotted riddle of their past. 

67 minutes. Executive producer: Elizabeth Wood


Can We Get Married?

Filmed, directed & produced this 40 minute documentary for BBC2’s Wonderland. This observational doc- umentary follows a couple with Down’s Syndrome who are thinking of marrying.

As well as dealing with vulnerable contributors this film also involved sensitive access issues with both the parents of the couple and the charitable trust that took care of them. 

BBC 2, 40 minutes. Executive producer: Nick Mirsky


The Kids Who Play With Fire

Filmed, directed & produced this 60 minute documentary for BBC2’s highly regarded Wonderland strand. With access to the London Fire Brigade and the Somerset and Devon fire service this observational documentary follows three kids with various behavioral issues as they undergo weekly sessions with the fire services specialist fire setter intervention teams. 

BBC 2, 60 minutes. Executive producer: Nick Mirsky


Making Liberty

Filmed and directed one episode of this three-part series, taking a look behind the scenes of London’s iconic department store. I followed a handful of employees in the run-up to Christmas, capturing the mayhem of retail at this time of year with a heavy dose of warmth and humour. 

Channel 4, 60 minutes. Executive producer: Emma Loach


Soldier Girls

Directed, filmed and produced this 30 minute observational documentary about girls training to become officers at Sandhurst. We followed the girls on their last few weeks of the course as they came to terms with the realities of war and their imminent postings to Afghanistan.

Channel 4 (First Cut), 30 minutes. Executive producer: Katie Buchanan 


The Husband

Directed, filmed and produced this short observational documentary about an elderly afro-Caribbean woman, and her fear of her husband's return home. 


Chasing Bev

Directed, filmed and produced this short observational documentary about a woman who's life was saved by autograph collecting.  It was picked to represent the NFTS at Eat Our Shorts festival at the NFT and came runner-up at Exposures film festival.


AWARDS 

Trailblazer award, Edinburgh Film Festival 2009

Grierson Newcomer Award 2009, shortlisted

Royal Televison Society Award, Student category 2009, nominated

Exposures Film Festival 2005, runner-up 


EDUCATION 

Documentary Directing MA, NFTS (Jan 07 – Dec 08)

Directing short documentary, Summerdocs NFTS (July – Sep 05)

Anthropology Bsc, University College London (2002 – 2005)