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Kate is an award-winning director and cinematographer whose work explores power, identity and citizenship in the digital age. She experiments with form in her films, playing with genre conventions to uncover truth. Her debut feature documentary, Phantom Parrot, unravels a secret U.K. government surveillance program and follows a human rights activist, as he is prosecuted under terror laws for refusing to hand over the passwords to his electronic devices. The film was supported by BFI Doc/Society, Tribeca Film Institute, and Catapult Film Fund, and premiered in competition at CPH:Dox in 2023. 

Prior to Phantom Parrot, Kate co-directed The Family Statement with Grace Harper for Field of Vision. Juxtaposing messages from the Sackler family’s Whatsapp group chat with reflections from doctors and patients’ family members, The Family Statement explores the question of corporate accountability in the context of the opioid crisis. Her other short films include the Grierson award nominated Mother (2020, co-directed with Jas Pitt), and the Grierson and RTS award-winning Fake News Fairytale (2018), which was included in the BFI season Born Digital: Raised by the Internet, and exhibited in a group show Digital Citizenship: The Precarious Subject at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Kate’s short films have screened at leading international film festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOC NYC, Camden International Film Festival, and Hamptons International Film Festival, and been featured online on outlets such as The Atlantic Selects and Short of the Week. In 2022, she was selected as one of three ‘exceptional British short filmmakers’ to spotlight her career in the Bertha DocHouse summer series. 

Alongside directing documentaries, Kate teaches filmmaking and works as a cinematographer. She has worked on films for Channel 4, Amazon Studios and VICE, and led workshops and courses at the National Film & Television School and University College London, where she helped design the B.A. in Media. She is a mentor with Arts Emergency, and a member of Free the Work. 

Kate is based in London and is a dual U.K.-U.S. citizen.