Gemma Atkinson

Gemma is a founding member of Fat Rat Films and award-winning documentary producer and director.
Her films have been screened worldwide at festivals (Sheffield Doc/Fest, Silverdocs, LSFF, EEFF, Branchage, Berlin Film Society) and have been broadcast on major UK television (BBC, C4, Al Jazeera).

Through her work with NGOs and charities such as The Elders and Publish What You Pay she has produced and directed films in countries such as Niger, Brazil, Haiti and Occupied Palestine.

Interested in social injustice and fairer world for all, her film NO PLACE LIKE HOME on detention without trial in the UK caused such an uproar in government and media that she was threatened with a two-year jail sentence after it was broadcast on BBC Newsnight.

At heart though its about the characters; her intimate portrait of Darren, a conflicted mechanic in OIL & WATER was premiered at Silverdocs and went onto win the best documentary award at The Smalls Festival in 2012.

She co-founded Doc Heads, a screening and networking night that brings professional documentary filmmakers together and has partnered with, among others, Sheffield Doc/fest, London Short film festival and the East End Film Festival. Doc Heads recently became a film fund, funding up to 40 % of feature budgets.