Biography

Ursula Macfarlane is an award-winning documentary and drama director who has worked for all the major British broadcasters. Often filming ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations, she’s known for her powerful and sensitive psychological portraits. Her feature documentary about a family going through a divorce, Breaking Up With The Joneses (C4) was nominated for four BAFTAs, a Broadcast and a Grierson Award. Other credits include RTS and Grierson-nominated The Life and Loss of Karen Woo, about the British doctor murdered in Afghanistan, for ITV1; Abortion: The Choice for BBC Two; Marie Antoinette, the tragic story of the last queen of France, for BBC Two; Killing Christine, the anatomy of a murder for Channel 4; the BBC Two drama-docs Beethoven and the BAFTA-winning The Genius of Mozart, and My First Year (Channel 4), a documentary series set in a secondary school in Bradford combining observational filming with animation and music videos sung and danced by the kids. Her TV commercial for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which topped the ‘most-remembered ads’ chart for March 2012. Her film about the classical pianist James Rhodes returning to a psychiatric hospital premiered at Sheffield DocFest 2013, and was nominated for a Grierson Award and Mind Media Award. Her film Tsunami: Survivors’ Stories, marking the ten year anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami, aired in December 2014, and her Grierson-nominated film about Warwick Davis’ new theatre company for short actors was shown in the relaunched BBC Two Modern Times strand. She recently made BAFTA-nominated Three Days that Shook Paris, an hour-by-hour account of the attacks that swept Paris following the massacre at Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, and is currently working on a drama-documentary series for Netflix.

Credits

Untouchable: The Rise And Fall Of Harvey Weinstein 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2019
One Deadly Weekend In America 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2017
Captive 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2016
West Side Stories - The Making Of A Classic 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2016
Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2015
Tsunami: Survivors' Stories 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2014
Modern Times 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2014
Perspectives 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 3, Episode 2   Director 2013
Notes From The Inside With James Rhodes 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2012
Life And Loss Of Karen Woo, The 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2011
James Rhodes: Piano Man 4 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 4   Director 2010
My First Year 12 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Episode 1   Director 2009
Episode 2   Director 2009
Episode 3   Director 2009
Episode 4   Director 2009
Episode 5   Director 2009
Episode 6   Director 2009
Episode 7   Director 2009
Episode 8   Director 2009
Episode 9   Director 2009
Episode 10   Director 2009
Episode 11   Director 2009
Episode 12   Director 2009
Abortion: The Choice 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2008
Only Human 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2007
Breaking Up With The Joneses 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2006
Beethoven 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Episode 1   Director 2005
Coming Up 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2005
Who Do You Think You Are? 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 10   Director 2004
Genius Of Mozart, The 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2004
If... 2 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 4   Director 2004
Series 2   Director 2004
Fourteen Alone 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2003
Reputations 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2002
Real Yoko Ono, The 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 1999
Real Lives 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 1998
Clive Barker's A - Z Of Horror 2 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 4   Director 1997
Series 1, Episode 6   Director 1993
Omnibus 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 1992

Skills

  • HD
  • Hostile environment
  • 3D
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