2023 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient



Jeanie Finlay looking away from the camera in profile and smiling. She is wearing a green leopard print dress and has shoulder-length, wavy ginger hair. Black and white portraitJeanie Finlay (she/her) is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. From the northeast of England, she creates award-winning work for cinema and television–made with steel and heart–that tell intimate stories for international audiences.

She has made films for HBO, IFC, and four commissions for BBC Storyville, including; the (extra)ordinary pregnancy of a British trans man, and British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)-nominated, Seahorse; Emmy®-nominated documentary about the world’s biggest show, Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch; the story of the last record shop in Teesside–SOUND IT OUT; the BIFA-nominated The Great Hip Hop Hoax; Panto!; and the BIFA-winning Orion: The Man Who Would Be King.

Her films have been showcased in retrospectives at the Museum of Moving Image in NYC; at True Story by Mark Kermode at Screenplay; on BFI Player; and coming soon to Criterion Channel.

Jeanie was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Nottingham Trent University in recognition of her contribution to filmmaking and received the Sheffield Doc/Fest  Inspiration Award. Glimmer Films, the production company she founded, was named by Creative England/The Telegraph as one of the 50 most creative companies in England.

She has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which has led her to creatively explore new approaches to making films. Jeanie is currently making her tenth feature.


During her Chicken & Egg Award year, Jeanie will be launching her new film (title TBA) into the world and receiving creative support on the production of an untitled film about the place where she grew up–the northeast of England.