I'm an Irish Shooting Director based in London. I have an MA in Documentary Directing from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and an MA in Visual Anthropology.
In broadcast television, I work as PD and DV director - I recently started working on a sensitive ITV documentary about disability and adoption. Other credits include directing BBC Education's 'Bilingual Babies' series and DV directing on a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary Safe at Last: Inside a Women's Refuge. I'm passionate about observational documentary making and telling intimate and relatable stories.
I also make independent documentaries - my first feature doc Faith and Branko premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest 2020 and Hot Docs 2021 among other festivals. It's an intimate access obs doc which charts the marriage and creative relationship between musicians Faith and Branko. The film won Best Documentary at SEE Fest LA and was nominated for awards at Dok Leipzig, Al Jazeera Balkans Docs and Millenium Docs Against Gravity. It was acquired for broadcast by Al Jazeera (2022).
In 2017 shot/directed a short documentary for BBC4/the BFI - Accents Speak Louder than Words - which was housed by Wingspan Productions. This film follows the experience of a Polish woman in Kent who decides to take elocution lessons to fit in.
My NFTS grad film Professional Foreigner is about white foreigners in Mumbai and the work available to them because of their skin colour. This doc is centred on a Russian family who move to India for a better life. It premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest '17.
I was selected as a member of BFI X BAFTA Crew 2019, in the upcoming directors category.
have a lot of international experience - I spent almost 2 years in total working in India. I also spent many months in Serbia and Belgium. These experiences have helped and shaped my filmmaking. Overall, I like to tell the stories of people who are misunderstood. I'm interested in diverging perspectives, cross-cultural themes, and humanising people in general. I like to make intimate documentaries (whether observational or interview led) and provide windows to unknown worlds.
Talent Manager profile: https://www.thetalentmanager.com/talent/25516/catherine-harte
Camera experience: FS7, FX6, C300, A7S, XF305 among others. I have a C300 if needed.