September 2011 – Director -Carolyn Reid




Carolyn Reid, Director Jan’s Coming OutCarolyn is an experienced writer, director, camera operator and editorwho recently completed the feature documentary, ‘JAN’S COMING OUT’. Starting out as a stills photographer promoting bands in her native North East, she soon found herself in New York. Teaming up with a host of avant-garde artists, musicians, film-makers and MTV producers, she discovered a passion for the moving image. On her return to the UK, she attended film school to specialise in cinematography. Two years after graduation, she had written & directed her first short drama, the innovative and timeless JOURNEY THROUGH SOUND part-funded by the BFI and Channel 4.Carolyn has produced a variety of film and video projects ever since.From directing creative dance and short documentaries, to scripting live action and animated films, to writing a sitcom for the BBC. She runs asuccessful film and specialist publishing company without compromising her enthusiasm for creating visually exciting programmes to engage and educate the viewer. Small budget or large budget, broadcast or non broadcast, the passion for telling stories in a compelling and interesting style remains the same. Whether working with experienced actors and presenters or with people facing the camera for the first time, Carolyn has a natural ability to put people at their ease, producing high quality material for each project she works on. Her latest film, JAN’S COMING OUT,  premiered at the 25th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in April, where The Times declared it, ‘a festival highlight’ and will be touring the UK on limited theatrical release from July onwards.


Your favourite virtue?

Loyalty and generosity.

Your favourite qualities in a man?

Honesty, loyalty and a touch of femininity

Your favourite qualities in a woman?

Humour, honesty, loyalty, strength and confidence.

Your main characteristic?

Intergrity and loyalty

What draws you most to your friends?

Good conversation, humour and intelligence.

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?

I’d like personally to worry less and globally to change negative attitudes towards diversity and difference.

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?

My partner, this evening as we’ve missed our last couple of regular Friday nightdinner dates. Martina Navrativolva is welcome to join us

Your idea of happiness?

Sipping Kir Royale’s with my partner on an Olivia cruise in the Med.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?

Filming on location in a sunny climate.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?

Greta Garbo.

Where would you most like to live?

Usually the last place I visited, so at the moment it’s Zurich which is beautiful

Who is your favourite author?

Stella Duffy, Val McDermid and Fanny Flagg.

Who is your favourite poet?

Julia Darling.

Your favourite heroes in fiction?

Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mocking Bird

Your favourite heroines in fiction?

I have so many… but Ripley in Alien and Aliens is number 1.

Your favourite painters?

Maggie Hambling, Manrique, Monet and Tracey Emin

Who is your favourite composer?

Jennifer Corday, Sophie B Hawkins, Martha Wainwright

What is your favourite Film?

I have a very long list films that I love but my faves are Desert Hearts, Thelma and Louise and Being There.

Your favourite food?

An Indian curry from Ocean Road in South Shields… heavenly! Or my partners home made Pad Thai

Your favourite drink?

Prosecco, Rioja or a Kir Royale, preferably on holiday.

Who do you most admire?

My partner and people who are hard workers, which she is.

What is your present state of mind?


For what fault have you most toleration?


Your favourite motto?

Success comes before work only in the dictionary.



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