Somerset House Studios resident

Lindsey Dryden

Award-winning director and producer, making creative documentaries, hybrid fiction/documentary films and interactive experiences

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Lindsey Dryden's work explores intimate and unexpected stories at the intersections between the body and the arts, particularly around music. After starting out in TV documentary (BBC, Channel 4, History Channel), Associate Producing hundreds of short documentaries at Current TV, and making short creative films for television and the Royal Court Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Media Trust, she began making independent films. Her acclaimed work includes Lost and Sound (2012, director/producer), Close Your Eyes And Look At Me (2009, director/producer), Little Ones (2013, producer) and Unrest (2017, producer), and has shown at numerous festivals including SXSW, Sundance, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:Dox, HotDocs, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real, on television and in cinemas. 

Lost and Sound

' [Dryden makes] formidable and innovative uses of the documentary format to provide a unique insight into the human condition'


A proud member of the Queer Producers Collective, Lindsey has been mentored by NFTS, Women In Film & TV, Sheffield Doc/Fest Future Producers and Birds Eye View Filmonomics, and is a 2016/17 Guiding Lights mentee, with mentor Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years, Looking). She is a frequent speaker and mentor at film festivals, a Film Lecturer, and a recent Filmmaker-In-Residence at Jacob Burns Film Center in New York. Her work has been supported by IFP, IDFA DocLab Academy, Hot Docs Forum, Sundance Documentary Film Program, Wellcome Trust and the Kevin Spacey Foundation.

Nominated for Best Female-Directed Film at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2012, Best New UK Filmmaker at Open City Docs 2012, and Best Producer at Underwire in 2013, she won a Special Jury Award at DORF Music Film Festival 2012, and Unrest won a Special Jury Award for Editing at Sundance in 2017. She is currently making films for Tate about artists including Yinka Shonibare, Alexis Hunter, Agnes Martin and Georgia O’Keeffe, producing Unrest, and directing Billy, a music mystery film and interactive experience about an incredible gender outlaw jazz musician.

Whilst in residency Lindsey will be researching the representation of the queer female body in contemporary independent cinema, alongside writing and directing Billy, in collaboration with Parabola Films. She is also co-producing a Virtual Reality project about finding new ways to experience the body after unexpected and devastating illness, in collaboration with the award-winning team behind Notes On Blindness VR and Shella Films