Sue Sudbury has produced and directed documentaries for over sixteen years, starting her television career as a researcher, working on many award-winning films with Ken Loach, John Pilger and Peter Watkins.
Her first film as a director, A Day in May, was screened at the Barbican and at the London, Sydney, Leipzig and Nyon film festivals.
Sue went on to produce and direct over twenty broadcast documentaries. Her film, Moving Out (Channel 4), about two long-stay psychiatric patients adjusting to life in the community, won the RTS Educational Award, and A Home for Clare (Channel 4), about a woman forced to leave her home and go into residential care, won the New York International Film and Television Finalist Award.
Sue produced and directed three films in the Our Backyard series (6 x 30 minutes) which were critically acclaimed – “a delightfully refreshing series…the films were particularly well directed”, John Willis, then Director of Programmes, Channel 4. She also directed The Tale of Bugs Bottom, a film about a community fighting against a housing development, which went on to win the Prix de Basle.
Since setting up Sequoia, Sue has produced and directed four award-winning films: Indian Space Dreams, Hunger by the Sea, Village Tales and Moving On, as well as the award-nominated film Is it Worth the Risk?
Outside of directing her own projects, Sue sits on the Advisory Committee of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.