“Broadening the reach for other’s stories, particularly those from unfamiliar territories, is key to a more compassionate culture, I believe. By presenting such stories, through documentaries, speaking or reviewing, I hope to create more listening ears for seldom told tales”
As a cultural reviewer and former film programmer with a specialism in art from Africa and the diaspora, Gaylene regularly reviews for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’ and has appeared on ‘Film Show’, BBC World Service’s ‘The Strand’, as well as Granada TV’s 50 films to see before you die.
She is an engaging speaker and skilled moderator, having chaired discussion for the Royal Shakespeare Company, British Film Institute, Toronto International Film Festival, Arts Council England.
Gaylene’s ability to seek out fascinating stories from around the world has fed her interest in documentary making and her own artistic practice. She has directed documentary films including: ‘Cousins’, ITV, ‘The White Job’, VPRO TV Holland, and was assistant director on Isaac Julien’s Turner Prize nominated film ‘Vagabondia’. more recently in 2012, Gaylene researched and presented a radio documentary for BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘Modern Day Griots’.