BBC Films Chief Rose Garnett Talks Reshaping The UK Org & Changes To Public Funding Landscape: Zurich Summit

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In a rare public speaking engagement, BBC Films director Rose Garnett took to the stage at the Zurich Film Festival yesterday (September 28) to discuss how the organization has changed under her tenure, and how the nature of public service broadcasting is evolving.

BBC Films remains a stalwart of the UK business and in recent years has backed movies including Judy Garland biopic Judy (pictured), Lff 2018 closer Stan & Ollie, Joanna Hogg’s critical hit The Souvenir and Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake. Under Garnett’s tenure the funder — long seen as a more conservative operation than fellow UK broadcaster Film4 — has started to move in a bolder direction.

“When I moved to the BBC we reinvigorated the team, the slate, and our mission,” Garnett explained. “It was about going back to the heart of public service – how could we help build a landscape with new voices and possibilities? How
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