dartmouth films

Core Team

Christopher Hird
Founder and Managing Director

Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. With Dartmouth Films he has pioneered new ways of funding, producing and distributing documentaries in the UK, as well as promoting the work of new and emerging filmmakers.

Sandra Leeming
Head of Production/Line Producer

Sandra Leeming has worked in the television and film industry for over 20 years. She has managed complex overseas location shoots, studio shows, factual TV series and documentary feature films. She has overall responsibility for all Dartmouth’s finance and production.

Matt Hird
Outreach and Distribution

Matt Hird’s career includes working as a television researcher, as campaign officer for human rights and environmental campaigning groups and in the press office of music festivals. He has overall responsibility for Dartmouth’s distribution and marketing.

Independent Directors

Sam Collins

Sam is a freelance producer, journalist and author. Death of a Gentleman is his first film, which he conceived and directed for three years while covering the developing story.

Vicki Lesley

Vicki has worked in production and development on numerous high profile documentaries/series in the UK and United States for over 15 years. More recently, she’s combined working in mainstream TV with producing and directing independent shorts and NGO videos screened online and on the festival circuit.

Ashley Pegg

Ashley is an award-winning graduate of the National Film and Television School. He was shortlisted for a Grierson Award and is developing a number of films for broadcast.

Katharine Round

Katharine is a producer/director with over thirteen years experience in television, whose films have covered a broad range of social issues. She has made films for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and Discovery, amongst others.

Jemma Gander

Jemma is a freelance Producer and filmmaker. The Last Battle is her directorial debut that followed the story of Kenyan Freedom Fighters and was aired on Al Jazeera English. Jemma has produced documentaries for Channel 4, BBC and ITV.

Sue Carpenter

Sue is a journalist and photographer, and co-founder of Asha Nepal, a charity helping exploited girls in Nepal. I Am Belmaya is her first film. Sue has known Belmaya since 2006, when she spent 9 months in Nepal teaching photography to disadvantaged girls, including Belmaya, then aged 14.

The World Today with Tariq Ali

Michelle Featherstone

Michelle has over ten years experience working in TV. She trained as a Journalist at BBC working across flagship news programmes in both radio and TV. From there she moved into more considered documentary making, working across factual programming to include current affairs, investigations and political documentaries for all major broadcasters.

Julia Schönheit
Researcher/Assistant Producer

Julia researches topics, locations, interviewees and archive for the show. She runs the studio shoots of the Media Review. She over-sees edits, prepares delivery documents and clears copyright.

Fernando Mitjans
Shooting Assistant Producer

Fernando researches, produces and directs items on arts and politics related topics. He studied Ethnographic Documentary Production at University College London, his graduation film Limpiadores received several awards.


Gwenllian Thurstan

Gwen assists with a range of daily office tasks from admin and updating websites to production and distribution team support. She studied Digital Film and Television at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.