Ross Wilson, Creative Director Matchlight

Matchlight’s Creative Director, Ross Wilson, is an exceptionally experienced, award-winning film maker and executive producer. Known for presenter-led pieces, access-based observational documentaries and investigative journalism, his films are intelligent, thought-provoking and often explore challenging worlds and subject matters.

His 2006 series Stephen Fry: Secret Life of the Manic Depressive was nominated for every major award available including BAFTA and RTS and won several including an International Emmy for Best Documentary and a Broadcast Award in the same category.   His follow-up BBC series Stephen Fry: HIV & Me was similarly well-received by critics and the audiences alike, picking up several awards and nominations including RTS and BAFTA for Best Documentary.

In 1999 Ross received British Television’s most prestigious award – the UK BAFTA for Best Documentary – for his film for ITV, After Lockerbie. The year before, he had been nominated for a UK BAFTA, for a series of two documentaries that saw him film exclusively behind the scenes with Gordon Brown in the lead-up to the 1997 election and through his first six months in the Treasury.

The achievement however for which Ross is most proud came after the showing of one of his films on Channel 4 – the documentary Crimes of War, an investigation into war criminals living in Britain – which led to intense political debate and ultimately a change in British law.

Harriet Palmer