Natasha Dack Ojumu, Co-Founder, Tigerlily Productions

Career highlights:  Black Power Salute (BBC documentary) - produced a film about the African American Olympians who risked their lives to protest America’s racism at the 1968 Olympics. My Alzheimers and Me (the BAFTA-nominated CBBC documentary which makes everyone who sees it cry) - this film is now being used by the Royal College of Psychiatrists as a tool to teach healthcare professionals empathy with people with dementia.

Career challenges: Bringing a four meter high statue of Engels overland from a Northern Ukraine village to its current residence in Manchester City Centre for a BBC4 documentary (which no one watched), and producing a feature film for Film Four in central China without a permit from the authorities (this film went on to win the prestigious Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival).  

Natasha has pulled some complicated international co-productions together. Her feature documentary The Lovers and the Despot was the subject of a bidding war at Sundance between Netflix and a US distributor, and her London-set feature film adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s novel Remainder made ingenious use of tax credit in the UK and in Germany. She is currently producing a BBC1 Imagine about artist Olafur Eliasson and a film for The Guardian, and developing a slate of drama and comedy projects.

Harriet Palmer