Margy Kinmonth

Margy Kinmonth is a British film director and producer.

Covering a wide range of genres, her award-winning films include feature documentaries Revolution: New Art for a New World,[1] Hermitage Revealed,[2] Royal Paintbox with Charles, Prince of Wales,[3] War Art with Eddie Redmayne,[4] Looking for Lowry,[5] Mariinsky Theatre,[6] The Nutcracker Story,[7] The Secret World of Haute Couture,[8]The Strange World of Barry Who?[9] and Naked Hollywood.[10]

Kinmonth has received numerous awards for her work, including the BAFTA for Best Documentary Series, the Royal Television Society Arts Award and the Creative Originality Award at the Women in Film and Television Awards.[11]

She is the founding director of independent film company Foxtrot Films Ltd.[12]

Early life and education

Kinmonth was educated at St Paul’s Girls School in London, followed by a foundation in drawing and painting at the Byam Shaw School of Art. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, specialising in film and animation.


Kinmonth's spent her early career as a producer and director of television and radio commercials. She worked for Wasey Campbell Ewald, part of The Interpublic Group of Companies and at the Central Office of Information. She then moved to Granada TV in Manchester, where she started to research, write and direct current affairs programmes.

In 1981, Kinmonth founded independent production company Foxtrot Films Ltd to make films celebrating art and culture. Her first film To The Western World with John Huston premiered at the London Film Festival. She then worked as a freelance director for BBC, ITV and MTV, making films including South of Watford with Hugh Laurie in 1986 and a profile of Steven Berkoff for The South Bank Show with Melvyn Bragg, featuring Roman Polanski and Mikhail Baryshnikov.[13] In 1990, she directed the series Naked Hollywood on the motion picture industry, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Nora Ephron, Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam and Harvey Weinstein. The series won her a BAFTA Award for Best Documentary Series.[14]

After moving into drama in the 1990s, Kinmonth directed episodes of BBC1's Grange Hill, Casualty with Robson Green and Sophie Okenado, and Eastenders with Ross Kemp and June Brown. She then directed a biography of playwright Simon Gray in The Smoking Diaries, featuring Harold Pinter.[15]

In the 2000s, Kinmonth started to present investigative biographies, including The Strange World of Barry Who? about the lives of Francis Bacon and Rudolph Nureyev. Her film The Secret World of Haute Couture with Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano explored the world of the elite fashion industry.[16]

Starting from 2007, Kinmonth investigated the Russian world of ballet, opera and art in a series of films. Nutcracker Story explored the cultural phenomenon behind Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, from its genesis through to the present day.[17] In 2008, Mariinsky Theatre celebrated the 225th anniversary of Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre and featured Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko.[18] In Hermitage Revealed, she became the first foreign director to be granted permission to film the story of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, including rare behind-the-scenes access to the archives.[19] The film was premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in June 2014.[20]

In 2017, to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Kinmonth directed the feature documentary Revolution: New Art for a New World about the artists of the Revolution, which premiered at the Louvre in Paris and was shown theatrically in 34 countries.[21]

Her recent films about the art world have included Looking for Lowry with Ian McKellen, Noel Gallagher and Paula Rego,[22] War Art with Eddie Redmayne[23] and feature documentary Royal Paintbox with Charles, Prince of Wales.[24]


  • Winner, European Community Award 1981 for 'To The Western World'
  • Nominated, Finalist New York Film Festival 1991 for 'Steven Berkoff
  • Winner, BAFTA Best Documentary Series[25]
  • Finalist, International Emmy Best Documentary, 'Naked Hollywood'
  • Winner, Cable ACE Award for Best Documentary, 'Naked Hollywood'
  • Winner, Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo for Best Documentary, 'Naked Hollywood'
  • Nominated, Cable Ace Comedy Special 1995 'Dawn French'
  • Winner, Royal Television Society Arts Award, 2002 'The Strange World of Barry Who?'
  • Nominated, Grierson Award Most Entertaining Documentary 2005 for 'Remember The Secret Policeman's Ball'
  • Nominated, Rose D'Or 2005 for 'Remember The Secret Policeman's Ball?'
  • Nominated, Prix Italia 2007 for 'Secret World of Haute Couture'
  • Nominated, Grierson Award, Best Arts Documentary 2008 for 'Nutcracker Story'
  • Winner, Creative Originality Award at the Women in Film and Television Awards, 2009
  • Winner, The Likhachev Fellowship, 2017


YearTitleCredited asNotes
2016Revolution: New Art for a New WorldYesYesYesFeature documentary
2015War Art with Eddie RedmayneYesYesYesDocumentary film
2014Hermitage RevealedYesYesYesFeature documentary
2013Royal PaintboxYesYesYesFeature documentary
2011Looking for Lowry with Ian McKellenYesYesYesDocumentary film
2008Mariinsky TheatreYesYesYesDocumentary film
2007The Nutcracker StoryYesYesYesTV documentary
2008Outback Art: The Gold RushYesNoNoTV documentary
2007The Secret World of Haute CoutureYesNoYesTV movie
2007Strange World of Barry WhoYesYesYesTV movie
2003Life Beyond the BoxYesNoNoTV movie
1994Dawn French on Big WomenYesYesYesTV documentary
2004The Secret Policeman's Ball?YesNoYesDocumentary film
1991Naked HollywoodYesNoNoTV miniseries
Baker's Dozen (film)YesYesYesTV movie
1981To The Western World (film)YesYesYesTV series
1991CasualtyYesNoNo2 episodes
1992 - 1993EastEndersYesNoNo11 episodes
1998Grange HillYesNoNo4 episodes
1996London Bridge (TV series)YesNoNoTV series


  1. ^ "Revolution – New Art for a New World". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  2. ^ "Hermitage Revealed, MIFF 2014".
  3. ^ "Royal Paintbox, MIFF 2014".
  4. ^ "War Art with Eddie Redmayne » TVF International". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  5. ^ "Looking for Lowry". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  6. ^ "Mariinsky Theatre". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  7. ^ "Nutcracker Story". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  8. ^ "BBC Four - The Secret World of Haute Couture". BBC. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  9. ^ "The Strange World of Barry Who?". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  10. ^ "Naked Hollywood, BAFTA".
  11. ^ "Women in Film and Television Awards: full list of winners".
  12. ^ "Foxtrot Films". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  13. ^ "Steven Berkoff". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  14. ^ Naked Hollywood, retrieved 2019-03-17
  15. ^ "More Films". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  16. ^ "BBC Four - The Secret World of Haute Couture". BBC. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  17. ^ "Nutcracker Story". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  18. ^ "Mariinsky Theatre". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  19. ^ "Hermitage Revealed". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  20. ^ "HERMITAGE REVEALED :: Film catalogue :: Moscow International Film Festival". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  21. ^ "Revolution – New Art for a New World". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  22. ^ "Looking for Lowry". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  23. ^ "War Art with Eddie Redmayne » TVF International". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  24. ^ "Royal Paintbox :: Film catalogue :: Moscow International Film Festival". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  25. ^ Naked Hollywood, retrieved 2017-12-04

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