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Documentary Director/Producer

Born in 1978 in Hackney, Pinny Grylls is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist. In 2002 she co-founded Birds Eye View Film Festival with Rachel Millward to promote diversity in the film industry. In 2010 her Film London funded film Peter and Ben won multiple awards including FourDocs Best Documentary at The 5th London Short Film Festival and Best Documentary at Aspen Shorts Fest 2008, as well as the Werner Herzog Competition and The Grand Jury Prize in SXSouthWest. Herzog admired it for its genre re defining style and immersive story.


Employing her unique and humorous ‘behind the scenes’ observational style, Pinny has made films in famous arts institutions including The Hour for the National Theatre for BBC 4 and Becoming Zerlina and The Real Billy for The Royal Opera House. Pinny has also directed a variety of commissioned docs including Who Do You Think You Were? for Channel 4 and Matisse for Kids for Tate Shots.


With an academic background in Anthropology, Pinny also pays her bills working as an ethnographer for research agencies and Think Tanks such as Ipsos Mori and Policy Lab, and is a part time Lecturer at UCL in film making in the Anthropology Department. She still lives in Hackney and has two children.







"Pinny is a talented film-maker who creates films of substance. She brings her subjects to life in a thought provoking and responsive manner that makes you think, laugh and question. She is someone I instantly trust with a project and will always be a fan of her work." Oliver Sweet, Head of Ipsos Mori Ethnographic