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Meet our new team members

Updated: May 11, 2023

We’re excited to introduce you to new team members joining Birds’ Eye View from across the UK.

Isra Al Kassi Head of Programmes & Audience Development

We’re thrilled to welcome back Isra Al Kassi, who worked with Birds’ Eye View in 2021 in community outreach and engagement and who returns in a senior position as Head of Programmes & Audience Development. Isra will head up Reclaim The Frame alongside other projects, work with Director Melanie Iredale on our curated programmes, and lead on the charity’s work in developing audiences for women and non-binary-led films across the UK. Isra (she/her) is a curator and event manager and the co-founder of T A P E Collective, she has a background in community spaces and cinemas and more recently has been focusing on cross-arts curation and audience development.

Impact Producers

As part of a renewed commitment to decentralising and developing our Reclaim The Frame project across the UK, our Impact Producers will contribute to the programming, host events and build audiences and advocates for #ReclaimTheFrame in their respective regions. 

Following a nationwide call for applications, we’re pleased to announce our new regional Impact Producers who will be championing Reclaim the Frame events and films in their areas. Joining team Birds’ Eye View from June: 

Rui Jin – Brighton / South East

Rui (she/her) is committed to boosting access & participation of the historically excluded in all parts of the film industry chain. Rui works with the BFI FAN’s New Release team as the freelance marketer in the South East and is also founder of Brighton Community Cinematheque.

Robyn Lawrence – Plymouth / Exeter

Robyn (she/her) is an arts worker and avid consumer of films and arts events. Having worked across the country, she has a passion for facilitating peoples enjoyment and interaction with film, events and the wider arts. 

Toni Lee – Leeds / Sheffield

Toni (they/them) is a filmmaker, researcher, organiser, and programmer for Leeds Queer Film Festival, with an interest in community based and collaborative documentary making and cinema grounded in justice, and love.

Xuanlin Tham – Glasgow / Edinburgh

Xuanlin (they/them) is a Singaporean film critic and curator based in Edinburgh, Scotland.  They are passionate about queer, ecofeminist, and more-than-human perspectives in cinema which demand us to forge new solidarities and imagine ways of being in the world differently.

Anne Louise Kershaw – Manchester / Liverpool / Chester

Anne Louise (she/her) is a curator, producer, writer and sound artist making sound work under the pseudonym Synda Sova. She is director of Instigate Arts CIC. Her feminist queer and holistic practice seeks to bring marginal voices into the mainstream spaces they feel excluded from.

Laura Taylor-Williams – Cardiff 

Laura (she/her) is a film and TV distribution consultant who works with production and distribution companies, film making teams and runs distribution seminars. She is a BIFA, BAFTA and BAFTA Cymru voter. Laura is very passionate about people seeing themselves represented on screen and a greater gender diversity in film making.

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Also new to the team is Access & Inclusion Manager Charlotte Little and Assistant Yasmin Jenoui who both joined in March. For full bios, please visit our Team page, and look out for additional Impact Producer roles in more cities to come! 


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