Sheila is a BAFTA and BAFTA Fulbright winning documentary filmmaker, Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and currently Advisor to Cambridge University's Minderoo Centre. in 2012 she wrote, produced and directed a multilingual miniseries about the Enlightenment which was seen by 150m people, and in 2014 she wrote and produced a major drama-documentary about the Targa Florio motor race in Sicily. Luckily, she is fluent in French and Italian, and passable in German.
She also makes films and digital projects about music, with films, apps and other projects for the LSO, Arensky and other orchestras, and an augmented reality music app with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In 2010 her BBC film ‘Mendelssohn, The Nazis and Me’ was nominated for the Grierson Award as Best Arts Documentary, and in 2023 she completed its literal sibling, 'Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn', in coproduction with Mercury Studios.
As a writer she was Young Journalist of the Year, had a column in the Guardian in 2017 and was a Hodder Headline Lead Title novelist. She also runs the therapeutic creative writing group at Freedom from Torture.
Other favourite job: fiddle player in Gaelic Storm, the below stairs band in 'Titanic'.
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Sheila has been writing, producing, directing and now shooting documentaries all her professional life. These are some of the award winning products of that relationship, from the prescient cultural commentary of ‘The Electronic Frontier’ and ‘A Short History of the Future’ to the global reach of ‘Heroes of the Enlightenment’ and ‘Pistons, Passions and Sicilian Pleasures’.
Sheila won her first prize for writing via the Puffin Club at the age of 12: a day out with Spike Milligan, and a typewriter. Her next was Young Journalist of the Year, which led to various random commissions, of which her favourite was ‘London’s Best Croissants’ (Maison Bertaux, Soho, by a mile). Other food journalism included the totally self-indulgent ’10 Best Brunches in LA’ courtesy of Conde Nast Traveller (luckily they didn’t all need to be consumed on the same day). She has also written for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, and Evening Standard.
She has published three comic novels and for the past ten years has taught creative writing as therapy in different organisations.