Caroline Spry has worked in film and television for many years starting as a camerawoman and subsequently as director, producer and commissioner. She joined Channel Four Television in 1985 and for ten years commissioned films and series from producers in the UK and internationally as part of the Independent Film and Video Department (IFVD). Working alongside Alan Fountain and Rod Stoneman she brought distinctive and often unheard voices to our screens across a range of genres – documentary and current affairs, magazine series, experimental films and cinema features.
Caroline was responsible for developing and commissioning the world’s first nationally networked gay and lesbian series, Out on Tuesday, in 1989, as well as a popular women’s magazine programme First Sex. Other series from IFVD included 11th Hour, People to People, Critical Eye, The Media Show and South.
Caroline’s commissions gained numerous awards including Emmy for Celluloid Closet and Prix Italia for Silverlake Life: A View from Here.
In 1995 Caroline left Channel Four and qualified as a solicitor at leading London firm Bindmans LLP. She returned full-time to film and television production in 2004. As a producer and executive producer she has been responsible for numerous documentary singles and series, many of these were produced with Faction Films. Credits include Derek Jarman: Life as Art; a look at women on Death Row in the US, Perverted Justice (Channel 4); an investigation of the policing of rave culture, Exit from Babylon (Channel 4); a series Channel Four News Special Reports from Iraq; Chevolution, a cinema documentary on the famous Che Guevara “t-shirt” photograph; Hip Hop Hijabis (Al Jazeera); and feature documentary Gary Numan: Android in LaLa Land (BBC).