Rosie Reed Hillman

Rosie Reed Hillman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual anthropologist. Rosie’s first filmCailleach (2014) was developed through Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap Scheme. The film won 6 festival awards including Best Short at San Francisco International Film Festival and screened at over 30 festivals internationally. Cailleach is a selection on the Criterion Channel’s FILMSTRUCK streaming site, a series of the world’s most important classic and contemporary films. Rosie was a participant on the competitive European Social Documentary (ESODOC) program in 2017 where she developed Bearing (2021), an autobiographical doc exploring early motherhood. Bearing premiered at Ethnofest Athens 2021 and screened at the RAI Film Festival 2023.

Rosie is lecturer in filmmaking at Manchester School of Art, MMU and has a PhD based in feminist ethnographic filmmaking. She is currently working on her first feature film.


Reflecting on her own filmmaking practice, Reed Hillman weights the challenges against the benefits of autoethnographic feminist work.


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