—“A Tenacious Creature” —


Isla is a documentary filmmaker, creative producer & visual artist.

She programmes film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest, has written articles for The Guardian, produced audio installations for London’s Science Museum, developed an Arts Council Funded VR Opera & is a BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew participant 2019.

Isla has a curiosity for people and the quiet stories that surround us. Her work challenges cultural stigmas through creating atmospheric, semi-autobiographical art and filmmaking that merge documentary and fiction to question conventions and defy stereotypes. 

Isla captures the overlooked moments of everyday life and presents them in a cinematic way for audiences to rediscover the unexpected beauty in familiar places and people, and to inspire others to slow down and take notice of the lives of those around them. Having been awarded funding in the UK and Denmark, her art and filmmaking explores perceptions of mental health, isolated communities, gender identity and hidden cultures.

Isla has directed, developed, funded, produced and distributed international documentary and fiction films such as the impact film on child illiteracy, H is for Harry, a feature on religious tolerance in Sierra Leone for Danish TV (DR3), the fictionalised memories of a WW1 nurse in ‘Testament of Youth’.

She is currently co-directing and shooting a feature documentary in Tanzania investigating one of the biggest medical and architectural research projects into anti-malaria alternatives, a short documentary about a vanishing community of fishermen in the rural south-west of the UK, and an artistic film for the BBC New Creatives Scheme.

Isla's experience developing and investigating real human stories indicates her humanistic and collaborative approach to projects.

CONTACT: islabadenoch@gmail.com // @islabadenoch


Sava Films, Parole, BeSoftly, Lief (BFI, The Guardian, Tribeca), A Love Factory, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hazel Grian, Postcode Films, Whalebone Films, Studio Jetz-Immer, Bristol VR LabsThe Ovrs

EDUCATION: MA in Visual Culture & Identity, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Architecture & Design. BA, English Literature, University of Sheffield (First Class Hons).

CV available upon request.

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