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The Princess


About the Screening

Drawing solely from contemporaneous archival audio and video footage, The Princess is a visceral submersion into Princess Diana’s life in the constant and often intrusive glare of the media spotlight.

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The Q&A features director Ed Perkins and producer Simon Chinn, moderated by Jennelle Riley.

Closed Captioning is available for the film and the Q&A. ASL is available for the Q&A only. 

Ed Perkins, Director

Ed Perkins is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker whose films have won numerous international awards.

Ed has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, The Guardian, National  Geographic, and Channel 4 and was recently named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain scholar in 2009, Ed directed the behind-the-scenes documentaries for Project Nim, The Eagle, the BAFTA-winning The Imposter, and the Academy Award-winning Searching For Sugar Man.

In 2015 Ed made his first feature documentary Garnet’s Gold, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, won a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer, won Best International Documentary awards at Docville and Jozi Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at both Tribeca and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Ed then went on to make Bare Knuckle Fight Club, of which the Times said: “You will not have seen a better documentary this year”.  Two of Ed’s short films have won Vimeo “Short of the Week” and “Staff Pick” accolades, including If I Die which has had more than 1,000,000 views over multiple platforms.

In 2018 Ed directed Black Sheep, a documentary short for The Guardian, which won 13 international awards and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards.

Simon Chinn, Producer 

Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years.

In 2005, he conceived and produced his first theatrical feature documentary, Man on Wire. It went on to win over 40 international awards including the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He followed that up with a string of award-winning feature documentaries including Project Nim, The Imposter, The Green Prince, Garnet’s Gold, Bolshoi Babylon, and Searching for Sugar Man which also won a BAFTA and an Academy Award and made over $20m at the international box office. In 2015 he teamed up with his old school friend Louis Theroux to produce My Scientology Movie, Theroux’s first theatrical doc. It grossed £1.1 million at the UK box office, making it one of the highest-grossing feature docs of all time in the UK.

Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 with his LA-based cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. Focused on producing high-end non-fiction – series, feature docs, and shorts – for multiple platforms, Lightbox has completed major projects for Xbox Studios, Netflix, Fusion, Esquire Network, Channel 4, BBC2, FX, National Geographic, and ESPN.  Its feature doc on the 1992 LA riots, LA 92, for National Geographic, won a primetime Emmy and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Lightbox’s latest feature doc, Untouchable, tells the story of Harvey Weinstein in the context of the new revelations which came to light in November 2017. It launched at Sundance in January 2019 and will be released around the world later in the year.

Director(s): Ed Perkins
Producer(s): Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn