Anna Hall is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker based in Leeds. She specialises in bringing a humane light on challenging and difficult to access subjects. Her passion is working with current affairs through an observational lens, bringing intimate storytelling with warmth and a lightness of touch.
She is best known for her 17 year investigation on the grooming, rape and trafficking of British school children exposing the gang-grooming phenomenon for Channel 4 in 3 films over a period of 10 years. Her last film on this subject, The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs won numerous awards including the RTS Journalism Award and in 2013 Anna won the prestigious Women & Film in Television Factual Award in recognition of her commitment to the exposure of this issue. Since 2013 Anna’s work has focussed on domestic and honour based violence. Her films include Forced Marriage Cops for Channel 4 and Behind Closed Doors which was shown at 9pm on BBC1 to an audience of 3.1 million. Working with three women who waived their right to anonymity, the unfolding narratives were jaw- dropping as each woman showed how difficult and traumatic it was to remove themselves from their violent relationship; sometimes lying to the police; changing their minds about what they wanted to do and going back to their abusers. Anna was a double BAFTA nominee for this film – both for Best Factual Director and Best Single Documentary.
Her latest film followed a domestic homicide as the story unfolded in realtime.Catching a Killer: The Search for Natalie Hemming was a feature length documentary shown on Channel 4 in June 2017.