Reporting into BFI Head of Programme and Acquisitions Stuart Brown, Gaylene Gould will drive audience development, business planning and an eclectic, unique public programme of agenda-setting film and television screenings and events at BFI Southbank. This includes contemporary and classic film, BFI blockbuster projects and seasons, one-off and educational events, on-stage interviews, premieres, previews, and regular monthly strands aimed at a wide range of audiences. Gaylene starts her new role on 24 April 2017.
Gaylene comes with a wealth of over 20 years of cross-artform programming experience and has consulted on projects most recently for Tate, the National Theatre, the Independent Cinema Office, Barbican, RSC and the BFI’s Black Star blockbuster project in autumn 2016. Her previous roles have included Creative Director of Film Club, Head of Programme at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, National Project Manager for BFI season Black World (2005), Project Director at Arts Council England and programming and events roles at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Hot Docs and Africa at the Pictures Film Festival.
Gaylene said: “As a curious child, it was watching astonishing, intriguing global films that helped make sense of my world and, in some ways, saved my life. The BFI has a public commitment to herald the astonishing and the intriguing and a remit to develop curious minds. I’m very much looking forward to joining the passionate team at BFI Southbank and helping a curious new generation make sense of their world.”
Gaylene is a seasoned speaker and moderator of on-stage events and also a regular writer and reviewer for media, including Sight & Sound, The Guardian and Radio 4’s Front Row.