Suzanne Cohen is a filmmaker/educator with a background in producing documentary and animation for web and broadcast (‘Ice Cream and Jelly’ Channel 4).
She is a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at London Metropolitan University with extensive experience of delivering innovative and socially aware participatory film projects in museums, formal educational settings and in the community (Wellcome Collection, British Museum, National Museums of Scotland).
She regularly facilitates filmmaking programmes for Camden Summer University for which she was awarded Into Film Educator of the Year.
The participatory documentary ‘Young People, Mental Health and the Media’ made with the support of the Time to Change campaign was nominated for a Mind Mental Award.
Suzanne is passionate about working with marginalised groups to change public perceptions. Her documentary ‘Beautiful Sentence’ about an inspirational poet working in a women’s prison has been shown at the House of Commons as well as on TV, festivals and conferences around the world. A separate animated film made with women in the prison ‘You can be my Friend’ won a Koestler Trust Platinum Award.
She has been commissioned to make a number of animated films aimed at (and in collaboration with) young people including ‘Why I had an FGC’ a documentary for the UK Social Services using the real voices of vulnerable young people to persuade others to have family group conferencing (an intervention for youths on the child protection register or on the verge of offending).
Suzanne regularly organises film events including the Camden Young People’s Film Festival at the British Museum and Final Cuts virtual film festival, an online graduation show for London Metropolitan University.