Katinka Blackford Newman is an award-winning film-maker, investigative journalist and best-selling author. She is inspired by extraordinary stories about ordinary people.
Trained at the BBC, Katinka has made films for all the UK terrestrial channels and in the US for Discovery, National Geographic and Animal Planet. She has directed full drama shoots in challenging environments such as Peruvian prisons and jungles in the Philippines. Her work also includes intimate observational documentaries on sensitive subjects such as child abuse and murder within a family.
Her films span current affairs, factual entertainment and popular science programmes.
Awards and nominations include the Mental Health Media Award, Broadcast Best Documentary, BAFTA Best Factual Documentary and an International Emmy.
She has contributed articles on a variety of subjects to the Daily Mail, The Independent and Vogue.
Her best-selling book, The Pill That Steals Lives, exposing the link between anti-depressants and mass killings, was made into a Panorama special 'A Prescription for Murder'. The book and the film generated international media coverage and she was interviewed around the world.
In the UK her book was featured in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Times Literary Review, the Daily Mail, New Scientist, The British Journal of Psychiatry, and on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, Good Morning Britain, Radio Five Live, and BBC Radio London.
She lives in London.
KATINKA'S WORK INCLUDES:-
Seven films for the Grierson nominated drama/documentary series Locked Up Abroad. NOMINEE: International Emmy for Locked Up Peru
Half Ton Man - a film about the world's most obese people - one of Channel 4 and Discovery's highest ever rated programmes
The Woman Who Can't Stop Lying - the story of a woman who built a fantasy life and what happened when she was found out. The film kicked off the flagship One Life series for BBC1 . NOMINEE: Broadcast Best Documentary
A Murder in the Family - a film for ITV following a mother's quest for justice and her journey to the Philippines to confront the daughter-in-law who murdered her son
Surrendered Wives - a critically acclaimed film for Channel 4 following women in Los Angeles who hope to save their marriages by learning to surrender to their husbands
I Shouldn't Be Alive - drama documentary survival series from the makers of Touching The Void
Panorama, A Prescription for Murder - a one hour special based on the research from her bestselling book, "The Pill That Steals Lives", an investigation into the link between antidepressants and mass killings
Caraline's Story - a film for BBC 2 following a young woman's slow suicide through anorexia. WINNER: Mental Health Media Award
Cut Price Package - a film for ITV following a group of British women going to Poland for cheap plastic surgery. NOMINEE: BAFTA Best Factual Documentary