15:00 to 16:00 Friday 25 March
As Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, Jacquie was responsible for programming LGBT content such as Dyke TV, Queer Street, Gay Icons and the innovative Coming Out Night campaign that provided social action programming for LGBT teenagers starring Graham Norton and Ellen DeGeneres. Other Channel 4 highlights include the Sundance Award-winning Paragraph 175, which featured interviews with the last surviving homosexual prisoners of the Holocaust, and the Emmy Award-winning Celluloid Closet.
Jacquie commissioned a raft of queer documentaries from filmmaker’s including Kris Clarke, Fenton Bailey and Pratiba Parmar and acquired short lesbian dramas from directors like Jamie Babbit and Lisa Cholodenko. She co-commissioned a feature-length television drama, The Investigator, which starred Helen Baxendale as a lesbian soldier involved in the military witch-hunts. Her last commission for Channel 4 was Rikki Beadle-Blair’s queer comedy-drama series Metrosexuality. Her queer programming won Channel 4 the prestigious Frameline Award.
From 2000 to 2003 she was Head of Development for World of Wonder, the company behind Drag Race, where she produced a quartet of unapologetically populist lesbian documentaries for Channel 5 and Sky One: Lesbians Go Mad on Lesbos, Lesbians Behaving Badly, Lesbians Ole and Power Lesbians.
In 2003, Lawrence took the role of Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at Sky One where she won Sky One’s first factual BAFTA for commissioning Ross Kemp On Gangs.
She wrote her first novel Different for Girls in 2015 and adapted it as a three-part web series, which was released in 2018 on various digital channels. It has been watched in nearly 60 countries and reached over half a million viewers to date. It was the first web series to premiere at BFI Flare and has since won numerous awards, including Best Web Series at the International Online Web Fest and Best Production at the UK Web Fest.
Her television documentary, Out on Strike, is available on All4. Her feature-length documentary, Gateways Grind, has its premiere screening at BFI Flare this year and her drama, Triple L, is slated for production in 2023.