We make and support great films & projects, forge fresh partnerships & business models, invent new ways of developing artistic practices and reaching audiences. We have a breadth of experience across all stages of production: from devising & developing concepts and finance strategies to working at the coalface of production and distribution. Whatever the platform, we create work to provoke, defy, disrupt and engage your senses.
We work with a variety of creative and journalistic talents around the world and also offer consultancy and training on new models of financing, production skills and one-on-one mentoring.
Katharine Round is a filmmaker and artist with over twenty years experience in creative documentary for broadcast & cinema. At Disobedient, she has worked with the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design; award-winning broadcasters Netflix, Al Jazeera & the Guardian; and Forma Arts, one of Europe’s leading creative producers in cross art form productions. Her work spans broad themes of economics, society and science, often told through the prism of psychology and character driven narratives.
In 2016, she directed the critically-acclaimed “The Divide”, a feature length film on the psychological impact of income inequality, inspired by the book ‘The Spirit Level’. Called “fierce and unsettling” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian), “jaw-dropping” (The Express), “timely, emotionally-shattering, formidable” (Picturehouse Cinemas), and “brilliantly-shot, insightful” (British Blacklist) the film had a successful theatric release across the UK including Picturehouse and Curzon sites, followed by a US/UK release on Netflix.
In 2017, she produced "London Symphony", called "a seductive parade of striking images" (Sight & Sound), "rapturous, compelling and inventive" (Little White Lies ) and "lustrous" (Total Film). It was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival before a successful UK theatric release including 3 special events across London performed with a live orchestra supported by Arts Council England, and a VOD release on BFI Player.
She has also made films for the BBC, Channel 4 & Discovery as well as new platforms. She has had work exhibited at leading international film festivals (including Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA & Cork Film Festival), in galleries (the Serpentine, the Barbican Centre) and at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Katharine is also an accomplished producer, devising new models of finance and managing complex international shoots. She is the line producer for all of Disobedient’s productions and regularly teaches and gives masterclasses on film production at University College London, Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAFTA, Four Corners Film and the Roundhouse. She is the co-founder of leading professional documentary filmmakers organisation Doc Heads, supporting documentary through curated events, masterclasses and commissioning opportunities.
Leah Borromeo is a journalist and filmmaker at the crossroads of art and journalism. Described as “redolent with mischief” by the New Internationalist, much of her work involves public and private space, social architectures, the environment and the language of journalism.
Some of the folks Leah has worked with within and without Disobedient include the V&A, Serpentine Galleries, the Barbican Centre, Arko Art Center Seoul, Steirischer Herbst, COP:DOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA, ARCHIP Prague, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, Forma Arts, Little Atoms, The Index on Censorship, Channel 4, Channel 4 News, The British Journal of Photography, The Atlantic, New Statesman, Tank Magazine, Open Democracy, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Juxtapoz, APTN, Tank Magazine, Private Eye, Popbitch, Resonance FM.... As a former foreign editor at Sky News, she has sold whatever is left of her soul to punditry and producer work for outlets from the BBC to the CBC.
The projects she works on at Disobedient are journalistic in purpose and creative in process. In addition to developing broadcast ideas for multiple platforms, she leads on the creation and development of ‘Climate Symphony’ - a data sonification project that takes narratives from climate change data and tells the story of our warming planet through sound. It aims to see if sound can be used as journalism. She's also (forever) working on a film on Indian farmer suicides and fashion which dissects the clothing supply chain and casts a satirical eye on ‘white-saviour’ documentaries.
Apart from coming up with interventions that document, address and occupy real and virtual spaces, she has lectured and taught journalism, art and architecture at places like the Royal College of Art, the University of Gothenburg, City University, Oxford Brookes, Chelsea College of Art, Warwick University, University of Essex, the University of East London, Queen Mary University, the Roundhouse and others.
She is available for birthdays and bar mitzfahs and will likely turn up to the opening of an envelope.