Established by artist-filmmakers Katharine Round and Leah Borromeo, Disobedient operates at the crossroads of film, art and journalism on projects that can be seen in cinemas, on television, in galleries, online and on the street. Our work is variously described as "tender and evocative", "emotionally shattering" and "redolent with mischief", and aims to create compelling non-fiction narratives across multiple forms.

We've worked with a range of broadcasters, partners and commissioners including the BBC, the V&A, the Guardian, Arts Council England, Netflix and the BFI.

We make and support great films and projects, forge fresh partnerships and business models, invent new ways of developing artistic practices and of reaching audiences. We work with a variety of creative and journalistic talents around the world and also offer consultancy and training.


Creative Director

Image courtesy Brian David Stevens.

Image courtesy Brian David Stevens.

Katharine Round has over twenty years experience in creative documentary for broadcast & cinema. Her work is described as "tender and evocative", "emotionally shattering" and “poignant and viscerally enraging", and aims to challenge the idea of documentary in all its forms. 

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 films are characterised by intimacy, warmth and insight into the human condition. In 2016, she directed the critically-acclaimed “The Divide”, hailed as “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 theatrical 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 theatrical release including 3 special events across London performed with a live orchestra supported by Arts Council England, and a 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 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.

Destructive Director

Image courtesy Brian David Stevens.

Image courtesy Brian David Stevens.

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 personal narrative, 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 - on occasion - 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 and directing documentary 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.

In addition to 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, is obsessed with baseball and trashy romantic comedies and will likely turn up to the opening of an envelope. She ignores the advice of her parents and will always talk to strangers.


Image courtesy Brian David Stevens

Image courtesy Brian David Stevens