Cat McShaneI’m a documentary filmmaker and journalist, working across platforms spanning television, radio, print and online. The basis of all my work is the desire to tell people’s stories in the most powerful way possible.

My background is in television documentary production, having made films for the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic among others. I’ve covered subjects as varied as youth homelessness to the sex lives of the over-60s. 

A lot of my own ideas identify subcultures that say something to a much wider audience, and often result in a surprising amount of media coverage. My first film, Hello Dollies, about the world of adult doll’s house collectors, spawned feature articles and reviews across the mainstream press. A radio documentary about an extreme branch of Christianity called Quiverfull, became one of the most listened to and read about on the BBC website, got Podcast of the Week in the British press and spawned a studio discussion in the United States’ widely watched “Young Turks” news programme.

I’ve worked with some of the world’s best independent production companies, including Firecracker Films, Keo Films, Minnow Films, October Films and World of Wonder. I’ve presented for the World Service, and write for a wide range of publications including Huck Magazine, Vice, Refinery29 and The Observer

I think the space where Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and documentary overlaps is an interesting and increasingly important one, which both groups can benefit from. I enjoy working with NGOs to find the best case studies for stories, and have made work with Addaction, After Adoption, Chabad (Orthodox branch of Judaism), Human Rights WatchPrison Advice & Care Trust, Women’s Aid.

In 2013, I was named as a Woman of the Future (Media Category), an annual awards ceremony for high-achieving women under 35. The panel described me as “authentic, risk-taking and inspiring”


“Her work demonstrates a quirky humour and a real understanding of the needs of broadcasters, with thorough journalism and creative innovation.” Katie Buchanan, Executive Producer Keo Films

We love Cat’s candour and dedication to the job, and always welcome the opportunity to work with her on a new project.  When dealing with contributors in her films, Cat is unerringly sympathetic and always manages to get the best out of people while never compromising her vision.” Natasha Dack, Managing Director, Tigerlily Productions

“Cat excellently handled the cultural sensitivities of the various levels of Jewish communal observance, especially with the very religious groups.  It was a pleasure working with Cat, who I have gotten to know as a keenly insightful, creative and intelligent person.” Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, Chief Executive of Chabad Lubavitch UK