Rose Garnett Named Head of BBC Films


"Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films," says Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content.

Rose Garnett is the new head of BBC Films.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, unveiled her appointment as director of BBC Films on Monday. 

She will have responsibility for the development of a large and eclectic slate of feature films. "She will lead a team who will work closely with writers and filmmakers to nurture, develop and manage the very best creative talent in the industry," the BBC said.

Garnett joins the BBC from Film4 where she has been head of creative since 2015. She managed a slate of projects from a wide range of talent, from first-time filmmakers to established directors. At Film4, she has developed and executive produced an array of recent successful U.K. films, including Lenny Abrahamson's Room, Sarah Gavron's Suffragette and Andrea Arnold's American Honey. Upcoming projects include Sebastian Lelio's Disobedience, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Clio Barnard's Dark River and Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite.

Said Moore: "Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films. She has an impressive track record in the UK film industry and brings bundles of experience and passion to the role. I believe she will lead BBC Films into a bright future with work that will push the boundaries; she has a reputation for taking risks and developing new talent, and is known for working with some of the most distinctive voices. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Joe Oppenheimer for his commitment and dedication over the last few months when he has been acting up, both the team and I are hugely grateful.”

Said Garnett: “The opportunity to join BBC Films was just too good a role to turn down, especially as under Charlotte Moore the BBC feels like a place brimming with possibility and ambition. I'm really looking forward to joining the BBC Films team and the excitement of taking the next steps in building a vibrant and bold department. I've loved working at Film4: it's been an enormous privilege to have been part of such a wonderful company, working with a set of brilliant and inspiring colleagues and most of all, the chance to work with some of the best storytellers in the world. It’s been an amazing four years and I leave Channel 4 with real sadness.”

Said Film4 director Daniel Battsek: "Rose Garnett has been a fantastic head of creative for Film4, and it’s testament to her acclaimed work and the strength of Film4 that she’s taking on a leadership role in the industry. Although I’m very sad to see Rose go, she is leaving us with a great forthcoming slate and an incredibly talented creative team. We wish her all the best in her new role."