Jaime has been making documentaries since 2007, as director, producer, editor and ethnographer for television, museums, education and the third sector. She holds a MA with Distinction in Documentary Making from the University of Sussex.
Much of Jaime’s work focuses on telling personal histories, especially through finding and working creatively with archive material. This includes her role as Producer on the Bafta-nominated, double Grierson winning The Secret History of Our Streets (BBC2), described by The Guardian as ‘wonderful… it prodded your brain awake as it broke your heart’, which she worked on across two series.
Jaime’s other specialism is working with young people, whether they are in front of the camera or alongside her making the film. She has made scores of films with children from age 6 to teenage and she is currently co-directing a feature documentary with Ed about a group of kids in their first year at secondary school.
Prior to filmmaking she was an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ teacher in Further Education, working mainly in inner London and with vulnerable groups. She continues to teach, now as Associate Tutor in Ethnographic Filmmaking at the University of East Anglia.
Ed has shot and directed films across the globe for over a decade for broadcast, festival and online. His debut feature documentary The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers - described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid and expertly entertaining” screened at festivals worldwide (including Dok Leipzig, Open City London, DOCSDF, Cairo) and has also been broadcast in multiple territories.
Ed speaks Italian and Spanish and has filmed across Europe, North and Central Africa, India, USA, Central and South America. He's an Associate Tutor in Ethnographic Film at Goldsmiths and is a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Film Committee. He has a 1st class degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths. He’s currently co-directing a feature documentary with Jaime about a group of kids starting out at secondary school, as well as developing a short in Haiti.
Kate has worked since 2006 as an ethnographic and independent documentary filmmaker and recently directed her first feature Even When I Fall, nominated for the BIFA Discovery Award. She met co-director Sky Neal and Postcoders Ed and Elhum on a MA in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, where she has returned as a visiting speaker. Central to her film work is a spirit of curiosity, collaboration and a delight in unexpected connections that make more than the sum of their parts. Her career focus has been advocacy storytelling and working with minority communities to get their voices heard. Kate's clients for ethnography and short films have been many and various. Their uniting feature is that she likes the cut of their jib and the purpose of their work.
Her work has been supported by Sundance Documentary Film Fund, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Worldview and The British Film Institute. Locations have included Kathmandu, Beijing, LA, New York, Dublin, Helsinki and Patagonia. Collaborators have included researchers, anthropologists, musicians, curators, photographers, teachers and students. She has taught at University of East Anglia, spoken at Queens University Belfast and holds a masters in Philosophy and academic awards from Trinity College Dublin.
PEOPLE WE WORK WITH
Isla Badenoch is a documentary filmmaker, creative producer and visual artist. Isla has an MA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and has exhibited her projects both in the UK and internationally. She has worked for a diverse variety of creative industries from programming film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest, writing articles for The Guardian to scripting audio trails for National Heritage sites across the UK.
Isla has developed several international documentary films on subjects ranging from religious tolerance in Sierra Leone, the Danish UN General Secretary, families surviving baby loss and pub closures in rural parts of the UK. Having been awarded funding in the UK and Denmark, her filmmaking focuses on collaboration through storytelling on universal subjects such as mental health, youth culture and LGBT gender identity.
Postcode Films was founded in 2007 by Ed, Jaime, Kate and Elhum Shakerifar