Kim Bartley

Documentary Director


  • Pure Grit
    2021 — Documentary — 88 mins
  • ​Herstory Ireland's Epic Women
    2020 — TV Series Documentary 3 ×
  • The Hardest Hit
    2019 — Documentary — 52 mins
  • ​Schizophrenia: The Voices In My Head
    2017 — Documentary — 51 mins
  • Reality Bites
    2015 — TV Series Documentary 1 ×
  • ​Unsettled: From Tinker to Traveller (co-director)
    2012 — TV Movie Documentary
  • ​The Naked Election
    2011 — TV Movie Documentary — 52 mins
  • Che
    2009 — TV Series Documentary
  • Charlie Bird Explores: The Amazon
    2007 — TV Movie Documentary — 52 mins
  • Faraway Up Close
    2005 — TV Series Documentary
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    2003 — Documentary — 74 mins
  • 2021 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best Irish Feature Documentary. Pure Grit
  • 2005 — Winner
    São Paulo International Film Award — Audience Award. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2004 — Winner
    Full Frame Documentary Film Festival — Seeds of War. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2003 — Winner
    Chicago International Film Festival — Silver Hugo – Best Documentary. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2003 — Winner
    International Documentary Association — IDA Award. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2003 — Winner
    Leeds International Film Festival — Audience Award. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2003 — Winner
    Seattle International Film Festival — Golden Space Needle Award - Best Documentary. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

I like to make intimate and thought provoking documentaries. My focus is on developing open and trusting relationships with those I film and finding ways to translate their emotions and their stories into compelling, creative films with grit and heart.

I’ve spent a large chunk of my working life on the road. I shot my first report in 1998 while on assignment in Kosovo. I loved the urgency and sense of being on the frontline of stories that matter so I began working as a photographer & videographer with NGO emergency response teams- documenting their field work in conflict and crises across the globe before returning to broadcasting as a freelance producer and director.

In 2003 “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” a documentary I co-directed and shot, chronicling the failed coup against Venezuelan President Chavez from inside the presidential palace, premiered at SXSW, won multiple awards and continues to be used in media courses across the world.

I grew up in Paris but I’m now based in Ireland where I founded and manage Frontline Films a small but busy documentary production company. I have won multiple international awards including the Grierson and IDA awards for Best Feature Doc, Banff’s Global Television Grand Prize for Best Current Affairs Programme and the TV Iris Award Prix Europa for Best Documentary Series. In Ireland I have received Best Doc at the Galway Film Fleadh as well as journalist of the year and five IFTA nominations for Best Documentary . In 2020 I won the Irish Media Mental Health Awards for The UnTeachables doc series I filmed and directed.

I was recently selected for a screenwriting grant through X-Pollinator. My treatment has since been picked up for development and I am currently writing LEMONADE, my first work of fiction which I also plan to direct.

(Kim Bartley Director)