Virginia Heath

Virginia Heath

Faction North Ltd
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Virginia Heath writes and directs documentary and drama films including BAFTA nominated, From Scotland With Love and Berlinale award winning Relativity. Part of Faction North Ltd, her current project is hybrid documentary She Sings of Murder and Love.

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Virginia's story:
Multi-award winning director and writer living in Edinburgh

Virginia works across both drama and documentary including the acclaimed, BAFTA nominated, feature documentary From Scotland With Love and Berlinale award winning drama Relativity.  She is currently developing the noir thriller script Never Told You and is in funded development on the hybrid docu-fiction, feminist true crime feature, She Sings Of Murder And Love.

Virginia’s music documentary Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution screened on BBC1 and on BBC4 (2021).  Her short film Three Chords and the Truth, nominated for ‘Best Short Documentary’ at the Woodstock Film Festival, Upstate New York; Muenster Film Festival, Germany; Nashville Film Festival; won an ‘Honourable Mention’ at the Albuquerque Film and Music Festival, New Mexico. 

Virginia’s award-winning drama short Lift Share was funded by Screen Scotland and the British Film Institute, starring Ana Ularu (Siberia, Emerald City) and Mark Rowley (Last Kingdom, Macbeth).  It premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018; won ‘Best Drama Short’ Award at the CPH Copenhagen Film Festival (2019) and ‘Best Sound Design’ Award at the Underwire Film Festival, London, dedicated to celebrating the cinematic talents of women (Nov 2018).  It also screened at international festivals in Rome, New York, Bucharest and Armenia.  Virginia directed We Are All Migrants (2016), an immersive archive and music documentary, which is a poetic reflection on the 20th century migrant experience. 

In 2014 she directed the BAFTA nominated feature length archive and music documentary From Scotland With Love (75’) which screened with live performances of the score at the Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican, Celtic Connections as well as film festivals around the world – ‘Brilliantly evokes the flavour of 20th century Scotland’ - The Herald; ‘Hypnotic’ - The Independent; ‘Some kind of genius’ - The Guardian.  A highly successful tour of the film and live music performance played to sold out venues including the Barbican, Usher Hall, Edinburgh and Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow in March 2020.

Virginia’s short film Relativity (10’) was in the Official Competition and won the ‘Prix UIP Berlin’ for ‘Best Short Film’ at the Berlinale (2002) and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards.  She won a National Film Board of Canada / Sheffield Doc/Fest Cross Media Challenge Award (2009) for the My Dangerous Loverboy film and innovative Cross Platform Project about the sex trafficking of teenagers.  Her drama films Deep Freeze (15’) and Point Annihilation (30’) screened on Channel 4 and at international festivals such as The Hamptons, New York, St Tropez ‘Cinema Des Antipodes’ and Cannes Cinefondation.  She wrote and directed several arts documentaries for Channel 4’s international arts strand including Songs from the Golden City, a 52’ Documentary on South African Jazz.