30 seconds with... Moira Sinclair



Moira Sinclair


Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Three words to describe your feelings about culture

Life-enhancing, mind-blowing, powerful

What inspires you daily?

The resilience and creativity of people and communities in difficult circumstances

What’s the most challenging thing about being in the culture right now?

It sometimes feels too exclusive and it sometimes feels too hard to find the way to change that

And, the biggest opportunity?

People’s need to connect is real and film and culture can play a special role in enabling that connection

What was the last film you saw?

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015), Liz Garbus

Video on Demand...

Forces filmmakers to think differently

Positive discrimination is...

Essential. A diversity of voices in filmmaking, creating, storytelling and performing seems to me to be essential for the future health of the sector - we need help to make sure that happens

Choose your own adventure films are...

Going to become an exciting development (but I don't think we're there yet), but it certainly won’t destroy the shared cinematic experience

VR in film...

I’m just starting to see its potential, but there’s a long way to go to ensure it is genuinely experience-enhancing rather than technologically-distracting

Director / Talent Q&As...

Are a great way to give engage and develop audiences. If done well, it’s a huge treat and privilege to hear direct from those involved in creating stories - which we cynics would do well to remember

What are you looking forward to most about TWU 2017?

Meeting a group of people I don’t usually get the chance to speak to and to understand better what they do and what makes them tick

What part of the TWU 2017 debate are you most interested in and why?

I should say resilience as I think that’s essential in this day and age and it’s what I’ll talk about. But that’s very connected to the Power of Culture. Culture has the power to tell astonishing stories, to connect people, to put you in other people’s shoes, to change the way we see the world.

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Moira is the Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, find out more about the work of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation at:


Hull 2017TWU Team