Lauren worked at Ken Loach and Rebecca O'Brien's production company Sixteen Films for five years, on films such as Les bien-aimés (Beloved), Cesar Chavez, and Dheepan. Lauren also produced the 2013 documentary Mediastan, a WikiLeaks road movie, alongside Julian Assange and Rebecca O'Brien, before producing her first narrative feature, War Book, in 2014. Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Tom Harper, War Book was executive produced and co-financed by previous BAFTA Breakthrough Brit honourees Steve Jamison and Mike Brett. The film screened at the 2014 London Film Festival and opened the 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival. Lauren has been working at Ivana MacKinnon’s Stray Bear Films since January 2014 and was selected in the Producers category of the Screen International Future Leaders 2015.
It’s really thrilling and enormously encouraging to be named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. I think being part of an initiative like this is particularly useful after making a first feature. Being supported and given the opportunity to be mentored, to explore next steps and to have access to a community like BAFTA will be incredibly useful moving forward ... the prospect of meeting other people from different creative industries on the scheme is exciting and I’m sure I will learn a lot.