Lynn Alleway is an award-winning freelance documentary filmmaker who is based in London.

I began life as a newspaper journalist.  My first film 'Quality Time' won the 1996 Broadcasting Press Guild Television award for best single documentary and I went on to make five more films for 'Modern Times',  the BBC2 flagship documentary series.

With 'The Conman, his Lover and the Prime Minister’s Wife'  I found myself making a film about my friend Carole Caplin.   She was embroiled in a tabloid scandal because of her relationship with the then Prime Minister’s wife,  Cherie Blair,  and,  more problematically,  with an international conman,  Peter Foster.  The film became a news event in itself but years later in his diaries,  former spin doctor Alastair Campbell revealed what we had suspected at the time,  that the saga had the potential to seriously damage the Prime Minister.   Campbell's account explained much about the anxiety around the transmission of the film – and the degree of PR and Downing Street spin.  

My next film took a completely different tack: 'Tough Kids - Tough Love' was about the care of vulnerable children and young people.  It was an opportunity to overturn a stereotype pervasive at that time,  about ‘hoody’ kids.   I spent nearly a year with the psychotherapist Camila Batmanghelidjh,  founder of the charity Kids Company,  along with two of her courageous young people.   Eventually Kids Company began receiving  government money - although now with the charity much expanded,  Camila is still having to raise around £18 million a year herself.

Since then I have entered many other worlds.   Not least,  three months inside Holloway Prison,  where I was to discover the tragic truth about the lives of young people who end up in prison – how in the case of imprisoned women,  they are more often a danger to themselves  than to others.

In 2011 I returned to the subject of having children but in particular,  the experience of losing a child.   In the neonatal intensive care unit at Liverpool Women’s Hospital I found myself inspired by many parents,  although it was a young mother Amy McPhillips,  who taught us all valuable lessons about love,  life and death. 

Making films is an adventure with life – and for those who are courageous enough to open their lives and share their experiences,  I have only thanks and admiration.

Currently,  I live in south London with my finest-ever production,  my 24-year-old son,  Josh.