Kyoko Miyake has just finished her first feature-length documentary, ‘My Atomic Aunt’ (working title - Beyond the Wave) co-produced by seven international broadcasters including BBC, NHK, WDR and supported by grants from Sundance Documentary Fund and public funding bodies in Germany. She is now in pre-production of her second feature film, ’Brakeless’ with BBC and developing her series idea with Documentary Campus.
Several short documentaries Kyoko directed have been shown at festivals internationally including Berlin, London, Sydney and SilverDocs. Hackney Lullabies won the Berlin Today Award 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival. Mrs. Birks’ Sunday Roast, commissioned through Film London’s scheme has been added to the British Film Institute’s National Archive collection, and enjoyed a successful 2-week run at the IFC Center New York in summer 2011. Kyoko has been selected for prestigious schemes such as Berlinale Talent Campus, Japanese government’s Art Grant, Talent Campus Tokyo, Crossing Borders, and Pola Art Foundation Grant.
Kyoko originally came to the UK to study history of English witchcraft at Oxford University as a Swire Centenary Scholar, having studied English history at Tokyo University. While studying and working for British and Japanese media, she picked up a camera to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker and started to make short films on her own. She still intends to remain true to her roots in history - but rather by making films about witchcraft in the future.
Beyond The Wave
Award of the Juvenile Jury 2014