Jane Mingay, a multi-award winning photojournalist and a recent LCC MA Documentary Film graduate, has just won the Best Short Documentary award for her film ‘Portrait of Billie’at the London Independent Film Festival.
Jane’s iconic photographs range from portraits of Naomi Campbell and British Royalty to images of poverty in rural Africa and the aftermath of the London 7/7 terrorist attacks.
Her latest project ‘Portrait of Billie’ follows Billie Bickley, someone famous for being ‘a homeless heroin addict since the age of 14’. Her chaotic and harrowing life story has been followed by the media since she was 18 when she caught the eye of Princess Diana as she visited Centrepoint.
Jane explains that “Since then, Billie’s life story has been played out in front of her. With this role to play as well as the role she inhabits to survive life on the streets, who is the real Billie and where do the lines between fact and fiction blur? With an unsentimental approach, this film allows Billie to act out her creations and shocking revelations on centre stage.”