Ruth Kelly joined Minnow Films in 2009 to produce the Bafta-nominatedScenes from a Teenage Killing, a feature-length film for the BBC chronicling every teenager to die as a result of violence in the UK in one year.
Ruth has ten years experience working in factual programming and has built her reputation on negotiating sensitive access at the highest levels to produce powerful, moving and entertaining documentaries with strong human stories at their heart.
In 2011 Ruth series produced Fighting on the Frontline, the Channel 4 series, which saw British soldiers reveal the inside story of what life is really like on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Ruth also directed episode one, Choppers, which featured first-time access to the Apache attack helicopter crews in a war zone. The series went on to receive an RTS-nomination for Best Documentary Series.
Other Producer/Director credits include Prison Dads for BBC3, which follows fathers in prison and their partners and children on the outside struggling to keep together their fledgling families; Girls on the Pull for Channel 4’s First Cut strand about three young women’s journey to overcome trichotillomania, a condition which causes them to pull out their own hair; and The Conservationists, a film for the MBZ Species Conservation Fund, featuring inspiring stories of conservationists around the world.
Prior to joining Minnow, Ruth worked at a variety of other leading factual indies in Scotland and London, including North One where she location directed and produced on the first series of The Hospital, Channel 4’s critically acclaimed documentary series about young people and the NHS.
In 2013, Ruth became an Executive Producer at Minnow Films and is currently overseeing a number of productions including The Detectives, a 3-part series for BBC2 about Greater Manchester Police’s Public Protection Division and a number of singles for Channel 4. As well as executive producing, Ruth will continue to direct and series produce across Minnow productions.