The Katrin Cartlidge Collection at the British Film Institute

This collection comprises a captivating array of material which presents researchers with a vivid portrait of this talented and forthright performer. It includes scripts, press cuttings, photographs and other ephemera from her early theatre productions, from Paul Lister’s SWING (1979), right through to the audition tape for her unrealised role as Marianne in 21 GRAMS, for which she was preparing before she died.

It is also a very personal collection, shedding light on the causes to which she was committed and the professional ambitions that she was yet to realise. Among the more revealing items are her school reports, and notebooks of poetry and draft manuscripts.  (Please note that permission from the collection’s donors must be obtained prior to accessing the more private material.)

The collection is arranged into the following categories:

  • Realised films
  • Realised television
  • Unrealised film and television scripts
  • Film festivals and awards
  • Theatre (scripts)
  • Theatre (miscellaneous)
  • Radio projects
  • Articles about Katrin Cartlidge
  • General miscellaneous material
  • Personal miscellaneous material
  • Video tapes
  • Audio tapes

If you are interested in consulting any of this material, please contact the BFI’s Special Collections Unit on 0207 957 4772 or at, to arrange an appointment in the Study Room. For further details on how to access the collection, including information on the BFI’s location, opening hours and charges, please visit the website at