Peng Wenlan
Documentary film producer/director; Co-founder, The Meridian Society

Documentary Making during the Pandemic

Peng Wenlan is an independent documentary filmmaker based in London. She began her TV career at China Central Television, first presenting and producing educational programmes and, subsequently, launching the national broadcaster’s first ever current affairs series Focus– the precursor of its flagship programme Jiaodian Fangtan. Since returning to the UK, she has worked for the BBC and the independent sector and now runs her own company, specialising in documentary films on China.

Wenlan’s most notable awards include Finalist Award in the 1991 New York Film Festival and Gold Camera Award (First Place) in the History and Biography Category at the 1998 USA Film & Video Festival.

She is a regular trainer in documentary production for the BBC, CNEX and EU-funded programmes. Wenlan is also co-founder of The Meridian Society, a London-based charitable organisation committed to the promotion of Chinese culture with the aim of fostering greater East-West understanding.