Kyoko’s first feature-length documentary, My Atomic Aunt (aka Beyond the Wave /Meine Tante aus Fukushima) was supported by 7 broadcasters and numerous grants including BBC, NHK, WDR and Sundance and has been screened and broadcast in many countries.
Her second film, Brakeless, is a co-production with BBC Storyville, ITVS, NHK, IKON and DR, and will premiere at Sheffield in June 2014.
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 fulfill 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.
My Atomic Aunt (wt Beyond the Wave) (2013)
Hackney Lullabies (2011)
Oven Songs (2010)
The Motorcycle Druid (2009)
Mrs Birks’ Sunday Roast (2009)
For Your Tomorrow (2007)