After eight years as Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, she spent two years as Director and Curator of Film at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley.
On returning to the UK, she produced her first feature,Defence of the Realm, for Enigma Films. She was appointed Senior Vice-President at Columbia Pictures, followed by two years at BBC as Commissioning Editor for Drama.
In 1990,she co-produced The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, which won Best Film at BAFTA in 1991, plus 4 other BAFTA Awards and an Oscar Nomination for Editing. She then produced The Snapper (winner of, inter alia, the Premio Goya and the Prix Italia) and The Van, both directed by Stephen Frears. She also produced When Brendan Met Trudy, also written by Roddy Doyle and recently co-produced Killing me Softly, directed by Chen Kaige.
In the early 90s, she was co-founder and co-Executive Director of the East-West Producers’ Seminar, the first training programme for producers in Eastern Europe. With Michael Pye, she is the author of The Movie Brats, dealing with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, George Lucas and John Milius. She is on the Board of ACE and is also a mentor at the Internationale Filmschule in Koln.