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Doctor Who Am I

Directed by Vanessa Yuille and Matthew Jacobs
Documentary Feature
United States | 80 min | 2022

Documentary filmmaker Vanessa Yuille (in her debut feature) follows friend and co-director Matthew Jacobs (British writer of the 1996 TV movie Doctor Who) as he is reluctantly pulled back into the fandom that rejected his work 25 years earlier. The journey not only becomes hilarious and emotionally perilous for the duo but also reveals a touching and quirky face-off between the American Doctor Who fans and Matthew himself. As they explore the fandom, Matthew unexpectedly finds himself a kindred part of this close-knit, yet vast, family of fans. The documentary deals with the desire to belong to a community, and how people can become nourished and enriched by the experience.


Winner of the People’s Choice Award
Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), 2021

The Best Feature Documentary Award
Indy Film Fest, 2022

The Cercle d’or for Best Feature Documentary Award
Sherbrooke World Film Festival, 2022

The Grand Prix Documentary Award
Rising Sun International Film Festival, 2022

The Silver Award for Best Feature Documentary
Tokyo Film Awards, 2022

The Dr. Sydney K. Shapiro Humanitarian Award
Phoenix Film Festival, 2022

The Best Editing of a Documentary Award
Madrid International Film Festival, 2022

The Excellence in Editing Award
Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2022

The Best Editing Award
Brussels World Film Festival, 2022


“Truly a rare moment in Cinema… This film is a marvel”
Mélikah Abdelmoumen & Marc Béland, CBC Radio Canada

“An Exquisite Gem. Tenderness, wonder, & dignity…
a beautiful film about beautiful people”
Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

“Anyone who watches Dear Audrey will undoubtedly conclude
that Hayes is a masterful filmmaker”
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

“Touching… luminous… truly magnificent”
Caroline Levesque, CBC Radio Canada

“Dear Audrey, a riveting documentary…
that stands as a powerful paean to passion and perseverance”
Evelyn C White, The Halifax Examiner

“…so many amazing lessons, stories, emotions with pain
and celebration intertwined”
Darren Wiesner, Hollywood North Magazine

“It’s impossible to watch this documentary, (a People’s Choice Award winner), without being overwhelmed by its sweetness and generosity”
Silvia Galipeau, La Press

“…an at once ethereal reflection on the enduring power of love,
and unblinking revelation of life’s steel-cold realities”
Chris Cook, Gorilla Radio

“The central force of Dear Audrey is the eternal, almost implacable force of love that binds people together through the most difficult times”
Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

“Dear Audrey celebrates the very best the human heart has to offer, with such compassion, artistry and grace”
Terre Nash, Oscar-winning director

“A Stunning Love Story You Won’t Soon Forget!”
Indy Film Fest

“This love story will bring you joy, hope, tears and humility…”
Dr. Jen Hammersmark, Mind Your Madness

“…a beautiful homage to Audrey, to the couple’s
love and their family”
Nantali Indongo, CBC Radio

“Beautiful, touching … ‘Dear Audrey’ is a testament to
what Audrey was and what she remains forever”
Rob Wilson, The Bobr Times

“Poignant and could not be more authentic”
Amandine de Chanteloup, Le Collectif

Be who you are meant to be!

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Doctor Who Am I - Vanessa Yuille and Matthew JabocsVanessa Yuille & Matthew Jacobs

VANESSA YUILLE is an award winning filmmaker. DOCTOR WHO AM I is her feature film directorial and editorial debut. She earned her bachelor’s in Astronomy from Barnard College and her MFA in film from the Academy of Art University. Her thesis documentary AN AMERICAN CONTRADICTION investigates one of the Japanese American concentration camps from WWII. It screened at international festivals and continues to be an educational resource today. She’s collaborated with Matthew on BAR AMERICA and YOUR GOOD FRIEND. She also has a supporting role alongside Matthew in Bernard Rose’s TRAVELING LIGHT (2022).

MATTHEW JACOBS has won many accolades, including the Prix Europa and multiple WGGB awards. He’s been the writer for several BAFTA and Academy Award and Emmy Nominated movies and TV productions. Writing credits include THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE, DOCTOR WHO, LASSIE, PAPERHOUSE, and YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES. Directing credits include award-winning BBC feature films: MOTHERTIME, HALLELUJAH ANYHOW and indie movies YOUR GOOD FRIEND and BAR AMERICA. Acting credits include leading roles in Bernard Rose’s BOXING DAY (2012) TRAVELING LIGHT (2022).

Film Information

Director: Vanessa Yuille, Matthew Jacobs
Country: United States
Year: 2022
Language: English
Runtime: 80 min
Rated:  PG-13


Writer:Vanessa Yuille, Matthew Jacobs
Producers:  Vanessa Yuille, Matthew Jacobs, Colin Vaines
Key Cast:  Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook

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