Edinburgh TV Festival supported by Screen Scotland

Malaka Senanayake

DV Director, Freelance

Ones to Watch 2023

Mal is a Freelance DV Director who has carved out a role in the North East as the go to operator for factual television and documentaries. Mal originally studied Chemistry at Newcastle University and has brought that analytical and methodical mindset to the television industry.



He entered the industry through the Grierson Trust’s DocLab scheme and since then has gone on to work on productions for major broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4 and Amazon. His strengths are his passion for finding great stories while delivering them in a creative way and his ability to build strong relationships with people both in front of and behind the camera.

Mal has many strengths; his eye for character, story, and his ability to form trusting relationships with his contributors, which comes out through his brilliant rushes.

Jack Wood, Freelance Series director