Filmonomics III Participants
Introducing our Filmonomics III participants and their projects…
Ming Ho & Roger Williams
Ming began her career as Script Executive at Zenith Productions, where she script edited drama series HAMISH MACBETH (BBC), BODYGUARDS (ITV), and FIRM FRIENDS II (ITV). For Ecosse/BBC, she co-created McCREADY & DAUGHTER (starring Lorcan Cranitch & Patsy Palmer) and subsequently wrote for EASTENDERS, CASUALTY, HEARTBEAT, and THE BILL. In 2013, she was selected for the Royal Court Theatre’s first Over 26s Writers’ Group: her play, EXHUMATION, was workshopped there in 2015 with Associate Director Lucy Morrison and cast including Anna Calder-Marshall. A second play, THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID, is scheduled for development performance at JW3 in autumn 2016. Ming’s spec feature, ALTER EGO, earned her an invitation from French screenwriters’ association, Maison des Scénaristes, to attend their International Screenwriters’ Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. She also blogs at (Dementia Just Ain’t) Sexy, speaks and campaigns on dementia and carer issues, and writes prose fiction and non-fiction.
Roger Williams is an award-winning writer who founded his own production company Joio in 2013. Joio produces film, television and theatre in English and Welsh. Productions include the BAFTA-Cymru award-winning drama series TIR for S4C and the film GALESA shot in Argentina in 2015. Roger started his writing-career writing for theatre and radio. Moving into television he wrote the original drama series TALES FROM PLEASURE BEACH for BBC2 that was nominated for the drama series BAFTA. He was for series including HOLLYOAKS, THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER and CAERDYDD for which he won the best screenwriter award in 2010 at the BAFTA Cymru awards. He created the Celtic Media Festival award-winning drama series GWAITH/CARTREF and television series TIR for which he won a BAFTA Cymru Award in 2015. Roger was Chair of the Writers Guild of Great Britain 2012-2015 and is the currently developing crime drama series BANG for S4C and working on film projects including MALDOD the first Welsh language gay feature film.
Inspired by the family history of Ming’s mother, INVASION reveals the untold story of Llandudno in WW2 – the Queen of Welsh Resorts, turned refugee centre and mass outpost of the evacuated London civil service. Through the intimate human drama of a family running a small hotel, we explore the social change wrought in a conservative seaside town at a time of national emergency. A community facing challenges familiar to us today – threat of terror, economic hardship, class conflict, and fear of immigration – INVASION is the coming of age of a daughter, a mother, and a town…
Project: GHOST WIVES
Eva Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Eva’s award-winning films have screened at numerous festivals, amongst others, at Sundance, Telluride, Edinburgh and London. Her film THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES was described as “one of the most absorbing documentaries of the year” by The Observer, and selected as one of the top five films of the year in Sight & Sound’s annual film review. Eva’s fiction short FIELD STUDY was nominated for the 2015 European Film Award. Eva is currently working on a number of feature projects including the Sundance-supported LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME and THE SPARK, developed with the support of the BFI. She is also in development with the hybrid feature GHOST WIVES and the artist film NIGHT/vision. Eva is a fellow of Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and the recepient of the Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.
A hybrid between documentary and fiction, GHOST WIVES tells the story of Song Tiantang, a 53-year old man from China’s Linzhang county, who murdered six women to sell their bodies to be used in ghost weddings.
Project: A QUIET STORM
Nathanial began his career on the stage before moving in front of the camera, after completing his psychology degree. Nathanial went on to star in a number of indie feature films which have had international release. Moving over to production he began gaining experience in production as a production assistant before going on to produce a number of short films; one horror short CHARLIE has gained over half a million views on YouTube and rising, and after forming an independent production company went on to make their way around the festival
circuit picking up acclaim. He produced his first feature on no budget with a grant from the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Sir Ian Mckellen. FALLEN ANGELS had a worldwide release, self-distributed through Amazon. A short documentary on mental health, SMILE won the audience award at the Mind Rights film festival in Portugal, and has since been shown on courses in Universities in America and Australia dealing with mental health. Since then Nathanial has been in development of a number of feature films.
A QUIET STORM is a Post-Apocalyptic Thriller with an edge. Our villains are not the undead or cannibals, they are the very real threat of rabid, ravenous animals, a hazardous, newly uninhabited terrain and the surreal and violent storms that swirl above Eden in the skies. The physical dangers are not all our protagonist faces. Most importantly, alongside the edge of your seat moments, we are telling the story of a very real struggle that lives with many of us today – mental illness. The story is told through the two timelines; the first being the world as we know it, Eden’s past; and the second, a new, empty world where Eden is presently the last human on Earth. The narrative delves deeper into the human mind and challenges the stigma that comes with mental illness in a fresh, engaging and sensational way.
Lisa Jacobi & Lauren Cooney
Lisa is a UK-based independent film producer, who has produced a variety of short and feature films. Lisa joined the UK film industry mid-2015 after relocating to the UK from Australia and studying Film Production at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). Lisa’s film career follows a long and highly successful 15-year career in Project Management, during which she was a leader of large-scale multi-million AUD Corporate IT projects. Lisa has one feature film in production (PENDULUM, sci-fi road-trip film written and directed by Lauren Cooney) and three shorts in post-production (PIGS & COURGETTES – dark comedy written and directed by Kyoko Miyake for the 2016 Cannes Cinefondation stream, KISSING ALL THE FISH – drama written by Hannah Leigh Prior and directed by Thembisa Cochrane, and SHUT EYE– comedy horror written by Isaac Tomiczek and co-written/directed by Lauren Cooney). Not to mention several features and shorts in development (including BANGING DOWN UNDER – comedy road-trip feature written and directed by Lauren Cooney). In 2016 Lisa was accepted onto the highly acclaimed flagship film-business programme Filmonomics 2016, run by Birds Eye View and supported by Creative Skillset.
Lauren is a writer, director and actor who studied English Literature at Cambridge University, before studying & working as an actor in Paris & London. She performed a significant amount of work in front of the camera before experimenting and educating herself on skills behind the camera. Her first directing credit is for the ambitious feature film project PENDULUM, which she wrote, directed, and starred in. Lauren is currently in post-production for this sci-fi road-trip movie, predominantly shot guerilla-style in India. She has one short in post-production, SHUT EYE, a comedy horror co-written by Isaac Tomiczek, as well as several others shorts in development. She is also developing two other features: Nest, a suspense-drama, directed and co-written by Frederic Casella, and BANGING DOWN UNDER, a comedy-drama set in Australia. Lauren is a current participant on the highly acclaimed flagship film-business programme Filmonomics 2016, run by Birds Eye View and supported by Creative Skillset. She is also a scholarship student at the Screen Arts Institute at the BFI. Lauren pursues female-driven stories from all angles, and is a member of the global female directing collective, Film Fatales.
PENDULUM is a feature-length sci-fi road-trip film, written and directed by Lauren Cooney. Two friends seeking spiritual salvation in India, away from their hedonistic and disconnected London lives, in advance of the impending collapse of the cosmos. PENDULUM is inspired by THE BEACH, MELANCHOLIA and indie breakouts MONSTERS & ANOTHER EARTH. PENDULUM was shot guerrilla-style in India in 2013, with reshoots, post-production and release scheduled for 2016. Visual FX is a critical component of the film, with the spectacular and vibrant collapsing cosmos evident in the sky throughout and the universe coming to an end in the final moments.
Before studying film making at the London Film school Katrin worked as a successful stage director in London and Berlin. Her film work played at festivals, in the cinema and on television. THE CROSSING was screened in the cinema before the Oscar winning feature film THE LIVES OF OTHERS. RÜGEN starred German actress Renate Krössner, the German Judy Dench and was sold to broadcasters in Germany, France and Austria. She is developing feature project CABBIES in association with Passion Pictures, with producer Neil Chordia.
CABBIES: London present day. Ed introduces us to the world of The Knowledge, where learner cabbies must memorise routes across London to achieve the ultimate status symbol, A London Black Cab. But he, and his long suffering friend Spice struggle to make ends meet as they study, with Ed’s landlord and Spice’s wife demanding they make some money. To make some quick cash, Ed robes Spice into another one of his hair-brained schemes that goes wrong but leads to a chance collision with Hugo Huntera high flying city investment banker. The scuffle offers our boys a glimpse of the banker’s secret plan – to smuggle £18million from Jersey before their bank is inspected. Ed persuades Spice that this is the prize they should be going for to set them and their families up for life.
Samantha Collins & Emily
Project: JILLIAN & JOHN
Samantha is a London based screenwriter and a recent graduate from the UK’s National Film and Television School. Samantha co-wrote award-winning NFTS graduation animation AFTER THE END with director Sam Southward (Hitchcock Award Best Short Film, Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard; Best Writer, Animation Dingle International Film Festival; and Jury Award Best Animation, Beverly Hills Film Festival), which has recently been selected for the Oscar-qualifying Zagreb Animation Film Festival. Her first feature commission, ballet family film YOU CAN TUTU, will be released in 2016. Samantha is developing a number of projects for film and television, including a conflicted love story – JILLIAN & JOHN – with producer Emily Barttelot, and a thriller with producers James Brown and Nicky Bentham. This summer Samantha will be resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts, where she has been invited by the City of Paris, Cultural Affairs Department, to develop her feature A BOY (UN GARCON).
Emily Barttelot is an independent producer and Development and Production Coordinator at Catalyst Global Media, a hybrid film and television production and financing company. Previously, Emily was assistant to Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein at Ecosse Films, where she worked on film projects including A ROYAL NIGHT OUT and DIANA and television dramas including LIFE IN SQUARES (BBC2), THE GREAT FIRE (ITV), FLEMING (Sky Atlantic). Emily has a post-graduate Diploma in Script Development from the National film and Television School and has produced two short films, ANAGRAM (2013) and THE KING (2015).
JILLIAN & JOHN: Jillian is 38 years old and still waiting for her life to begin. An outsider in her claustrophobic hometown of Barnsley, she harbours a hope of finding happiness and escape in a romantic relationship. Not that she’s ever had the best role models for a loving relationship; her family has remained fractured since the death of her infant brother. Jillian’s world is turned upside down when John, a charismatic 41-year-old from Sheffield, arrives in Barnsley to work at the glass factory. Their attraction is instant, and the effect for Jillian is like looking in the mirror for the first time. Jillian and John fall completely in love. But they are bonded by something deeper than romantic love. Soon they discover a devastating truth – Jillian and John share the same birth mother. Despite the ethical and moral implications, Jillian and John are propelled towards each other by the mutual intensity of their attraction and fear of returning to the emptiness of their lives before. Their complicity is compounded by the threat of how the small town community and their family will react if they are found out. When an accident brings John close to death, their secret is exposed and what remains of their family is inevitably shattered.Jillian and John are forced to confront the reality of their love and the conflicting hopes for their own lives.
Rubika Shah & Ed Gibbs
Project: WHITE RIOT
With a number of film festival and broadcast credits in documentary filmmaking, Rubika Shah is an emerging director whose work has been covered in Rolling Stone, MOJO and The Guardian. After a career working in music for Universal Music Group, Rubika went back to school to learn the art of filmmaking. After tracking down the forgotten stars of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ music video, Rubika directed a number of short films including a behind-the-scenes look at Spike Lee’s seminal hit DO THE RIGHT THING and a short portrait about ‘Let’s Dance’, entitled LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER. Her films have aired on BBC2, BBC America and BBC News and screened at a number of international film festivals, including Berlin, London, Tribeca and Hot Docs. She also shoots film-related news packages for ABC News and Screen Australia, and has been commissioned to direct a documentary short entitled WHITE RIOT: LONDON, through Film London’s London Calling scheme.
Ed hails from an internationally respected background in film, music and arts journalism (ABC News, BBC News, Empire, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and more). He produced the Crystal Bear-nominated LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER, a rare documentary short about David Bowie and the birth of MTV, which premiered in competition at Berlin and has since screened at Tribeca, Hot Docs and London, among others. He is a passionate advocator of diversity on screen with a focus on arts-led documentaries. Previously programme advisor for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, he now has a number of culture-related short- and long-form documentaries in development.
Rubika is in development with Creative England’s Emerging Talent Scheme on a feature-length high-end music documentary entitled WHITE RIOT, which is also being developed through Filmonomics.
Project: NOBODY LEFT TO HATE
Sheila has worked in film and television for over a decade on productions as diverse as LOVE ACTUALLY (Working Title, 2003), BBC documentary series THE STORY OF INDIA (Maya Vision International, 2007) and comedy series THE MIGHTY BOOSH Series 1 & 2 (Baby Cow, 2004-5); she also produced BBC3 archive comedy show OUTTAKES: US PRESIDENTS (Baby Cow, 2009). Sheila has also worked in development for a UK Film Council and Film4 development scheme, and later Steve Coogan’s comedy production company Baby Cow. RIGHT BETWEEN YOUR EARS is Sheila’s first long form documentary.
NOBODY LEFT TO HATE: Desegregation in American schools became law in 1954 but it took nearly two decades to find its way to the Austin, Texas. In 1971 Mexican and African-American high schoolers were bussed two hours across town to the white school. Because their neighbourhoods were badly resourced they were 1 academic year behind their white counterparts. The result? Inter-racial division and chaos ensued. The desperate school’s superintendent called on his former social psychology professor who had always taught that social psychology should make a difference to everyday life. So, Professor Elliot Aronson took a group of graduates to the high-school. They observed high-schoolers in the classrooms, corridors and playgrounds and eventually came up with an intervention: The Jigsaw Classroom. In just six weeks they saw a massive change. Weaker students advanced academically (all students improved) and deep friendships formed across racial and class divisions. The experiment was a success but its application to the restof society failed (it would take another 30 years). After press reviews, academic papers and contacting thousands of schools across America, the scientists got no responses. One head teacher candidly commented that her phone would ring off the hook if parents founds out their students were being taught by black kids.
Project: UNTIL YOU KNOW
Scottish writer/director Faye Jackson specialises in horror and fantasy, drawing much of her inspiration from folklore and history. Her breakthrough short film LUMP featured in New York magazine as one of the top five shorts of the 44th New York Film Festival, where it screened on the closing night, twinned with PAN’S LABYRINTH. Faye shot her debut feature STRIGOI, about the ‘real’ Romanian vampires, in rural Romania, with an entirely Romanian cast. STRIGOI won over 15 festival awards, including Best Independent Film at Toronto After Dark and the Melies D’argent at Neuchatel Fantastic Film Festival. It was released in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Scandinavia and numerous other international territories. Faye is currently developing THE FISHERWOMAN AND THE SEA, a fairy tale fantasy set in 19th century Scotland and UNTIL YOU KNOW, a divorce dramedy.
UNTIL YOU KNOW is a low-budget dramedy feature, an “unromantic comedy”, tonally in the same vein as Alexander Payne or 1980s Woody Allen. Jo and George are a middle-aged couple who want to get divorced, but are having a hard time selling their house. When their only daughter, Lily, announces that she is getting married, they finally agree on something – marriage will ruin Lily’s life. Now Jo and George must work together to put a stop to the wedding without alienating their daughter in the process. As the young couple start to feel the real world pressures bearing in on their romantic idyll, the older couple develop a new, liberated rapport as they battle a common enemy and deal with each other more honestly.
Aleksandra Czenczek & Monika Braid
Since 2004, Aleksandra Czenczek has been working in London as an independent writer/director as well as visual effects artist for film and TV. In 2011 she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Graphic Design on FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH. In 2012 she directed and co-wrote micro budget feature film DOLLS CAN’T CRY, starring Lara Belmont, which was screened at international film festivals and independent cinemas. In 2014 her short film BROTHERS was an Official Jury Finalist in the Sundance London Short Film Competition and was awarded at dozen
international film festivals. Another short MY FRIEND IVOR won an award for Best Forced Labour Film at the Unchosen Modern Day Slavery Short Film Competition, has been nominated for National Film Awards and screened at 46th Tampere Film Festival and 28th Foyle Film Festival. With her current feature project she took part in Sources 2 Script Development Workshop in Norway and EKRAN in Poland.
Monika Braid is an independent film producer, who works on fiction and documentary films with international production companies and broadcasters. Born in Cracow, Poland where she completed her MA in Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University, she has lived in the UK since 1995. She curated and organised numerous film festivals and film events in the UK, and while working with the Polish Cultural Institute initiated, developed and programmed the Polish Film Festival, which is now an annual event in London. She is EAVE graduate. In 2006 she set up her own company Braidmade Films and in 2012 opened its outlet in Cracow. Her recent credits include HBO production K2 TOUCHING THE SKY (2015), Arte/ZDF film WAKING UNDER WATER (2014) and BBC documentary WOJTEK – THE BEAR THAT WENT TO WAR (2011). The latest, K2 TOUCHING THE SKY, has won the most prestigious mountain film festivals around the world including BANFF, Graz, Kendal and Vancouver MFF.
MOTHER is a feature length drama about a woman who has never come to terms with being abandoned by her mother. Working as nurse in an old people’s home, she tries to adopt one of the patients as her new mother. As she increasingly attaches herself, she crosses more and more boundaries in her fight for a place in the old lady’s heart. Gradually revealing her unbalanced side, she starts watching the family of the old woman’s son. Her growing obsession makes us constantly wander how far she will go to make the woman consider her as a daughter. Written and directed by Aleksandra Czenczek, produced by Monika Braid at Braidmade Films, the project was selected for the Sources 2 Script Development Program and EKRAN+ workshop in Poland. It is currently in development and we’re looking for partners and co-producers.
Project: WANDERING STAR
Prior to completing her MA Screenwriting, Tara worked in the production department on feature films such as THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO for Spyglass Entertainment and THE BECKETT FILM PROJECT for Channel 4 and as a researcher of documentaries including TRAVELLERS and BLOWING THE WHISTLE for RTE. Tara’s writing experience includes several shorts and feature film scripts, including an adapting of the feature film screenplay HOME TOWN GLORY for Cavendish Fante in LA and the play STENCH, which was staged in the Light Industrial Theatre in London. Tara’s directing projects include DAYTRIPPERS, a short documentary developed at The Engine Room workshops and
funded by the Donegal Arts Council, the narrative short NORTH WEST, and the Northern Ireland Screen-funded short film MURIGHEILT. Tara is currently developing a television series, NORMAL FOR NORTH, with KGB in Belfast as well as her feature directing debut WANDERING STAR.
WANDERING STAR is a comedy about bisexual Australian backpacker, Nikki Hayes, who, on an extended journey of self discovery, finds herself falling in love in the eclectic city of Derry, Northern Ireland.
Project: CHINA SMACKS
I am a Scottish/Chinese Producer Director of primarily creative documentaries. A former current affairs reporter with fine art training followed by years of crewing in feature fiction film for studios like Working Title, Vertigo and Ealing, my focus is now combining real world stories with the cinematic. I have a passion for fresh, dynamic filmmaking that gets people talking and pushes boundaries but puts audience experience first, whether through impact, immersion or entertainment. My work has been commissioned by channels including BBC3, Al Jazeera and VICE and received nominations, a One World Media Award and been selected for various markets, festivals and events. I launched Younger Productions in 2016, a new production company formed at the end of last year from a fierce desire to better address the evolving potential and audiences for theatrical creative documentaries. Younger is now in post with its first commission and will develop and produce theatrical documentaries, side by side with digital shorts and series, online episodic releases and cross-platform elements.
CHINA SMACKS is a feature length documentary with accompanying web series and interactive content, immersed in China’s colourful technological youth culture. A sassy portal into the wild west of the Chinese web – the film is designed to be an intense viewing experience for audiences, allowing them an underground temporary
portal to break through the Great Firewall and see what lies behind. It is a fast-paced vivid look into life hidden behind the wall; a place where internet surveillance has failed to quash the vibrancy of the young – nor their creativity.
Project: THE WINGSPAN OF THE ALBATROSS
Sarah is Head of Development for Formosa Films and a development consultant and writer with over 10 years’
experience. She consults for talent and companies worldwide, including Warner Bros and The BFI. Sarah consulted for writer/director Elaine Constantine on hit feature NORTHERN SOUL, nominated for a BAFTA in 2015. She’s worked regularly with award-winning writer/director Justin Edgar, helping progress his new feature THE MARKER to greenlight and script editing RTS award-winning drama BATTLE LINES. She’s script consultant on 2016 Microwave finalist feature BAREFACED and was script editor on THE ROAD HOME, Oscar shortlisted in 2012. Sarah developed and script edited two series of live action, children’s adventure THE SECRET OF EEL ISLAND for Five. Part of the writing team throughout, she’s currently attached to write the feature version. She went on to co-write and co-produce web series TEMPTING FATES. Sarah recently wrote original feature THE WINGSPAN OF THE ALBATROSS for award-winning director Eva Weber, and is co-producing drama feature CRUSHED SHELLS AND MUD by Ben Musgrave. She provides rewrites and original work and has recently been asked by Oscar-winning company Passion Pictures Australia to adapt a graphic novel into an animated feature. Sarah is co-founder and host of industry networking group In Development.
THE WINGSPAN OF THE ALBATROSS is a feature drama about a man getting out of prison after nine years and attempting to revive his relationship with his estranged son. The only work he can get is as a cleaner in the zoo. Here he’s struck by the presence of a giant albatross kept in a tank barely large enough for it to stretch its wings. The man develops an obsession with the bird’s release, alongside escalating difficulty in communicating with his 14-year-old son. His son has a talent for art, something the man once dreamed of pursuing himself, and he’s desperate for him not to make the same mistakes he did. It’s a story about frustrated potential and failure to communicate, but in the end the man is finally able to make himself understood.
Project: THE DIVIDE
Katharine Round is a filmmaker and artist with over 16 years experience in creative documentary for broadcast & cinema. Most recently she has been directing a feature-length film on the psychological impact of income inequality, inspired by the book The Spirit Level. Called THE DIVIDE, the film was released in UK cinemas from 22 April 2016 to widespread critical acclaim, beginning at the landmark Picturehouse Central. Previously, she has made films for the BBC, Channel 4 & Discovery as well as new platforms – covering stories from organ donation in the UK, to anti-apartheid campaigners in South Africa. She has had work exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery, the Barbican and the European Parliament in Brussels. Katharine is also an accomplished producer, devising new models of finance and managing complex international shoots. She is the line producer for all of production company Disobedient’s productions and regularly gives masterclasses on film production to organisations such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAFTA, Four Corners Film and the Roundhouse. She is the co-founder of leading professional documentary filmmakers organisation Doc Heads, supporting documentary through curated events, masterclasses and commissioning opportunities.
Inspired by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s best-selling book The Spirit Level, THE DIVIDE illustrates a more personal account of how inequality shapes our society. From the fast-food employee struggling to earn a living to the Wall Street psychologist who aspires to live the affluent life of the damaged white collar workers he attends to. Personal testimony from those on both ends of the income spectrum helps to successfully articulate how the rising gap between the rich and poor negatively impacts people from the bottom to the top of society.
Project: MEMORY GIRL
Karen specialises in edgy, character-driven dramas and thrillers featuring flawed and complex female leads. She has enjoyed success as a radio playwright (GLA/LBC radio playwrights award, UK entry for Prix Italia Awards); theatre playwright and director (runner-up, Verity Bargate Award; nominee, Sunday Times Best New Play Award, publication by Methuen Books, stagings throughout the UK and off-off Broadway); and as a short film writer/director (over 30 international film festival screenings, and six Best Film/Best Director awards). Her coming-of-age girl gang feature screenplay, LADYKILAZ, was selected as a 2013 Nicholl Fellowship Top 50 script. Karen is currently developing several feature screenplays and her next short film as writer/director. She is represented by Christina Pickworth at Imagine Talent.
MEMORY GIRL is a micro-budget, psychological thriller about a young autistic woman, forced to use her unique memory skills to unravel the deadly secret which links her to an unexpected visitor and a series of child murders from 20 years before.
Project: WATERMELON SEEDS
Jean Stewart is an award-winning director for film and TV. She trained at the NFTS, and has directed a variety of popular and high rating TV drama series (including EASTENDERS, THE BILL, TAGGART). Her Credits include CRACKER (BAFTA Best Drama Award), NERVOUS ENERGY (BBC Film, London, Berlin Film Festivals and other festivals worldwide), BORN TO RUN (BBC comedy drama, RTS Best Drama Nomination), BUTTERFLY COLLECTORS (Granada/HBO with Paul Abbott, nominated for Prix Italia 2001), THE LONG RUN (Feature film, South Africa), LOVING YOU (ITV film), WILLIAM AND MARY (ITV series with Martin Clunes, BAFTA nomination), STAFFROOM MONOLOGUES (Teachers TV, RTS Education award) TAGGART (RTS Drama Series Nomination). Jean is currently developing film and TV projects, including THE CORRESPONDENT (with Sean Cook), WATERMELON SEEDS (with Evan Placey), ICEBREAKERS (with Evan Placey and Amy Rosenthal). She is also writing a novel, THE CHANGELING BOY.
WATERMELON SEEDS: How close can a family be? Rory and Imogen want a baby together, Imogen can’t carry the baby full term – but Stella, her mother, could… So what if they put together Rory’s sperm and Imogen’s egg and Stella’s womb – and have a baby… Science can make it all possible: they can be the perfect modern family. Or can they? Set close to the surf and spirit of Cornwall WATERMELON SEEDS is a smart comedy in the vein of JUNO, ENOUGH SAID and THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. This is an irresistible story of family politics, surrogacy, sex and the sea.
Project: THE LORN MAYER’S STORY
Eloise is a Producer with several years experience of producing and directing prime-time observational documentary films. Her career begun at Channel 4’s creative agency, 4Creative, before leaving to help set up Pulse Films TV department. She has a strong focus on telling powerful human-interest stories from the perspective of marginalised voices. Most notably: THE GATHERINGS – C4, THE PLAYLIST – Al Jazeera English, The DIVORCE CLINIC – BBC2, KIDS BEHIND BARS – ITV 1/A+E Networks. Eloise is also co-founder of Women on Docs, a monthly screening and discussion collective celebrating the contribution of women to documentary film. She is currently working as a Supervising Producer by i-D/Vice Media, producing feature documentary THE GOAL IS RIO with My Accomplice and co-producing a funded project with director, Marc Silver.
THE LORN MAYER’S STORY presents the extraordinary sporting journey of an underprivileged British teenager who became the youngest ever player to sign for the NFL in 2006. Lorn Mayers discovered American Football at the age of 18 at a local club in Tottenham, and was scouted by the iconic Oakland Raiders with less than a year’s experience in the game. An extraordinary physical specimen weighing 25 stone but light enough on his feet to dunk a basketball, Lorn had a bright future ahead of him. However, that future was taken away from him when Lorn was shot celebrating New Years Eve in London before his first real season game with the Raiders: seven times at point-blank range. Were it not for his extraordinary size and physical strength, he would almost certainly have died. Eight years later, Lorn has never fully recovered. He now walks with a customised boot, having never regained movement or sensation in his right leg. But his determination to make the most of his athletic gifts remains undiminished. He has learned how to throw shot put and is training to join the ranks of elite disabled athletes: to fulfill his potential, recapture his pride and prove himself on a global stage of the London World Championships.
Project: ANCHOR BABY
Emma Lindley is an award-winning director of TV drama and documentary. Directing credits include hit ITV series MY PARENTS ARE ALIENS (RTS nomination) and 24SEVEN (Prix Jeunesse nomination); US credits include two CableFAX nominated arts specials for Ovation TV. She has made six festival shorts – her most recent short, RED RIVER, won the Best Non-Multiplex Film award. Emma’s first UK feature script as writer-director, THE MISFIT CLUB, was commissioned by Met Film and funded by South West Screen. Her next (US) screenplay, ANCHOR BABY, was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2015. Her new feature, SAVE ME, is currently in development with Haus Pictures.
ANCHOR BABY is a feature-length drama set in the US. The story is about a lawyer who struggles to reunite a young Mexican girl with her deported mum, taking her up against a corrupt local senator. The script reached the final shortlist of the Sundance Screenwriter Lab 2015. My goal as writer-director is to attract a US producer and talent to the script, which offers three great lead roles for women. The film is set in modern day Arizona on the Mexican border, the world of SIN NOMBRE and SICARIO, and looks at the human side of the arms race to control our borders.
Project: THE LONGEST BIRTHDAY
Anna has produced several short films and commercials across Asia and Europe. All her films went on to major festivals where they have won numerous awards – like For Ofelia, a short film shot on location in the Philippines, that has won a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award. Following her postgraduate degree at NYU Tisch, Anna had worked for Academy Awardnominated Producers Kit Golden and Tom Mangan as a Development Assistant and Associate Producer for their European slate. In 2015, Anna co-founded Victoria Films to tell stories that both entertain and inspire, and has since been developing a slate of feature film projects.
Anna is currently in the late stages of developing the award-winning feature film THE LONGEST BIRTHDAY (BlueCat Joplin Award Winner, Black List Fellow) together with well known EP Ilann Girard and German Co-Producer Kick Film. THE LONGEST BIRTHDAY will shoot in fall 2016 in the UK and Israel.
Project: SAM’S STORY
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Project: FOR THE LOVE OF SALSA
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Project: ZENA EDWARDS PROJECT
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