Filmonomics IV Participants
Introducing our Filmonomics IV participants and their projects…
Nour Wazzi & Shirine Best
Project: BABY MINE
Award-winning filmmaker Nour Wazzi has worked in the industry for over 10 years, collaborating on and developing short and feature-length films. In 2008, Nour set up Panacea Productions with the intention of making distinctive, thought-provoking and compelling films with strong commercial potential. She has won awards for a number of shorts that have all found VOD, TV and airline distribution. This includes Film London-backed UP ON THE ROOF (2013) starring Maisie Williams, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and was named Best Short Film at Naoussa International Film Festival and Best Foreign Short at the Mexico International Film Festival, where her award-winning short psychological thriller SHACKLED, starring Emilia Clarke, won the Golden Palm for Best Short Film in 2012. Her Film London backed, award-winning short HABIBTI (2010), based on a story by Oscar nominee Ari Folman and starring Hiam Abbass, was broadcast on the BBC, selected for more than 35 international festivals and won five awards. Currently, Nour is co-writing the feature-length version of her latest short thriller BABY MINE, starring Alexander Siddig, and is directing on the short film series THE BREAK II for the BBC.
Shirine has amassed credits on over 20 features since starting in the film industry in 2001. She co-wrote and produced her first short film in 2012, which starred Emilia Clarke. That same year she was commissioned to create and produce a music video for EMI-backed Ben Montague, as well as producing ETERNAL RETURN, a gothic fairytale featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 2013 Shirine set up Finished Films, producing the company’s first short film RED SHOES for Vivienne Westwood, which starred Lily Cole. She has also produced a promo for the House of Vans creative space in Southbank; a short documentary on fracking in the UK for charity Humanade; plus two narrative shorts, SISTER SAYS and JURASSIC, which both did well on the international festival circuit. Shirine’s latest short film BABY MINE (which she is developing into a feature) was the only short selected for funding by the Doha Film Institute in 2015. WESTWOOD, her first feature, is a documentary about the life of iconic fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood, currently in post-production. Dogwoof are attached as the film’s international sales agent, and John Battsek’s Passion Pictures is producing alongside Finished Films.
BABY MINE: When his wife and child go missing, a Middle Eastern man’s strange behaviour has the small town asking the same question – did he kill his family? As his world unravels, each new discovery gets us closer to the dark truth.
Project: GIRL DEM
Rayna trained as an actress at the Amerian Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, after winning a scholarship from The New York Times. She then moved to London and began working in TV and film. Her acting credits include WATERLOO ROAD, SCOTT AND BAILEY, CASUALTY, DOCTORS, THE DUMPING GROUND and CORONATION STREET. She played the lead role in the 2013 Berlin Film Festival competition entry LAYLA FOURIE, which won the Special Mention Award. LAPSE OF HONOUR was Rayna’s debut as a director and producer; she also wrote the screenplay. It was chosen by Film London for the Breakthrough section of their 2015 London screenings, as well as opening the 2015 British Urban Film Festival. The film was also selected for Avvantura Film Festival in Croatia, Black International Film Festival, Festival of Black Cinema in Berlin, Dinard Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. LAPSE OF HONOUR has additionally been picked up for such special screening series as British Film Week in Rennes and Reflecting Cities in the Netherlands.
GIRL DEM: Blaze is brilliant, bad-ass, and banged up. She is also pregnant. Can she curb her volatile ways, and convince the prison authorities that she deserves a place on the coveted mother and baby unit? Blaze is torn between gang politics, prison injustices and the glimpse of something better. Written by Charlotte Macleod.
Stephanie Zari & Jennifer Monks
Project: IN OUR BLOOD
BAFTA shortlisted in 2014 for her short film DAWN, Stephanie is an award-winning writer/director/producer. Her first short film MARIGOLDS achieved festival and critical success, screening at festivals and events worldwide. MARIGOLDS was acquired by and broadcast on BBC HD Shorts, and won Best Director at Underwire Film Festival, where it was also nominated for Best Screenplay. DAWN is her second short film and taster for her first feature film, IN OUR BLOOD, which recently reached the Semi-Final round of Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Competition out of over 2300 submissions. She is in post-production on her latest short film BEING KEEGAN, starring multi-BAFTA nominated Stephen Graham, which has secured Stephanie a PIA Pressure New Voices Award 2016. BEING KEEGAN’s trailer was released to astounding success, securing additional completion funds from Templeheart Films as well as being selected for Awardeo and Film Shortage trailer and campaign of the week, Indiewire‘s Project of The Week, and shortlisted for the Screencraft Short Production Award. Stephanie forged a successful career as a first assistant director and promo producer working with top tier talent over the last seven years, and is now focused on moving exclusively into the development and production of her own projects.
With a background in line producing, commercials and competition shorts, Jennifer’s professional clients include John Smiths, BSkyB, Puma, Vauxhall, Enterprise Car Hire and Domino Records. Her short films have been selected for Sundance, London Short Film Festival and picked up the People’s Choice award at Reed Film Competition 2015. She is currently in post on coming of age, psychological short film BEING KEEGAN, directed by Stephanie Zari, and is currently working with Stephanie on packaging her bold feature debut, psychological thriller IN OUR BLOOD. Jennifer is one of 10 producers selected for Creative England’s Creative Producer Initiative and is also championed by the BFI under the 2016 Producer Hot House scheme, an intensive six-month industry programme supporting the next generation of emerging British producers. Jennifer is currently working alongside award-winning producers Natasha Dack and Nikki Parrot of Tiger Lily Films as part of her freelance BFI placement.
IN OUR BLOOD: After the devastating death of their sister, two surviving triplets fly the confines of their Jehovah’s Witness community and embark on a dangerous and twisted quest to regain their identity. As devotion turns to obsession, one man’s faith threatens to break their bond forever.
Project: THE TEN HUMAN YEARS OF PRETA ESHANA
Debbie was a professional actress for over 20 years before setting up Big Buddha Films nine years ago. She has made a number of short films, both fiction and documentary, and recently completed her first feature documentary, STILL LOVED, which has just finished a cinema tour in the UK, receiving fantastic reviews in the national press. Her work has been screened at film festivals around the world, winning both critical acclaim and a number of prestigious screen awards. Her strengths as a writer/director lie in her strong sense of story, her ability to draw out excellent performances from her cast and a passion for tackling difficult subjects head on. Debbie is also a visiting lecturer in film at various universities and a mentor on the BFI Film Academy. She is passionate about championing women in film and always aims to work with at least a 50% female cast and crew. She has two new documentaries in development and is co-writing her first feature film, WAITING.
THE TEN HUMAN YEARS OF PRETA ESHANA: Inspiring others to believe in the power of their own ability to sow the seeds for positive future change, using the life changing capacity of small stories told through provocative works of art.
Roz Mortimer & Abigail Addison
Project: THE DEVOURING
Roz Mortimer is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London. Since 1995 she has been producing award-winning films that have been widely screened around the world in cinemas, galleries, film festivals, online and on television. She is a researcher in the department of Media, Art and Design at University of Westminster, has an MA in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths and lectures in experimental documentary practice at universities in the UK and USA. Her films have been supported by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Film London, LFVDA, LAFVA, Animate Projects, Eastern Arts and Channel 4.
Roz’s work is focused on expanded and experimental forms of documentary. Earlier works unpicked notions of Englishness and explored human-animal relations, whereas more recent films have focused on specific global locations from the High Arctic to the forests of Poland, telling layered and thought provoking stories which blur the boundaries between staged theatre and documentary whilst challenging our social and political understanding of the world today.
Roz’s short films have been included in the BFI Urban Visionaries UK cinema tour and the European Media Art Festival (EMAF) international cinema tour. Over 100 international film festival screenings, include official selection at Oberhausen, London, Tampere, Sao Paulo and documentary festivals Guangzhou, China; Cinema Vérité, Iran; and One World Human Rights, Berlin.
Abigail is co-founder and director at Animate Projects. She has been producing award-winning artists’ animation and artists’ film for the past seven years, and has produced 37 films, including 15 shorts for Channel 4’s Random Acts. These films have screened at international festivals including Annecy, Oberhausen, Ottawa, and Fantoche, with awards including Best Motion Graphics at the British Animation Awards 2014 and The Lumen Prize 2016 Moving Image Award. In 2014, Abigail produced four artists’ films for exhibition at CGP London and Phoenix Leicester, and worked with Roz Mortimer for the first time on a single screen installation entitled THIS IS HISTORY (AFTER ALL).
Recently Abigail has produced SILENT SIGNAL, bringing together six artists and six scientists to produce short animations for exhibition at six UK galleries and multiple festival screenings throughout 2016, including Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Vienna Independent Shorts, Ars Electronica, and Green Man Festival. She also produced Chris Shepherd’s JOHNNO’S DEAD, which premieres at the London International Animation Festival 2016. Abigail is currently producing animated short I’M OK with director Elizabeth Hobbs, and is also associate producer on Richard Squires’ long form experimental documentary, CLAUDE: THE HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER OF THE CARTOON VILLAIN.
THE DEVOURING: A Roma woman buried alive in a forest in Poland during WWII returns to haunt us, uncovering the forgotten history of the Roma in Europe.
Project: THE MAHARAJAH
Neil Chordia is an independent film producer. In 2008 he co-founded production company Eclipse Films, which was later incorporated into the Eclipse Global Entertainment group of which he was also a founding partner. While at Eclipse, Chordia developed a slate of feature films and produced Michael Caton-Jones’s URBAN HYMN, starring Shirley Henderson and Letitia Wright. Before co-founding Eclipse, Chordia was an associate producer at Marion Pilowsky and Colin Leventhal’s Priority Pictures. Among the titles Chordia helped produce were Kenneth Branagh’s SLEUTH starring Michael Caine and Jude Law, NINA’S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS starring Shelley Conn and Art Malik and THE ALL TOGETHER starring Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer.
Prior to this, Chordia was Co-Production manager for L.A. sales agent Myriad Pictures where he worked on all Myriad’s co-productions, including Marc Evans’s TRAUMA, THE RIVER KING starring Ed Burns, PICCADILLY JIM starring Sam Rockwell and Tom Wilkinson and Istvan Szabo’s BEING JULIA, starring Annette Bening. Chordia has also worked for United International Pictures in the marketing and promotions department. Here he was involved in all the company’s UK marketing campaigns, including films such as GLADIATOR, M:I-2, BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, BILLY ELLIOT and AMERICAN BEAUTY. In 2006, Chordia directed the short film STINGRAY, starring Mathew Horne, Lucy Punch, Dominic West and Andy Serkis. The film was shown at film festivals around the world including Chicago International Film Festival, where it was nominated for best short film.
THE MAHARAJAH: A British Asian property developer finds he has inherited the Maharajaship of a province in India. In order to claim his title and the lands that go with it, he must spend a month living amongst the people.
Project: GENERATION GAP
Adriana Kytkova is one of the core volunteers at Deptford Cinema and a community ambassador at the Barbican Centre. She also produces and collaborates on short films. She has contributed to many film seasons exploring social issues and themes including ‘Gentrification’ and curating short films seasons.
She recently started her new project *hidden, which will see her providing opportunities to people to have their work screened and distributed.
GENERATION GAP: The documentary will move through different generations, examining the testimony of those who lived through them, learning how they look at the tragedy of the Ukrainian genocide in 1943, its many Czech deaths, and how it influenced them, in contrast to the ignorance of more recent generations and the very different struggles they face.
Project: THE VESSEL
In 2013, Janet Wells started Quarry Island Films, a production company making entertaining films with big ideas. SOCIAL SUICIDE, a teen thriller about the perils of social media, was completed in 2015 and sold out at youth film festivals across Europe, including Belgium, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the UK (winning a Special Mention at Schlingel). SOCIAL SUICIDE is currently being represented by Princ Films.
Janet has both a business and screenwriting background. Following a BCom from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from INSEAD in France, Janet worked in Marketing and Management Consulting. She then moved into Screenwriting, receiving a MA in Screenwriting from LCC in the UK. She worked in Development at Capitol Films in 2006 and then with Eon Productions in their Screenwriters Workshop for 18 months. Over the last 10 years, Janet has written many award winning scripts and wrote and produced an award winning short film. Janet is also a visiting tutor at LCC in the MA Screenwriting programme and has lectured several times at the University of Lincoln in Screenwriting and Producing.
THE VESSEL: A supernatural horror about a teenage girl who has been quarantined for 15 years with a rare illness but then discovers her entire life has been a lie. There is a demon inside her that will destroy humanity and she is the only one who can defeat it.
Madalena Hudson has worked in the film and TV industries since 2012. Madalena started by working at Zephyr Films as a production assistant working on the film GOD HELP THE GIRL. She then moved to working her way up on set, working as production secretary and co-ordinator across film and TV on productions such as LUTHER, BEYOND THE LIGHTS and KIDS IN LOVE.
Madalena then moved back into the world of production companies by joining the Riley productions where she now works in development and production as a production executive, moving into a production company. While at Riley was the associate producer of the Sundance hit BRAHMAN NAMAN, which was sold as a Netflix original world wide. She has produced two short films: AURELIA, a French and English film which won the Official Selection for Los Angeles Lift-Off 2015, and RE-INTRODUCTION which is currently in post.
Outside of work Madalena is producing a number of projects including SANDITON, directed by Jim O’Hanlon with Charlotte Rampling, Max Irons and Holliday Grainger, and various projects with the director Chris Foggin.
Selena is an award-winning producer building a slate of short and longer form projects, with a natural inclination to dark comedy and formidable female characters. Her career began at Channel 4 Drama where she found her passion for storytelling, progressing into script editing for a variety of independent production companies. Returning to C4, she cut her teeth as a short-form producer within the 4Creative team, creating a range of campaigns filming in the UK and abroad. Her latest short HERE BOY, commissioned by Creative England’s Funny Girls scheme, recently won the Promax UK Short Festival. She currently works as a freelance producer on content for clients ranging from Nike to The Times alongside her film & TV projects.
FLOATERS: …HOLY GRAIL meets THE HEAT in this female buddy comedy set in the 17th century. When two unlikely women are forced on the run together after escaping a witch-hunt, they must overcome their own preconceptions of each other to outfox malevolent forces and find sanctuary.
Project: THE DONKEY
Dédé is 30 years old and a film producer. She has produced six award-winning short films since starting her producing career in 2011. In 2015 she started production on her first feature film, for which she is currently finalizing UK and US distribution deals. She is also developing a varied slate of comedy, drama, thriller and horror feature projects.
She has a BA in Business and Media Management, and a 1yr Diploma in Filmmaking. The short films have screened at Tribeca, BFI London, Rhode Island, Shanghai, Cambridge, Brussels and Tokyo, among many others, and her completed feature film was developed on Film London’s Microwave scheme. She was also shortlisted for the Creative England Producer Hothouse scheme. Dédé lives in Oxford.
THE DONKEY: A narcissistic City banker teams up with a man he bullied as a boy on a surreal quest through London. Directed by Keir Burrows.
Project: ROCKET MAN
Starting her career assisting directors and producing shorts in Australia, Emma returned to London where she worked for the BFI and Film London as well as producing shorts, commercials and music videos. Her most recent short OYSTERS (directed by Pratyusha Gupta) was commissioned as part of London Calling Plus and her upcoming English/Chinese language short POMMEL (directed by Paris Zarcilla) will go into production in the new year.
Emma is currently developing her first feature projects including docs THE BRAVEST ORCHESTRA IN THE WORLD (directed by Cam Matheson) about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, and ROCKET MAN (directed by Emma Sullivan) which follows one man’s quest to transport himself into space. Emma has previously taken part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent lab and the Mini Meet Market at DocFest. Her project MARI, a drama written and directed by Georgia Parris, was recently shortlisted by Film London as part of Microwave 2016/17 and is currently in development under the scheme.
ROCKET MAN: Inside a shed in an old shipyard in Copenhagen, Peter Madsen, an inventor and self taught engineer is hard at work with his crew, determined to build a rocket to launch him into suborbital space. Directed by Emma Sullivan, ROCKET MAN follows Peter and the crew on his lifelong mission to reach the edges of possibility and of the earth itself.
With over 15 years experience in the film and television industry, Alice began her career in drama development. Then as a freelancer worked her way up through the production ranks with companies such as Clerkenwell Films, Carnival Film & Television and Left Bank Pictures, giving her a broad knowledge of taking projects from conception through to delivery. Having left London for Cardiff in 2010, Alice has consulted on the script development and budgeting and scheduling of a number of short and low budget feature films. She produced ONCE AND FOR ALL (2011), a stand-alone short film and music promo for Island Records act Clock Opera.
Alice began working with ie ie productions in 2012 as part of the team who made AMERICAN INTERIOR, an award-winning multi-platform project (a film, a book, an album, an app and a website). Following support from Ffilm Cymru Wales to expand and diversify the company’s slate, Alice now heads up the drama department at ie ie productions. ELEN, her first pitch in this role, was commissioned by S4C for The European Broadcast Union’s Children Drama Series (2017/18). With Managing Director Catryn Ramasut’s recent BFI Vision Award, the team are now seeding new projects and exploring extending their IP. CANDYLION is the most ambitious and potentially commercial of these ventures so far.
CANDYLION: When Candylion swallows a Negative Vibe, a monster of catastrophic proportions is unleashed on Pixel Valley. It’s up to best friend Caruin to reunite the Circle Of Friends and help Candylion combat the Negative Vibes for good. A fantastical musical fable from Gruff Rhys, dealing with themes of equality, capitalism, xenophobia and friendship.
Emily Young & Ania Nakov
Project: SUMMER E5
After doing an MA in English Literature at Edinburgh University, Emily went to film school in Lodz, Poland, where she lived for about five years while studying directing and making short films. One of her graduation shorts, SECOND HAND, won the cinefondation competition in Cannes. This helped Emily make her first feature film, KISS OF LIFE, in London and Croatia, which won the Carl Foreman BAFTA for a first feature.
She made a second feature, VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE, in New York, before coming back to London to have two children. She’s been developing film projects since then and is now gearing up to realise them. She’s at Filmonomics with SUMMER E5, a feature film produced by Ania Nakov.
Following her experience working for film production and distribution in London and Paris, Ania is launching an independent film production company in London. Producer of short films including the award-winning FRIENDS FOREVER, directed by Marçal Forés (official selections at the London, Edinburgh and Venice film festivals amongst others), the award-winning MY FOOTSTEPS IN THE LEAVES, directed by Benjamin Sanders, and LA PLANÈTE ENCORE by MOEBIUS for the Cartier Contemporary Art Foundation MOEBIUS TRANSE-FORME exhibition (with CANAL+ and the CNC). She is presently in development of the feature film SUMMER E5 with director Emily Young. Ania is a graduate of the National Film & Television School and Cambridge Judge Business School.
SUMMER E5: A powerful friendship between two young girls is formed when they are both betrayed in different ways by their families. A coming-of-age summer movie set in a very particular, vivid, secret London that belongs only to 16-year-olds on the cusp of it all.
Project: TWO JANES
Sana Bilgrami, born in Pakistan, is an award-winning documentary director and a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University’s undergraduate Film programme. Through a variety of stories, she has explored cross-cultural identity and belonging. She experiments with different techniques, frequently using 8mm film, archive and intimate voice-over. Her broadcast credits include TREE FELLERS (STV, 2004), shortlisted for a BAFTA Scotland, ACROSS THE WATERS (BBC Scotland, 2004), shortlisted for a Satyajit Ray Award, and she was one of ten directors of NEW TEN COMMANDMENTS (BBC Scotland, 2008).
Her Masters degree film, UNDER MY SKIN (2001), won awards at Scottish Students on Screen, was shortlisted for the Saltire Grierson award at Edinburgh Film Festival, and won Best Documentary at Chichester Film Festival. Her recent short, FRAGMENTS OF A LOVE STORY (2013), a personal film about her great-grandfather, was exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She studied film and philosophy in Canada, and did a Masters in film at the Edinburgh College of Art.
TWO JANES: In 1898, my great-grandfather and his brother travelled from India to Edinburgh and married two extraordinary women: Jane Brown and Jane Batty. Abandoned by their Indian husbands, the two Janes struggled to pursue incredible careers in a Britain that frowned on interracial love. On a self-reflexive journey, I search for traces of their lives.
Project: BIRDS OF THE AIR
Sarah Beddington is a London-based artist and filmmaker. Her experimental documentary films look at the intersection between the social, the personal and the political and she often inserts historical or mythological stories into a contemporary context as a way of thinking about a sense of place and time in which journeys and migration are frequently key elements. Sarah has made many short films that have been screened in international film festivals, as well as in museums and art galleries. Her work is also represented in a number of public art collections, including Arts Council England.
BIRDS OF THE AIR, her first feature-length documentary, is an exploration of the subject of return to the Palestinian territories. By juxtaposing an intimate portrait of Fadia, living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, with the work of Palestinian and Israeli ornithologists logging the movement of birds migrating through the eastern Mediterranean, there is a hope that something unexpected may emerge relating to questions about exile and displacement, freedom and compassion, longing and home.
BIRDS OF THE AIR is a poetic documentary that uses the aerial perspective of birds migrating through the eastern Mediterranean to reflect on ideas around exile and home.
Project: RAY AND MOLLY AFTER THE APOCALYPSE
With many years of experience in the world of advertising, developing brands and taking products to market, Susan pooled her experience with more recent ventures in business and finance and set up the film production company, Over The Fence Films. With a passion for marrying business and art, she has set out to identify powerful creative ideas and shape them into financial propositions with a view to delivering outstanding returns.
She drives her current project, RAY AND MOLLY AFTER THE APOCALYPSE, with an ever-expanding team that draws on the wealth of expertise and experience of players throughout the industry. Broadening her own appreciation of the business, she has participated in major festivals and tapped into the current issues surrounding the business. A keen champion of women in business, she not only focusses on opportunities for women in film but also in the world of start-ups and new technologies, speaking on panels, judging pitches and working closely with investors and entrepreneurs alike.
RAY AND MOLLY AFTER THE APOCALYPSE: Thrown together in a post-apocalyptic world, the last two standing put aside their differences and challenge the rules of love. Directed by Clare Kilner.
Tas Brooker has worked in the television industry for 17 years, for Sky Movies and other film-related TV programmes. She has also managed a variety of large scale TV productions. Along the way she has learned skills suited to her role as Line Producer and Head of Production, such as budgeting, scheduling, working with talent, contracts and delivering programmes to broadcasters.
More recently Tas has used these skills to line produce a 70-minute, factual stunt-based DVD for Lionsgate. She has also been a consulting producer for two short online projects. She is regularly asked to be a consultant producer by new directors who are wanting to make films and need assistance in the strategies of bringing together a shoot, crewing and budgeting. Tas works closely with directors, producers and friends of BAME backgrounds, with the aim of sharing knowledge and building a network of creative talent who can continue to grow and have a stronger presence in the film industry.
ESPIONAGE: In this action-packed espionage thriller Britain takes on the Soviet Union in a secret conflict that would affect the direction of the Cold War. Written/directed by Jim Wiseman.
Nicole Volavka is a drama director working across TV, film and commercials in the UK, Czech Republic, Croatia and Rwanda. Actors she has directed include Tom Burke (THE MUSKETEERS), Anna Madeley (IN BRUGES), David Ajala (THE DARK KNIGHT) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (CHILDREN OF MEN). She has over 10 years experience in the industry, starting as an intern on LOVE ACTUALLY, then assisting directors such as Michael Caton-Jones and Stephen Poliakoff.
Nicole graduated from The London Film School in 2010 with her own award-winning shorts. For her commercials she was twice nominated for the Cannes Lions Young Director Award, while in TV she has directed DOCTORS for BBC1 and been a 2nd Unit Director on THE TUNNEL for Sky Atlantic. Most recently, a pilot for her feature SEEKERS was funded by the BFI, and she is developing further feature ideas under her company Bohemian Films. She is represented by Jennie Miller at Independent Talent.
SEEKERS: Amadu is a minicab driver in London who is hiding a traumatic past from war-torn Congo. He meets Conrad, an abandoned teenager, and together they rescue neighbour Mabinty from her traffickers, which suddenly throws their lives into grave danger.
Victoria Mapplebeck & Erin Phipps
Project: DATA RECOVERY
Victoria is an award-winning writer and multi media director. Her films for TV and the web have been commissioned by Dazed, Film4, Channel 4, and The Arts Council. Victoria is interviewed regularly for BBC and Sky news on developments in mobile media. She has also had features published in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Conversation. Victoria’s recent Film London short, 160 CHARACTERS, lifts the lid on the stories and secrets buried in a vintage Nokia. This smartphone short was shot entirely on an Iphone 6 and was officially selected for the 2015 BFI London Film Festival. 160 CHARACTERS was recently selected as a Vimeo staff pick and has received 128,000 plays. The short also was nominated for the Innovation category of the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Awards and is currently featured in a six-week exhibition of Victoria’s work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle.
Victoria is currently developing DATA RECOVERY, a feature version of this short film. DATA RECOVERY is a smartphone feature documentary which will be serialized for mobiles and embedded within TEXT ME, an award-winning touring interactive arts project produced in partnership with BALTIC gallery. TEXT ME won The Pixel Lab, The Merging Media Prize for Best European Cross platform Project, at Power to the Pixel and was featured in Wired magazine.
Erin’s career launched before graduating from her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. She was awarded the 2013 Student Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter for the Public Service Announcement she produced and edited for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Erin graduated early with a BA in Communications to work as a producer and editor at Backflip Films in Madison, Wisconsin. For two years, she produced commercials, corporate, and online films winning awards from MCA-I Madison. During that time, she teamed up with Firmament Films and worked on THE NOIZE (2013) and GAME DAY (2014), which won regional Best Picture awards for the 48 Hour Film Project.
Erin moved to the UK to study at The London Film School towards an MA in Filmmaking. While in the UK she was a producer’s assistant on the short film MIDNIGHT OF MY LIFE (2015), which was directed by Phil Davis and stars Martin Freeman. Most recently, Erin sold the short film she produced, NAZHA, to BBC Arabic TV’s programme Cinema Badila.
DATA RECOVERY will explore the traces left behind by two generations of absent father. An archive, which includes texts, emails, letters, cards, but lacked the one thing that really mattered ….a photograph. DATA RECOVERY begins with a personal story, but it also tells a universal story, one in which we increasingly expect more from technology and less from each other.
Jonson D’Angelo was born in Philadelphia, USA. Around the age of 8, she went to live with my mother in Belfast, N. Ireland at the height of the Troubles. Aged 17, she moved to London, where she began working various different jobs. In the early ‘90s she took a job as a part-time receptionist in well-known ad agency Harry Monk. It was there that she found h passion for filmmaking. In 2000 Jonson set up a small production company, specializing in the music industry. During this time there she wrote, directed and produced over 100 TV commercials, documentaries and videos. In 2008 she resigned and set up Playground Pictures, in order to pursue her ambition to write and direct films.
To date Jonson has written and directed two short film scripts. Based on a poem by Ella Blake (aged 12 at the time of writing), JENNY stars Richard O’Brien (voiceover), Lorcan O’Toole, Camille Coduri and Alfie Allen. Her second short, YOUR NUMBER’S UP, was backed by award-winning Trevor Beattie (MOON) and produced by Karlene Page of Big Hug Limited. It stars Patricia Quinn (THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW). Jonson’s passions in life are family, film, travel and animals.
TROUBLE: A celebration of a mixed-race family’s survival, in the white man’s religious warzone.
Laura Martin Robinson
Project: BOY INTERRUPTED
Laura joined Welsh indie ie ie productions to direct and develop documentaries. With 12 years in documentaries, she has made programmes for all the major broadcasters. She has built her reputation on negotiating sensitive access to produce and direct powerful, moving and entertaining documentaries with strong human stories at their heart.
Laura cut her teeth in the docs world working with Louis Theroux. She developed and AP-ed the RTS winning and BAFTA-nominated LOUIS THEROUX: A PLACE FOR PAEDOPHILES, and AP-ed the BAFTA-nominated LOUIS THEROUX: BEHIND BARS, which had unprecedented access to San Quentin prison. Other credits include BBC3 documentary A DIRTY WEEKEND IN HOSPITAL (Best Current Affairs Documentary BANFF) and BBC2’s AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREASURES (Best Documentary Series BBC World). She was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Talent Awards 2009 in the Best Short Documentary Category for THE DEAD LETTER DETECTIVES, which she directed, shot and edited. The film was screened at the BRITDOC and Birds Eye View festivals.
In 2012 Laura was selected to pitch at the C4 First Cut competition in Sheffield and the BBC new director’s scheme. In 2013 she began directing for broadcast, making a selection of short documentaries for Channel 4 about everything from pet funerals to adoption and in 2014 made her first hour long film about open adoption in America for BBC3. Laura is now working in Wales with the award-winning feature documentary company ie ie productions. They have recently received the BFI Vision Award and are expanding into TV docs, feature drama and animation. Laura is currently directing two documentaries with ie ie for BBC Wales, and developing the slate for future projects.
BOY INTERRUPTED: What happens when you’ve spent your whole life fighting to be heard? Imi Gillani, 24, is funny, intelligent, ambitious and single-minded – but very few people know this because Imi has a stammer. A stammer you have rarely heard before. A stammer so severe people think he is mentally ill and one that 18 years of speech therapy has not even begun to help. There might be no cure for Imi, but he is determined to make peace with how he speaks. This documentary will follow Imi as he tried to find acceptance for his unique way of speaking? Can Imi finally find his voice?
Maria Caruana Galizia
Maria is a producer based in Newcastle. She began her career as an assistant editor for Scottish TV. She went on to work on various productions including MOBY DICK, AGORA, GAME OF THRONES and SINBAD. In 2013 she set up Candle & Bell and has produced a number of short films, including the BIFA long-listed short A SIX AND TWO THREES, THEY LIVE IN FORESTS, THEY ARE EXTREMELY SHY for Channel 4 and MORDECHAI funded by UK Jewish Film. She is currently developing the Creative England-backed feature film STINE, written and directed by Kat Wood.
STINE: Newcastle, 2030. An end-of-life-care robot, Stine, is so devastated when its reclusive young patient dies, that it freezes the body and sets about bringing the deceased woman back to life. But rather than life returning to normal, the creature causes chaos.