BIRDS EYE VIEW TRUSTEES
- Suzanne Alizart has over ten years experience in the regional creative industry and was instrumental in the growth of regional talent in the East Midlands with Executive Producer credits on BRONSON; SKELETONS; TYRANNOSAUR; THE UNLOVED and WEEKEND. She was also interim CEO at Film Agency Wales and most recently has worked in business affairs after studying law. She has a keen interest and fascination for stories that reveal a little of common humanity from myths and fairytales of the world to absorbing political dramas.
Matthew is a senior social media strategist focused on helping organisations to be as effective as possible in an ever changing digital landscape. His advice has been used to inform product development, determine comms strategy as well as direct crisis responses. His experience to date encompasses public sector, marketing agency and commercial organisations, dealing with a wide variety of stakeholders including executive teams, boards, media outlets and investors.
Sally El Hosaini is a Welsh Egyptian screenwriter and director who first crossed BEV’s path back in 2009, at our She Writes screenwriter’s lab. After her short The Fifth Bowl won a BAFTA for best regional film in 2008, Sally went on to take cinemas by storm in 2012 with her debut feature My Brother the Devil. Developed through Sundance Institute’s Directors and Screenwriters Labs, My Brother the Devil has seen Sally pick up awards from BFI London Film Festival, Sundance, Berlinale, Women in Film & Television and The Evening Standard. Sally has truly lived up to the ‘UK Star of Tomorrow’ title given her by Screen International back in 2009, and we’re thrilled to now welcome her to our board in 2013.
Head of Film, British Council
Briony began her career working in cultural exhibition as Director/Programmer of Tyneside Cinema before heading the BFI Programme Unit. She also acted as Consultant for Channel 4’s Independent Film & Video Dept and co-programmed the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival from 1996-2000. She joined filmmaker training organisation, The Script Factory, in 2000 and was its Director for over 10 years before becoming Director of Film at the British Council in July 2011, where she is responsible for overseeing its promotion of UK films and filmmakers internationally.
Sandra began her career as an academic before moving on to independent film distribution and becoming Cinemas Director at Manchester Cornerhouse; the city’s major centre for film and the visual arts. Sandra then moved to the British Film Institute in 1997 and in 2003 she was made Artistic Director of the BFI London Film Festival. Her innovation, creativity and curatorial stance has helped to foster a new generation of culturally engaged UK cinema. Sandra is currently on the selection committee for the Rome International Film Festival, selecting for the International Competition and Cinemaxxi Competition and she is a trainee psychotherapist at the Minster Centre.
Jackie is a Partner in the Media, Communications and Technology Group at Olswang LLP. She specialises in the financing, production and distribution of films and television programmes with particular experience in film financing in connection with the structuring of co-productions with any combination of government subsidies, tax-based finance, distribution pre-sales and banking finance. Having acted for financiers and producers both in the UK and Europe, Jacqueline has knowledge of the legal and practical requirements of both.