Introducing our Filmonomics V participants and their projects…
Amy Mathieson is a graduate of The University of Birmingham (BA Hons Drama) and the NFTS Entrepreneurial Producing.) Her first film 1 Way Up www.1wayup.com was shot in native 3D and the first truly independent 3D film made by a woman in the UK. The film was co produced with Shine Global in NYC and broadcast on MTV, Pivot Entertainment and streamed on NETFLIX in the UK, USA and Canada. Prior to its release the film premiered in theatrical 3D in London at Peckhamplex cinema where it ran for four weeks and across London Picturehouse Cinemas. Amy works regularly as a videographer, photographer and audio book director and is writing her first feature drama.
Having worked as an actor, presenter and stand-up, Anna started comedy-writing 15 years ago with BBC Radio and TV show, Dead Ringers. Her most recent script, CABLE STREET, is a satirical comedy-drama that she will direct as her first feature. She has also completed a dark-comedy, TEAM-BUILDING – THE LOST 49’ERS, while another co-written project, BERNIE’S GIFT, is in development with Dreams Beyond Pictures with Hugh Bonneville attached. Anna also writes and produces the annual fundraiser for a charity that supports the survivors of trafficking and torture. One of the short films she has made for the charity – I SEEK ASYLUM starring Emma Thompson and Doon Mackichan – has been selected for 3 international film festivals and WFTV’s Show Us Your Shorts event. Anna’s latest directing project was an 8-minute music EPK for international DJ, Francesca Lombardo, for Blue Raincoat Music.
Anya Camilleri is a Film & TV director, and writer.
Her recent credits include short film JEALOUSY (Palm Springs FF, Austen FF, London SFF, Remi Winner Housten IFF) and A GIRL OF NO IMPORTANCE, shot on location in Rome, just completed, selected for the upcoming Women in Film showcase, as well as for Awesome Foundation Milan Award.
She is attached to direct movie THE CALL BOY, with producers Paul Raphael and Enrica di Biasi, and in development on feature film LOST GIRLS and international TV series THE RING. She is particularly interested in telling powerful stories about women and women’s untold history, to appeal to an international market.
Her past credits include:
Primetime shows SCREEN 2, THE BILL, MOVING ON.
Co-creating and directing hit series NY LON, a transatlantic love story starring Rashida Jones and Stephen Moyer for C4.
Co-creating and directing award winning LIVERPOOL 1 and LIVERPOOL II (14 hours) which led the ITV schedule two years running.
Prior to doing a degree as a mature student – writer/producer/director Brendan O’Neill was a carpenter and builder. He has also worked variously as a roofer, concreter, tar sprayer, factory labourer, barman, kitchen porter and mobile bookseller. Since doing his degree he has worked as a teacher, university lecturer, software engineer, technical author, music video producer and filmmaker-in-residence.
Since making his first film in 2008 he has been selected for 2 regional, 2 national and 2 international talent schemes. His £900 war film Around Again won the UK parliamentary Film The House award in 2015. He has a range of projects in development.
Producer and founder of Frolic Films, Camilla is developing a slate of international television and feature films inspired by culturally diverse stories. Frolic’s development slate includes a TV drama adaptation of New York-set novel AFTER DELORES, co-produced by David Barron, feature adaptation of British Asian coming of age novel COCONUT UNLIMITED, and original series by Norwegian writer/director Camilla Strøm-Henriksen, WHALER. Prior to this, Camilla worked as director David Yates’ Development Executive, most recently on FANTASTIC BEASTS 2. Camilla started her career in television, where she worked in production for producers and companies including Simon Channing Williams, Nigel Stafford Clark, Impossible Pictures and Left Bank Pictures.
I am an award-winning drama director, currently selected for the BAFTA Elevate 2017scheme. I graduated from the NFTS, where I studied Fiction Direction. I have directed Father Brown, Doctors, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. Having built up such a strong body of experience, I am now focused on moving on to more challenging drama, as well as feature films I recently directed a Film London Calling Plus short called, Support and Creative England supported short, Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote starring Sir Lenny Henry, Wunmi Mosaku, Colin Salmon, and Fatima Koroma.
I have been directing for almost 20 years and have been lucky enough to work on a variety of programmes in different genres. My first experience in programme-making was in Factual, Educational and Entertainment programmes at the BBC. Working in these areas and within Children’s output also gave me experience of a variety of crews, contributors and budgets.
After shadowing directors on some well established BBC dramas I earned a place on the Doctors Directing Course (specializing in using two cameras). I have since gone on to direct Casualty, Doctors, Judge John Deed, Hollyoaks Specials, The Bill and Call The Midwife. I have also spent time in the producer role while co-producing an award winning independent feature documentary.
Originally from Slovakia, Dasa is a London based documentary filmmaker. She graduated with BA in Film, Video and Interactive Arts at Middlesex University. Her work explores socio-political topics, generally focussing on the stories of strong women. Her feature debut “Polyland” gives voice to three Her feature debut “Polyland” gives voice to three strong women from different minorities in Wroclaw and explores the nuances of how it feels to be black, Muslim or LGBTQ+ in the most homogenous country in an ever more right-leaning Europe.
Short version of “Polyland” got selected for “The Guardian Pitch” at Sheffield Doc Fest 2016. Her short doc, ‘Resistance Recipes’, a food and farming themed documentary highlighting the everyday struggles of Palestinians in the West Bank, has been selected for the London, Bristol and Toronto Palestine Film Festivals.
For the past fours years, Dasa has also been working on an animated documentary “Not a Saint, just an Angel” about a 95 year old peace activist from London. Before moving to the UK, Dasa completed an MA in Biological Anthropology and Cognitive Sciences in Austria, and France and spent two years in India learning the art of Bharata Natyam – South Indian traditional dance.
Fleur has worked with award winning documentary film teams at Grain Media, Violet Films and Postcode Films. She is currently Project Manager at Hakawati and Impact Producer for feature documentaries Almost Heaven by Carol Salter and ISLAND by Steven Eastwood.
Fleur’s legal background informed her interest in documentary, understanding that storytelling has the power to create positive change and give new energy to tired issues. In addition she’s also directing a short documentary about women’s representation in society since WW2. She is a BAFTA Guru Film Pro (2016).
Current projects: Almost Heaven (2017), ISLAND (2017)
Recent: BAFTA/Academy Award® nominated Virunga (2014)
BIOG to follow…
Georgina works with Caspian Pictures and independently, with a variety of international films in development. She is currently in post- production on US AMONG THE STONES (2017), the sophomore drama from director DR Hood starring Laurence Fox; and the black comedy DEAD IN A WEEK (OR YOUR MONEY BACK) from first time writer-director Tom Edmunds . In 2013 Georgina produced a theatre project working with a group of 50 Syrian refugees SYRIA: THE TROJAN WOMEN which became a critically acclaimed UK theatre tour in co-production with the Young Vic Theatre, and an internationally award-winning documentary QUEENS OF SYRIA (2015).
Helen is a Producer and Co-Founder of Silver Salt Films, along with fellow participant Naomi Wright. The company creates female-focused content for a global audience and our development slate includes Naomi Wright’s World War Two set directorial debut WIRA, Prano Bailey-Bond’s feature debut, thriller-horror CENSOR and her psychological horror WOMB. The company’s first feature, documentary-drama OCCIDENT’S MARCH is in post-production, the follow-up film to C.W Winter and Anders Edstrom’s THE ANCHORAGE, which was awarded Locarno Film Festival’s Golden Leopard (Filmmakers of the Present) and named ‘Best First Film of the Year’ by The New York Times. Prior to forming Silver Salt Films, Helen’s background has primarily been in international theatrical distribution, having worked most recently for CinemaLive (Head of Acquisitions and Distribution) and Columbia Pictures (part of the Sony Pictures Entertainment group).
In-Sook Chappell is a playwright and film- maker.
Her first play THIS ISN’T ROMANCE was produced at Soho Theatre after winning the Verity Bargate Award. It was commissioned by Film4 with In-Sook as writer/director and enjoyed a sell out run this summer at the National Theatre of Korea. Recent theatre includes ABSENCE (Young Vic) and P’YONGYANG (Finborough). THE FREE9 is being produced by the National Theatre Connections 2017/2018 and MOUNTAINS will open at the Royal Exchange Theatre early 2018. She is currently on attachment at the National Theatre Studio.
In-Sook is completing her second short film KOTCHEBI.
Her first short, FULL was funded by the BBC and played at Encounters and the London Short Film Festival.
Irune’s debut feature, Pikadero, screened at over 40 international festivals following its premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. It won various awards, including a FIPRESCI and the Michael Powell Award at EIFF. Pikadero has been theatrically released in a number of European countries.
Irune has recently worked at London-based Altitude Films. Prior to that, Irune produced short films, such as Patata Tortilla, which won two BAFTA New Talent Awards. Irune has also worked as a line producer and script developer.
Jenny Lu has written and directed ‘The Man who Walked on the Moon’ (2014) (Winner of Best Fantasy Award at Amsterdam International Film Festival 2015, selected for London Short Film Festival 2015). Her feature film script ‘The Receptionist’ won the ‘Excellence Screenplay Award’ at MOC, Taiwan in 2014. ‘The Receptionist’ had its international Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017. The film has been nominated for ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Actress’ at Milan International Film Awards and ‘Best Feature film’ at Salento International Film Festival 2017. Jenny has won ‘Best Emerging Director’ award at the 2017 Asian American International Film Festival, New York. The film has also been screened at Durban and Raindance International Film Festivals and had its theatrical release in Taiwan.
Julia Stovel was chosen for Guiding Lights 2016, Europe’s most prestigious mentoring scheme and is being mentored by Academy Award winning director James Marsh.
Her documentaries RUNAWAY ( BBC1) & THE BOY WITH THE PROTEUS SYNDROME (Channel 4) were broadcast and sold worldwide. In 2006 she was shortlisted for the HBO BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH TALENT AWARD.
She is directing ZERO HOUR, a cinema documentary, produced by Alex Gibney hailed as “the most important documentarian of our time” and Executive Producer Will Clarke (Altitude) Julia is also directing RAISING HELL, produced by Chi Thai with Academy Award winning Executive Producer James Gay-Rees.
Katerina has been a writer/director/producer for more than 20 years. She has worked in film, theatre and TV both in Europe and the US. After her MA in Drama, Film and Psychology and numerous shorts, TV commercials and music videos, she set up INVENTOME in 1997 to produce her first feature, THE BOYS, a Greek Film Centre/UK co-production premiered at TIFF 1999.
Her award-winning ‘playfilm’ COCKROACH WALTZ premiered in Greenwich to critical acclaim. Her second feature, MARRIAGE, recently started its festival journey receiving 17 international awards so far in all major categories. Kat’s stories are metaphors-made flesh. She explores the human condition in an unapologetic yet delicate way, focusing on strong female stories for global audiences. She is currently developing her third feature ‘The secret mind of Oakly Carter, aged 9.74’ which is a sweet, intimate story about a condition never tackled in film before. She is a published author, member of WGA and Directors UK.
Lydia Conway started her career as features and travel journalist, and was theatre editor of What’s On, and children’s editor for the London Evening Standard. With Paul Arnott she co-founded Edenwood Productions with credits including the feature film AMIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with the RSC for C4/Miramax, SCULPTING LIFE (Rowan Gillespie) for PBS/RTE, Prix Europa nominated NA REDLEGS for TG4, BBC’s BARBADO’ED: SCOTLAND’S SUGAR SLAVES and, most recently LOVE & BETRAYAL IN INDIA: THE WHITE MUGHAL for BBC FOUR. She has a slate of feature films in development including ON SHELTERED WATERS, LOVE TRAIN and MELANCHOLY BABY with Mike Hodges.
Lynsey Martenstyn works in the TV industry. She’s worked many factual programmes for a variety of channels including PBS, NatGeo, BBC, C4, Smithsonian; including RTS Scotland’s best History programme of 2016: Scotland’s War at Sea and more recently, The 21st Century Race to Space.
In 2016, Lynsey had been chosen as a ‘One to Watch’ at the Edinburgh International Television Festival; a scheme that recognises rising stars within the industry.
Lynsey is a qualified journalist and an aluma of the Liverpool Playhouse Young Writers’ Programme and the Royal Court Writers’ Programme. Her work has been performed at the Lyric Hammersmith and The Deaf Institute (Manchester).
Lynsey has written a non-fiction essay for an anthology called No Filter, which will be published in 2018 by Unbound. She is working on her first short about slavery in Scotland.
Lynsey lives on a boat and is studying for a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Skipper’s Licence.
Margaret McGoldrick is a Belfast based producer/director. She most recently directed children’s short, Finding Shakespeare, through the BFI/Northern Ireland Screen Access Shorts scheme. In 2016 she produced short film Childer via the BFI/Northern Ireland Screen Shorts-To-Features scheme, which is currently on its festival run. Other recent credits include the award-winning crime web-series Farr (2015) via RTE’s/IFB Storyland, NI Screen short film Time & Again (2016), which recently closed its festival run with an online release via Cinephillia & Beyond, feature-documentary Hostage To The Devil (2016) and recently released indie budget slasher Braxton (2016/17). She is currently in development horror feature The Morrigan and feature-doc Burning Down The House.
Meghan Horvath is a film director based in London, primarily working in documentaries. Her last short THE PUBLIC LIFE OF MANICK G. screened at the 2015 Sheffield DocFest and her first feature documentary THE MIDDLE MEN was broadcast on the Australian Biography channel.
She was selected for the 2012 Women in Film & TV Mentoring Scheme and in 2015 was a participant at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam. She is a member of Film Fatales and Cinesisters.
Meghan is developing her second feature length documentary and writing her first feature screenplay
Morven has pursued her interest in a career in film by establishing an entry point via film festivals. Morven has been involved in the production side of festivals for the past three years, beginning at Edinburgh and then becoming an established member of the Doc’n Roll Film Festival team, as a producer and coordinator.
Morven’s passion is two-pronged, but rooted in documentary-making – her motivation and interest is in social reportage and music. Morven is currently working as an Assistant Producer on a new documentary in production, Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché. Morven wants to pursue a career in film production where she can apply her 15 years of knowledge and experience in project management and planning, gained in the not-for-profit sector, to film-making with a social conscience or message.
Naomi Wright is a Writer-Director and Producer at Silver Salt Films. She has worked in television for the last sixteen years making a wide range of documentaries for Channel 4, ITV, the BBC and Sky Arts, including the final episode of ‘The South Bank Show’ on ITV. Naomi is also an award-winning short filmmaker. Several of her short fiction films have screened at festivals globally, including ‘String’ (winner of several audience awards, including ‘Best Short’ at Washington DC Independent Film Festival) and ‘Join My Band’. Naomi’s debut feature film ‘Wira’,written by BAFTA nominated writer Robin Mukherjee, is currently in development.
Natalie Yesufu Edwards
Natalie Yesufu Edwards is a Birmingham born producer and actor and owner of Transition Stage Company. She has worked in Independent Film, Theatre and Tv in UK and USA for eight years. Living in New York, she developed an appetite for producing and entrepreneurialism, realising there wasn’t a platform for international visual artist creative graduates to get professional credits. Transition Stage Company facilitated independent film productions, also created the conditions where actors and filmmakers could get their work seen through Events, Theatre and cinema in Manhattan. Natalie returned to Birmingham to complete a Masters in Acting and launched Transition Stage Company in Birmingham with its first Pilot awards show ‘Enter Stage Write’ which was a success with Channel 4 executive commissionaire of Drama Lee Mason as its headline judge.
Paul’s background over the past 25+ years has been in design, post-production, cinematography and VFX (Lost In Space, Dragoncharm, Prince Valiant). More recently he’s been producing films and directing a short, a precursor to a feature, through Inventome, a production company co-owned with Katerina. Previously, he ran a successful international new media agency based in Soho, managing creatives for over 15 years with clients such as New Line Cinema, Sony, Emirates and Virgin. His expansive knowledge on the practicalities and technicalities of filmmaking has him on the testing/steering panels for Adobe, The Foundry and RED amongst others. He is the recipient of 3 cinematography and 2 VFX awards. Combining a passion for story, technique and film with extensive experience of the online and business world, Paul aims to combine these to continue to build a strong sustainable business.
Sasha is currently in post production on her first feature film, Love Type D and is currently developing her second feature, Another Anna. Sasha was one of four writers to win the inaugural Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Award in partnership with Big Talk Productions, the CTBF and the London Comedy Film Festival. Sasha is an alumni of the Binger Writers Lab and the Berlinale Talent Campus. She has an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She won a Skillset Bursary, a Postgraduate Bursary from SW Screen and a John Brabourne Award to attend the MA, during which time she wrote and directed six short films. Her most recent short film, LUNCH DATE, screened at film festivals across the USA, including Aspen Shortsfest, where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award from the comedy jury.
Tessa has written and directed several short films which have won awards across Europe and the US, including the Palme D’Or at Cannes and the BBC award for Best Short Drama.
Three of her feature film screenplays have won development funding. Most recently STEP 13, a UK/Danish co-production, was awarded a major MEDIA EU development- to-production grant.
Tessa also works across other media. Her experimental radio play Flotsam was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Her short stories have won competitions including the Chester Prize, and been published in two collections to date.
Tessa has extensive experience in feature film screenplay development, devising and leading programmes for MEDIA EU, the Film Council, the British Council, the First Film Foundation etc.
She is currently writing her latest feature film project, Unmourned.
Thembisa is a creative producer who works in association with Caspian Pictures and Spier Films where she has a variety of international films in development. She is currently in post-production on US AMONG THE STONES (2017), the sophomore drama from UK director DR Hood which stars Laurence Fox and Anna Calder-Marshall; and the international co-production THE HARVESTERS (2017) presented this year at Venice Final Cut. Previously, she worked as an executive for Spier Films UK and provided support on films which screened at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, and many other festivals as well as receiving distribution around the world. She has a broad portfolio of work including animation, branded content, and commercials. Her career started in the commercials and film industry in South Africa and she holds an honours degree in Film & Media Studies from the University of Cape Town.
Vanessa Lobon-Garcia obtained an MBA in 2003 and has worked as a production manager in international companies for over fifteen years, specialising in budgeting and project management. Vanessa co-founded Doc’n Roll Films Ltd. an exhibition, distribution and production company in 2013. She is the Artistic Director of Doc’n Roll Film Festival – the UK’s music documentary festival. Based in London with regional editions in Brighton, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester, Dublin and Hull, this film festival uniquely discovers, supports and champions under-the-radar music films across all genres. Vanessa is producing her first film called Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché.
Zillah Bowes is a filmmaker and writer. She trained at the NFTS and her debut as director, SMALL PROTESTS, was nominated for a Grierson Award and won the Current Short Cuts Award and Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival. Since then she has directed films for BBC and Channel 4 and collaborated with Turner prize-winning artist Martin Creed. Her films as cinematographer include ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, which won World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and SHE, A CHINESE, which won Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival. Zillah’s awards as writer include the 2017 Wordsworth Trust Prize and a 2017 Creative Wales Award.