A very clear and I think reasonably positive take! What does a post-Brexit UK film industry look like? stephenfollows.com/post-brexit…
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Shekhar directed the award winning short films ‘The Fairy who Stole Eyes’ and ‘Faux Départs’ which won the Best One Shot Movie, 2012. He was one of the five winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Competition with the screenplay ‘THE MRS’ co-written as with all his projects with his brother Shalinder. In 2013 he directed the short ‘No Love Lost’ which has screened at 70+ festivals and won over 20 prizes. Entrenched in visual-story-telling, and twice shortlisted for the Satyajit Ray Short Film Prize, Shekhar aspires to make good feature films that travel the globe including FIREFLY and ETHER, both in development.
Amy worked extensively as an AD on features & drama before her first short film THE FAIRWEATHER GIRL (2010) was an official selection at TIFF KIDS and went on to awards success during it’s international festival run. A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY and EPITAPH followed and most recent short THE TREEHOUSE (2014) was supported by the BFI and Creative England as an inaugural iShorts production. It screened at over 40 international film festivals and has won 8 awards to date. She has also produced and directed more than 20 short films in creative collaboration with kids aged 6 – 18, including BOY SOLDIERS (2012) which won Best Film, 2013 Limelight Film Awards. Amy most recently AD’d on Kudos’ GRANTCHESTER and FLOWERS.
Chris’ latest feature, a dark horror based on a true story, THE LIGHTHOUSE will be released by Soda pictures, July 2016 and was supported by Ffilm Cymru, S4C, BBC Films, the BFI and others, produced by David Lloyd through Dogs of Annwn. After making numerous shorts Chris’ first feature DEVIL’S BRIDGE (Dogs Of Annwn, Kraken Film) was picked up by EOne for a theatrical release; his second, PANIC BUTTON (Movie Mogul) premiered at Film4 FrightFest in 2011 and has enjoyed multinational distribution. Next came VIKING: THE DARKEST DAY (Lindisfarne Films) in 2012. Chris has a number of projects in various stages of development including CONQUEST, a dark ages epic and 44, a WW2 actioner.
Gwilym’s short script THE HINDSIGHT BIAS was produced by Milkwood and screened at festivals including the BFI London Film Festival and LA Shorts Film Festival. A feature version of THE HINDSIGHT BIAS is currently in development, and Gwilym is now working on several other feature projects, including THE EXISTENCE OF LIBERTY WHITE for Milkwood (with development support from Ffilm Cymru). A short film based on this project is due to hit the festival circuit in early 2016.
Former journalist for Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound, Paul wrote, directed and produced the 2009 documentary on AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (Universal Home Ent). HIM INDOORS starring Reece Shearsmith won five awards including Best Short, Best Screenplay and Best Actor worldwide. Second short THE BODY (Paul Fischer / Ten Cent) won Best European Short at Sitges 2013. Paul is developing an all-British Horror Anthology feature, writing and directing one of the segments and the linking story, to shoot Spring 2015, alongside other original material and is attached to direct a feature for XYZ.
Writer/Director Richard Fenwick’s award-winning portfolio of work includes BBC comedy short ALBERT’S SPEECH and Jaime Winstone starrer, LOVE LETTER. He is also the director of many music videos for, amongst others, Timo Maas, Death in Vegas and Muse. His work has screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, won numerous awards and he was chosen as a Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’. Richard is currently packaging his debut feature film, the indie sci-fi, SLOW LIGHT (Born Risky / Creative England) to shoot 2016, and is developing a psychological thriller called SILENCE.
Rob wrote for Tiger Aspect’s RIPPER STREET, series 3, screened BBC 2015. Screenplay THE BEAUTY OF SHARKS for Royal Road Entertainment looks set to shoot in 2016, along with FUTURES for Starchild Pictures (Brit List 2013), which Rob will direct. He wrote and directed THE BUNKER, 2002, and rewrote Lionsgate’s HOUSE (Namesake / Fox) in 2008. He has also written BALEFIRE for Cinescope and OBSESSION for Corona Pictures and co-wrote SCINTILLA, 2013 (Liquid Noise / E1). His short films include the award winning ‘The Trick’ and Edgar Allan Poe’s classic ‘The Black Cat’ rereleased by Arrow Films, Autumn 2014.
Michael wrote the feature-length script for DOGGING: A LOVE STORY (Vertigo Films) in 2009. He now has further feature scripts at various stages of development and optioned an original TV series to Sprout. His short film THE SELKIE’S LOVER – which he wrote, directed and produced – is currently on the festival circuit, and was named audience favourite at the Moab International Film Festival.
Justin’s THE GIRL IN THE CORN is in development with director Laura Smith and Producer Cassandra Sigsgaard to shoot 2015 and SOUTH OF THE RIVER is being written for producer Mark Harris. He wrote NUMBER 13 (from the M R James short story), THE SLAVERY BUSINESS and THE HANGED MAN all as stand-alone dramas for BBC TV and has developed feature scripts with Working Title, Little Bird, Ecosse and Aiminage. He is a graduate of the NFTS and has also had plays broadcast on Radio 4 his latest DOG DAYS, Summer 2014.
Chris’s first feature I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, adapted from the Dan Wells YA trilogy launched at SXSW, March 2016. His original project SECOND RIVER is in development with Komixx as both a feature and TV series. Original horror screenplay FINLEY’S DARK is in development with Blind Monkey / Ingenious, Jamie Stone to direct, and he made his first short film RED ZONE in 2014. Chris also recently co-adapted a YA novel for Random House Screen. His TV series FAR FROM NORMAL, a comedy drama, was optioned and developed by World Productions. He is developing other original features.
A Perrier-nominated stand-up, Jenny’s first feature film, ANOTHER MOTHER’S SON, a true-story set in WW2 Jersey is in post-production for Bill Kenwright Ltd, starring Jenny Seagrove, Amanda Abbington, John Hannah and Ronan Keating. She wrote for YOUNG DRACULA for CBBC, 2013 and is currently developing various UK and European TV series including a Battle of Britain drama. Recent projects include a feature for Oscar-nominated Polish studio Akson and co-creating a new soap for Russian TV. Jenny has written for a wide range of shows including THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW, EASTENDERS, HOLBY, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, DANGERFIELD and the docudrama DEATH OF A PRINCESS. Her own sitcom SOMETIME NEVER was made for ITV.
Jo is an award winning writer, director & producer. Short film WHISPER has won 3 awards and her DH Lawrence adaptation THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER has won 8 awards. Jo produced short film VIKING, which premiered at Slamdance and is now producing the stop-motion animations FLOWER AND THE GIRL, which she created and wrote (Film London) and TOGETHER ALONE. Jo has recently directed the documentary SUGARWATER following the first ever National Theatre performance by a Deaf and disabled theatre company. Jo is producing forthcoming VR feature film HOPELAND with Ben Okri; the Welsh comedy LLARDO and is UK producer on WINTERLAND, a Canadian Co-Production with Nomadic Pictures (Fargo). She is Co-Producing and directing the feature film FORCE 10 and is attached to direct feature films BEACH BOY and PANDION. Jo has worked in TV production for companies including Talkback, Endemol, IWC, ITV, The BBC, Zenith and feature-length documentary co-productions for The Discovery Channel. Her film production work includes films by Mike Leigh, Anthony Minghella, Ridley Scott and Andrea Arnold’s OSCAR winning short film WASP.
Owen’s first feature script is now under option to Oscar-winning Bedlam Productions and he is developing an original sit com and other feature projects. A former cinema projectionist turned film & television writer (NME, Empire and Total Film), Owen earned an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.
Debo is a poet, writer, director, facilitator and collaborator, whose plays have been performed around the world, from the Arcola and Soho Theatres in London, to Israel including in 2007, alongside Conflict Zone Arts Asylum’s Artistic Director, Michael Ronen, a collaboration with writers from Palestine, Pakistan, Kosovo and Israel’s renowned Joshua Sobol, supported by the Jerwood Foundation. The resulting production Closing Time, featured at Soho Theatre, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2007. For TV, Debo was the Head Writer, Script Editor and Creative Consultant on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES AFRICA, writing eight of the episodes for EbonyLife TV adapted from the popular ABC/Disney series. He is associated with the Institute of the Imagination, Theatre and the Arts (IITA), and the African Theatre Association (AfTA), based at Goldsmiths College, London. His first feature film BEYOND BLOOD is currently in pre-production and his new adaptation of THE DUCHESS OF MALFI opens in London, September 2015.
Nev directed his first three short films in 2015 – BRICKS, GHOSTED and LOCK-IN under the Creative England iShorts strand. His first feature, thriller PACKAGED will shoot in early 2017 (David Fincher exec producing). Nev is also currently adapting a major novel for Riverstone Pictures with Jamie Russell (see below). Their original script DRUG TUNNEL is under option to Mint Pictures / JLB Productions, with Mat Whitecross (Fleming) to direct. Alongside various spec and commissioned work, Nev is a contributing editor to Empire, the world’s biggest movie magazine.
David has developed sit-com YE OLDE BENT FLUTE with Jelly Legs and has written for the nightly topical comedy show ‘Tonightly’ (Objective for C4) and most recently for ‘Tumble’, ‘The Jump’, ‘Rude Tube’, ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘Big Star’s Little Star’. He has been scripting live shows, reality TV and formats for companies including Renegade, Dragonfly, Sony, Victory, ITV, Jim Henson Co., Disney, MTV, Celador, Princess and VH1 and on shows including Don’t Tell the Bride, Celebrity Big Brother’s Little Brother, Top of The Pops, Popworld, The MOBOS and Strictly Come Dancing for over ten years.
Avril is developing projects for both film and television on both sides of the Atlantic. Her original series THE OATH is under option and RIVALS is being supported by the BBC for Greenacre Films. PAO, adapted form the Cost shortlisted first novel recently had a Sky Table read. As a director she has made numerous shorts which have been shown on TV and at film festivals around the world, DISTINCTION now regarded as an underground classic. She has adapted novels and contributed to TV series such as Babyfather, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road.
Gabrielle Russell has directed ten short films, including Coming Up’s SCAPEGOAT in 2007 and LIKE FATHER filmed in post-war Bosnia in 2008. She wrote and directed HIGH RISE (2001), THE WRONG SEA (NFTS Graduation Film, 2005) and most recently FALLING (2013). Gabrielle was AD on the Warp feature SHE, A CHINESE and is developing original screenplays.
Jamie is currently adapting a major novel for Riverstone Pictures with Nev Pierce (see above). His short films BRICKS, GHOSTED and LOCK-IN were all directed by Nev in 2015, LOCK-IN as part of iShorts for Creative England. He co-wrote PACKAGED with Nev which will shoot early 2017 with David Fincher exec producing. Romantic comedy DIVORCE PARTY is in development with Fox Cub Films. Jamie is also the author of BOOK OF THE DEAD (Titan, 2014, John Landis: “the definitive history of the living dead”) and GENERATION XBOX: HOW VIDEOGAMES INVADED HOLLYWOOD (“fascinatingly detailed and revealing” – the Guardian). He is developing original feature projects.
Emma’s debut feature film, PAPAGAJKA, premiered at SXSW in March 2016, a UK/Bosnian co-production made whilst completing an MFA at Bela Tarr’s film.factory in Sarajevo (mentored by three Palm D’Or winners amongst others), and she continues her collaboration with her cohorts through the collective Bistrik7. She is currently developing her second feature ALGEBRA (a black comic horror), with UK Producer Nicola Clayton (Sodalite Films), which will go into production in 2017. Emma’s short films, music videos and edgy fashion films have been selected for over 130 festivals worldwide and won several awards including THE STORYMAKER (2009, Best Short WiFTV LA) and CAMPERS (2012, Silver Palm, Mexico International). She is an alumni of the Berlinale Talents, the BT Short Film Station and the Reykjavik Talent Lab.
Jack Ryder has successfully made the move from actor to writer / director, having codirected various theatre productions on and off West End under the likes of Sam Mendes, Kenneth Brannagh, Thea Sharrock and Hamish MacColl. His first short film AN ACT OF MEMORY starred Claire Skinner, Anna Massey and Owen Teale and was screened in Cannes, 2012 and on Sky Arts. He is currently developing several original screenplays and shadow-directing on BBC drama series, as well as making his second short film. He has directed a ‘Red BUtton’ episode for CASUALTY (BBC, July 2015) and he directs the stage musical of THE FULL MONTY on UK tour, Autumn 2015.
Mark is a former editor of Empire magazine and author of more than a dozen film related books and developing several original screenplays. He also writes together with Simon Furman, including the horror films DOWN, V3 and psychological thriller THE HEATH. Their horror script DEVIL’S DUE was optioned by Gold Circle Films and they have adapted Kazuya Kudō’s and Ryoichi Ikegami’s manga Mai: The Psychic Girl for Tim Burton. Mark also adapted Beverley Birch’s novel Rift and is currently writing a western biopic.
Malachi has numerous screenplays in various stages of development, including GATEWAY 6 (Sentinel / Stigma) for director Tanel Toom which topped the Brit List 2015 to star Rhys Ifans, Sofia Boutella and Ed Skrein; and TWO GRAVES with producer 42, and director Luke Watson both shooting 2016. NOCTURNE, produced by Bona Fide, was made in 2015 directed by Konstantinos Frangopoulos. Also in development is BORDER POST (Generator, director Chris Hartwill). His short films include the multi-award winning THE ARCHITECT and BIFA winner SCHOOL OF LIFE. He is writing an original TV series and developing various features.
Tracy is an award winning writer, director and animation producer. Her radio plays have featured regularly on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Wales, including series STATION ROAD and Man From U.N.C.L.E Robert Vaughan’s experiences in Czechoslovakia during the Russian invasion which received critical acclaim. Tracy’s first model animation CODENAME CORGI won the Sgrin/S4C Animate It award, two Welsh BAFTAs, and Gold in Chicago. She followed it with 36 episode series COLIN AND CUMBERLAND for BBC, additionally scripting webisodes, interactive games and character podcasts. The series won a BAFTA Cymru for Best Animation. First live action short DING DONG won a Screen Gem Award and she wrote on Red Planet / BBC Wales series CRASH. Moste recently Tracy has been Development Exec at Film Agency Wales and Manager of BFI Talent NET.WORK. Original feature scripts: MEDUSA is in development with Big Bad Wolf Productions; SPY ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD is in development with Faber Productions.
FUME FILMS is writer/director Ben Steiner and producer Dan Dixon. Their short film The Stomach has won 25 international awards (including Best Horror Short at Fantastic Fest 2014) and screened at over 170 festivals worldwide. Ben and Dan are now developing a slate of four features including a feature version of The Stomach. Liberated by a disregard for genre tropes and boundaries, their ambition is to make films that horrify, not horror films. Outside of FUME FILMS, Ben writes and directs solo projects and commercials and Dan is a freelance film and visual effects producer.
Eric is directing John Hurt in an adaptation of the stage play THAT GOOD NIGHT, March 2016. His debut feature was the powerful ‘DREAMING OF JOSEPH LEES’ starring Samantha Morton and Rupert Graves, distributed worldwide by 20th Century Fox to critical acclaim. ‘RELATIVE VALUES’ followed starring Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Steven Fry, and Jeanne Tripplehorn; ‘TEMPO’ with Melanie Griffith, Hugh Dancy and Rachel Leigh Cook, distributed by Universal Pictures; Comedy ‘MISS CONCEPTION’ starring Heather Graham and Mia Kirshner for Blue Angel Films, released theatrically in June 2008 in over forty five territories. Psychological thriller ‘TRUE TRUE LIE’, starring Jaime King, was released by The Weinstein Company, USA, July 2009. ‘LEGENDARY’, a 3D family-friendly adventure story filmed in China, starred Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins, 2014. He is currently in development on ‘HUNTED’, a UK based thriller which he has adapted from Emlynn Rees’ novel, and ‘THE WIFE OF BEDLAM’, a UK/Australia thriller set in 1840‘s Tasmania. Eric also recently filmed a documentary in Qatar about the armed forces there and has made several hours of TV.
G. P. Taylor is the author of 8 bestselling books for children, young adults and adults published internationally. He has also written original screenplays including SCINTILLA (Liquid Noise / E1) and is under commission to write an original screenplay for LA producer Steve McVeety. The first of his MARIAH MUNDI series is now a major motion picture starring Michael Sheen, Sam Neil and Leena Heady (Matador / Gloucester Place). His next novel will be for adults.
Justin is series story editor on series 2 of Carnival / Sky’s LUCKY MAN. He wrote and directed sci fi thriller NARCOPOLIS, which launched at the 2014 London BFI Screenings, Altitude / XYZ releasing theatrically in 2015. DESIRE starring Damian Lewis and featuring music by Lana Del Ray opened the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in London. Chosen as a Screen International ‘Star Of Tomorrow’ in 2008, Justin has written screenplays for Film4 (Best Short Film BAFTA 2012), Ruby Films, Material Entertainment and UK Film Council. In 2014 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the reimagined PETER RABBIT for Nickleodeon, which has been a hit all over the world. He is currently developing a slate of films including ‘Legend’, an undercover police thriller, is attached to direct a new thriller and a family movie and continues to write animated TV including a new series for Blue Zoo.
Matthew is currently adapting GRINNY, a Nicholas Fisk novel for Met Film / BFI and is under commission to Working Title. As producer, THE CALL UP is set for theatrical release in May 2016 and SLR was Oscar nominated. His co-written feature SIDE BY SIDE screened in the family section of BFI’s London Film Festival 2013. He wrote THE INTREPIDS which featured on the Brit List, adapted ‘The Computer That Ate My Brother’ for SMG Children’s and wrote the 2005 New Line feature THE SICK HOUSE. His short film INSEPARABLE, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, screened at LA Shorts and the BFI London Film Festival. His short film, WORM, starring Tom Basden, aired on Channel 4.
DKW is a dynamic and creative boutique literary agency providing a personal and professional management service to authors of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. DKW was founded in 2012 by Ella Diamond Kahn and Bryony Woods who were part of the Bookseller’s prestigious ‘Rising Stars, 2013. They were joined by Elinor Cooper in early 2015.
• David Owen’s PANTHER is now under option for a feature film to Element PIctures.
• Nicole Burstein’s OTHERGIRL sequel WONDERBOY will be published Aug 4 2016.
• Virginia Macgregor’s new novel THE ASTONISHING RETURN OF NORAH WELLS was published Jan 14 2016 to rave reviews.
• Laura Jane Williams’ ‘survive-and-thrive’ memoir BECOMING has been sold to Hodder & Stoughton and will publish Summer 2016.
• Chris Lloyd’s Catalonia set female-detective thriller trilogy is being published by Canelo. Book one available now!
• The second WW2 set YA novel from Vanessa Curtis will be published in January 2017, THE ONE WHO KNOWS MY NAME. THE EARTH IS SINGING is on the Carnegie long list along with PANTHER (see above).
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