Director and writer Simon Blake’s first feature Still starring Aidan Gillen, Jon Slinger, Elodie Yung and Amanda Mealing premiered in 2015. It won Best First International Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh and Simon also won Best Director at The London Independent Film Festival 2015. It was Nominated for The Roger Ebert Award for Outstanding Debut at the Chicago Film Festival, The Heinrich Award for New Directors at The Braunschweig Film Festival and The Regle Du Jeu Heartbeat Award at The Dinard Film Festival. He has also made a number of shorts including Love In Vain, The Show, Lovejuggling and Awayday which won Best Short and Best Screenplay at The Valencia Film Festival. Chosen by The British Council in its Best of British tour, Awayday has screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide. Simon also wrote and co-produced the feature Heaven’s Only Daughter for the independent film maker Philip Harder.
Composer Chris Rowe getting rave reviews for his score for the 90 mins feature documentary Spitfire now on general release after star studded red carpet premiere at the Curzon Mayfair on July 7 attended by top brass from the RAF, some of the surviving pilots from The Battle of Britain Squadrons and celebs, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF.
Fergus O’Connell’s latest business book, The Project Management Book: 50 Ways to Run Successful Projects in Half the Time has just been published by LID Publishing. His 15 business books have been published in 25 languages running alongside his successful career as one of Ireland’s most successful novelists. He’s recently completed a screenplay based on his book The Paradise Ghetto (Accent Press) which is now in development.
Crime novelist and screenwriter Roger A. Price after a 30-year career in the Lancashire Police Force, the Regional Crime Squad and the National Crime Squad is now an established crime writer with four successful novels to his credit and a fifth due out in 2018. Now concentrating on an original returning 6-part tv drama series, McCall & Stamp, about covert and undercover police work drawing on his own experiences in the UK, across Europe and the Far East.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of The Secret Theatre, directed by Matthew Dunster, is getting great reviews at London’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as is Alexander Balanescu’s brilliant score for Anders Lustgarten’s Elizabethan espionage thriller. The music has been described as “Hitchcockesque”.
Congratulations to composer Natalie Holt on her RTS Nomination for her brilliant score for Phillippa Lowthorpe’s Three Girls. Meanwhile the Kudos tv film The Boy With The Topknot airs 9 pm Monday November 13 on BBC 2. Journey’s End premiered in October at The London Film Festival and Pin Cushion opened The Venice Film Festival.
Ian Arber after I am Bolt and Mo Farah: No Easy Mile scored Lucky Giants 6-part comedy Quacks currently airing on BBC2 to rave reviews.
Henrik Lindstrand nominated for “outstanding score – drama for Scandi English language series“Ø”at the LA Webfest 2017. Currently working on international drama series Greyzone.
Shaun’s first feature Broken, starring Morjana Alaoui, Mel Raido and Craig Conway, premiered at London’s Frightfest in August to rave reviews resulting in Shaun being nominated for Screen International’s Rising Star award:
The pick of all these British premières was easily Shaun Robert Smith’s Broken – Hollywood News
Where Broken excels is the extraction of intense characters and genuine atmosphere ..,. a gratifying immersive experience Trangressive Cinema
A film with strong performances, engrossing from the start … it’s made with care and passion. Letterboxd – Dean Russell
A stunning tour-de-force by director Shaun Robert Smith featuring brilliantly fearless performances, especially from star Morjana Alaoui this unique thriller is a 2016 highlight – Britflicks
Anchored by a harrowing performance from Alaoui, British director Shaun Robert Smith’s Broken toes the line between psychological dread and explosive horror right up to its you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it ending – Brooklyn Film Festival Review
A seriously sharp and beautifully crafted thriller … Smith’s feature debut is a stunning technical feat – National Student
It’s a beautifully made film and director Shaun Robert Smith has crafted set pieces that get under your skin and make you feel for our heroine. We know where this I s going and why and we completely understand when it all goes to hell why it does – Unseen Films
Shaun has several other films in development currently including The Under Men based on his award winning short, The Soldier which won Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Editing at The London Short Film Festival in 2007. Set 13 days after the D-day landings, the film explores the consequences of the Third Reich’s disease testing experiments.
He trained at Stamford College and later at Birmingham Metropolitan College. He has been working in films for some 18 years starting as a prosthetics makeup supervisor before graduating into editing and then running a production company making tv commercials for Coca Cola, BP and others as well as high end music videos.
He also moved into writing/directing short films including The Forgotten Ground and This Place. He directed the web series Naomi Donne’s Made Up Stories for Goldfinch Entertainment and was prosthetics supervisor on Shane Meadow’s This Is England, The Devil’s Dosh for infidelis Productions and The Hooligan Factory for Think Big Productions.
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Nick Brown found initial success with his Agent of Rome novels published by Hodder & Stoughton. Described by The Times as ‘gripping’, the critically acclaimed series has now reached six volumes and has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Dutch. He was inspired to write historical fiction by the work of C.J. Sansom and when he discovered the research about the Roman ‘secret service’ he knew he’d found a compelling angle for his protagonist, Cassius Corbulo. Nick is currently adapting the books into a television series.
He has ‘ghosted’ a number of screenplays in a variety of genres, from science fiction to family drama. His high – action thriller First Duty has recently been optioned By Dynamic Pictures and will be directed by Misko `Massanyi.
After completing a history degree at the University of Sussex, Nick travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal, working as a sports coach/tutor at an orphanage. Back in England he completed a PGCE at the University of Exeter and went on to teach for five years in the UK. His next post was as a teacher of English and history at an international school in Warsaw. He feels that his experience in both subjects has informed his writing and that ten years as a teacher has taught him the value of collaboration.
A voracious devourer of music, film, TV and books of all kinds, Nick lives with his wife in Norwich.
After his recent FIPA D’OR Nomination for his music for Wall To Wall’s The Scandalous Lady W, Alexander Balanescu has won Romania’s GOPO award for Best Original Soundtrack for his score for The Magic Mountain directed by Anca Damian for Aparte Film.
Story Film’s Tiger Raid, with a terrific action score by Dean Valentine, had its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April and will be screened at the Edinburgh Film & TV Festival in June. Meanwhile Violet, also with Dean’s music, showing at Tribeca too and won the First Prize Festival Award at Chicago’s Irish Film Festival.
Many composers are good at delivering what the director wants. What is expected. Henrik creates music you didn’t know you would love.” So says director Niels Nørløv. Born in Sweden and living in Copenhagen, Henrik is known in many countries as a member of the iconic Scandi band, Kashmir. Henrik’s work as a proven composer for film and television picked up speed in 2007 where he did the score for Anders Morgenthaler’s feature film Ekko. He was nominated for Danish Cinema’s prestigious Robert Award…….
2017 has kept Henrik busy working on international drama series Greyzone for Cosmo Films and it will be aired in March 2018. 2016 kept Henrik busy with a tv thriller mini-series for Studio+ called Ø for Director Kasper Torsting. He has since been nominated for “outstanding score – drama for Scandi English language series“Ø”at the LA Webfest 2017. Henrik’s work as a proven composer for film and television picked up speed in 2007 where he did the score for Anders Morgenthaler’s feature film Ekko. He was nominated for Danish Cinema’s prestigious Robert Award and has since composed for animation, commercials, documentaries, short films and an ever-expanding list of feature films from directors such as Ole Christian Madsen of Prague fame, Niels Nørløv and Anders Morgenthaler.
Born in Sweden and living in Copenhagen, Henrik is known in many countries as a member of the iconic Scandi band, Kashmir. A key part of his creative life, this is however one of many layers of his extensive musical work. He is a composer/musician/music producer. A piano player since age 3 and an accomplished multi instrumentalist, Henrik is a graduate from the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen.
During his time with Kashmir the band won numerous awards, worked with celebrated producers, including Tony Visconti, James Guthrie and Andy Wallace, recorded with legends David Bowie and Lou Reed. Henrik not only contributed as a co-writer and musician, but in the collective building of a complex and daring soundscape, with a sense for arrangements and ambient details, that translates well into the storytelling and shaping of emotional environments, of his film scoring career.
As with most Scandinavians he speaks perfect English and works regularly in Denmark, Sweden and elsewhere.
“Henrik is a musician who is a pure pleasure to work with. I’ve had the honour to use his services on several of my feature films. Henrik’s creative capabilities are vast, his melodies unique and he’s such a damn good listener he delivers the best results for the project. I would strongly recommend Mr. Lindstrand; he has the touch and the trained musical language for both contemporary and classical genres and he has remarkably lifted my films by establishing the correct psychological mood. I’m looking forward to working with him again.” …………. Craig Frank Director (Journey to Saturn, Jensen & Jensen)
“At our first meeting for “Klassefesten”(The Reunion) I was well prepared. I had brought several musical references with me from Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Trevor Rabin (and probably some John Williams). Henrik nodded appreciatively but responded: “Well, I had actually something else in mind, more in the style of Tom Waits”. I almost fell off the chair, but since we were early in the process, I gave him time to experiment… and fail. But I was the one who failed. Henrik´s score gave the film and especially it’s character a whole new dimension, that I simply hadn’t recognised. After that, we used Henrik´s music throughout the whole editing process. His special talent is to find things in the story, you hadn’t found yourself. “……….. Niels Nørløv Director (The Reunion, Those Who Kill, Summer)
“I had the pleasure of working with Henrik aka “Henke” on my film “WEEKEND DAD”. Henke’s ability to combine the right dose of cinematic simplistic magic with his background in the world of rock’n’roll was the perfect mix. Through the whole process I felt complete safe and knew the score was in the right hands with Henke. I look forward to working with him again in the near future ………. Johan Stahl Director (Weekend Dad)
Kevin wrote and produced the multi-award winning short, Eva’s Legacy, which premiered at the London Short Film Festival in January 2015. It went on to screen at 15 festivals around the world, picking up a Platinum Remi for Original Dramatic Short at Houston’s Worldfest, Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Rob Knox Film Festival, and Best Visual at Limelight Film Festival in London.
He is currently adapting Gillian Philip’s fantasy adventure, Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children for Working Partners, and developing a drama about Inspector Walter Dew’s pursuit of Dr Crippen across the Atlantic. He’s also working on an exciting new tv sitcom series.
The success of Eva’s Legacy led to him being commissioned to write a comedy short for Sanction Films, Stocking Up for Christmas, which went into production in October 2015, due out in 2016. He’s also got two more short films, Next in Line and The Announcement, going into production in 2016, both with a view to developing them into feature length films.
He was shortlisted for the BBC Writer’s Prize in 2013 for a radio sitcom script called Guides on Tour, reaching the final four out of over 2,000 entries. He’s on the BBC Writersroom’s list of writers under development and in 2010 he got his first production credit, writing additional material for the BBC Radio 4 Extra topical sketch show, Newsjack.
Kevin always knew he wanted to be a writer, having developed a love of stories and films at an early age. It wasn’t until seeing Christopher Nolan’s Memento and Shane Meadows’ This Is England in 2006 that he decided to try his hand at writing his own scripts.
He has received praise for his ability to create strong, snappy, character driven storylines, with a flair for sharp, engaging dialogue, laced with humour and intrigue.
Kevin is married with a young daughter and lives in Essex.
Kevin wrote and produced the multi-award winning short, Eva’s Legacy, which premiered at the London Short Film Festival in January 2015. It went on to screen at 15 festivals around the world, picking up a Platinum Remi for Original Dramatic Short at Houston’s Worldfest, Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Rob Knox Film Festival, and Best Visual at Limelight Film Festival in London. He is currently adapting Gillian Philip’s fantasy adventure, Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children for Working Partners, and developing a drama about Inspector Walter Dew’s pursuit of Dr Crippen across the Atlantic. He’s also working on an exciting new tv sitcom series.
Award winning Danish writer/director Fabian Wullenweber is best known internationally for his work across all 3 series of The Killing, DR’s worldwide hit crime series shown in more than 161 countries. In 2014/2015 he was he conceptual director and himself directed 11 of the 13 episodes across 2 series of TV2’s period drama The Seaside Hotel, currently the most successful drama series on Danish television and is just finishing the third series. Feature credits include the musical Bora Bora ; the psychological horror movie Cecilie; Frenetic Films’ Catch That Girl which won awards and nominations in Berlin, Chicago, Amsterdam and throughout Scandinavia both for Fabian and the film; Nimbus Films’ dark and gripping Gemini.