Enterprising UK director Carol Morley cast herself in the role of off-screen detective to make her extraordinary documentary, Dreams of a Life, which opens in the UK on 16 December. The tragic story of Joyce Vincent – a young woman whose body lay in her bedsit above a North London shopping centre for three years while nobody noticed – is one of a growing number of hugely original films made by Morley and her long-time producer Cairo Cannon.
Nicky Gallani has worked in the film industry for many years in roles spanning distribution, exhibition and production including stints at the ICA Cinema, LFF/BFI and as a freelance consultant to Italian Cinema London and Peccadillo Pictures.
Producer Kate Ogborn has been at the forefront of independent production in the UK for the last decade. Her debut, after being responsible for the BFI's New Directors shorts scheme, was to produce Carin Adler's extraordinary Under The Skin.
Nic Chaudeurge is one of the most talented editors working in film today. Originally from France, Nic trained at London's NFTS, before going on to edit over twenty award winning-shorts including the Oscar-winning Wasp.
The British Council's new Director of Film is Briony Hanson, who joined in July 2011 from filmmaker training organisation, The Script Factory.
Samm Haillay founded independent production company 'Third' with Duane Hopkins in 2001. He produced Hopkins’ multi-award winning short films and his feature debut 'Better Things', which premiered to critical acclaim at International Critics Week, Cannes in 2008.
Mikey began his directing career by ignoring the syllabus on his BA Special Effects course at University of the Arts London producing several technically experimental narrative animated shorts.
Leslee Udwin is a film producer who started off her career as an actress, starring in shows such as 'Eldorado'. Her first feature film 'East is East' was nominated for four BAFTA awards. She followed that success with 'Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution'. Her most recent adventure was to produce the follow-up to 'East is East', the aptly named 'West is West'.
Hong Khaou is a filmmaker who is slowly emerging as a very exciting voice in the British filmmaking scene.
Martina Amati moved into drama in 2008 with her film 'A'Mare'. The 14 minute film premiered in a competition at Sundance and won a number of awards among International Festivals, including the BAFTA/LA Certificate of Excellence at Aspen and the UNICEF award in Bilbao.