Josh Appignanesi, Writer-Director, Co-Producer
Josh studied anthropology at Cambridge University and has since made six short fiction films, including the romantic comedy Nine and a Half Minutes
which was runner up in the BBC Filmmaker Talent Award on BBC3 starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Casanova). Josh’s latest short is Ex Memoria
about a woman with Alzheimer’s, funded by The Wellcome Trust
and starring Sara Kestelman and Natalie Press, produced by Mia Bays whose last short Six Shooter
won an OSCAR. He is also developing further feature projects with writer Jay Basu and producer Mia Bays.
Jay Basu, Co-Writer
At the ripe age of 24, Jay’s first novel, The Stars Can Wait
, was short-listed for the LA Times Best First Novel award and received critical acclaim in the US and UK. He continues to collaborate with Josh Appignanesi developing several new ideas including a horror film optioned to Mia Bays (Missing In Action Films
). He also has feature projects optioned and in development with director Tim Pope (Cowboy Films
) and George Milton (The Truth) with producer Martino Sclavi’s Too Many Executives label.
GAYLE GRIFFITHS, PRODUCER
Gayle Griffiths worked in feature film production, on films including The Secret of Roan Inish
directed by John Sayles and Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre
, before attending the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, where she studied producing. For her graduation piece Gayle produced two films including Second Hand
, written and directed by Emily Young which went on to win theCinéfondation Prize at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Lion at the Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan and the Special Jury Prize at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, 2000. Gayle continued to collaborate with Emily after leaving film school in 1998, developing Kiss of Life
which received it’s world premiere in Un Certain Regard as part of the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2003. Kiss of Life
was then released in January 2004, shortly after which Emily Young was awarded the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement in a first feature at the 2004 BAFTA’s. Wild Horses Film Company has three other projects in development.
Natalie’s feature debut was the highly acclaimed My Summer Of Love
(Pawel Pawelikovski), which won a BAFTA for Best British Film. She recently appeared in Andrea Arnold’s Red Road
premiering at Cannes 2006, and was the lead in the same directors OSCAR-winning short film Wasp
. She continues to work with Josh Appignanesi in his recent short Ex Memoria
. Among other film and TV work Natalie also appeared in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House.
Joel’s early career followed theatre training at the Le Coq school in Paris and LAMDA
in London. He toured nationally in productions of Roald Dahl classics, devised post-modern performances with Chris Goode, Shakespeare at Battersea Arts Centre, and Six Degrees of Separation at the Sheffield Crucible, as well starring in two short films. More recently, he has been directing his own theatre company and has just been in Bulgaria working with Roma children in a project to promote ethnic tolerance.
TRACY O’RIORDAN, Associate Producer
Tracy worked as a story editor and development executive in TV drama before moving into film production in 2002. Her production credits in various roles include Little Angels by Paul McGuigan, Brothers of the Head dir. by Keith Fulton and Louie Pepe, Provoked by Jag Mundir, and Stephen Frears’ The Queen (2005). She also trained as a script consultant and produced her first short film Driving Away in 2003.
NANU SEGAL, Director of Photography
Nanu graduated from the National Film and Television School after collaborating with writer/director Alicia Duffy on the award winning Crow Stone (Prix Cinefondation, Cannes Film Festival, 2001, amongst others). The BAFTA-nominated and Cannes Official Selection The Most Beautiful Man In The World
was also made in collaboration with the same team. She worked again with Josh Appignanesi on new short Ex Memoria (in production.) Through Nanu’s work in drama, commercials and documentary she has created a considerable body of work on both film and digital formats. Her work has been recognised with several awards, including this year’s KODAK/BAFTA Best Cinematography award for her work on Letters Of Service. Nanu was also the recipient of the Ossie Morris Award for Cinematography and the Arriflex Award for Cinematography in 2000.
ERIK REHL, Production Designer
Erik trained at the Moscow Arts Theatre and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where he received an MA with Distinction for producing his own stage adaptation of Gogol’s short story Diary of a Madman. Design for ad agencies includes M&C Saatchi (TFL Bus Lane campaign), Mother (Sneak, Orange), BBH, FCB as well as extensive television work for BBC and C4 Television. He has a long relationship with Josh, designing shorts such as Nine and a Half Minutes and Ex Memoria as well as working with Martin McDonagh on OSCAR-winning and BAFTA-nominated Six Shooter and regularly with acclaimed fashion photographer Jonathan De Villiers. Erik’s first feature film as Production Designer was Richard Jobson’s The Purifiers
NICOLAS CHAUDEURGE, Editor
Trained at the National Film and Television School, Nicolas’s recent feature credits include Andrea Arnold’s Red Road
which premiered in the Official Selection at Cannes 2006. He has edited over twenty award winning shorts including The Most Beautiful Man In The World and Andrea Arnold’s OSCAR winning Wasp
, and has also assisted on Notting Hill and The Dream Life of Angels.
JOHN ROOME (THE ORB), Music
John is a member of electronica outfit The Orb
and is now known for producing and remixing various hit artists including Prince, as well as his solo electronica outfit Witchman. He has recently begun working on film and TV soundtracks (cult NY indie sci-fi The Messenger will be released late 2004).
JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM, Supervising Sound Editor
Swedish-born sound designer Joakim Sundström worked as a recording artist before making the transition to film in 1998. Joakim works regularly with director Michael Winterbottom; 24 hour party people, In This World, Code 46, 9 Songs, and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
; with Kevin Macdonald on Touching the Void, and recently with Fernando Meirelles on The Constant Gardener
. He was nominated for the MPSA’s Golden Reel, a BIFA, and the International Press Academy’s Golden Satellite.