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FEATURE NARRATIVES

JIMMY AKINGBOLA

Jimmy Akingbola leads the cast alongside Brenda Blethyn in Kate & Koji (2020), a six-part comedy series from ITV. He was also seen in Most Dangerous Game (2020) for Quibi in which he featured alongside Liam Hemsworth and Christopher Waltz.

Next, Jimmy will take a key role in Ted Lasso (2020) for Apple TV+, a new comedy series starring Jason Sudekis and will reprise his role of Valentine in the third series of In the Long Run (2018) which was created by and starred Idris Elba. His previous television includes BAFTA Award-Winning Comedy Rev. (2010). (BBC2) which also starred Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander, Arrow (2012) (CW) in which he played the arch-villain Baron Reiter, Cheat (2019) (ITV).

Additionally he has set up Triforce Creative Network, which has multiple initiatives such as TriForce Short Film Festival, WriterSlam UK, and MonologueSlam UK that help to provide opportunities to discover diverse talent including actors, writers, directors and producers. Some of these initiatives have been supported by Spotlight, Equity, Channel 4. C21

 

 

KENNY DOUGHTY

Doughty was born in BarnsleySouth Yorkshire. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Doughty plays DS Aiden Healy opposite Brenda Blethyn in ITV’s Vera.[1]

Doughty is also an accomplished theatre actor and completed a UK tour of Simon Beaufoy’s stage play The Full Monty in 2013. The play, in which Doughty played Gaz,[2] was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

JEROME BLAKE

After 20 years as a musician, Jerome made the transition to acting via modelling, TV commercials and the Actor’s Institute.

A speculative audition for Kennedy’s Children brought him to the attention of Emmy award winner, Charles Serio. After several years and numerous productions with The Serio Ensemble, he met and formed a continuing working relationship with director Craig McCall including award-winning projects for EMI Records and General Motors.

He broke into feature films with First Knight, appearing as a member of the royal guard to Sean Connery’s King Arthur.  Next came The Fifth Element which heralded the start of a long involvement with creature-effects work which would later include all three of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (The Phantom Menace, Attack Of the Clones and Revenge Of The Sith) and the feature film version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

His most recent theatre work was appearing as Chief Bromden opposite  Christian Slater’s R.P. McMurphy.

His latest project is the interactive movie console game The Bunker.

 

LUBA BALAGOVA

Luba Balagova, a Russian born Award-Winning Poet (Ten published books in Russia, US, Europe and the Middle East), Screenwriter, film producer who founded both the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards IRIDA, (SIFFA) in 2016 in Russia and the Sochi Film Awards, (SIFFA UK) in 2017 in the UK (https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Сочинский_международный_кинофестиваль_и_кинопремии).

Education:
Graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Lomonosov Moscow State University with a degree in Literary Edition and Journalism.
Received in 1994 the degree of “candidate of sciences” (PhD) at the Moscow National Institute of Educational problems in RF.
In the same year in parallel studied film critics with professor Kirill Razlogov at the Institute of Culturology. 
Received in 2010 the PhD degree on Circassian Emigrant literature from the A.M. Gorki Institute of World Literature (IMLI).

Affiliations:
Member of the Writers’ Union of Russia since 2003,
Member of the Circassian International Academy of Sciences of Russia (AMAN) since 2000;

Winner of the International Young Writers Awards in Nalchik, KBR in 1998;
Winner of the screenplay Award of “Litodrama” for the novel in Verse “The Empress” in Moscow, Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in 2012;
Diploma for Global Support of Culture for year 2013, London, UK (Svetova Unie Kultury World Union of Culture).
Winner of the “Producer of the Year” Award at Monaco Angel Film Awards – Monaco Film Festival, 2010
Winner of the “Best Drama” & “Best Independent Spirit” screenplay Awards at The International Festival – Angel Film Awards –Monaco Film Festival, 2015
These awards have been featured in the British MovieScope Magazine (2015).
Received a National Poet Lermontov Medal, at her native Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Russia, 2014
The President of the Republic of Adygea awarded Luba Balagova the title of Honored Art Representative of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Adygea for her contribution to culture in 2016.

In the role of a film director, Luba Balagova’s first short film, I RAN AWAY, based on her Award-winning script received the Sylvia Anderson Awards for Best Short Film at Pinewood studios, UK (2019).
In the role of film producer Luba Balagova shot three feature films: Cherkess, 2010 (10 International Awards), Lost in the Mountains, 2012 ( 3 International Awards), Love on Facebook (2012) (3 International Awards).

FIRST TIME FEATURE DIRECTOR

BRENDA BLETHYN

Brenda Anne Blethyn is an English known for her portrayals of working-class women with eccentric qualities. She is the recipient of several accolades, including one Golden Globe, one BAFTA, one Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and two Academy Award nominations.

Blethyn pursued an administrative career before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting in her late 20s. She subsequently joined the Royal National Theatre and gained attention for her performances in Troilus and Cressida (1976), Mysteries (1979), Steaming (1981), and Benefactors (1984), receiving an Olivier nomination for the latter.

In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh‘s Grown-Ups. She later won leading roles on the short-run sitcoms Chance in a Million (1984–86) and The Labours of Erica (1989–90). She made her big-screen debut with a small role in Nicolas Roeg‘s 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s The Witches. She experienced a major career breakthrough with her leading role in Mike Leigh‘s 1996 drama Secrets & Lies, for which she received multiple awards, including Best Actress at Cannes, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award nomination. She earned her second Academy Award nomination two years later, for her performance in Little Voice (1998).

Blethyn has since appeared in a range of big-budget and independent features, including Girls’ NightMusic from Another RoomNight Train (all 1998), Saving Grace (2000), Lovely and Amazing (2001), PumpkinSonnyPlots with a View (all 2002), Beyond the SeaA Way of Life (both 2004), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Clubland, and Atonement (both 2007). In addition, she has continued to appear frequently on television, in productions such as Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001) and War and Peace (2007). Since 2011, she has played the title role of DCI Vera Stanhope in the British crime drama series Vera and more recently Kate in ITV sitcom Kate & Koji

Brenda is also Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival’s Patron

FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES

NICK BROOMFIELD

Nick Broomfield studied Law at Cardiff, and Political Science at Essex University. He then went on to study Film at the National Film School, under Professor Colin Young.

Nick first got interested aged 15 when discovering his love for photography on a foreign exchange visit in France. “A great way to strike up conversations, and a great excuse to ask questions about the World around you”. He made his first film WHO CARES about Slum Clearance in Liverpool, while at University, by borrowing a wind up Bolex camera, and shooting it on short ends.

Professor Colin Young at the NFS had a great influence on his work encouraging participant observation, as well as introducing him to the lovely and most talented Joan Churchill. Together Joan and Nick made several films, JUVENILE LIAISON, TATTOOED TEARS, SOLDIER GIRLS, LILY TOMLIN and more recently AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER. They also have a son together.

Nick was originally influenced by the observational style of Fred Wiseman,and Robert Leacock and Pennebaker, before moving on largely by accident to the more idiosyncratic style for which he is better known. While making DRIVING ME CRAZY in 1988, a film hopelessly out of control, Nick decided to place himself and the producer of the film in the story, as a way of making sense of the event.

This experiment led to a sense of greater freedom, from the confines of observational cinema, and led to a more investigative and experimental type of filmmaking. ie THE LEADER THE DRIVER, AILEEN WURNOS, KURT AND COURTNEY, BIGGIE AND TUPAC.

Nick Broomfield is the recipient of the following awards amongst others:

Sundance first prize, British Academy Award, Prix Italia, Dupont Peabody Award, Grierson Award, Hague Peace Prize, Amnesty International Doen award

SHORT NARRATIVES

LISA SCOTT GORDON

After travelling from her native Minnesota via bob-sled, Lisa Scott Gordon was awarded her Master’s degree in film at UCLA, earning the Sloan Fellowship in Screenwriting during her last year of attendance. Since then she has worked in many aspects of the film industry including distribution, production, sales and marketing.

She divides her time between commissioned writing and production, with several projects either in filming or in development, and other work already on screen. She has produced with the International Emerging Film Talent Association, maintaining her keen interest in emerging filmmakers and documentary film.

She is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Music and Media at the University of Surrey, teaching the art of visual storytelling in the university’s BSc(Hons) course in Film and Video Production.

 

 

 

 

JOHN WARBURTON

John Warburton has been professionally involved with the broadcasting and recording industries since 1982. After graduating as a Tonmeister from the University of Surrey he produced and presented for BBC radio around England, developing classical music and arts programmes along with producing many outside broadcasts. He later was on the production team for many network television programmes including the BBC series of music performances, “21st Century Bach”. More recent television projects include a complete restoration of Ken Russell’s classic film “Elgar — Portrait of a Composer” as well as filming and radio production for the British Council’s “World Voice” project.

Since October 2017, John Warburton has been a freelance newscaster for commercial radio, on air every weekday on the More Radio network throughout Sussex on FM and DAB.

Additionally, he is on the staff of the University of Surrey as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Music and Media, giving weekly timetabled classes in film and video production.

As a record producer, he co-produced the Gramophone award winning Complete Keyboard Works of William Byrd for Hyperion Records, produced the first recording of Edward Elgar’s piano music on the composer’s own instrument, and has produced countless classical music programmes for the BBC. He is a published composer and classical pianist, and his music was featured by Het Metropole Orkest in their campaign that was awarded the Golden Lion in Cannes in 2013, a Webby Award and ten other prizes.

MARK VALLLEY

He is an actor and producer, known for Boston Legal (2004), Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013) and Human Target (2010).

SHORT DOCUMENTARIES

PETER FERRIS

In 2019 Peter was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “World Peace Relations Through Education and the Arts” at the AFI World Peace Initiative held at the Cannes Film Festival and Presented with an Award for “World Peace Relations through Education and the Arts” at the Sochi Film Festival in Russia

Born in Belfast in 1967 Peter then trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts from 1985 where he became head boy in 1988.
Peter’s Belfast Accent won him the lead role in the BBC Film “Nobody Here Knows” in 1986 which launched his career and which led to roles in Heartbeat, Grange Hill, Londons Burning, The Bill and films Shhot to Kill, Skulduggery and You Me and Marley and Lead roles in commercials for Vodafone and Knorr Products.
In Theatre Peter was chosen to play the iconic role of Billy in “Too Late To Talk To Billy” which consisted of the three Billy Plays for TV with Peter and Kenneth Branagh being to only actors to have ever played the role of Billy in those plays.
Peter played the role of George Harrison of The Beatles in “Imagine” at The Liverpool Playhouse performing 74 Beatles songs per show this led to Sgt Peppers Magical Mystery Trip at the Liverpool Everyman where again as George Harrison it was the first time that all of Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper were performed live and as well as a performance in Liverpool’ Famous “Cavern” Club
In 2001 again appearing and playing live as George Harrison with “The Beatles Band” Peter headlined at the 4th of July Festival in Lubbock Texas backed by a 120 piece Orchestra and in front of an audience of 120,000 People.
As a Composer, for three years  (97-98, 98-99 and 99-2000 seasons) Peter composed the music, up to four track a week, for The UEFA Champions League Weekly which was shown in 40 countries around the world. He also composed the menu music for The BBC’s Live and Kicking and in 2005 Peter Co-Composed the theme tune and songs for Universal Pictures animated Feature Film “Felix The Movie” which knocked Martin Scorcese’s “The Aviator” off thr Number 1 slot at the German Box Office.
 In 2010 Peter was proud to Direct the Documentary “The Belfast Peaceline Project” for the Hollywood Director David Lynch
Peter has directed numerous music videos and films including High Stakes, Parallel Lives, The Audition for a Vampire series Delusions, The Seance  and 20,000 Polar Bears which was premiered at SxSW Eco.
Peter’s innovative work has been recognised over the years throughout the world such as, giving speeches regarding Smartphone Film making at the very first Smartphone Film making panel at South By South West (SXSW) in Austin Texas 2012, also as a Keynote speaker at events such as the  SXSW Eco Festival 2013 and 2014, the Marbella Film Festival 2013  Inspiring Entrepreneurs at the New Technology Digital Dougnut Conference at The Royal Geographical Society 2013 and at Tech Entrepreneur Week 2014 in London.
Throughout Peters 35 year career Peter has continued to teach training many famous names including Russell Brand, Martine McCutcheon, Daniel Mays, Lisa Snowdon, Newton Faulkner, Claire Sweeney and Louise Redknapp to name but a few but it was this success and his pioneering work using Screen Acting and Theatre Masterclasses to bring communities together in conflict and post conflict zones and retraning ex-Servicemen which led in 2017 to Peter being chosen as one of the Top 50 Teachers in the world as part of the Varkey Foundation Global Teachers Prize with the winning teacher winning $1 Million.
Peter is now a Global Teacher Ambassador a gives talks throughout the world at major events including The Aga Khan Inaugural OXSCIE event at Oxford University and the SHAPE event at Cambridge University as well as the NNYSTOY Education Conference in front of the winning teachers from each state in America in Las Vegas in 2018 when he was asked to explain his teaching method in order to try and help prevent future school shootings.
Peter had been invited to attend and talk explaining his teaching method to the world leaders at the G20 which was to be held this year in Saudi Arabia but which was obviously postponed due to the Corona virus.
Peters screen acting online video masterclasses for Actors Directors and Producers or 1-2-1 online Actors Lifecoach masterclasses can be viewed at www.ferrisentertainment.com
In 2014 Peter Co-Founded The Ring of Peace which was recognised by Her Majesties Government for its work for peace and invited to attend the official Amistace Day event in Westminster Abbey alongside Her Majesty The Queen to commemorate the Centenary of the end of The First World War on the 11th November 2018.
Videos of the annual Messages of Peace being passed around the world can be viewed by clicking the archive banner at www.theringofpeace.org

SHORT ANIMATIONS

DEE ANDERSON

Dee Anderson is the daughter of legendary Gerry and Sylvia Anderson – creators of Thunderbirds.

Dee was trained in Performing Arts and went on to take part
in film, theatre and television productions as an actress and singer. She has just performed at the legendary Pheasantry in London’s Kings Road, with her band featuring the fabulous jazz pianist Isaac Asumadu.

Dee is also an established writer and publisher and launched Glotime.tv which has attracted huge coverage in all areas of media including the BBC, Metro and The Times.

Dee is also on the Board of Directors of the Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival.

MUSIC VIDEOS

BRUNO TILLEY

In 1980, after graduating from St Martins School of Art, BrunoTilley was recruited by Island Records as an in-house designer.  He quickly rose through the ranks ending up as creative director with a seat on Island’s board of directors.

Working closely with Chris Blackwell, Bruno set up the first record company in-house art / video department called Island Art. Bruno directed his creative team, creating award winning campaigns for top artists like U2, Bob Marley, Steve Winwood, the B52’s, Robert Palmer, Grace Jones, Kid Creole, Mica Paris, Eric B & Rakim and many many more.

His directorial debut was the video for Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier”.

During his ten years at Island Bruno got to work a diverse range of artists, designers, photographers, film makers hair, make up, set designers, clothes designers, basically some of the best in the business.

In 1990, Bruno left Island to set up Mainline Productions with producer Tracey Josephs (Film4) where he continued his work for Blackwell’s Manga films as creative director. During this time also directed a stream of commercials, videos, EPK’s for Telstar Records, Go Discs, Universal TV, Island, Virgin, EMI and WEA records.

Bruno also became consultant Creative Director ICA Films and Universal’s Hi-Life Records, creating brand identities and responsible for all their visual output.

Slave Productions – a CGI animation company hired Bruno as art director for 26 episodes of children’s series Spheriks commissioned by FIFA for the World cup 2002. During this period amongst a diversity of clients Bruno has produced films and graphics for Paramount Comedy Channel, Universal’s Pictures, Touchwood Films, Whitfield Street Studios, PWL, Sony/BMG Records and many more.

With a passion for film, Bruno has co-written several screenplays, three of which are based on his original story ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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