Jamie Rhodes - Writer | Director
Jamie is an Eisner award nominated writer working in screen, comics and prose. After studying philosophy, he trained as a script reader working with production companies in the UK. He wrote short films for social issues initiatives under his company Donkey Stone Films and founded the Homeless Film Festival to help marginalised people tell stories through film.
His first book, Dead Men’s Teeth, saw him work with the British Library to create a collection of stories inspired by unusual historical documents. He collaborated with the National Trust and Arts Council England on his graphic novel, A Castle in England. It was nominated for an Eisner Award at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the most prestigious awards in the comics industry.
Jamie plays an active role in supporting the UK’s writing community and spent two years as Chair of Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, London & SE region. This is his first directorial role in drama, having dedicated most of his career to writing.
Aga Rudel - Director | Producer | DOP
Aga studied Film, Photography and Video Production at De Montfort University and has worked in film and media for ten years as a DOP and Director. She is a multimedia specialist for the RAF, shooting in high-pressure environments around the world to provide media output for NATO, the BBC, and ITV.
Early in her career, she shot music videos for internationally controversial rapper and MMA fighter, Popek Monster. Her investigative documentary style highlighted some of the dark underpinnings of Polish rap culture in the UK. She worked on the award-winning short sci-fi film Darkwave and her directorial debut Paranoidal was selected for Directors’ Corner at Cannes Film Festival. She is a respected full member of the Guild of Television Camera Professionals.
Aga and Jamie have worked together on many film projects in the corporate sector. This is their first creative project as a directing team.
Amy Waite - Producer
With a degree in management and diploma from the Chartered Management Institute, Amy developed her production skills working on corporate projects and marketing videos for manufacturing and global logistics. She extended this experience and retrained to apply those skills within the arts and culture sector.
She is heavily involved in community engagement, taking an active role in promoting positive self-image through a number of charities and initiatives. She brings all of this experience and passion to the issues dealt with in this project, her debut in dramatic filmmaking.
Will Kneeshaw - 1st AD
Will has a background in photography, with a degree from the renowned Leeds College of Art. Through his work in documentary photography for his exhibition The Brat’ford Project, his vision and originality in capturing real life gained national recognition as a finalist in the prestigious AON Arts Award.
His passion for image has seen him expand his skillset to include videography. He has spent the last seven years working as a photographer and videographer across the North of England. This project is his first foray into working on the set of a drama film.
Nicci Topping CSA CDA - Casting Director
Nicci is an internationally renowned award-winning casting director. She has worked on feature films, short films and music videos for twenty years, working with Directors such as Shane Meadows and Gus Van Sant and musicians such as Paul McCartney and Louis Tomlinson.
She is an active member of both the Casting Directors Association (CDA) and the Casting Society of America (CSA), chairing the European Diversity Committee and Publicity Committee.
As a big supporter of grassroots filmmaking, she joined the project on the strength of the script and was able to bring an exceptionally talented cast on board.
Maria McLenaghan - Make-up | SFX
Maria is an alumnus of the Greasepaint School of Makeup, a leading European makeup school for 30 years, producing Oscar, Emmy, and BAFTA winning professionals in makeup, hair and prosthetics. She has worked as a makeup artist, makeup department head, and SFX designer on a huge number of projects, from commercials and fashion promo videos, to music videos, documentaries, short films and feature films.
She brought invaluable expertise in SFX design for wounds, as well as her exceptional skills across all aspects of makeup design.
Fred Fleureau - Colourist
Fred is a French film colourist living in Lisbon. He’s a dedicated master of his craft, with over 150 film credits to his name over the past twenty years. These include the Emmy and BAFTA winning documentary series Nova, Globe de Cristal nominated comedy Bref, as well as numerous dramatic shorts that have won awards at film festivals worldwide.
Fred’s work is wide-ranging, his long career captivating, and his expertise as a colourist amongst the best in the industry.
Philip White - Sound Designer
With seven years of professional experience in sound, music and audio post-production for film and TV, Phil has worked with some prestigious clients such as Channel 4 and Amazon Prime Video. His skill and professionalism have caught the eye of large organisations and seen him work on commercial projects for the likes of Pretty Little Thing and the British Olympic team.
Kate Hirst - Art Director
After graduating from Manchester School of Art with a degree in Design & Art Direction, Kate worked for some of the world’s largest luxury fashion brands. She developed online content and graphic design for Vivienne Westwood, Comme Des Garcons, Y-3, and Flannels, before launching her own fashion label, Lost Love Club.
Through championing upcycled clothing, she holds an extensive contact network with the largest charity shops in West Yorkshire. She was able to ensure that the film’s budget for all props, furniture and costume went directly to the homeless charity Emmaus.