Monday, 17 June 2019

Interview with Shelagh McLeod director of ASTRONAUT

Ahead of The Edinburgh Film Festival’s World Premiere screening of ASTRONAUT, a moving drama about a retired man’s desire to fly to space, debut director Shelagh McLeod describes how the film achieved lift-off, working with Richard Dreyfuss and her love for sci-fi and horror.

ASTRONAUT will be screened on Saturday 22 June 18:00 at Filmhouse 1 and on Monday 24 June 18:05 at VUE Omni 12.

Q: You’ve just completed your first feature film as writer/director - ASTONAUT, which stars Richard Dreyfuss. What inspired you to create it and how did you manage to get the project off the ground?

I got the idea for the film when my mum was in a nursing home and I used? to visit her almost every day. In the nursing home gardens there was an old man in a wheelchair who would sit all day - rain or sunshine - staring up at the sky. The nurse would literally have to drag him in as night fell. One day I sat next to him and asked; “What is it that you’re looking for up there…?” He said; “ Another go...” That was over eight years ago and when my mother died a few weeks later – I started developing the idea of an old man who wanted another go at life and a final chance to achieve his dreams. And what bigger dream to have than to win a ticket to space! Can you imagine?

It took a long time to the project get off the ground. At one point we nearly gave up - but of course we couldn’t.  Producer Jessica Adams and I travelled around the world pitching the project - but the real turning point was making our short film – ‘The Great Escape’ - and then winning the JETS Berlin. My agent, Jennifer Goldhar, sent the script to Richard’s agent and we got just one line back: “Cute script. I’ll send it to Richard...” And that was the start.

Q: You draw out excellent performances from all your cast, but Dreyfus is particularly commanding. How did you find the process of working together?

Richard is a brilliant actor, so it was pretty easy. He is fun, full of mischief and has the brain the size of a planet. He would come up with fantastic suggestions and more often than not, I’d say - “Yeah – Great.”  He is such an experienced actor, has been on a million sets working with the top directors in the world and I was aware of this. So if Richard was going to make a suggestion, I was going to listen, and if he suggested a line change... Well, they say ‘steal from the best…’

Q: The journey Angus (Richard Dreyfus) takes to finally achieve his dream of going into space has a fantasy adventure feel to it.  Is this something you feel is important for the audience to embrace?

Yes. The story is a bit of a fairy tale. I think science fiction extrapolates from the truth.  In order to tell our story we had to condense a lot as we knew that our budget would restrict our wilder ideas.  If you are a literal thinker - it might be hard to watch a film with fantastical elements.  You might say: ‘ Hey, wait a minute…” But I promise you - we did years of research (with our fantastic science adviser ED Wilmot) and the core of the story is based on fact. But the fantasy adventure element was something that I didn’t want to lose as we moved through draft after draft. This is meant to be an uplifting tale of second chances. A story of (about?) flight and escape from ill health and advancing years. It's about the chance to achieve your dreams no matter how big. And if you can’t do that in a story, or in a movie - or even in real life - well how depressing a world would that be? 

Q: Although the film centres on one man’s desire to go into space, the impact it has on all those around him is life-changing. What are your own feelings about space travel and how much of that informed the story?

If I had the chance to go to space I would go like a shot. To see Earth from space, to look into the vastness of the universe would be the absolute dream. A life changing experience. We are, after all, just a rock spinning around the sun and I don’t have a religion.  I love science and have a spiritual sense that we are not alone - and I don’t think this is just wishful thinking on my part. The possibility that there is life out there, even when put to the top scientists, is very probable. We must go out there, search and hopefully find another habitable planet.

Q: Let’s rewind. Although you were born in Vancouver, you relocated to England when you were six years old and have since worked in Canada and the US. How you view your national identity?

It’s a good question. I have always felt quite split; one foot in North America and the other here in the UK. I have memories as a child of Vancouver, and later on when we moved up to a small town called Cornwall near Ottawa. And they were happy memories. We had little money and the six of us lived in a two-bedroom flat. Once abiding image is of my mum putting out the washing to dry at night and more often than not – frozen shirts, socks and pants would be stuck to the washing line the next day.

Coming to England at about five and half years old was a culture shock. The Canadians are very friendly and gentler in a funny way. Going to an English school with a Canadian accent was a challenging time so I dropped the accent after a few days! I live in England now and love it, but a lot of me still is in Canada and when I go back it feels like home.

Q: Your acting break was starring in Dennis Potter's, Prix Italia winner, CREAM IN MY COFFEE. What do to recall most vividly about that experience?

It was a fantastic experience. Meeting Potter was quite daunting but he was a lovely man. I also met a lifelong friend, Peter Chelsom, who played my future husband in the film, and of course Peggy Ashcroft and Lionel Jeffries were completely brilliant. Gavin Millar is still one of the best directors I have ever worked with. And Martin Shaw and I worked together several times after – he was so good in the film and a lovely actor to work with. I still feel lucky I got that job

Q: You built quite a television career in the UK playing such characters as Dr Kate Webster in PEAK PRACTICE, Jenny Clayton in DOCTORS and Matron Judith Marchant on HOLBY CITY. Do you have any plans to return to our TV screens?

Absolutely. I love working in TV. ‘Peak Practice’ was such a special show to work on – Simon Shepherd (my screen husband) and I used to live two streets away from each other in Shepherds Bush. He was great fun, hugely supportive and generous of any actor that joined the show – and a fantastic actor. I miss the laughs too much to not do any more TV in the future.

Q:  After completing a three-year BA film and screenwriting course you made two award-winning short films. Was this when you decided to embark on a filmmaker’s career?

I made a test commercial when I was in my early thirties and loved the process of writing, then directing and seeing the story I had in my head come to life. I have been an actor for a very long time – my first role was in Isadora Duncan staring Vanessa Redgrave. I was one of the very young kids running down the hill. I remember watching Vanessa looking so beautiful and being so good and thinking – “Hmmm… that looks like fun..” I really love the post production process as well. I could sit in there for months – well you do – but you get the luxury of not being so rushed. Film making is all about collaboration. It has to be. On ‘Astronaut; every one of the crew and cast all had great ideas and often far better than I had at the time.

Q: So, back to ASTRONAUT. You shot the film in Canada. Why?

I had started shopping the film around in England but learnt early on not to mention the space rocket in the pitch – the finance guys I would pitch to would almost pass out when I did: “An unknown director, and a rocket..! Goodbye!” Then I met Jessica

Adams who is a young, very clever producer and then we met Dan Lyon at Telefilm who was so supportive of the project, and we said: “Let’s make the film in Canada.”  There is a vast pool of exceptional talent there. It was a very easy decision.

Q: The film will receive its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year. Excited?

Very. We were all so thrilled and grateful to be selected for EIFF. It’s such a fantastic film festival and has great prestige all over the world. The moment we heard we wanted to tell everybody who had worked so hard on the film. It’s an honour.

Q: NEXUS, your second screenplay, has been shortlisted by Sundance Screenwriter's lab and chosen for the prestigious Writer's Lab 2018, supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. Where are you with that and tell us a bit about the film?

After the Writers Lab, which was a great experience, I’ve spent the last few months working intensively on the script. I have just attached a great producer from the UK and hope to do a co-pro with Canada.  Fingers crossed this film won’t take seven years to make. It’s a bigger story than ‘Astronaut’ in terms of budget and it’s a story that is close to my heart – and again, it has a big space theme to it. I love space.

Q: You’ve recently been named one of Canada's '6 Directors to Watch' by The Hollywood Reporter. Do you feel pressure to succeed?

Of course. Canada has got the most brilliant directors. My newest favourite is Danishka Esterhazy. Have you seen Level 16? I was on the edge of my seat. So well directed and made.  But just like being an actor – its only by watching, working and learning from the greats that you learn to develop your own voice.

Q: You’re a big fan of the Sci-Fi and Horror genres. Do you plan to make a horror film in the near future?

I have a story I wrote at Uni in 2015. It’s a dystopian horror – a spaceman who was lost in space is returned to Earth five hundred years after he left. The world is not as he knew it and he tries to escape, with horrifying consequences. The story has an undercurrent of what’s bubbling up now across the West.

Q: There’s a current resurgence of genre filmmakers coming out of Canada. Is there anyone you particularly admire and why?

I love Atom Egoyon. Sarah Polley and of course Danishka. All amazing film directors – Sarah for the heart in her films – especially Away From Her, Danishka for the spell binding tension she built in Level 16 – and the political message beneath. Atom because he is just a brilliant film maker but there are so many more.

Q: Finally, what does the future hold for you?

I mentioned earlier – a return to acting is on the cards, taking on a lead role in the film ISLAND WEST, a sci-fi thriller, currently in pre-production, which I’ll also co

produce. And I’ll be re-united with Simon Shepherd, my screen husband in ‘Peak Practice’. I’m looking forward to the shoot!

ASTRONAUT will be screened on Saturday 22 June 18:00 at Filmhouse 1 and on Monday 24 June 18:05 at VUE Omni 12.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN from Alexandre O. Philippe - arrives in UK cinemas 30th August

The iconic scenes and sequences from seminal sci-fi horror ALIEN are firmly embedded in film history and popular culture: the creepy eggs and HR Giger designed spacecraft on a long dead planet; the 2 pivotal facehugger attaching itself to one of the crew of the Nostromo; the shocking chest-bursting sequence and much, much more…

But while we may all now know that "in space, no-one can hear you scream", how did Ridley Scott and the creative team come up with the ideas for a blockbuster that changed both the horror and sci-fi genres and truly terrified audiences around the world?

As we approach the 40th Anniversary of the game-changing film a fascinating feature documentary MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, from writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene), uncovers the origin story behind Scott’s cinematic masterpiece, which arrives in cinemas on 30 August 2019 followed by DVD and on demand on 2 September from Dogwoof.

A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of moviemaking, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, MEMORY unearths the largely untold beginnings of a movie-masterwork rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.

It reveals a veritable treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the O’Bannon and Giger estates, including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and most importantly Dan O’Bannon’s original 29-page script from 1971, titled MEMORY.

‘Demonstrates that…the study of a film can be as exciting as the film itself’ The Wrap

Run time 95 mins / USA / 2019 / HD

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

New trailer for Dominic Dromgoole's MAKING NOISE QUIETLY

About Making Noise Quietly
Verve Pictures has confirmed 19 July 2019 as the UK cinema release date for MAKING NOISE QUIETLY. Renowned theatre director Dominic Dromgoole here makes his feature film debut, which is adapted from Robert Holman’s acclaimed play of the same name by Robert Holman, Nick Drake and Mark Rosenblatt. The film stars Deborah Findlay (Hampstead, The Lady in the Van), Barbara Marten (The Village and People, Places and Things), Trystan Gravelle (Beast, TV’s Baptiste)

Geoffrey Streatfeild (TV’s The Thick of It), newcomer Luke Thompson and from the original stage play Matthew Tennyson.

MAKING NOISE QUIETLY is a triptych of encounters, all played out beneath the shadow of war. In 1944 in Kent, a conscientious objector (Luke Thompson) and a roaming artist (Matthew Tennyson) find friendship as the Second World War rages on across the Channel. In 1982 in Redcar, North Yorkshire, a bereaved mother (Barbara Marten) struggles with the memories of her son, lost in the Falklands War. In 1996, deep in the Black Forest in Southern Germany, a holocaust survivor (Deborah Findlay) seeks to bring peace to a disturbed young boy (Orton O’Brien) and his violent stepfather (Trystan Gravelle). Accompanied by a stunning score from Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot), this is a moving study of the effects of war and the deep scars left behind.

Dominic Dromgoole: “It was an honour to work on adapting Robert’s three luminous encounters for the screen; meetings between strangers which explore how by listening and telling, by watching and showing, people from different worlds can change both themselves and each other”

MAKING NOISE QUIETLY will open at UK cinemas on 19 July 2019

Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes

Official Secrets - First Trailer

Truth is the first casualty of war. Official Secrets reveals the untold true and gripping story behind courageous journalist, Katharine Gun who put her life and career on the line to showcase the lies of the government and change modern history forever. Featuring an all-star British cast, the thrilling Official Secrets arrives in UK cinemas October 18.

Keira Knightley (Collette, The Imitation Game) stars as Katharine Gun alongside Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown), Matthew Goode (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Crown) and Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The Grand Budapest Hotel).

In 2003, as politicians in Britain and the US angle to invade Iraq, GCHQ translator Katharine Gun leaks a classified e-mail that urges spying on members of the UN Security Council to force through the resolution to go to war. Charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act, and facing imprisonment, Katharine and her lawyers set out to defend her actions. With her life, liberty and marriage threatened, she must stand up for what she believes in… 

Directed by: Gavin Hood
Produced by: Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler, Melissa Shiyu Zuo

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

UK trailer for Never Look Away - out in the UK and Ireland 5 July

Starring: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl and Oliver Masucci

NEVER LOOK AWAY the third feature of  Oscar® winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives Of Others) marks the director’s bold return to German language filmmaking with two nominations at this year’s Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. The film stars Tom Schilling (Oh Boy), Sebastian Koch (Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl), Paula Beer (Frantz), Saskia Rosendahl (Lore) and Oliver Masucci (Netflix’s Dark). Following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival where the film received the Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award, Modern Films will release NEVER LOOK AWAY this summer.

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of a young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed years before…

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Reach for the sky... Toy Story 4 Moments Worth Paying For Trailer

Reach for the sky... Disney and Pixar’s eagerly anticipated Toy Story 4 is the latest film to receive an exclusive trailer for the Industry Trust Moments Worth Paying For campaign ahead of its release on 21st June 2019.

Featuring footage from the film, the exclusive trailer focuses on the incredible animation and how creating something truly memorable takes care, precision, love and imagination. From bold adventures, epic action and special bonds, these unforgettable movie moments must be seen in the very best quality on the big screen to take audiences to Infinity and Beyond. Like the others in the Moments Worth Paying For series, the trailer directs audiences to the industry-funded film search engine,, which signposts legal content sources, so they can book, buy and watch at their convenience.

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” releases in UK cinemas on 21st June 2019.

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. 

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” releases in UK cinemas on 21st June 2019.

Robert the Bruce - New Poster and Trailer

Robert the Bruce is a hard-hitting historical epic covering the turbulent time after William Wallace's victories depicted in Braveheart.

The film will be receiving it’s world-wide premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival. The epic story of Scotland’s greatest heroes will play in competition at the 73rd edition of the world’s longest running and highest regarded film festival in June.

Scotland 1306, Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen: Braveheart) crowns himself King and takes the ambition of Scotland’s freedom as his own. But he cannot overcome England’s power: defeated again and again, his army is scattered and Scotland’s nobility abandons him. Hunted, with a price on his head, he finds himself alone and wounded. The cause of freedom seems lost once more.

Hidden secretly in a secluded croft of a clan pledged to England, and close to death Robert is nursed back to life by a young widow and her orphaned children. His determination to do what is right, regardless of the cost, reinvigorates his passion to rise again. But it’s not revenge he desires. It’s freedom. Now.

Also starring Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones) Anna Hutchinson (Cabin in the Woods), Jared Harris (The Crown), Zach McGowan (Black Sails, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Emma Kenney (Shameless) and featuring original music from Scottish national treasure, Lulu.

Robert the Bruce picks up where Braveheart left off in a thrilling, brutal and breath- taking fashion.

Signature Entertainment Presents ROBERT THE BRUCE in Cinemas Nationwide from June 28th

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Hallowed Ground - From writer-director Miles Doleac - New Poster and Trailer

This summer, trespassers will be prosecuted with terror.

From writer-director Miles Doleac (Demons), comes a spine-chilling new motion picture experience in the tradition of The Green Inferno and Deliverance, Hallowed Ground.

A married couple, trying to rebuild their relationship after an affair, travels to a secluded cabin and stumbles into a blood feud between the Native American owners of the property and the neighboring clan, who obsessively guard their land and punish those who trespass on it in terrifying ways.

Doleac (‘’Banshee’’), Sherri Eakin (Hayride), Ritchie Montgomery (The Magnificent Seven), and Lindsay Anne Williams (The Hollow) star in an Uncork’d Entertainment release.

Doleac and Williams produce alongside Wesley O’Mary and Michael Williams

Hallowed Ground in select theaters June 7, and releasing on VOD/DVD June 11.

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Jamie Lee Curtis stars in political thriller, An Acceptable Loss

The film features Golden Globe winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies, Halloween), in a role where she "creates a monster so terrifying she’d have Michael Myers turning tail and running away" (Chicago Sun) and Tika Sumpter following her stand out performance as Michelle Obama in Southside With You.

Written and directed by Joe Chappelle (The Fringe, The Wire) An Acceptable Loss is a gripping political thriller following Libby (Sumpter). Libby teaches at a university, but 4 years ago she was top aide to Vice President Rachel (Curtis) and was part of a total victory action. Rachel is now US president and worried about Libby keeping quiet. Libby also has problems within her own university as she fears a student spying on her.

AN ACCEPTABLE LOSS will be available on Digital Download from 15th July

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

First Trailer for summer horror release DOLLS

Dee Wallace (E.T., CUJO, THE HOWLING) stars in DOLLS, a new supernatural thriller from first-time feature director Cuyle Carvin that will be released on DVD and VOD in the U.S. on July 2.

DOLLS concerns a struggling children's book author and his rebellious teenage daughter who move into a house they've inherited and find mysterious dolls in the attic.  They soon learn that the dolls have a sinister -- and deadly -- past.  The screenplay is by Justin Hawkins & Josh Hawkins, with Jeff Miller (OUIJA HOUSE, THE TOYBOX) also contributing to the story.

Wallace plays a neighbor who knows about the dolls and their ties to the house.  The movie also stars frequent Miller collaborator Tom Downey (AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN), as well as newcomer Trinity Simpson, Bret Green (CBS's THE INSPECTORS), Elise Muller (BAGHEAD), Melinda deKay, and Robert R. Ryel.

Miller (who also produced the recent DEATH KISS and THE RUSSIAN BRIDE) produced through his company Millman Productions, along with Robert Michael Ryan (NECROSIS).  Carvin and Ryan previously directed and produced the "Dark Corners" horror anthology series.  Josh Hawkins and Ben Demaree were Co-Producers on DOLLS, with Demaree also serving as Director of Photography.  Veronica Rodarte handled makeup FX.  Ken Stachnik was Gaffer.  Korey Rowe edited.  Holly Amber Church composed the score.

“It's my second film in just over a year with Dee Wallace, and she truly is an American treasure," says Miller.  "DOLLS will be a creepy addition to her resume and is an impressive feature debut for my friend Cuyle Carvin.”

Tuesday, 4 June 2019


From the dark imaginations of Academy Award®-winner Guillermo del Toro and acclaimed director André Øvredal, based on the iconic book series, comes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — in theaters this summer.

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.

Monday, 3 June 2019


Today the final 20 directors selected for the short film project The Uncertain Kingdom have been announced.

Academy Award winner Orlando Von Einsiedel (The White Helmets, Evelyn), BIFA winner Carol Salter (Almost Heaven), BAFTA and International Emmy winner Guy Jenkin (Outnumbered), Dazed 100 listed Iggy LDN (Black Boys Don’t Cry) and IWC Schaffhausen Award winner Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling) are among the directors chosen for the ground-breaking project.

The line-up of directors also includes a number of filmmakers working across roles: actor/director David Proud, actor/writer/director/producer Ray Panthaki, choreographer/director Lanre Malaolu, theatre practitioner/filmmaker Alison Hargreaves, and BAFTA nominated storyteller Rebecca Lloyd-Evans whose work crosses audio and film.

The list of filmmakers includes four former Screen Stars of Tomorrow: actor/writer/director Antonia Campbell-Hughes (2011), writer/director Rubika Shah (2017) and producers Helen Simmons (2018) and Yaw Basoah (2016).

(See below for complete list of filmmaking teams).

The Uncertain Kingdom brings together established and emerging filmmakers to create 20 short films, each offering a flash of insight into the state of the nation at this turbulent time.

The films will represent regions throughout the UK, encompass a range of themes including climate change, migration, homelessness, sexuality, cultural identity and interracial relationships. The shorts will include fiction, documentary, animation, dance and experimental films, and a variety of genres.

Films begin shooting this summer and will be delivered in October. The Uncertain Kingdom will be exhibited in a national tour through winter 2019-2020, handled by Verve Pictures. The tour aims to initiate conversations and debate by placing the films at the centre of community events throughout the U.K.

The Uncertain Kingdom was conceived by director and exec-producer John Jencks and will be produced by Isabel Freer and Georgia Goggin.

Asked about the selected filmmakers and their films John Jencks said “I’m thrilled with every single filmmaker who’s joined The Uncertain Kingdom and I can’t wait to share their films with audiences across the country.”

Full list of filmmaking teams 

Alison Hargreaves, writer/director/producer. Alice Whittemore, producer.
Antonia Campbell-Hughes, writer/director. Marie-Thérèse Mackle, producer.
Carol Salter, director/producer. Fleur Nieddu, co-producer.
David Proud, director. Justin Edgar, writer/producer.
Dominika Ożyńska, director. Imogen Kimber, producer.
Ellen Evans, director. Alice Hughes, producer.
Guy Jenkin, writer and director. Ryan Bennett, producer.
Hope Dickson Leach, writer/director. Wendy Griffin, producer.
Iggy LDN, director. Ibrahim Salawu, writer.
Jason Bradbury, director. Yaw Basoah and Brett Webb, producers. Edward Cripps, writer.
Jason Wingard, writer/director. Hannah Stevenson, producer.
Lab Ky Mo, director. Chi Thai, producer. Ming Ho, writer.
Lanre Malaolu, director, writer and choreographer. Alistair Payne-James, producer.
Orlando von Einsiedel, director. Matthew Wenham, producer.
Paul Frankl, writer/director. Amy Binns, producer.
Ray Panthaki, writer/director. Ben Jacques, producer.
Rebecca Lloyd-Evans, director. Kate Vogel and Kat Mansoor, producers.
Rubika Shah, writer/director. Jessie Mangum, producer.
Sophie King, director. Helen Simmons, producer. Sian Docksey, writer.
Stroma Cairns, director. Imogen West and Sorcha Bacon, producers.

“This is perfect brief for a film set in Northern Ireland in 2020.  Its people have always searched for an identity somewhere in between British influence and the mystique of Mother Ireland, and in these uncertain times we are in a unique place to illustrate that” Marie-Thérèse Mackle, producer

"Often in times of uncertainty and decline we eventually see a rebirth – something has to change. The Uncertain Kingdom gives us the opportunity to voice our concerns through a medium that has the power to capture audiences’ imaginations and give people something to think about and something they can relate to." Amy Binns, producer

"We’re thrilled to be part of the The Uncertain Kingdom family and to bring our film to life with their help and support. It is a great opportunity to say something about the UK today and we hope our film will shine a light on another side of British life.” Rubika Shah, writer and director

“Cinema can provoke a deep sense of empathy, something that feels increasingly scarce in these divided times. As part of The Uncertain Kingdom, we’re excited to explore both the barriers that enrage us and the human connections that give us hope.” Jason Bradbury, director, and Edward Cripps, writer

“The more I grow, the more I understand it’s my responsibility as an artist to attempt to challenge the environment around me. The Uncertain Kingdom has the potential to not only entertain and inspire, but to offer up those challenges. It’s an honour to be working amongst such an eclectic group of filmmakers whose work I admire and appreciate.” Ray Panthaki, writer and director

“I’m really excited to make this film with the backing of Uncertain Kingdom. They have actively welcomed raw, unapologetic storytelling and perspectives, allowing filmmakers to push their artistic voice to the extreme in order to grow.” Lanre Malaolu, director and choreographer

“The Uncertain Kingdom is an opportunity to express a point of view at a time of change within the UK.  I’ve always thought it was important to ask questions of a viewer as well as entertain.” Jason Wingard, writer and director

“As technology advances and our future becomes increasingly more unstable and harder to predict, it's important that filmmakers share thoughts on this crucial time in history. That's why I think that the conversations that will be created from The Uncertain Kingdom project will strike a huge chord with many people.” Iggy LDN, director

“In times of uncertainty, films can help us to reflect on who we are as a society. This is important for film makers and audiences alike because it opens up a conversation about where we go next and what we want to become. We’re delighted to be a part of this conversation through the Uncertain Kingdom project.” Matt Wenham, producer

“In such unsettled and unclear times, it is vital to harness the power of storytelling - to cast its clarifying light. The Uncertain Kingdom understands this and has brought together a diverse group of storytellers to collectively illuminate our visions.” Rebecca Lloyd-Evans, director

“These are strange days - certainly in my lifetime so to have the opportunity to capture a small bit of this strangeness with my camera and to be part of a collective of different voices and visions is very exciting!” Carol Salter, director

“Uncertain Kingdom is a fantastic chance for us as filmmakers to reflect on the divisive world we find ourselves in today. The arts are at their most powerful when they can provoke discussion through character and story rather than just politicians’ quotes, so we're really excited to be part of this collective.” Helen Simmons, producer