Barnaby Blackburn is a multi-award winning writer/director. For the last 7 years he has worked as a copywriter and Creative Director is the advertising industry. At the age of 26 he was awarded a BAFTA for his 2014 Winter Olympics promo for the BBC before moving to Los Angeles to be the Creative Director for brands including NBA 2K, Call Of Duty and Google. In 2017 he shot his first short film and directorial debut, Wale. Since its completion, Wale has been shown at film festivals all over the world, shortlisted for the Academy Awards and nominated for a BAFTA.
See some of Barnaby's work at: gusandbarn.com
Ed Speleers started his career in 2005 when he landed the titular role in 20th Century Fox’s Eragon at the age of 17. He starred alongside Oscar winners Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich. He is widely known for playing Jimmy Kent in the Golden Globe and Emmy winning series Downton Abbey. He then went onto to play Edward Seymour in the award winning series Wolf Hall alongside Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis. He has starred in studio features such as Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass as well as independent films such as Julian Gilbey’s A Lonely Place to Die and Omer Fast’s Remainder with Tom Sturridge. More recent credits include Breathe (directed by Andy Serkis) alongside Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built with Matt Dillon and Zoo with Zoe Tapper (Antonio Tublen). He is currently playing the antagonist in the latest series of Outlander for Left Bank and Starz.
It has long been an ambition of Ed’s to produce and create projects that are both entertaining and thought provoking. in 2017 he teamed up with writer/director Barnaby Blackburn and they formed Dark Glass Films. The first project Wale has had a hugely successful festival run, winning a number of awards both in the U.K, Canada and the U.S. It is currently on the Oscars shortlist and has recently been nominated for BAFTA film award for British Short Film.
After graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2011, Catherine began working at The Imaginarium, a production company linked to a performance capture studio in London run by actor/director Andy Serkis and producer Jonathan Cavendish. Alongside assisting Andy Serkis on "Star Wars: Force Awakens"; "Avengers: Age of Ultron"; “Godzilla” and numerous other projects, Catherine also worked under Jonathan Cavendish and the Executive Producers for the Andy Serkis directed films; "Breathe" (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy) as Production Executive, and the Netflix film "Mowgli" (Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch), released in December 2018.
Catherine is now beginning to produce projects both within the Imaginarium and outside the company, having just completed her first short film as producer, “Wale”. “Wale” premiered in January 2018, and is currently touring film festivals to great acclaim, having won various awards in both the UK and US. She is focused on projects that are both creatively engaging and visually striking, and bring untold stories to new audiences around the world.
After assisting in various roles on films such as Decline Of An Empire (Peter O’Toole, Edward Fox) and Breaking the Bank (Kelsey Grammer, John Michael Higgins, Tamsin Greig); Sophie was fascinated by Film and Television and has been pursuing a career in the industry ever since. In 2015 Sophie joined The Imaginarium, a production company linked to a performance capture studio, founded by Jonathan Cavendish and Andy Serkis. Sophie has worked on a number of projects alongside the Producer and Executive Producer, films such as Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy and The Ritual starring Rafe Spall, and most recently for television, Death and Nightingales, directed by Allan Cubitt, starring Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys. Sophie’s producorial debut is Wale, a short film which is currently touring the film festivals, having won various awards both in the UK and US along the way, making it onto the shortlist for the Oscars’.
Edward has spent a decade editing music videos and commercials for some of the world's biggest brands. He has cut promos for the likes of Nick Cave, Usher, U.N.K.L.E. and Ed Sheeran as well as TV spots for Adidas, Guinness and EA Games. Edward is currently expanding his storytelling craft by turning his attention to drama and documentaries. He lives in Los Angeles and works at Cartel.
Robbie has been working in film since his early teens, going on to work as a camera assistant on major studio films for seven years. He was mentored by cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos on the feature films Locke, Jack Ryan and Cinderella, working as camera operator on the latter. Following this he worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on which he was mentored by Dan Mindel. Robbie is now working full time as a cinematographer shooting films, commercials and music videos.
Born and raised in Govanhill, Glasgow. Des Hamilton stumbled into a career in film as a Casting Director in 2001 with Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar, where he famously stopped Samantha Morton's co lead Kathleen McDermott on the street, asking her to audition for the film. Kathleen went on to win a BAFTA for best newcomer. Des Hamilton Casting have continued with great success to cast via traditional channels (theatrical agents, drama schools etc) and from the street, most notably with the casting of Thomas Turgoose for This is England. Des has worked on an eclectic mix of projects, including: Bronson, Four Lions, Antichrist,Tyrannosaur, Wuthering Heights, and Channel 4’s Top Boy, engaging with a broad range of directors such as Nicolas Winding Refn, Amanda Boyle, Shane Meadows, Gaspar Noe, Saul Dibb, Andrea Arnold, Lone Scherfig and Lars Von Trier.
Elan began her casting journey 5 years ago, assisting Des Hamilton on a plethora of projects from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives to Lars von Trier’s two part art film Nymphomaniac. She continues to work alongside Des, sharing his appreciation for the potential in unearthing new talent; often traveling internationally to discover the best suited characters for each given brief. Recent associate credits include David Michôd's War Machinestarring Brad Pitt and Sean Ellis' Anthropoid featuring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan.
Luis is an award winning composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in London. In the last few years Luis has composed and produced music for commercial campaigns by directors such as Michel Gondry, Jonathan Glazer and Cary Fukunaga. As an engineer he recorded the BAFTA nominated score with Mica Levi for Under The Skin, directed by Glazer, and recently worked with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to record All the Gold in California, which later featured in True Detective season 2. Since 2011 he has been a member of Soundtree Music, founded by Peter Raeburn.
Originally from Hungary, Lili graduated at University of the Arts London specialising in Production Design. Since then she has worked in art departments on major studio films including Ready Player One, Detective Pikachu and Paddington 2 and independent features such as Xavier Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. Donovan and Sean Durkin's The Nest. Meanwhile she has designed several award winning short films and in 2016 she was Production Designer on her first feature film Shapes. She is an active member of the British film community; a Warner Bros Creative Talent Alumni and the member of BAFTA Crew.