WILL FRANCOME AND MARK PIZZEY - CO-DIRECTORS
Mark and Will have been directing together for the last 4 years. In 2013, they co-directed the much-lauded series of interactive short films - One For Ten - about innocent people who were on death row in the USA. One For Ten was nominated for a webby and was accepted to many international film festivals, winning best web series at Raindance 2013.
Before Mark and Will began collaborating, Mark had been working as a director for over ten years winning the Royal Television Society's prestigious Craft Award for Camerawork and making TV programmes for all of the UK's major channels.
Will had written and presented the death row focused feature documentary 'In Prison My Whole Life' which premiered at the BFI London film festival and was officially selected for Sundance. The film went on to win best film at both the Paris and Geneva Human Rights Film Festivals.
LAURA SHACHAM - PRODUCER
Laura has been working with Mark and Will for the last three years after coming on board to produce One For Ten. Laura's background is in high energy, high impact social issue documentaries: assistant producing Just Do It: a tale of modern-day outlaws, the feature documentary that gained unprecedented access to the secretive world of environmental direct action. Following a sell-out premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the film had an extensive cinema release in the UK alongside community and festival screenings stretching from Quebec to Kosovo.
Laura co-runs Kino London, the capital's only open-mic short film night.
JAMES SCOTT - EDITOR
JAMES SCOTT (Editor) is an award-winning editor based in Brighton, UK, originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been making films since the age of fourteen. James won the Special Jury Award for Editing at Sundance 2015 and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary for his Edit of Jerry Rothwell's How To Change The World (BFI / SKY). His other feature-length documentary editor credits include: Jerry Rothwell & Reuben Atlas' Sour Grapes (Netflix) uncovering the world's biggest fine wine fraud, Sophie Robinson & Lotje Sodderland’s My Beautiful Broken Brain (Netflix Original) about a young woman's new life after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage, Toby Amies' Grierson-nominated The Man Whose Mind Exploded (Netflix US), about Brighton eccentric Drako Oho Zarhazar's amazing life and extraordinary past dealing with the repercussions of brain damage, Jeanie Finlay's The Great Hip Hoax (SXSW 2013), winner of the Nigel Moore Award at DOXA 2013, about two Scottish rappers who faked their way into the music industry, Dunstan Bruce's This Band is So Gorgeous, runner-up for the Music Doc Award at IDFA 2012, about 70's UK punk band Sham 69's tour of China and The Search For Weng Weng about one obsessive video store owner's quest to find the true story of cult 1980's primordial dwarf Filipino action movie star Weng Weng, Winner of The Audience Award at Terracotta Far East Film Festival London 2014.
CHRISTOPHER HIRD - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. He is the founder and managing director of Dartmouth Films, which has pioneered new ways of funding, producing and distributing documentaries in the UK, as well as promoting the work of new and emerging filmmakers. Among the films which Christo has executive produced: The End of the Line (2009), The Flaw (2011) Fire in the Blood (2012), McCullin (2013), Still the Enemy Within (2014), The Divide (2016) and John Pilger's The Coming War on China (2016). He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and was the founding chair of the Channel Four Britdoc Foundation. He is currently a trustee of the Wincott Foundation and One World Media and a director of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.