Andrew has been a media industry professional for over 25 years. Starting out as an actor, he then spent 13 years at the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television (PACT) before moving over to become the first Chief Executive of the Government funded agency The British Film Commission in 1992.
Film Commissions are an essential support service for all types of moving image production and there are currently 300 such agencies across the globe. Their mission is to promote the resources of a city, state, county, region or country to filmmakers worldwide in order to help ma imise the considerable economic and cultural benefits that industry can deliver.
After five very successful years at the BFC, Andrew was invited to create and lead the very first commission for the region, the Film & Television Commission at North West England in 1997. FTC North West became an established and much used service with offices in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.
At the same time Andrew was at the forefront of the creation of the new regional media agency North West Vision, which came into existence in April 2002. His last act before going into the private sector was to manage the merger of FTC North West into the new agency.
Andrew maintains strong links with the moving image industry regionally, nationally and internationally and has a strong commitment to regional production. He has used his experience gained over a quarter of a century at the highest level to establish ProMotion Picture Ltd as a dynamic media company providing new and innovative services across the whole of the North of England.
Andrew is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, the Association of Film Commissioners International and serves on the national British Film Advisory Group of the UK Film Council International. He is a Director of the UK Screen Commission Network, North West Producers & Directors and the industry charity Medicinema.
In March 2003, he was also appointed as Regional Business Adviser for the Creative Industries to the North West Development Agency and North West Business Links.
Rob Weston is one of the UK’s most exciting young film Producers.
His early credits include Assistant Producing the fantasy pilots of ‘Tales From Middle Earth’ and ‘Demon Hunters’ for producer Simon Rush of MGM and director Bob Keen (‘Hellraiser’, ‘Dog Soldiers’), as well as Producer’s Representative on Ash Baron Cohen’s ‘This Girl’s Life’ starring James Woods. His burgeoning talents were soon spotted by Former VP of 20th Century Fox Tim Hampton (‘Aliens’, ‘Lost in Space’, ‘Chariots of Fire’), who soon became Rob’s mentor figure.
In 2001 Rob set up his own production company, Straightwire Films Ltd. On inception, Straightwire were focused primarily on the hugely competitive music promo sector, and it was not long before they developed into one of the UK’s most prolific music promo companies.
Straightwire would go on to pick up various awards and accolades, and exclusively represented some of the world’s most talented directors, including 3 time ‘music video director of the year’ Mike Brady.
Concurrently, Straightwire were Developing a roster of international feature films, working with a talented pool of established and up and coming writers. This culminated in 2008 with the production of ‘Gnaw’.
Future projects include ‘Stag’ a thriller, which sees Rob re-team with writer of ‘Gnaw’ Michael Bell, and the fantasy horror ‘Love Motel’ where Rob will produce alongside acclaimed Executive Producer Pierre David (‘Scanners’, ‘Videodrome’, ‘Internal Affairs’).
Tim Hampton is a hugely experienced producer, having worked on countless movie productions over the years. His first major success was as Production Supervisor on the first two Superman Movies, followed shortly by Line Producing Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
From 1979-83, Tim worked as European Production Executive/Managing Director of 20th Century Fox, where he worked on, amongst others, the multi-Oscar winning Chariots of Fire.
From 1983-85, he worked as Co-Producer on Ridley Scott's fantasy epic, Legend, starring Tom Cruise. This was followed by a return to 20th Century Fox where he took up the position of Vice President, overseeing two major blockbusters, James Cameron's Aliens, and Jewel of the Nile. In 1987, Tim Produced Roman Polanski's Frantic.
In the 90's Tim continued his relationship with 20th Century Fox, acting as production consultant on movies being shot in Europe. From 1992-94 Tim was president of production at Cinevox Entertainment overseeing with Deiter Geissler all of the company's development and production activities.
Additional credits include Executive Producer on Never Ending Story II, Co-Producer on The Legend of Pinocchio. His more recent work was Producer on Lost in Space directed by Stephen Hopkins.
Hannah's interests lay in the arts - drama, abstract art and writing, particularly poetry. Completed writing projects include 'Existence', a collection of over thirty poems dealing with a range of issues from death and loss to the capacity of love. Future writing projects include a philosophical, anti-establishment novel and a second collection of poetry.
Charlotte Knight graduated from Highbury College, in July 2000, with a diploma in Magazine Journalism. Since then she has been working for magazines and websites as a freelance features writer.
Other experience includes working as a freelance writer and photographer for Southampton Echo and working in public relations for a dance music promotions company.
Award winning writer, director and producer Chee Keong Cheung has produced and directed many short films, plus several documentaries and music videos.
Chee's career to date has been followed closely by the media, including articles in The Times, The Guardian, The Evening Post, and the Financial Mail on Sunday. He has also received commendations from established UK film magazine 'Empire', as well as a fly on the wall documentary which was screened on Sky.
Chee's documentary work is also recognised internationally, having filmed in Finland, France, Ireland and Norway.