David Ness, a multi-talented artist - filmmaker, painter and musician, he has a MA in Sociology and an MA in Film Directing. His screenplay for a movie based upon the life of famed magician Aleister Crowley led him into a collaboration with playwright Snoo Wilson on the Sabina story. "Sabina Anima, he says is synchronistic in ways in that I connect with the main characters on many levels, and believe that the dramatic core and spiritual heart of the story is timeless in its essence and very relevant to contemporary life. The film is set 100 years since the first publication of Freud's 'Interpretation of Dreams', the fin de siecle world of Sabina Anima makes it very much a zeitgeist film.'' David believes in the poetic and visionary potential of cinema, hence his influences - Stanley Kubrick, Michael Powell and Jean Cocteau.
Having started off in video and film production as a runner, soundman, grip, and assistant director, on various corporate and commercial productions, David has worked up to the level of writer/director/producer. He has directed various short films, music promos, and experimental video projects, including a collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, for which he also composed the music. He has recorded albums and performed live as a singer/songwriter and drummer. He recently played drums for ex Doctors of Madness star Richard Strange, and has composed and performed Vocals, Lyrics, and drums on the new NoHumanEye album 'Eternity'.
As well as teaching English Literature, David has run acting workshops and has performed in various independent and commercial productions. He has a number of writing and film projects in development.
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.
Martin F. Katz is President and founder of Prospero Pictures, a Toronto-based film production and finance company. Martin has a twenty-year history in all aspects of media production and finance. Prior to founding Prospero Pictures, Martin was President and Chief Operating Officer of Grosvenor Park Film Financing Corporation. Previously, Martin served as Executive Producer at The Microsoft Network, and as a Producer and Executive Producer at Alliance Atlantis. He has also served as Head of Business Affairs at CBC Television.
Martin's credits include the feature film productions of Bronwyn Hughes' Stander, Philip Saville's The Gospel of John, David Cronenberg's Spider and Michael Winterbottom's The Claim, as well as numerous television productions, including the Ken Finkleman mini-series Married Life for Comedy Central, the Nickelodeon/Family Channel series WildSide, the CanWest/TVNZ series, Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, the CBS drama, Keeping the Promise and the Showtime series Howie Mandel's Sunny Skies and My Life as a Dog.
Martin's television productions include movies, series and mini-series for CBC, CTV, Global, WIC, CityTv, CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, M-Net and TVNZ. He has extensive experience in producing international treaty co-productions including, productions involving Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Philo Pieterse founded Philo Pieterse Productions in 1980, which concentrated itself on the production of film in various spheres of the communications and entertainment industries.
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.
Snoo graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1969. He has worked as a script editor at the BBC, taught script-writing at the National Film School and the First National Screenwriter's Laboratory. He was associate Professor of Creative Drama at University College of San Diego in 1986.
Snoo's stage plays include, The Pleasure Principle, The Number of the Beast, The Grass Widow, More Light, 80 Days, Callas, Darwin's Flood, HRH, Sabina and Moonshine. His novels include: Spaceache (1995), Inside Babel (1986), and I, Crowley (1998)
Snoo's feature scripts include Shadey, directed by Philip Saville and The Touch, directed by Kystof Zanussi. His TV scripts include, Melmont and a 'Without Walls' special on Aleister Crowley for Channel Four.
One of America's most critically acclaimed filmmakers, Martin has directed over 30 films. Born in New York City in 1942, he grew up in the tough downtown neighbourhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films.
Martin graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University, where he wrote the script for what became his first feature film, Who's That Knocking At My Door? Since then he has made such classic films as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas, which was nominated for six Academy Awards.
In 1997, Martin received the prestigious American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, and in 2003 he received his 5th Oscar nomination as Best Director for his work on Gangs of New York.
He is currently in production on his latest film, The Aviator, a biopic of Howard Hughes starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, due for release in 2004.
Jack Cardiff is arguably Britain's finest cinematographer.
Jack's career has covered the whole span of sound and cinema. A pioneer of Technicolor, he is most noted perhaps for his belief in simplistic lighting in such films as The African Queen, Black
Narcissus and The Red Shoes. With the Crown Film Unit of the Ministry of Information during WW2, he photographed many documentaries, including the excellent Western Approaches. His descriptions of working with famous directors such as Michael Powell, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock paint a rich picture of filmmaking from the 1930's onwards.
Born into a theatrical family, he was a camera assistant at Denham when chosen to be one of Technicolor's first trainees in 1936. For the next ten years he worked on many varied assignments, before Michael Powell launched his career as a lighting cameraman with A Matter of Life and Death in 1946, followed by the atmospheric magic of Black Narcissus, which won him an Academy Award, and delirious fantasy of The Red Shoes.
Equally versatile in the studio and on location, he worked with a dazzling array of directors and stars - Hitchcock, Huston, Vidor; Ava Gardner, Bogart, Monroe, Sophia Loren - before achieving recognition as a director with Sons and Lovers in 1960.
In the 80s, he lent distinction to action vehicles for Schwarzenegger and Stallone; and in 1996 published a fascinating memoir, Magic Hour.
Jack has received many accolades, including an OBE, two Oscars and a BAFTA Fellowship. In 2001, he was honoured with an Academy Award for his lifetime contribution to the art of cinematography.
Terry Ackland-Snow was born in December 1943 and started work in the Art Department at Danziga Studios in Elstree at the age of 18. His first job was working as a Junior Draughtsman on a TV series entitled Richard the Lion Heart.
The first major feature film he worked on was In the Cool of the Day in 1962. From then on he worked his way from junior positions, up to Art Director, Supervision Art Director and finally Production Designer.
His credits include such films as Superman 2 and 3, Labyrinth, Aliens, Batman and designer on the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show among many others. Terry has traveled and worked worldwide.
Terry has been in the Film and Television Industry for 40 years working with some of the best Art Department Technicians in the world.
Michael Nyman studied piano, harpsichord and music history with Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music, and musicology with Thurston Dart at King's College, London. Between 1968 and 1978 he worked as a music critic and in 1977 he founded the Campiello Band, later renamed the Michael Nyman Band. He has also written several operas, ballet music and a large number of chamber and concert pieces.
Since the extraordinary success of Jane Campion's The Piano (1993), Nyman's work as a film composer has been in increasing demand. Since then, he has worked on a variety of high profile feature films, including the near-future science-fiction film Gattaca (1997). The Gattaca score earned Nyman a 1998 nomination for a Golden Globe as Best Score for a Motion Picture. Other work includes Wonderland and The Claim for Michael Winterbottom, and End Of The Affair for Neil Jordan (for which he received yet another Golden Globe nomination for best score).
Michael has also been a long time collaborator with Peter Greenway, on films such as The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) and Prospero's Book (1991).
He has recently completed work on The Actors, a comedy starring Michael Caine and Michael Gambon.