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					TALENT LIST 2003
The Script Factory has joined forces for a second year with the UK FILM
COUNCIL‟s Training Fund to create a brand new Writers’ Group for 2003.
Over the coming year, the group of selected writers will have the opportunity to
attend 12 Script Factory Masterclasses with some of the top filmmaking talents
in the international industry.

The programme‟s primary function is to provide a new generation of
screenwriters with access to some of cinema‟s great creative talents as a
means of inspiration, education and entertainment. But no less important is the
secondary benefit of creating a community of writers who might be able to help
one another in the future, and who will gain valuable insight into their industry
by being part of the Group.

These are writers who have been selected because of their proven
commitment to professional screenwriting. Their impressive biographies are
enclosed for your information.

We do hope you’ll take the opportunity to glance at the profiles of The
Script Factory Writers’ Group 2003. You may know some of them already,
and are sure to hear more from many of them in the future! If you would
like to make contact with any of these writers, or find out more about
their work, please email

Josh Appignanesi
Josh started directing while studying anthropology at Cambridge. He directed Penthouse, and Red
Velvet for Channel Four. During this time he set up Mercenary Films with Misha Manson-Smith,
where they produced, edited or directed works including Saira Shah‟s EMMY-winning Afghanistan
doc Unholy War. Now concentrating on writing and directing fiction, Josh has made six shorts, all
acquired for distribution on channels including Sky, BBC, HBO and Fox. The latest, 9 Minutes,
stars David Tennant (Bright Young Things) and premieres at Edinburgh 2003. Josh is currently
completing a 35mm dramatic short, Little Man, in South Africa. His feature screenplay Close At
Hand was developed on the North By North-West programme. He has since completed two other
original screenplays, My American Dad, an autobiographical comedy drama about a boy dealing
with the return of an estranged father, and Regeneration, a high-concept high-budget horror with
long-time co-writer novelist Jay Basu. All three scripts were recently optioned by Mia Bays (Missing
In Action Films, formerly of The Film Consortium) and form a large part of her slate, which launched
at Cannes 2003. Josh is currently adapting Circle Of Light, based on a true-life British Asian
murder case, for award-winning documentary filmmaker Pratibha Parmar (Warrior Marks, co-written
with Alice Walker).

Clio Barnard
Clio has a feature length drama, Sleepwalking, in development with FilmFour, and her feature
script Rooftop was developed by BBC Films and the Film Council‟s New Cinema Fund. She also
has another two feature projects in development, as well a short film, Pacing, in pre-production.
Previous short films have screened at international film festivals from Edinburgh to Berlin and
Rotterdam, including: Hermaphrodite Bikini, part of a retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain, A
Century of Artists’ Film and Video; Lambeth Marsh, which was based on a William Blake poem,
shown at Tate Britain and broadcast on Channel Four; and Random Acts of Intimacy (BFI New
Directors ‟98) which was screened on Channel Four and FilmFour. Clio‟s other work as a director
includes title sequences, idents and promos for MTV, Channel Four and VH1, and a number of
music videos. She teaches Film Theory at University of Kent at Canterbury and is Senior Lecturer in
Time Based Media at Kent Institute of Art and Design. She graduated with a double first class (B.A.
Hons) in Fine Art and then went on to study post-graduate Electronic Imaging where she made Dirt
and Science which toured internationally as part of the ICA Biennial of Independent Film & Video,
Between Imagination and Reality curated by Tilda Swinton. She recently completed The
Advanced Programme at the National Film and Television School.

Miranda Bowen
A Central St Martin‟s graduate, Miranda began her career by making and performing in short films
intended for gallery spaces, but over the past four years she has steadily built up a body of short
films (Pitstop, Soup of the Day, The Myth of the Amphisbaena), that have been screened at
festivals around the world. Her short film, Stagnate, which was made as part of 2002 Orange/Film
Four Prize for short film has so far screened on Channel Four and FilmFour, and at Edinburgh,
Morbegno, and Soho Rushes and won best director and best cinematographer at the Festival du
Court Metrage de Lyon. She was also recently nominated for the prestigious Broadcast/BBC B+
award for best new director. She is currently developing several feature length scripts, La La
Land, The Cruel and the Tender and The Wave. Miranda directs commercials and is currently
working on a first novel, The Ruins.

John Burrows
John is a graduate of Manchester University Drama Department. To date he has written and
directed mainly for the stage. His plays have been published, broadcast, and staged extensively
(including in the West End) in the UK and abroad. He is best known for The Golden Pathway
Annual (co-written with John Harding); the a capella musical One Big Blow, which, incidently,
launched the „Flying Pickets‟; It’s A Girl!, and Viva Espana. Ken Trodd, Gareth Gwenlyn, David
Liddiment, Simon Wright, Paula Burdon and Andree Molyneux have either produced or
commissioned his work for television. Currently he is writing for radio - Whitlock’s Walk and
Glyndebourne were broadcast recently on Radio 4 - and completing his MA in Screenwriting at
The London College of Printing. About this change of emphasis he says: In my theatre work I ’ve
always written fast-moving, multi- character, multi- scene, ‘bare stage’ stuff. About serious subjects.
But done comically. Often with music. I ‘ve probably wanted to write screenplays all along.

Elizabeth Clarke Melville
Elizabeth Clarke Melville was born in Barbados. She holds a BA honours from University of West
Indies and a Masters and Doctorate of Fine Arts from Yale University. Before turning to the arts
full time, Elizabeth worked as a barrister in the UK and was Attorney-at Law in Barbados. She has
also enjoyed a successful career as a librettist and actress, with credits that include Firework, which
was commissioned by Glyndebourne Opera House, and Amen Alley, which was commissioned
for performance in St. Michael‟s Cathedral in Barbados. Her first novel, Black, No Sugar was
completed in 2001, and she has had a number of poems and articles published in the Caribbean
and the US. As a screenwriter, Elizabeth has a feature screenplay, All Rise, in development with
The Script Factory, which was a Performed Reading in 2002 with a cast that included James Frain.
She is also working on a number of other screenplays including one for a contemporary rap musical.
Elizabeth has served a writer‟s mentor and tutor, and sat on the South East Regional Arts Board
from 2000-02.

Allison Cologna
Allison is gaining a reputation as an exciting new writer both for screen and theatre. She is joint
artistic director of internationally acclaimed Brouhaha Theatre Company for whom she has both
been a scriptwriter and an actor. Her first play Well, Farewell was widely acclaimed during its
international tour and London run at Battersea Arts Centre culminating in a sell out three week run
in Berlin at FOTIO Theatre. Allison was subsequently commissioned by the Arts Council of England
to write her second play Ask The Family which is currently in development. Allison‟s many acting
credits include Lee Hall‟s The Adventures of Pinocchio, Lyric Hammersmith, BBC2‟s Dead
Ringers, and Ch4/Paramount‟s Absolutely True. Enigma Press published Allison‟s short story
Crystal Blue. Allison‟s first feature length screenplay The Gingerhead Men is currently in
Agent: Rose Cobbe at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop

Benjamin Evans
Benjamin wrote short stories while studying English at Cambridge. He then received an MA in Film
and Television Studies from the British Film Institute and worked in various capacities in the film
industry. Having written and produced his first short film, he escaped to New York and then rural
Shropshire, to try his hand at feature scripts. His most recent is The Radiant Boy, an emotional
drama about an estranged couple trying to solve the mystery of their son‟s disappearance. Having
received development funding from Screen West Midlands, Benjamin is working with a script editor
on the final draft which is due in October 2003. With a writing partner from Columbia University film
school, he is also working on a high concept, New York-set feature length comedy called Chantelle
The Great. Other recent work includes a neurotic family comedy set in the North-East and a sci-fi
short story adaptation. He is about to commence the Screenwriting MA at Royal Holloway in
London with a grant from The David Lean Foundation and will be seeking representation from the

Susan Everett
Susan Everett worked as an illustrator before completing a scriptwriting MA at the Northern Film
School in Leeds. In 1993 she won the Carl Foreman Screenwriting Award, and spent 18 months
at California State University, Long Beach, where she wrote scripts and directed a short film, White
Rabbits. Susan has won numerous prizes for her short stories, including the This Morning TV/SHE
Magazine short story competition, and Northern Stories. Her work has appeared in various
anthologies and magazines, most recently the short story collection Next Stop Hope. Her first novel
Crazy Horse was published by Route. Moose marked Susan‟s return to directing after
concentrating on her writing. She went straight from that to directing Puss Puss, one of the UK Film
Council‟s Digital Shorts. She has learnt never to work with cats again, and is currently developing
two new feature film scripts, romantic drama Rain, and comedy Breaking The Spell. Neither of
them have cats in.
Agent: Clare Barker at the Rod Hall Agency Ltd

Jennifer Farmer
A Chattanooga, Tennessee native, Jennifer studied dramatic writing at New York University prior to
moving to the UK five years ago. Her stageplay, Breathing, was written under the Soho Theatre’s
Writers‟ Attachment Programme, and has been much admired for its delicate handling of cross-
channel racial and social issues and its highly original form. Her previous work, Looking at the
Sun, was performed at Battersea Arts Centre as part of its 2001 Opera Season. This
contemporary Black opera was also showcased as part of the PUSH festival in the same year. Her
one-act play clean was workshopped by the Red Room Theatre Company and a prizewinner in
the 2001 London Writers Competition. clean was subsequently commissioned as a radio play,
Jennifer‟s first, and was broadcast in July on BBC Radio 3’s The Wire, and awarded Time Out
Critic’s Choice and Guardian’s Pick of the Day. Currently the Writer-In-Residence at Clean
Break, her new stageplay for the company, Compact Failure, will premiere in 2004. Jennifer is
also under commission at Pentabus Theatre Company. She has written several screenplays,
including the short, It’s Fine.
Jennifer is represented by Ginny Sennett at Micheline Steinberg Associates.

Ian Fenton
Ian Fenton was born in 1966 and grew up in the border country of Scotland. His first film, The
Scuttler, won Best Short at the British Short Film Festival's Halloween Society screenings in 1996.
His 24 minute drama An Angel Passes By, produced for Granada Television's New Voices series,
won Best Film Under 60-minutes at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1997. He was
chosen for Yorkshire Television's Writer Development Scheme in 2001 and subsequently become a
member of the Emmerdale writing team. In the same year he directed King of The Road, a half-
hour television drama that won Best Independent Production at the Royal Television Society
Awards (North). His most recent short film Flickerman and The Ivory Skinned Woman, co-written
with the poet Jacob Polley, will premier at the Helsinki International Film Festival in 2003. Original
projects in development include the feature The Good Mother, a psychological thriller that blends
Misery with The Hand the Rocks the Cradle, and the television series White Settlers for ITV.

Rowena Goldman and Susan Osman
Over the past ten years Rowena Goldman and Susan Osman have developed a screenwriting
partnership under their company Nick O'Time Films. Their first screenplay - Rich Wins A Condo In
East Godmen Bay, a romantic comedy, is in pre-production. Steve Abbott (A Fish Called Wanda,
Brassed Off, Life of Brian) is Executive Producer and Gillies MacKinnon (Regeneration, Hideous
Kinky) is directing. Their second screenplay, Barcelona Baby, a melodrama about secrets, is in
development. Selected for the EU funded script development programme Media Plus Sources II in
2003, Susan and Rowena have been working on the script in Vienna and Budapest with support
from the UK Film Council and South West Screen. They plan to start writing their next screenplay,

The Two Faces of Mrs. Holyroyd, a comedy, in early 2004. They have written two further
screenplay treatments - Drinking Ink and Fighting for Hope. As well as their screenwriting they
both have television careers. Susan is a broadcaster for BBC 1, BBC News 24/World and BBC
Bristol. Rowena is a Development Executive at the BBC, specialising in interactive drama.

Lisa Gornick
Lisa Gornick wrote, directed and starred in her first feature comedy, Do I Love You? which has
screened at film festivals in Europe and the USA and was recently bought by Channel 4. Millivres
Multimedia will shortly release it theatrically in the UK. A philosophical romantic comedy about
breaking up, the film has proven popular on the festival circuit, with Variety declaring that Gornick
has “talent and chutzpah”. Previous shorts have also garnered attention including, My Primary
Lover Never Hollywood Kissed Me, which she wrote and directed, and which won Best Short Film
at The Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The short film version of Do I Love You? was
also runner up for the JVC Best Film Award at the Portobello Film Festival. Lisa is currently writing
two new feature scripts - one along strict narrative lines exploring death, the other uses a cyclical
structure to examine how to run life. She is also developing a digital television comedy series.

Simeon Halligan
Simeon started out as a production designer, having studied at the Royal College of Art Film School.
With an increasing desire to write and direct, he made his first short Triple Exposure a Film Noir
pastiche in 1998. The film premiered at the American Film Institute Los Angeles Film Festival.
Encouraged by its success and prompted to, „come back with a feature next time‟, he returned home
determined to develop as a writer/director. Several short films later - including the award-winning
Sleep my Love which was supported by the UK Film Council - Simeon now has a number of feature
projects in development: Broken and Flawed a psychological thriller set in a dark city underworld
which was awarded a Film Council lottery script development bursary; Blue (co-writer) a futuristic
thriller that deals with one mans ultimate quest for the truth whilst incarcerated by fundamentalist
authorities (also awarded a UK Film Council development bursary, in development with Visionary
Films); and Rooftop where brothers Tom and Jason, on the run from the law and from a gangland
boss, discover a bizarre world of rooftop dwellers who might be able to help them to escape their
pursuers. Simeon is currently seeking representation.

Sheila Hayman
Sheila Hayman has written and directed TV films about robots, stammering, Chinese abortions,
Killer Bimbos on Fleet Street, images of the future, the symbolism of car design, talking computers,
American corporate culture, and the Los Angeles coroners' department. She has conceived and
designed a website for Sony, been official necrologist of the Oscars, won a BAFTA as senior
director on Network 7 and been Young Journalist of the Year. In 1990 she was awarded the
BAFTA/Fulbright Fellowship, which sent her to Los Angeles to learn screenwriting, and utterly
spoiled her for reality. Since then she has written four original screenplays, published two novels
and had two children. One of her spec scripts, The Water Babies, was recently optioned by
producers based in London and Los Angeles, and she has just begun Mrs. P's Journey, a
commission for Poisson Rouge Pictures. Her most recent directing job was The Story of Art Deco,
and she hopes eventually to direct at least one of her own feature scripts.
She is represented by Rob Kraitt at A.P.Watt in London, and by Lynn Pleshette at The Lynn
Pleshette Agency in Los Angeles.

Poonam Joshi
Poonam Joshi has been working in the media for the last ten years, on short films for the BBC,
Anglia Television and Channel Four, and on a feature production for Short Fish Films entitled
Beginner's Luck. While Poonam has an extensive background in TV and film production, she is
principally a writer. As a freelance journalist she has contributed feature articles to publications
including Marie Claire, the BT EMMA's and India Today International as well as serving as the

resident film reviewer for BBC Online. She received favourable reviews from the Theatre Royal
Stratford-East for her first stage play, entitled Freedom's Children. Her second play, The Death of
Archie Jindal, is currently under review by the Theatre Royal. Poonam has also completed much of
her first novel, The Third Child. As a screenwriter, she has twice been shortlisted for the Channel
Four Film Challenge for two ten-minute scripts entitled Dressed to Kill and Generation X. Poonam
also has developed scripts for several other short films. Most recently, she has developed strong
ties with the Indian film industry and is negotiating commissions for two feature length projects
entitled Pal (Moment) and Platform 301. Poonam is currently writing the script for a British feature
film entitled Sing! which is close to completion, and has a second project in development entitled
My Son Michael. Poonam is currently looking for agent representation.

Annetta Laufer
Annetta trained originally as a stage actress and moved into directing theatre before coming to film.
Her background in film ranges from script supervising to script reading, and editing to writer and
director of small independent projects. She has both written and directed various short films and was
nominated for best short of Dinner for One at the Aarhus shorts festival in Denmark. Since then she
has written and directed a low budget feature for Scandinavian TV distribution and was short listed
for her new short film script Winnie and the Duppy Bat by the Orange/Film Four short film
competition as well as the PULSE short scheme. She is currently working on an adaptation of a
Roald Dahl story for the screen as well as a feature film script.

Cath Le Couteur
Cath has just completed the Cinefondation Residency Programme in Paris, which is run by the
Cannes Film Festival. The programme annually selects 6 writer/directors who spend 4 months in
Paris developing their first or second feature film. Returning with a first draft for road movie Courier
Cuts, Cath will re-open talks on finance/development opportunities after a further 3 months of
independently financed script development. Previously Cath was on the Advanced Programme at
the National Film and Television School where she wrote & directed the multi-award winning
35mm short Starched (with Kelly Reilly). In 2001, Cath worked as camera assistant for filmmaker
Mike Figgis (Dir: Timecode, Hotel) and in 2002 won an LFVDA/Film Four Production award to
write/direct Spin which received its World Premiere in competition at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival,
and which has also gone on to screen at Cannes, Tribecca, Oberhausen, Sydney and Edinburgh
(upcoming). Cath was recently selected on the First Film Foundation Showcase and is currently in
talks with several agents. Her previous shorts have been represented by the Short Film Bureau, the
British Council, have been released theatrically, and on television worldwide. Cath is currently
working on an innovative narrative-based music video for Active-M and is the co-founder of Shooting
People ( - the UK‟s independent filmmakers network.

Lucy Moore
Lucy completed a Drama degree at Exeter University in 1998 and joined the Royal Court young
writer‟s programme in 1999. She has attended writer‟s groups with Nicola Baldwin, Simon Stephens
and Hanif Kureishi. Her stage plays Not Guilty and Soup were given rehearsed readings at the
Southwark Playhouse and Royal Court Theatre Upstairs respectively. In 2002 she was a UK
delegate for Interplay Europe in Hungary. In 2000 she completed an MA in Film & TV production
at Bristol University and her graduation screenplay A Good Call won a Fuji scholarship and a
Carlton Screenwriting prize. The film was shown at BAFTA and broadcast on HTV. Her second
short His and Hers was a winner of the Six Foot Shorts competition in 2000 and her third Gone was
produced in July 2003 as part of the Film Council Digital Shorts scheme. Lucy works part-time as
Development Assistant for BBC Films.

Phil O’Shea
Phil is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker who is based in London but has also worked in
the US and Germany. Phil wrote the screenplay for the produced feature film The Harpist and his

recent screenwriting includes Vampire Video Diary which Bard Entertainment are producing,
Mister Joseph for Archangel Films, and The Girl From Another Planet – a teen Sci-Fi movie for
director Harley Cokeliss. Phil wrote and directed The Crane starring Jude Law and Lee Ross for the
BFI New Directors scheme and has made other prize-winning short films and documentaries. Phil
has also written a prize-winning horror short story and his first stage play Playing For England was
recently workshopped at the Bush Theatre. Phil‟s produced television writing includes Dark Knight,
Oscar Charlie, Wycliffe, Dream Team and Risk. Phil has just been short-listed by the UK Film
Council for their 25 words or less scheme.
Agent: Elizabeth Dench at The Dench Arnold Agency.

Simon Pummell
Before writing and directing, Simon line-produced over 40 commercials combining live action and
animation. He has made more than a dozen animation and short fiction films including Secret Joy,
Temptation of Sainthood, Butcher’s Hook, Rose Red, Ray-Gun-Fun and Blinded by Light, all
were for Channel Four, and screened internationally, winning many awards. There have been
retrospectives of his work at major film festivals. Bodysong (2003) is his first feature film. It‟s the
story of an archetypal life told using found footage from 100 years of cinema, scored by Jonny
Greenwood of Radiohead. Bodysong was described by Variety as “An impressive compilation
film…a unique labour of love…a dazzling natural ballet.” The critics have said about his early work
such things as “Extraordinary - Simon Pummell combines live action with digital technology to create
Gothic mysteries like Butchers Hook” (Time Out) “The heritage of Peter Greenaway‟s idiosyncratic
short films of the 70s and 80s can be found a decade later in the dazzling works of Simon Pummell
– intelligent, perverse and visually thrilling films which combine arcane or ancient elements with new
technologies.” (National Film Theatre). He‟s currently working on Dogfight, (adapted from a William
Gibson story) and Slow Motion Explosion. See

Faisal A. Qureshi
Faisal A. Qureshi had his first success when he won the Channel 4/Lloyds Bank Film Challenge in
1994. He has been shortlisted and won various screenwriting competitions both in the UK and
abroad. After graduating in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, he did a MA in Film Production at the
Northern Film School and now works as a freelance editor/sound designer specialising in short
dramas. He has also lectured in editing at various educational institutions including the EICTV in
Cuba. Currently, he has just finished directing a short film, Lifters in the US as part of the Digifest
Southwest Film Festival held in Alburqurque, New Mexico and will be shooting his next project,
Scribble, in late Summer 2003. He is also developing a TV series project at BBC Fictionlab and a
sitcom, Cabbies, was developed as part of the BBC New Writing Initiative as well as writing
various feature scripts some of which were developed by Euroscript and Black Coral/DNA Films
„Focus on Talent‟ scheme. For more details, please see Faisal‟s website at:

Jamie Richards
Jamie worked as a stand-up comedian for six years writing his own set. At the same time he began
to be commissioned to write sketches and broken comedy for TV including work for Smith & Jones,
Hale & Pace and Russ Abbot. His first drama commission was Alfie Moore, Pawnbroker for BBC
Films. Since then he has been commissioned by Carlton TV, Yorkshire TV, The Irish Film Board,
Working Title TV, Fragile films and Buena Vista International amongst others. He is currently
working on a 90 minute drama Sharing Martin for Yorkshire TV and is developing a TV series
based on Victorian artist George Frederick Watts called Heroes and a genre mixing feature film,
The 28th Amendment, set in a near future America where the act of murder has been
Agent, Nick Harris @ A P Watt.

Christoph Röhl
Christoph is a graduate of the German Film Academy and the director of several multi-award
winning short films that continue to be broadcast in many countries. He has also worked as the
director and writer-director of television dramas in the UK and Germany including ITV‟s Night and
Day and Five Forty Five a 10-minute drama for BBC Bristol which won the VFF Young Talent
Award at the International Festival of Film Schools in Munich and the Audience Award at the
Filmfest Regensburg. His other short films include In Your Shoes which he wrote and directed, and
which won a Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival and Special Mention from the
Jury at the Festival Du Film Court de Brest in France. He and long-time writing partner Philippe
Longchamp are currently working on a number of feature screenplays including Out of Me, an
original comedy set in Brick Lane, London; and The Debt, which is being developed with ZDF in
Germany. Another of their feature screenplays was developed by Columbia Tri-star in Berlin.
Christoph also works as a screenwriting teacher and is currently devising a 7-week screenwriting
course which he will teach for Metropolitan Film School, with the support of City Screen, PAL and
the NFTS.
Christoph is represented by Casarotto Ramsay Associates in London

Alex Rose
Alex has previously written four feature screenplays. On a Clear Day is currently in development
with Sarah Curtis producer, Dorothy Berwin exec producer and Gaby Dellal directing. Actors Peter
Mullan, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins are attached and the anticipated shoot date is Spring
2004. He has been commissioned by September Films to write the six part drama series Baby Bet
and has just completed the two-part war-time drama, My Friend the Enemy. Alex has also spent
the last five years working as a reader and script editor. He studied illustration at both Chelsea
School of Art and St Martins, before discovering the theatre and training at Arts Educational Schools
to become an actor. He still works as an actor and is represented by Christina Shepherd
Writing Agent: Nick Harris at AP Watt.

Anne Rouse
Anne Rouse has had a play, The Bear Garden short-listed for the Allied Domeq prize, a short
production, Slit at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and a rehearsed reading from a play-in-progress,
Lives of the Noble Greeks, at the Traverse. Her poetry has appeared in two award-winning
collections, and many anthologies and periodicals, such as the Independent, Observer, Atlantic
Monthly, and the Times Literary Supplement. She was the Royal Literary Fund Visiting Writing
Fellow at the University of Glasgow 2000-2002. Currently she is Royal Literary Fellow Project
Fellow at Tate Modern. Born in Washington, DC, she is currently working on a screenplay, Sweet
Daddy Blues, a romantic comedy set in New York and Hollywood.

Simon Rumley
Simon started as a runner in the early 1990s, but soon progressed to production assistant and then
production manager. During this time he started writing, producing and directing short films. After his
second short, Laughter, was nominated for the annual Dick Award at the ICA in 1995, he decided
to concentrate on writing and directing feature material. The highly acclaimed Strong Language
was Simon‟s first feature and was released theatrically by the British Film Institute. It received
nominations for Most Talented Newcomer and Best Achievement in Production at the inaugural
British Independent Film Awards. This was followed by The Truth Game and then Club Le
Monde, both released theatrically and to great critical acclaim. Simon‟s 90‟s youth culture trilogy is
currently available to buy and rent on DVD and VHS. Recently, Simon has completed a pilot for the
UK Film Council for his project Anatomy of Grief and has recently come back from a Moonstone
Writer’s Lab for his feature My Mate Charles. He is currently in pre-production on a metaphysical
horror film, The Living In The Home Of The Dead, produced by Nick O‟Hagan (Pandaemonium
and Young Adam) and Carl Shoenfeld (My Brother Tom), to be distributed by Metro Tartan.

Mark Tonderai
Mark started his career in the media working as a writer, producer and presenter for radio from 1995
to 1998. He wrote and produced the Mark Tonderai Show for BBC Radio 1, and Worldly Wise,
Rainbow Nation and WeekEnding for BBC Radio 4, as well as Kiss 100 – Rude Awakening for
Kiss 100. He then began writing for television with credits that include Homie and Away for
Channel 4 and The Beginner’s Guide 1 & 2 for BBC2. He also worked as a writer, director and
editor on ITV‟s Ian Wright Show, and Sky One‟s Prickly Heat. Mark‟s first feature film was Dog Eat
Dog, which he wrote and also starred in. Produced by Film Four, the film was directed by Moody
Shoaibi and released in 2002. He currently has a number of television projects in development
including Cleanskins, and Charlie Mick and the Asylum Game for Shona Films. Mark also has two
feature film scripts in development: Youngblood, which is being developed by Marc Samuelson of
Sameulson Films and Zoe Stewart of Shona Films; and PowerMike which is also being produced by
Zoe Stewart with Robyn Slovo from Company Pictures. The screenplay was recently developed
when Mark was a Moonstone participant in 2002.

Phil Traill
Phil's feature screenplays follow in the tradition of his quirky award-winning short films. Two are
adaptations of novellas by Ben Rice - Pobby and Dingan (a moving comedy about a girl who loses
her imaginary friends), which is being directed by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty); and Specks in
the Sky (a surreal drama about a family struggling to cope when ten perfect parachutists land in
their yard), which is being developed by FilmFour. And two are original comedies – Rocking the
Boat (a teen comedy based on the birth of pirate radio boats in the 1960s); and Flipped (a visual
comedy about a man whose life turns upside down when his wife leaves him - literally, as gravity
changes direction and he wakes up on the ceiling). Phil's short films have been seen all over the
world. Hiccup (with Celia Imrie and James D'Arcy) won BBC2's 'The Talent' and was sold to HBO;
Flipped (with Jason Flemyng) won the Rushes Soho Short Film Festival; Post (with Eddie
Marsan) won The Film Council / Film Four's Reasons To Be Cheerful; and Dangle (with Phil
himself) won the 2003 Berlin Film Festival's Talent Campus. Phil has been showcased by the First
Film Foundation, and featured as 'One To Watch' by Campaign Screen and Broadcast Magazine.
Phil also directs commercials for Rogue Films.
Agent: Charles Walker, PFD

Joe Tunmer
Since graduating from Bournemouth, Joe has written and directed a number of short films and music
promos. His first short as writer/director was Hospital Food, a commission for Meridian
Broadcasting. After competing at Cannes, Aspen and San Francisco, it won the Gold Remi in
Houston and was bought for worldwide distribution by Hypnotic in New York. Next came Autocue,
which won Best British Short at Brief Encounters and was recently broadcast on the BBC 4’s
Shortest Night. It also received a theatrical release with the feature film Lovely and Amazing
courtesy of Momentum Distribution. Last year he wrote and directed First To See The Sun for the
Film Council, which went on to win the Special Jury Award at Worldfest 2003. His next short,
Mockingbird, tells of a dying transvestite and the cocoon-like world he builds for his daughter. His
first feature project, Composition, is in development at Impact Films. A unique story about the
discovery of the most beautiful piece of music ever made, it was accepted onto a Film Council-
funded trip to Los Angeles to pitch to studio executives and independent producers. It was also
chosen to participate in Screen South‟s residential workshop with Christopher Vogler. Joe is
currently looking for representation.

Zara Waldeback
Zara has found considerable success both as a screenwriter and director. She has written 3 feature
scripts, over 15 shorts and for TV. Recently she was selected for European screenwriting
programme North by Northwest to workshop family comedy George's Herd, and has been writing

for a new Carlton children‟s series. Her latest short Ssssh!, is premiering at the 2003 Edinburgh
International Film Festival, and before that black comedy Pros & Cons of Camouflage was
funded by South East Arts and picked up for distribution by Hypnotic. It was screened at various
festivals and broadcast in Europe, winning a Highly Commended prize in the TCM competition.
Zara's third feature script Stackhouse Cove was selected for the Screen South/UK Film Council
Dreamcatcher scheme, and developed through the ScriptNaked programme run by Lighthouse in
Brighton. Zara has worked as reader for British Screen and First Film Foundation, and recently
set up a Writers Workshop in Whitstable. She lives in Kent and is currently developing a 2-part TV
chiller, The Keeper and 2 new features, Bigwigs and Losing Space.
Agent: Chris Calitz at Creative Media Management

Martin Wallace
Martin graduated in 1991 with a BA honours in Fine Art Film and Video from St Martins School of
Art. His graduation film Carrera was bought by Channel Four’s ‘First Frame’ series. After making
a number of groundbreaking music promos for bands such as Aphex Twin, Pulp, Tindersticks
Polyphonic Spree among others, he produced and directed 3 x 1hr programmes for Channel Four,
Journeys Into the Outside with Jarvis Cocker. In 1999, Martin directed several series of Wise Up
on C4 for Carlton, which won an International Emmy and was nominated for a BAFTA for
Children‟s Factual TV. His short film about the abduction and murder of James Bulger, Liverpool
Lullaby in 1995 won an RTS North West Award for Most Innovative Film. He has written several
short dramas, including Flip Flop for Film Four and Rhythms for Channel Four, and is currently
working on several features including Frozen Ed, a twisted comedy about a bloke who donates his
body to science only to wake up ten years after his death as a decapitated head - the world‟s first
cryogenically reanimated superstar.

Paul Whittington
Writer/Director Paul Whittington has completed two short films so far in 2003; Innocent Pink is a
story of survival in the hostile world of teenage girls, and What About Me? which looks at a family
suffering the consequences of addiction. Both films aim to follow the success of Paul‟s previous
short, Hero – the trauma of war through the eyes of a ten year old boy - which has appeared in over
twenty film festivals worldwide and collected several prizes along the way, including the Best
Completed Short Film at the 2002 TAPS Writer of the Year awards. Paul also wrote the
screenplay for the feature length, drama-documentary George Orwell – A Life in Pictures,
alongside Producer/Director Chris Durlacher. The film was broadcast on BBC2 in June 2003 to
critical acclaim. He currently has two feature films in development, Salvation, with October Films
and Hot Dog for Harbour Pictures. Paul‟s background includes six years at the BBC from 1996,
beginning in News in his hometown of Nottingham, before transferring to London and four
successful years as a Promo Director for BBC Creative Services. In that time he produced and
directed a range of high-profile BBC campaigns, including The Olympic Games, Wimbledon and
Sports Personality of the Year. He left the corporation in March 2002 and is now freelance.

Susan Wilkins
As a television writer Susan has had over seventy-five scripts produced and broadcast by the BBC,
ITV and Channel 4. She has contributed to a long list of returning dramas including Casualty,
Holby City, Dangerfield, Back-Up, Boon, The Chief, Down to Earth, Heartbeat and spent nearly
three years on the Coronation Street writing team. She created the offbeat detective drama South
of the Border of which the BBC made two series. She is currently developing original projects with
Granada and the BBC and has worked for the BBC as a script doctor. Recently Susan turned her
attention to film and participated in Arista’s Adept programme in 2002. Her first feature script is
The Real Deal, a rom com which aims to push the boundaries of the genre towards the cynical and
satirical rather than the saccharine. Her second feature project is a historical thriller with lots of
contemporary political resonance.
Agent: Jill Foster at JFL

Pamela Woods and Julie Gearey
Pamela Woods and Julie Gearey‟s writing partnership began in 1996 whilst studying for the MA
Screenwriting at the Northern School of Film and Television. Since then, they have worked
together and individually in various writing fields. Julie has written extensively for television including
work on long running series Coronation Street and Casualty. Pamela, an award winning short film
maker, has worked both as a story and script editor for Granada Television and Carlton on long
running shows such as Coronation Street, Children’s Ward and Peak Practice. Her film credits
include, Rose and the Hiatus, Kitchen and Can’t which have won various prizes and screened at
Film Festivals around the world from Sydney to Bombay. Together, Pamela and Julie have written
for BBC Drama Serials and Clerkenwell Films. They are currently writing the pilot episode of The
Money Shot, an original six part series for BBC Drama.
Agents: Julie Gearey is represnted by Julia Tyrrell / Pamela Woods is represented by Julie Foster

Rupert Wyatt
Rupert read Comparative Literature and Film Theory at university in Paris, where he started
working as a screenwriter and director. His graduate thesis, which was a contemporary adaptation
of Dante's Divine Comedy, became his first screenplay to be optioned and was developed by a
number of producers and directors including Claudie Ossard (Delicatessen, Amelie) George Litto
(Blow Out) and Shooting Gallery New York (You Can Count on Me). Since returning from New
York in 1999 he has been working on three commissioned screenplays - Fourth Wall, After The
Laughter, and The Lotus Eaters - for The Film Consortium / Skreba Films, Sarah Radclyffe
Productions, and Picture Farm respectively. Rupert was the founding member of Picture Farm - a
film collective of writers, directors, producers, and actors, whose first production was the Sundance
award winning documentary Dark Days (dir. Marc Singer). As writer/director his most recent
production for The Farm was Subterrain, which starred John Challis, Jamie Harris, Michelle
Gomez, and Jack Davenport with music by Michael Nyman and Montagu Bourcier. Rupert is
currently directing Hollyoaks for Channel 4 / Mersey TV. His first feature as director After The
Laughter - a tragic-comedy set in the grounds of an old people's home for retired entertainers - is
scheduled to start production February 2004
Agents: Natasha Galloway @ PFD London / Will Battersby @ ICM New York


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