Best known for his role as Kev Ball in the Channel Four television series ʻShamelessʼ, Dean’s long list of film and television credits include playing Tully in the cult series ʻBeing Humanʼ, William Shakespeare in the ʻDoctor Whoʼ episode ‘The Shakespeare Code’ and Pete the cynic in the comedy feature ʻFAQ About Time Travelʼ.
Sameer Patel is a London based filmmaker and graduate of the London Film School. He has had films selected for festivals such as Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Raindance and others, and is a BAFTA competition winner for his film ‘She Want’ Soul’ which premiered at the Latitude Festival 2012. He has also had films commissioned by the English National Opera, Save the Children and one of 5 filmmakers chose by Cambridge University to collaborate with their PhD students.
Sameer started adult life as an Economics major from the London School of Economics working in finance before making a leap into filmmaking. With his first project he went to Cuba and shot a short documentary on the Cuban Hip Hop scene. With no contacts and just a camera Sameer documented the special period of Cuba’s transition through the musicians love of their perceived enemies music.
During this time Sameer also DJ’d professionally and worked in the music industry in London and New York in record label financing and artist management where he gained experience in balancing business and creative needs in the artistic industries. This knowledge led Sameer into film and a project that combined his love of music, filmmaking and politics where he wrote and optioned a screenplay about the unknown civil war in Jamaica in the 70’s. As well as script writing he learnt about film finance working with a sales agent and private investors. Currently Sameer directs music promos and commercials and is producing a feature.
Having studied Script Writing at Birkbeck University, Elena had her first short script Home For Lost Holidays produced in 2007. Directed by Anastasia Kirillova, this sweet drama won 2nd place in the 2007 jury round of the FILMAKA Contest, as voted by a jury who included Werner Herzog, Deepak Nayar, Paul Schrader and Win Wenders.
Elena then went on to take 3rd place at the 2008 Screen Writers Festival Pitch in Time contest with her period feature; Little Wheel, based on the true story of the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo.
That same year Elena’s feature script; Greener, a touching comedy about love, loss and rambling, was accepted for the UK Film Council’s First Feature Fund. One of the first writers to take part in the scheme, Elena worked with Bradley Quirk, Lizzie Francke and mentor Ayub Khan-Din to complete the scheme in 2008.
Having signed with Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen in 2009, Elena has had a feature, the romantic comedy Inside Out optioned and written and produced the short film On The Bridge. Directed by Sameer Patel and cofunded by Film London, On The Bridge was accepted for the 2014 Palm Springs International Shorts Festival. Looking to the future Elena continues to push her writing on new projects for 2015 with producer Danny de Warren and director Sameer Patel and develop a career as a producer.
Producer: Danny de Warren
Danny read Theology at Cambridge during which time he also worked in many technical production roles in the events industry and theatre and became interested in screenwriting and film production as an avenue for pursuing these dual interests. Danny joined the London Film School MA Filmmaking programme to gain hands-on experience of film production. He produced, directed and fulfilled many other technical roles in approximately twelve short films culminating in a comedy graduation film LONG WALK HOME, which he also co-wrote and which premiered at Raindance.
During this time Danny developed his experience as a script reader and development assistant at a number of companies including Heyday Films and Slingshot Studios and was mentored by Joe Oppenheimer at BBC Films. Danny went on to complete the nine-month intensive Fast Forward Producing programme at LFS where he was mentored by Paul Trijbits of Ruby Films. Danny began working for Paul Trijbits during the delivery of Disney’s SAVING MR BANKS and the commissioning of J. K. Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY (a three-part high end drama for BBC1 and HBO) and worked closely with the executive producers throughout the development, financing and preproduction process and continues to do so.
Danny has also been assistant to Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass (former president of Production and Acquisitions at Universal Pictures International) in their new film production company FilmWave founded in 2012. As well as a continued close and varied involvement during the founding and start-up phase, Danny is working closely on the company’s current feature film production: SING STREET, directed by John Carney (ONCE AGAIN, BEGIN AGAIN). In addition to this Danny is closely involved in the development of a further slate of nine features and six TV series for the company, taking a leading role on one TV project for Sky, which he is co-developing with French producer Benjamin Elalouf (CRÈME DE LA CRÈME), with footlights writers Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden.
Jean-Philippe Rio-Py is an acclaimed French composer and pianist. His music, infused with natural virtuosity and powerful emotion, is an invitation for the listener to escape, dream and offer a sense of hope in both the darkest and happiest of times, providing the score for several documentaries, including "One Hyde Park". Notable recent performances include features at the Royal Opera House, the opening of the Arts Club in Mayfair, and at Steinway Hall. Jean-Philippe has composed music for labels such as Air-Edel, EMI and Warner, while some of his other works have recently been broadcasted by ITV and BBC, and featured in ad campaigns by Hulu and Samsung.