The Jury 2013

Jury Chair

Penny Woolcock

Penny Woolcock is a writer and director making documentaries, television fiction, feature films and opera. Her fiction feature film 1 Day (2009) about a day in the life of a gang banging street hustler led to One Mile Away (2013) documenting a peace process between the two notorious gangs in inner city Birmingham. She is specially interested in the vibrant economy and culture of marginalised communities. Her trilogy about inner city Leeds Tina Goes Shopping, Tina Takes A Break and Mischief Night were street cast fictions based on real life stories. She spent eight months On The Streets (2010) making a film about homeless people in London and months in a hostel for street drinkers for The Wet House (2000). She’s directed a film version of the John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer (2003) and stage operas for the Met in New York and the English National Opera. 

MyAnna Buring

MyAnna Buring trained at LAMDA and was nominated in 2010 by Screen International as A Star of Tomorrow. She has forged an impressive list of film, television and theatre credits since then. In 2011 she was nominated in the Best Actress category for her naturalistic and hard-hitting performance as a mother and wife in Ben Wheatley’s Kill List as well as starring in acclaimed BBC drama White Heat. More recently MyAnna appeared in Bill Condon’s final installments of the Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn 1&2. 2014 will see her star in upcoming films Epic (directed by Ben Hopkins, co-starring Matthew Macfadyen) and Gerard Johnson’s Hyena. MyAnna’s first film The Descent (directed by Neil Marshal) was nominated for Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards in 2005, winning for Best Director and Best Technical Achievement for the film’s editor Jon Harris. In 2013 MyAnna reprised her roles of manipulating chambermaid Edna in ITV’S Downton Abbey and as East End madame Long Susan in BBC’s Ripper Street. She is currently starring in Barbara Broccoli’s West End production of the classic Hitchcock film, Strangers on A Train

Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Antonia has already made quite an impact in a relatively short career highlighted by Screen International this year featuring her as a ‘Star of Tomorrow’. Prior to this in 2012 Antonia was named one of the prestigious Berlinale Shooting Stars.

Antonia has most recently finished filming latest project Split in New York, directed by Deborah Kampmeier. She will next be seen in Ridley Scott’s The Vatican, starring alongside Anna Friel and Matthew Goode. Antonia will also be seen starring as ‘Jamie’ in Hinterland alongside Matt Berry and Eva Birthistle and as ‘Claire’ in The Canal, alongside Rupert Evans and Steve Oram. She was more recently seen in Kelly & Victor, based on Niall Griffith’s novel of the same title. Earlier this year saw Antonia star as 'Natascha Kampusch' alongside Thure Lindhardt in the gritty 3096 Days. Last year saw Antonia starring as ‘Alice’ in Lotus Eaters, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to unanimous acclaim. She also played the lead role of ‘Arlene Kelly’ in the thriller The Other Side of Sleep directed by Rebecca Daly which premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival as a part of the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight. In addition to her screen time in Albert Nobbs opposite Glenn Close, Antonia plays the lead role of ‘Shelley’ in Storage 24 opposite Noel Clarke and Laura Haddock. In 2009, Antonia’s supporting role in Jane Campion’s Palme D’Or, BAFTA and Oscar nominated feature Bright Star saw her win rave reviews for her performance alongside Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish. She also featured in Brendan Grant’s Tonight is cancelled and as ‘Lucia Joyce’ and she played the lead role of ‘Angel’ in Alex Orwell’s The Task. Her short film credits include Anthony Wilcox’s Hello Carter with Dominic Cooper and Bella Freud's 2011 campaign short film directed by Martina Amati.

For television, Antonia is perhaps best known for her lead role of ‘Sam’ alongside Jack Dee in the award-winning BBC comedy series Lead Balloon. She was also to be seen in When Harvey Met Bob, a film for BBC television telling the story of when Bob Geldof met Harvey Goldsmith. In the ongoing series ‘Bluebell Welch’ for MTV, she plays the title role of the music fan and MTV presenter. She also portrayed the character of ‘Abigail’ in the Jennifer Saunders series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle which earned her critical acclaim. Her other television credits include Channel 4’s Scapegoat, as well as Damage for RTE which was nominated for 3 awards at the Irish Film and Television Awards. She has also been seen in the BAFTA nominated Delta Forever (BBC), Free Agents (Channel 4), and Music’s biggest fan (MTV).

On stage Antonia played in The Lion’s Mouth/Rough Cuts at the Royal Court theatre and in Roberto Zucco directed by Jimmy Fay at the Project theatre in Dublin.

Ate de Jong

Ate de Jong, born in a small provincial town at the Dutch-Belgian border in 1953. Admitted to the Dutch Film Academy at the age of 17, he made 6 feature films in his homeland before he was 32. Ate de Jong moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and started directing an episode of Miami Vice (guest stars James Brown and Chris Rock) before directing Highway To Hell (with Ben Stiller), and Drop Dead Fred (starring Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher). He moved to London in 1993 and made several films in Germany and South Africa, and as a UK co-production All Men Are Mortal - based on the novel by Simone the Beauvoir (starring Steven Rea and Irene Jacob), and Fogbound (with Luke Perry and Ben Daniels), and also (co) produced a number of feature films such as The Discovery Of Heaven (starring Stephen Fry), and Enigma (with Kate Winslet). Ate de Jong completed last year The Blitz, winner of several audience awards in the USA, and in 2013 the UK independent feature Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey (soon to be released). Apart from directing and producing Ate de Jong wrote many articles and columns about film. He was the senior executive at the Dutch FilmFund for several years, and interim director of The Binger Filmlab.

Sally El Hosaini

Winner of the Most Promising Newcomer award at the British Evening Standard Film Awards 2013 and Best Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival 2012, Sally El Hosaini is one of the UK’s brightest new filmmaking talents. Variety featured her as one of their “10 Brits to Watch in 2014”. She was also awarded the UK New Talent Award by Women in Film & Television and nominated for the Douglas Hickox award at the British Independent Film Awards and the Sutherland Trophy at London Film Festival. Her critically acclaimed debut feature film, My Brother The Devil, picked up major prizes at Berlin and Sundance. It screened at over 40 festivals around the world, winning 12 awards, 17 nominations and an honourable mention. The film was released theatrically in the UK, US, Canada and Germany. One of Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2009, her short film, The Fifth Bowl, won a regional BAFTA and another short, Henna Night was officially selected for LLGFF and in competition at Rotterdam and Raindance. Prior to this she was a script editor at BBC Drama, a production coordinator in features and worked on several Middle East documentaries. 

James Floyd

BIFA winner, James Floyd, is one of Britain's fast rising actors. Recently selected as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2013 and last year a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, he received huge acclaim for his breakout starring role in Sundance & Berlin winner My Brother The Devil, including winning Best Newcomer at last year's British Independent Film Awards. He also received Best Actor at Milan Film Festival and was nominated at 2013 Evening Standard Film Awards. The Daily Telegraph called his performance 'reminiscent of Robert De Niro.'    

Previous films include the lead in Everywhere & Nowhere, The Infidel along side Matt Lucas and Richard Schiff, and Pathé's comedy Tormented with Tuppence Middleton. On TV he played Freddie Mercury in BAFTA winning The Best Possible Taste for BBC, starred along side Ray Winstone in ITV's Compulsion, and in Falcon for Sky Atlantic with Marton Csokas and Hayley Atwell.  His critically acclaimed roles in theatre include Dov & Ali, Antigone at Hell's Mouth and The Glass Cage directed by Laurie Sansom, for which The Independent named him 'a star in the making'.  

Upcoming films include Rearview along side Antonia Thomas. James is currently attached to star in two independent films, and writing his first screenplay.

Roland Gift

Roland Lee Gift was born in Birmingham, England.
Andy Cox and David Steele chose Gift as the lead singer of their new band in 1985 after their former band, The Beat, broke up. He worked in various theater, television, and movie roles beginning early in his career after joining Fine Young Cannibals. His first role was in the 1987 film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. He didn't appear on stage until 1990 when he landed a part as Romeo in 1990 for a production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Hull Truck Theatre, which had a brief run in the USA at the Staller Center for the Arts. Later, in 1993, he had a reoccurring role in the popular series Highlander: The Series as the Immortal Xavier St. Cloud.
Gift released his first solo album since the official breakup of the band Fine Young Cannibals in 1992, self-titled, in 2002. It featured the single "It's Only Money". He has also appeared in the movie The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife (2001). He waited until 2007 to go back to the recording studio for a follow-up album.

Steve Hamilton Shaw

Steve Hamilton Shaw became a partner in Rocket Pictures in 2005. His previous experience included working in creative capacities for New Line Cinema, PolyGram and Lionsgate Films. Steve produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the successful animated movie Gnomeo and Juliet. As CEO since 2010 Steve has overseen the strategic change in Rocket from independent film producer to multi-platform entertainment company. Rocket Pictures is currently readying for production animation Sherlock Gnomes directed by John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), and Rocketman an Elton John musical biopic starring Tom Hardy.

Pippa Harris

Pippa Harris established Neal Street Productions in 2003, with Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, and runs the company’s Film and TV division together with Nicolas Brown. Since then Pippa has produced Starter for Ten, Stuart A Life Backwards, and also co-produced Jarhead. She executive produced Things We Lost in the Fire and Sam Mendes' Oscar-nominated Revolutionary Road. Previously, Pippa was the Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC where her commissions included The Lost Prince, State of Play and Daniel Deronda. Pippa joined the BBC in 1997 as a Development Executive for BBC films before becoming the Executive Producer of BBC Drama Serials. Her production credits include the BAFTA winning dramas The Way We Live Now, Care and Warriors. Pippa is currently Executive Producer on Call the Midwife - the most successful new BBC drama series in over ten years - as well as the Showtime/Sky Atlantic TV series, Penny Dreadful. She also executive produced BBC Two’s BAFTA winning, The Hollow Crown.

Bart Layton

Bart is a multi-award winning director and producer, known for tackling controversial subject matter and for “challenging documentary convention with unique visual flair”. Bart’s most recent film, The Imposter, described as “a mesmerizing, path-breaking, Tour de Force” (Telegraph), received almost unanimous critical acclaim after premiering at Sundance, won the Grand Jury Prize at Miami, the Golden Eye in Zurich and the Filmmakers' award at Hotdocs before winning a BAFTA, and being shortlisted for the Oscars. Bart lives in London and is the Creative Director of leading British production company, RAW, where he has been the producer and director of a number of acclaimed documentaries and dramas for British and American television. He is also the creator of numerous long-running cult TV series.

Art Malik

Art Malik is an actor with over three decades of experience, equally comfortable on screen as he is on stage. He began his acting career at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and quickly went on to work at the RSC and the Old Vic Theatre Company. In 1982 Malik acted in the multi award winning drama series The Jewel In The Crown, where he was nominated for a Bafta in his role as Hari Kumar. This role secured him a position in the Academy and David Lean’s Bafta/Oscar winning A Passage To India (1986). Malik’s film credits include many blockbuster studio films such as the James Bond film The Living Daylights, Wolfman, John Carter, Sex In The City 2 and starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron’s True Lies. It was a global success as well as being the most expensive film of all time. Throughout his career, he has always shown a huge fondness for supporting independent films, particularly in Britain, and has appeared in many including A Clockwork Mice (1985), Fakers (2004), Dean Spanley (2008), Franklyn (2008), Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006), Everywhere And Nowhere (2011) and Ghosted (2011). He has had many appearances on the West End, from Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink at the Aldwych (which also had a US stint at ACT in San Francisco) to Art at the Wyndham and recently the critically acclaimed, award winning Royal Court Theatre’s production of The Seagull which successfully transferred to Broadway (2008). Boasting over 100 credits across his career, Malik has also starred in many TV dramas including the classic Jackanory series (1993/2005), The Far Pavillions (1984), Harem (1986), Stolen (1990), Messiah (2001), Ben Hur (2010), The Nativity (2010), Poirot (2010) and Upstairs Downstairs (2011). His last stage appearance was at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 in a newly commissioned play Rose. This turned out to be somewhat of a family affair with his daughters; acting with Keira, while Jessica produced this well received two hander. In 2011 he was Executive Producer on Ghosted, a critically acclaimed low budget british prison drama, which went on to win a Best Director award for Craig Viveiros at the New York Film Festival (2012). This year saw his long awaited Bollywood debut in the bio-pic, Baagh Milka Baagh, currently doing extraordinary business in India and globally. He is currently working on the third series of the acclaimed Canal Plus/Netflix TV serial Borgia. He lives in Devon with his wife and their dog, Redda. 

Liza Marshall

Liza is currently Head of Film and Television at Scott Free London. She has just finished producing an adaptation of S J Watson's best selling novel, Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong and written and directed by Rowan Joffe. Shooting begins on family comedy Get Santa, written and directed by Chris Smith and starring Jim Broadbent and Rafe Spall in January. Liza has also produced Life in a Day, Britain in a Day and Japan in a Day, and executive produced Welcome to the Punch and Springsteen and I while at Scott Free. Previously, she was Head of Drama at Channel 4 and was responsible for, amongst others, the Red Riding Trilogy, Boy A, The Unloved, Death of a President, EndGame, The Mark of Cain, The Devil's Whore, Britz, and Any Human Heart. Before this, Liza was a producer at the BBC for seven years, during which time she produced many televisions shows, namely the multi award winning The Long Firm.

Jill McCullough

THEATRE INCLUDES: Stephen Ward, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Bodyguard, The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, Sunshine Boys, In a Forest Dark and Deep, Cause Celebre, Inherit The Wind, The Misanthrope, Betty Blue Eyes, Oliver, Sophies’s Choice, Phantom of the Opera, A View From The Bridge, Three Tall Women, This is our Youth, We will Rock You, Les Miserables, Closer to Heaven, On an Average Day, Boston Marriage, Three Days of Rain, Hitchcock Blonde, On the Town, Sexual Peversity In Chicago, A Delicate Balance, to the Green Fields Beyond, tales from hollywood, finding the sun, Beautiful Game, The Pyjama Game, Orpheus Descending, The Handmaid’s Tale, our house, Wit, Little Malcolm, East is East, Nine, F0ol for Love, Gift of the Gorgon, Oroonoko.

FILM and TV INCLUDES; About Time, Man Up, Frank, Good People, Ex Machina The Muppets Most Wanted, Jack Ryan, Skyfall, anna karenina, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Ten, the iron lady, a dangerous method, Henry IV, one day, jane eyre, tinker, tailor, soldier, spy, Endgame, Children of Men, Young Victoria, Wanted, Junkhearts, Late Bloomers, Scaredycat, 5 Days of War, Cemetery Junction, Is Anybody There, The Duchess, Ironclad, Fred Claus, Elizabeth - The Golden Age, Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky, The Mighty Celt, Charles II, Sahara, Burke and Hare, pride and prejudice, the other boleyn girl, the letters, Leaving, Chatroom, vanity fair, penelope, albatross, united, National Treasure, austin powers - the spy who shagged me, sin city, stardust, Heartlands, stone of destiny, king arthur, the phantom of the opera, flawless,
Cinderella Man, Not only but always, billy eliot, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Burke and Hare, The Magdeline Sisters, Lennon naked, hancock and joan, Spider, I’ll sleep when i’m dead, 28 days later, About a boy, Buffalo Soldiers, The king is alive, east is east, Pete’s Meteor, arabian nights, the fifth element, The Two of Us, The Titchborne Claimant, Hearts of Gold, Carrie’s War, Shackleton, A Great Deliverance, Cutting It, Trial and Retribution, white Teeth, Cambridge Spies, Adam Bede, United and Band of Brothers.

ill was an adjunct professor at yale university and ran the world’s first dialect summer school at Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Natascha McElhone

Natascha McElhone established herself as a talented leading  actress when she left drama school to play the lead in her first film, Merchant Ivory's Surviving Picasso, opposite Anthony Hopkins in 1995.  She quickly followed this with Peter Weir's film, The Truman Show; Alan J. Pakula's The Devil's Own, with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford; and John Frankenheimer's action epic Ronin, in which she co-starred with Robert De Niro. She also played Rosalind to Kenneth Branagh's Berowne in his musical version of William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.  In 2003, McElhone co-starred with George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's futuristic love story, Solaris. McElhone starred in TNT's mini-series The Company, a Golden Globe-nominated drama . In 2005, she starred in NBC's Emmy-nominated mini-series, Revelations.

Natascha McElhone currently stars opposite David Duchovny in the Golden Globe-winning Showtime series Californication, which has just completed filming its Seventh and final season. McElhone also stars in the children's fantasy film, The Secret of Moonacre Manor, with Ioan Gruffud. She shared the title role in Mrs Dalloway with Vanessa Redgrave directed by Oscar winning director Marleen Gorris. McElhone's other major film credits include City Of Ghosts, with Matt Dillon and Gerard Depardieu; Laurel Canyon, with Christian Bale and Francis McDormand; and Ladies In Lavender, with Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.  She has most recently starred in The Kid and in two other British feature films - The Theatre of Dreams with Toby Stephens and Brian Cox to be released Spring 2014 and in Julian Fellowes' adaptation of Romeo and Juliet currently on release along with The Sea starring with Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds and Charlotte Rampling also to be released at the end of the year.

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell's feature film credits include: The Wolf Of Wall Street, Hugo, The Tempest, Shutter Island, The Young Victoria, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Departed, Mrs Henderson Presents, The Avaiator, Sylvia, Far From Heaven, Gangs Of New York, Miss Julie, The End Of The Affair, Felicia's Journey, Shakespeare In Love, Hilary and Jackie, Velvet Goldmine, The Wings of the Dove, The Butcher Boy, Michael Collins, Rob Roy, Interview With A Vampire, Being Human, Wittgenstein, Orlando, The Crying Game, Edward II, The Pope Must Die, The Miracle, Killing Dad, Venus Peter, For Queen and Country, Stormy Monday, The Last Of England, Depuis Le Jour – Aria, Caravaggio. Opera includes: Dr. Ox's Experiment and Rigoletto. Theatre / Dance includes: Edward II. Commercials include: 2000 - British Airways – Gorgeous – Dir. Chris Palmer 2000 – Stella Artois – Great Guns – Dir. Andy Wilson

Julien Temple

Julien Temple is a multi-award winning film director with a special interest in punk and cult music of the UK. In 1976 he released his first film Sex Pistols Number 1 which launched Temple into a career making music videos where he worked with the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and the Kinks as well as others. He then directed influential alternative comedy The Comic Strip with Rik Mayall and Jennifer Saunders. In the mid-80s Temple worked with David Bowie again on a short Jazzin' For Blue Jean after which he adapted Colin MacInnes’ book Absolute Beginners into a musical featuring Patsy Kensit and David Bowie.

He relocated to Hollywood where Tony Garnett
 employed him to direct Earth Girls Are Easy in 1988. The resulting film achieved worldwide cult status. Temple went on to direct Bullet (1996) featuring Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke which was released a month after Shakur’s murder. Back in the UK Temple made a series of films in the late 1990s including Vigo (1998), and Pandaemonium (2000), a critically acclaimed film about the friendship between Romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth which won the Evening Standard Film Best Actor award for Linus Roache. He continued investigating influential music acts in the 2000s with the critically acclaimed The Filth And The Fury, a picture about the Sex Pistols. He then directed Glastonbury, a chronicle of thirty years of the music festival. Temple then directed The Future Is Unwritten celebrating the life of his close friend Joe Strummer of the Clash. It premiered at Sundance in 2007 and won the BIFA award for best documentary. His 2008 narrative opera film for Channel 4 Eternity Man won him the Golden Rose award at Montreux 2009 and the Silver Medal at the New York Television awards. Temple’s Requiem For Detroit (2010) won the Grierson Award for Best Historical Documentary, whilst that same year his Imaginary Man for Alan Yentob at BBC, a biography of long term collaborator and Kinks songwriter Ray Davies, screened on Christmas Eve at prime time on BBC 1. He continues to make videos for the likes of Ray Davies, Pete Doherty and a posthumous Jimi Hendrix release, and is currently working on You Really Got Me, the story of the intense love/hate relationship between brothers Ray and Dave Davies, which fuelled the creative force behind the legendary British band The Kinks. 
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