The Jury 2014

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Jury Chair

Tom Hooper

Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables won three Oscars - Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Best Sound Mixing and Best Make-up and Hair Design, and was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture. Les Misérables won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor (Hugh Jackman), and Best Supporting Actress. Hooper was nominated for the Directors Guild of America's Outstanding Directorial Achievement Award.

Tom Hooper won the Oscar for directing The King’s Speech. The film won Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for twelve Oscars. The King’s Speech won seven BAFTAs, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. Hooper won the Directors Guild of America Award for his direction. The King’s Speech won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, Best British Film at the British Independent Film Awards, the Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film, the Producers Guild of America Award and the European Film People’s Choice Award. 

Hooper directed The Damned United, receiving a South Bank Show Award nomination for Best British Film following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Hooper has had an unprecedented run of success at the Golden Globes with his work for HBO, which won a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television three years in a row (2007, 2008 and 2009). The actors and actresses starring in these productions have also won Golden Globes for their performances three years running. Hooper’s John Adams won four Golden Globes and thirteen Emmy Awards—the most Emmys ever awarded to a program in one year in U.S. television history. Hooper’s Longford won Golden Globes for Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton and won for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.  Hooper won the Emmy Award for directing Elizabeth I. The HBO Films/Channel 4 miniseries won three Golden Globes and nine Emmy Awards, including Best Miniseries and Best Actress for Helen Mirren.  

Hooper was nominated for an Emmy for Best Director for helming the revival of ITV’s Prime Suspect 6, starring Helen Mirren. He directed Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the BAFTA-nominated film Red Dust.  Hooper’s television work also includes Daniel Deronda, which won the Banff Rockie Award for Best Mini-Series at the 2003 Banff Television Festival; Love in a Cold Climate, for which Alan Bates received a BAFTA nomination; and the multi- award-winning ITV comedy drama Cold Feet. Hooper directed the EastEnders one-hour specials that garnered BAFTAs for Best Soap for two years running.
At age 18, Hooper wrote, directed, produced and edited the short film Painted Faces, which premiered at the London Film Festival, was released theatrically and shown on Channel 4. At Oxford University, he directed theatre productions with contemporaries Kate Beckinsale and Emily Mortimer, and directed his first television commercials. Hooper’s first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old, and shot on a Clockwork 16 mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. Tom Hooper's next film is The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.

Zawe Ashton

Zawe Ashton is one of the most unique and interesting young British actresses working today, with her short yet notably successful career spanning stage, television and film. Zawe is also an award winning playwright: in 2006 she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in acting and was immediately awarded the position of Young Writer in Residence at the Contact Theatre. This led to her first ever play Harm’s Way being nominated for the Verity Bargate Award.  

Zawe is currently filming the female lead for new Channel 4 comedy drama CUT which TX’s this autumn. CUT is a 6 part series which follows the lives of a group of highly dysfunctional civil servants who are forced to relocate from London to Nottingham. 
Zawe was last seen starring in the third series of Channel 4’s award winning series Fresh Meat, a comedy drama from the award winning creators of Peep Show. Her performance has been singled out by the critics: The Independent described her as ‘terrific’.

Earlier this year saw Zawe’s directorial debut, with short film Happy Toys, for BBC Films.
Zawe's recent television work also includes a guest lead in the award winning show Misfits and a short film for Channel 4's series Coming Up: Raising Baby Rio. In 2011, Zawe could be seen on screens in the primetime BBC1 series Case Histories, where she played the female lead opposite Jason Isaacs, which was followed by a second series in 2013.  

Also in 2011, Zawe starred in Dreams Of A Life, a documentary-drama which tells the story of Joyce Vincent whose dead body lay undiscovered in a north London flat for three years. Directed by BAFTA winning Carol Morley, Zawe plays the lead, ‘Joyce’. The film premiered at the London Film Festival in October, gaining a nomination for the Grierson Award. Zawe’s subtle and moving performance received rave reviews: ‘Zawe Ashton delivers a compellingly believable performance as the chameleon-like subject’ writes Charles Grant from Variety and she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award in the category of ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ for the role in 2012.
Following this, Zawe filmed Weekender, directed by Karl Golden.

Zawe first came to the attention of the film industry in 2009, with her scene stealing turn as rude girl Bianca in St Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold. At the same time she also secured the female lead role of WPC Elizabeth Falls in Blitz, directed by Elliott Lester and co-starring Jason Statham, Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen. 
In her first year after graduation, Zawe performed in three plays at the Royal Court theatre; the Olivier Award winning Gone Too Far!, Rhinoceros and The Arsonists. She has appeared twice at Shakespeare's Globe in Othello and their first ever contemporary play The Frontline. Other theatre credits include the critically acclaimed This Wide Night for Clean Break at Soho Theatre. For her role in Salome in 2011 Zawe received second prize at the prestigious Ian Charleson Award which recognises the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under 30. Salome was a Headlong production, directed by Jamie Lloyd. Zawe’s most recent stage appearance was at The Royal Court in Narrative, written and directed by Anthony Neilson. 

Jon S Baird

Jon S. Baird is a Scottish writer, director and producer. His second movie was the adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel Filth, which was both highly acclaimed and a box office success; now being included in the top ten highest grossing UK 18 certificate films of all time. Baird recently directed the Channel 4 series Babylon, produced by Danny Boyle, and is currently developing a number of new films, including a biopic of Laurel and Hardy written by Acadamy Award nominee Jeff Pope. Baird was nominated as Best Director for Filth at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, and won the 2014 London Critics Circle Award for breakthrough British filmmaker.  

Sean Ellis

Oscar and two time BAFTA-nominated director Sean Ellis started taking pictures when he was 11. Trained as a still life photographer, Sean moved to London from Brighton in 1994. Applying his knowledge of the still life and using it to light fashion models, Sean became one of the new generation of fashion photographers who were most sought-after in the late nineties. Sean has realised photographic campaigns for Davidoff, Patrick Cox, Pirelli, Landrover, Nina Ricci, Plein Sud, Christian Dior, Kenneth Cole and Hugo Boss to name a few. His work with magazines such as i-D, The Face, Visionaire, GQ, Arena, Arena Homme Plus, Dazed and Confused, Numero and Vogue has often pushed the darker side of fashion photography with a style that has been described as ‘cinematic’. This led to a crossover with moving film and a string of acclaimed music videos followed. He has directed commercials for Jean Paul Gaultier, Cartier, Davidoff, Land Rover, Rimmel, 02, EA Games, Nike, H&M, Samsung, Roberto Cavalli and Hugo Boss.

Sean has written and directed three short films. Left Turn (2001), a dark psychological horror film. Cashback (2004), a visually rich black comedy which won the top award at over fifteen international film festivals, including the prestigious Chicago and Tribeca Film Festivals and was also nominated for a 2006 Academy Award®. His most recent short Voyage D'affaires (2008),  was nominated for a 2008 British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) award and won best film at the 2010 Fuji Short Film competition. His first feature film was born from the short film of the same name, Cashback (2006), which includes the original short film within its running time. This quirky romantic comedy was picked up by French major Gaumont, who launched it at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The film enjoyed its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2006 and its European and US Premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2006 and AFI Fest 2006 in Los Angeles. It was released by Gaumont in France in January 2007 and around the world throughout 2007 and 2008 to much critical acclaim. Sean’s second feature film, the psychological thriller,  The Brøken (2008), stars Lena Headey (300, Game of Thrones) and Oscar nominated actor Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Burn After Reading) and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008. It was released in the UK on January 30th 2009. Sean’s third feature film, Metro Manila (2013), won the World cinema audience prize at the 2013 Sundance film festival. The film was selected by BAFTA as the official UK submission to the 2014 Oscars for the foreign language film category. It was nominated for a 2014 BAFTA and Won 3 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) including Best British independent film and Best Director for Sean Ellis.

Tinge Krishnan

After graduating with a BA in Medicine Tinge decided to pursue her love for film at New York University. Shortly after graduating from the NYU postgraduate scheme she was chosen along with 3 other directors to make a three minute film shot in a day as part of the Film Four Lab launch at the Edinburgh Film Festival. 

Tinge's next film Shadowscan, which was made under the New Director’s scheme at BFI/Film Four won the BAFTA for Best Short. Tinge then went on to make the short First which was in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and The Circle, a half hour drama for Channel 4 and IWC’s Coming Up, talent scheme.
Tinge has directed several music videos including Dido’s Safe Trip Home and Emmanuel Jal’s War Child, and recently Talk In Coulour’s The Cell featuring actors Shobna Gulati and Tony Pitts. 

, Tinge’s debut feature film won the award for Best Film and Best Lead Actor (Eddie Marsan) at the 2012 Moscow International Film Festival. Lead actress Candese Reid also won the award for Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival 2011.
Tinge currently has 3 features in development: The psychological thriller Into the Darkest Corner with Revolution Films to be shot in NYC. Been So Long, based on the successful musical at the Young Vic, with GreenAcre Films. Funny Cow starring Maxine Peake, Tony Pitts, John Hannah and Martin Freeman.

As well as working with established production companies Tinge has her own company, Disruptive Element Films. 

Shira MacLeod

Shira came to London at 17 and studied at Roehampton Institute obtaining a BA Hons in Dance and English Literature from Surrey University. She worked as a professional dancer for 10 years supporting her income with work as a photographer and a casting assistant.

She then went on to be the Festival Coordinator for Dance Umbrella for two years, assisting Ed Lewis who set up Riverside Studios Cinema for a number of years. When he died suddenly, Shira took over his position as Cinema Director and ran the cinema for 11 years until its closure for redevelopment in August this year. 

She also worked for the Umbria Film Festival and programmed the cinema at the Arnolfini in Bristol.

Tracy O'Riordan

Tracy O'Riordan worked as a drama development executive and story editor before moving into physical production in 2002, when most notably she worked as part of the production team on the multi-award winning The Queen directed by Stephen Frears.

Following this, Tracy worked as a Production Executive on Digital Departures, overseeing the development and production of a slate of micro-budget feature films as part of Liverpool Capital Of Culture 2008, which included the acclaimed Of Time and the City by Terence Davies.

In 2009 Tracy produced The Arbor, directed by Clio Barnard, which won 6 national and 3 international awards and was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut. Most recently Tracy produced The Selfish Giant; the second Clio Barnard feature, through her production company Moonspun Films. The Selfish Giant was selected for Director's Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2013 and was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film.
In 2014 Tracy joined Passion Pictures and Red Box Films, to set up a drama slate in association with Moonspun Films.

Jonathan Romney

Jonathan Romney is a film critic, screenwriter and director. He is the weekly online film critic of Film Comment, and also writes for The ObserverSight & SoundScreen International and others; he was previously film critic at the Independent on Sunday. His latest short film L'Assenza was made under the BFI/Lighthouse shorts scheme. He has also co-written the feature History’s Future, directed by Fiona Tan, currently in post-production. He is the London Film Festival’s programme adviser on French cinema.

Thea Sharrock

In 2000 Thea won the James Menzies-Kitchin young director of the year award, making her directorial debut with a production of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, which transferred to the west end and toured the UK twice. Thea was then made Britain's youngest artistic director when she took over the Southwark Playhouse for three years, before then going on to be the artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill.

Since then as a freelance director, her credits include productions for the Almeida and the Donmar, the National Theatre and many in the west end including Equus with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths (also Broadway), The Misanthrope with Keira Knightly, Heroes with John Hurt, Cause Célèbre with Anne-Marie Duff at the Old Vic. Her production of After The Dance for the National Theatre won 8 major awards.

She has also directed Henry V starring Tom Hiddleston for Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC, as well as the recent Christmas Special/ Episode 1 of Call The Midwife also for Neal Street and the BBC. Recently on stage she directed Richard Griffiths in his last stage performance in The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito at the Savoy Theatre before directing her first musical, The Bodyguard at the Adelphi. Most recently she directed Miranda Hart in her arena tour for 2014, as well as Kevin Spacey in Clarence Darrow for the Old Vic. She is currently attached to direct a feature film adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You for MGM which is set to go into production in Spring 2015.

Luke Treadaway

LAMDA-trained Luke Treadaway is one of the brightest actors of his generation. He is currently on stage in the lead role of Christopher in the West End move of the National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The play opened at the Apollo Theatre in January and sees Luke reprise the role he opened at the National Theatre earlier this year. Both productions opened to rave reviews and huge ticket sales, and Luke has so far earned a Best Actor nomination at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and most recently won the Best Actor Award at this year’s Oliviers.   

This year Luke also has numerous films released. In January Luke was seen in the lead role in Donald Rice’s Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, based on Julia Strachey's 1932 novella, with Mackenzie Crook, Elizabeth McGovern and Felicity Jones. The Rise (previously Wasteland), a Brit indie film where Luke stars alongside Matthew Lewis and Timothy Spall is released this autumn.
Most recently Luke has appeared on our TV screens as the lead, serial killer ‘Mix Cellini’ in the ITV adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s Thirteen Steps Down. Luke Treadaway was recently seen in You Instead by David MacKenzie, a feature filmed over four days at the T in the Park festival in Scotland. Luke starred as ‘Adam’ alongside Natalia Tena who played two feuding rock stars who get handcuffed together for 24 hours at a music festival where they are both due to perform.

Other recent film features include Late Bloomers directed by Julie Gavras.
He earned rave reviews for the role of ‘Brewis’ in Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block which won the audience prize at both the South by SouthWest and Los Angeles film festivals. He also featured in the The Whistleblower, directed by Larysa Kondracki and starring Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave and Monica Belucci. Last year, he was seen in the blockbuster hit Clash of the Titans in the role of ‘Prokopion’, alongside a cast including Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton. He also appeared in Heartless, Philip Ridley’s dramatic thriller, which starred Jim Sturgess, Timothy Spall and Noel Clark. His feature film debut was in the award-winning and critically acclaimed Brothers of the Head, directed by Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton. The film won the award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Luke earned a nomination for Most Promising Newcomer at that year’s British Independent Film Awards. His short film credits include starring in the title role of Kondracki’s Viko, Jakob Rørvik’s Scratch, Wayne Holloway’s God’s Wounds, and more recently Man in Fear and For the First Time which was also the music video for the band The Script‘s song of the same title.   Luke’s already-extensive theatre credits include Over There at The Royal Court theatre, a two-hander by Mark Ravenhill, with his brother, Harry Treadaway. He also read the role of ‘Simon’ in an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Through A Glass Darkly at the 2009 Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival in Stockholm. The production was adapted by Andrew Upton, produced by Andrew Higgie & Garry McQuinn. His other theatre credits include the original part of ‘Albert’ in the hugely successful ongoing Olivier award-winning play War Horse at the National Theatre, Saint Joan at the National Theatre, Piranha Heights written by Philip Ridley at the Soho Theatre, and the acclaimed play Cradle Me by Simon Vinnicombe at the Finborough Theatre.  For television Luke starred in The Innocence Project for the BBC, directed by Bill Anderson and starred in the controversial Channel 4 film Clapham Junction, directed by Adrian Shergold.

Stanley Tucci

Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci has appeared in over 50 films and countless television shows. He has appeared in more than a dozen plays, on and off Broadway, and has been behind the camera working as a writer, director, and producer.  

Tucci reached his widest audience yet in the role of Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games franchise. A box office sensation and critical success, the third installment of the series is scheduled for release on November 21, 2014. He has also joined the cast of multiple feature films that are scheduled for a 2014 release, including Wild Card starring Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara. A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as the closing night film.  

Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, SAG Award and received a Broadcast Film Critics nomination for his performance in Peter Jackson’s THE LOVELY BONES. Furthermore, Tucci won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in the TV movie WINCHELL. His performance as the fast-talking tattler, who exposed secrets and scandals, left audiences and critics alike singing his praises.          

Tucci is also a writer, director, and producer. He premiered the film Blind Date at The Sundance Film Festival -- directing, starring, and co-writing this Van Gogh remake. Another directorial endeavor was USA Films’ Joe Gould's Secret, which starred Ian Holm as bohemian writer ‘Joe Gould’ and Tucci as ‘Joseph Mitchell,’ the famed writer for The New Yorker. Big Night, Tucci’s first effort as co-director, co-screenwriter, and actor on the same film, earned him numerous accolades, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, a recognition of Excellence by the National Board of Review, an Independent Spirit Award, The Critics Prize at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival, and honors from the New York Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. His second project, The Imposters, a film which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in, was an Official Selection at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and was acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures later that year. 

Tucci’s additional film credits include Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Some Velvet Morning, The Fifth Estate, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Company You Keep, Jack The Giant Slayer, Captain America; The First Avenger, Margin Call, Burlesque, Easy A, Julie & Julia, The Tale Of Despereaux, Kit Kitteredge: An American Girl, Swing Vote, What Just Happened, The Devil Wears Prada, Shall We Dance, The Terminal, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Spin, Road To Perdition, America’s Sweethearts, Sidewalks of New York, A Mid Summer Nights Dream, The Alarmist, Deconstructing Harry, The Daytrippers, Big Trouble, A Life Less Ordinary, Kiss of Death, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, It Could Happen To You, The Pelican Brief, Prelude To A Kiss, In The Soup, Billy Bathgate and Slaves of New York.
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