British actor Geraldine James is celebrated for her work on both stage and screen.
Geraldine can most recently be seen in Two Brothers Pictures‘ critically acclaimed comedy series Back to Life opposite Daisy Haggard for BBC1 and Showtime, and also in Netflix’s hit series Anne with an E, in which she plays ‘Marilla Cuthbert’ in all three seasons, winning her the 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series. Geraldine will next be seen in the television series The Beast Must Die for Britbox opposite Cush Jumbo and Jared Harris, as well as the Terence Davies feature film Benediction.
Geraldine’s film credits include the acclaimed independent film Beast, written and directed by Michael Pearce, and in Peter Mackie Burns’ film Daphne, for which she was nominated for an Evening Standard British Film Award. Other film work includes: Downton Abbey, directed by Michael Engler, 45 years, directed by Andrew Haig, Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and starring Kate Mara; Our Robot Overlords, directed by Jon Wright; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher; Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, both directed by Guy Ritchie; Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; Made in Dagenham; Calendar Girls; Gandhi; The Luzhin Defense; The Testimony of Taliesin Jones; Words Upon The Window Pane; Prince of Shadows; The Bridge; The Tall Guy; The Wolves of Willoughby Chase; and Sir Peter Hall’s She’s Been Away, for which she won the Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.
She has been BAFTA-nominated four times for her television performances, in Dummy (for which she also won a Critics’ Association Award for Best Actress), The Jewel in The Crown, Band of Gold and Sins. She starred recently in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 drama Utopia (Seasons 1 and 2), and her other TV credits include: The Five, Black Work, Legacy, 13 Steps Down, Little Britain, City of Vice, The Last Enemy, Rapunzel, The Time of Your Life, Heist, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Jane Hall, He Knew He Was Right, State of Play, Hound of the Baskervilles, Crime and Punishment, White Teeth, Drovers Gold, Kavanagh QC, A Doll’s House, Blott on the Landscape and The History Man.
Geraldine won a Drama Desk Award, and was nominated for a Tony Award, for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice, opposite Dustin Hoffman, and she also starred on Broadway as Gertrude in Michael Grandage’s production of Hamlet, with Jude Law. Her UK theatre credits include Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre), 13 (National Theatre), The Seagull (Arcola Theatre), Victory (Arcola Theatre), The UN Inspector (National Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Oxford Stage Co), The Faith Healer (Almeida Theatre), Death and the Maiden (Duke of York’s), Hedda Gabler (Royal Exchange Theatre), and Sir Peter Hall’s productions of Lysistrata (Old Vic and West End) and Cymbeline (National Theatre).
Geraldine trained at The Drama Centre in London, and she was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003
Mark Cousins (born 3 May 1965) is a Northern Irish director and writer based in Edinburgh. A prolific documentarian, he is best known for his 15-hour 2011 documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey.
Cousins interviewed famous filmmakers such as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski in the TV series Scene by Scene. He presented the BBC cult film series Moviedrome from June 1997 to July 2000. He introduced 66 films for the show, including the little-seen Nicolas Roeg film Eureka.
Throughout his career, Cousins has interviewed directors, producers and actors including Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Tom Hanks, Sean Connery, Brian De Palma, Steve Martin, Lauren Bacall, Jane Russell, Paul Schrader, Bernardo Bertolucci, Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Moreau, Terence Stamp, Jack Lemmon, Janet Leigh and Rod Steiger.
In 2009, Cousins and Tilda Swinton co-founded the '8/2 Foundation'. Together they also created a project where they mounted a 33.5-tonne portable cinema on a large truck which was physically pulled through the Scottish Highlands. The traveling independent film festival was featured prominently in a documentary called Cinema is Everywhere. The festival was repeated in 2011.
Robert Osborne, Mark Cousins and TCM senior vice president Charles Tabesh in 2014, with the Peabody Award that TCM received for its presentation of The Story of Film: An Odyssey
His 2011 film The Story of Film: An Odyssey was broadcast as 15 one-hour television episodes on More4, and later, featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. In September 2013, it began to be shown on Turner Classic Movies. Drawing on its exhaustive film library, TCM complemented each episode with relevant short films and feature films ranging from the familiar to the rarely seen. TCM received a 2013 Peabody Award "for its inclusive, uniquely annotated survey of world cinema history".
After The Story of Film, Cousins' next project was intentionally a small-scale work: What Is This Film Called Love? is a self-photographed diary of his three-day walk around Mexico City, accompanied by his imagined conversation with a photo of Sergei Eisenstein and reviewed as "fatuous" by Variety. Another low-budget, quickly produced documentary, Here Be Dragons, covers a short film-watching trip he made to Albania and was also poorly received as indulgent and "random".
6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia is structured around an imagined letter from Cousins to the author D. H. Lawrence, who wrote about a 1921 visit to Sardinia. Life May Be was a collaboration with Iranian director and actor Mania Akbari, again making use of Cousins' familiar structural devices of letters, travel imagery, and voiceover commentary, judged "self-advertisement”.
A Story of Children and Film was critically well-received. Its origins lay in some footage he shot of his niece and nephew at play, and grew into a documentary about the representation of children in cinema.
Cousins subsequently wrote and directed I Am Belfast, in which the city is personified by a 10,000-year-old woman. Portions of the film in progress, with a score by Belfast composer David Holmes were screened at the 2014 Belfast Film Festival. He is also working on a three-hour addendum to The Story of Film, on the subject of documentaries, entitled Dear John Grierson.
Cousins famously axed his own film Bigger Than The Shining following a screening in front of a live audience at the 2017 International Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR). This was done with the intention being for it to never be shown again, as it was the only copy of the film.
Cousins is the Co-Artistic Director of 'Cinema China', 'The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams' and 'A Pilgrimage' with Tilda Swinton. Together with Antonia Bird, Robert Carlyle and Irvine Welsh, Cousins is a director of the production company 4Way Pictures.Between 2001 and 2011, he wrote for Prospect, Cousins now writes for Sight & Sound and Filmkrant.
Cousins was appointed Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow in 2013, as well as Honorary Doctor of Letters at both the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and University of Stirling in 2014.He is now a Patron of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cousins previously acted as both a programmer and director (1996–1997) of the festival.
He has made regular appearances on Mark Kermode's YouTube Channel "Kermode Uncut".
He is Chairperson of the Belfast Film Festival, and a board member of Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival and a Member of the 'Audentia Award' jury at the 42nd Göteborg International Film Festival (GIFF) in 2019, as well as Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2018.
In 2019, Cousins was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2021, Cousins joined the jury of the BFI London Film Festival.
His film The Story of Film: A New Generation opened Cannes Film Festival 2021.
Judith Lanyon is co director (with Barbara Santi) and producer of No Holds Barred. She is Matthew Lanyon's widow and has supported his art practice and written about his work since she began living with him in Cornwall in 2009.
Since his death she has been taking forward his legacy and creatively archiving and curating the material he left behind. Judith was born and raised on the Lancashire Fylde coast and regularly spends time in the Lakes where she has close family.
She has had a lifelong commitment to changing the way we think about ageing, adult learning and care practice and has worked for and led various charities in London and as a freelance consultant and author. She was Head of Community Learning in Brent until 2010.
Olivia Hetreed is a British screenwriter and editor, and the current president of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. In 2003, she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for adapting Tracy Chevalier's best-selling novel Girl with a Pearl Earring into the film of the same name. Olivia Hetreed studied English at university.
She first worked as an editor of documentaries and films. Later, she began her writing career by working on family films such as The Treasure Seekers (1996) and The Canterville Ghost (1996). In 1998, she wrote the short film Candy, but found wider fame when she adapted Girl with a Pearl Earring into the 2003 film of the same name.
Hetreed had gained access to the novel shortly before its publication, as she and Chevalier shared the same agent. Her husband Andy Paterson convinced the author to sell the film rights, and he co-produced the film with his production company Archer Films. For her work in the film, she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Later in 2003, Hetreed wrote an adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's story "The Man of Law's Tale" from his work The Canterbury Tales, for the miniseries of the same name. Hetreed's contribution to the series starred Andrew Lincoln and Nikki Amuka-Bird, with direction overseen by Julian Jarrold.
The children's television series Roman Mysteries was Hetreed's next project, which she adapted from Caroline Lawrence's work in 2006. In 2011, she co-wrote Wuthering Heights with Andrea Arnold, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Emily Brontë.
As a result of these writing credits, she has been called an "expert in literary adaptations.” In 2013, Hetreed was named the new president of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. She announced, "Most of the Guild's efforts remain unseen and unknown to members or the outside world. My focus as President will be to make the work of the Guild and its members more visible, both internally and externally."
In 2016, Hetreed co-wrote the Spanish historical drama Altamira, directed by Hugh Hudson, and in 2017, ventured into animation for the children's film Birds Like Us, the first Bosnian full-length computer animated film. She was one of the writers on Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris for Anthony Fabian.
Anthony Fabian is a British producer, writer and director of feature films, shorts, documentaries, and classical music programmes made through his company, Elysian Films. He is the director of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris starring Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert.
His first feature film, Skin, won 22 international awards. His feature-documentary, Good Hope, about the past, present and potential future of South Africa, was released in 2020. He has also worked as music supervisor on a number of feature films, including Restoration, GoldenEye, Schubert and Hilary and Jackie.
2020 saw the release of Anthony Fabian's feature-length documentary, "Good Hope", exploring the current socio-political landscape of South Africa through the eyes of the post-apartheid generation. His next feature film, based on Paul Gallico's Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, went into production in October 2020 and will be released by Focus Features early in 2022. It stars Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Lambert Wilson, Anna Chancellor, Lucas Bravo, Alba Baptista, Ellen Thomas and Rose Williams.
Fabian completed "Louder Than Words" in 2013, an American independent feature film based on true events starring David Duchovny, Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton. It tells the poignant story of John and Brenda Fareri, grieving parents who were inspired by the unexpected death of their young daughter to build a world class children's hospital.
The hospital helps the family to heal, as well as looking after thousands of sick children and their families, becoming a model for many children's hospitals thereafter. In 2014, he directed a short film with Freddie Fox and Tuan Yuan called Freeze-Frame for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His next feature film will be an adaptation of Paul Gallico's much loved 1958 novella, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris and will star Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, and Lucas Bravo.
He is developing an ongoing television drama series called "Debs", based on "Last Curtsey" by Fiona MacCarthy, with actress Victoria Tennant, and a TV series called "Tivoli", set in New York, with the writer Cynthia Cleese.
Fabian's filmography includes profiles of performers Luciano Pavarotti, Cecilia Bartoli, Joshua Bell, Angela Gheorghiu, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Renée Fleming, Christophe Rousset, Olli Mustonen, Richard Egarr and composer John Tavener and he has made a number of promotional films for the Tourist Board of Great Britain, VisitBritain, featuring Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Twiggy, Rupert Everett, Luke Evans, Colin Montgomerie, Boris Becker, Jamie Oliver and Matt Smith, including a television commercial featuring people's views about Britain around the world, released in 2017.
He is also the producer/director of an eight-part interview series narrated by Sue MacGregor called "British Legends of Stage and Screen" (2012), featuring Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Michael Gambon, Diana Rigg, Michael York, Glenda Jackson, the late Christopher Lee and Ian McKellen, with Executive Producer Sandy Lieberson. The series was broadcast in the UK on Sky Arts HD.
Cal MacAninch (born 24 November 1963) is a Scottish actor, who has appeared in many works across Film & TV spanning the last 30 years
Recently appearing in Vigil and Time and most recently in Trigger Point.
Vigil was Emmy nominated, Time won a BAFTA and Trigger Point just won best new drama at the National Television Awards
Other notable appearances were his roles, portraying the character of DI John Keenan in police drama HolbyBlue on BBC1 (from 2007–08),
Mr Thackeray in the ITV period drama, Mr Selfridge, and Henry Lang in Downton Abbey
He played Rowan Collins in Series 4 of the ITV drama series Wild at Heart. He returned to the show for its fifth series as a main cast member.
He also played Tauren, a sorcerer in the BBC television series Merlin in the episode "To Kill the King". He starred in the 2001 BBC miniseries The Best of Both Worlds with Alice Evans.
He is married to Shauna Macdonald, living in Scotland. They have three children.
David Nicholas Wilkinson was the director, producer, co-writer and presenter of ‘The First Film’, ‘Postcards From The 48%’ and ‘Getting Away With Murder(s)’ and an executive producer of ‘How To Change The World’. He has also produced many other documentaries and drama productions.
With drama he produced the BAFTA nominated ‘ The Lighthouse’, an adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel and he produced ‘The Weather In The Streets’ adapted from Rosamund Lehman’s book.
He produced Sir Anthony Hopkins’s directorial debut ‘Dylan Thomas: Return Journey’. He also co-wrote the book ‘Ronald Harwood’s Adaptations.
Wilkinson has also distributed 120 films in the UK & Ireland in the cinema, on video/DVD, to television and online. Since 1998 apart from Alex Gibney’s ‘Zero Days’ these were purposely only British & Irish films.
Janet Suzman has remained one of the more respected classical stage players of her time. Born in 1939, she was raised in a staunchly liberal household in South Africa at a time when the country was moving toward the formal racial discrimination of apartheid. Suzman studied languages at the multi-racial Witwatersrand University in the late 1950s and was an active member of the drama society. She left South Africa during the height of her country's oppression, and moved to England in 1959.
Making her professional stage debut with "Billy Liar" in 1962, she almost immediately joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and received rave notices for her Joan of Arc in "The War of the Roses." She made her official London debut in a production of "A Comedy of Errors" in 1963. In the ensuing years Janet built up an impressive classical resumé portraying most of Shakespeare's illustrious heroines including Rosalind, Portia, Ophelia, Beatrice and the shrewish Kate. She also appeared in several BBC-TV versions of the classics.
In 1969 she married director Trevor Nunn and together they collaborated on some of England's finest stage productions during the early 1970s, notably "Antony and Cleopatra" (1972), "Titus Andronicus" (1972) and "Hello and Goodbye" (1973), which won Suzman the Evening Standard award. She won a second for her role of Masha in the 1976 production of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters." They had a son, Joshua, before they divorced in the 1980s. Later work included notable roles in "She Stoops to Conquer," "The Good Woman of Setzuan" and her "Hedda Gabler."
In the early 1970s she branched out into films. Following an auspicious turn in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972), she won the coveted role of Czarina Alexandra in the florid historical piece Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) co-starring Michael Jayston, in which she enjoyed a sterling British cast in support - including Harry Andrews, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, John McEnery, Laurence Olivier and Michael Redgrave. Suzman received an Oscar nomination for her performance, and bigger things seemed inevitable. She went on to grace a number of films, including Voyage of the Damned (1976), Nijinsky (1980) and Priest of Love (1981).
In a reprise of her real life family's activism, Suzman co-starred in the anti-apartheid film A Dry White Season (1989) portraying the wife of the Donald Sutherland character. The cast included other progressive activists such as Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando (who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor). In a change-of-pace role, she played a Mother Superior in the hysterical farce Nuns on the Run (1990).
In the 1980s Suzman was inspired to direct and coach. She was a visiting professor of drama at Westfield College, London, and later returned to South Africa to provide multi-ethnic castings in versions of Shakespearean plays. Making her directing bow in a production of "Othello" at the Market Theatre in 1987, some of her more notable assignments included "Death of a Salesman" (1992) and a reworked politicized version of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" set in South Africa, titled "The Free State" (1997). In 2002 she returned to the RSC to perform in "The Hollow Crown," and most recently appeared in a London production of "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" (2005) starring Kim Cattrall.
Into the millennium, other than a couple of films such as Max (2002) and Felix (2013), Suzman appeared primarily on the smaller screen in such TV series as Tinga Tinga Tales (2010) (as the voice of the Ostrich) and Sinbad (2012), and a role in the mini-series Labyrinth (2012).
John Irvin is a British film director and producer with more than 30 motion pictures to his name and extensive experience working with most major film studios, both in the UK and America.
He is co-founder of DearHeart Productions where he co-produced and directed the revered ‘Mandela’s Gun’ (2016), for which he won Best Director at the Harlem International Film Festival. He was the director of the box office hit ‘Hamburger Hill‘ (1987), which depicts the real events of the controversial Battle of Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War.
In 1999 his film ‘When Trumpets Fade’ won the Fiction award at the Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming. He directed ‘Widow’s Peak‘(1995), which won Best Film at the Austin Film Festival.
His other features include ‘The Dogs of War’ (1980), ‘Ghost Story’ (1981), ‘Champions’ (1984), ‘Turtle Diary’ (1985), ‘Robin Hood’ (1991), ‘Next of Kin’ (1989), ‘A Month by the Lake’ (1995), ‘Shiner’ (2000) and ‘The Boys from County Clare’ (2003).
He has received three BAFTA nominations in total: Best Director with Best Drama Series/ Serial with the BBC’s adaptation of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘ (1979) and ‘Hard Times‘ (1977), and Best Short Film with ‘Mafia No!‘ (1967).
Nicola Walker was at school with 'Brandon' and told the Glasgow Times about the making of the film:
“About five years ago I was approached by Jordan McLeod, the director, and he was making this film about Brandon Lee.
Myself and Alan Cumming had both been involved in the film, he was meant to star in it and direct it years and years ago, it was made by another company and everything.
As these things do it kind of fell through. Fast forward 20 years and Jordo, who I went to school with as well, had approached me. He was in the class and grew up to be a documentary filmmaker.
It premiered worldwide at Sundance in America, and I’ve got to do all this fun stuff with it. I was away at the Sydney Film Festival, I’ve been at Dublin Film Festival, we had our Glasgow premiere as well and right now it’s at the cinemas and proving to be a great success.
It’s a real word-of-mouth film at a time when cinema’s dying on it’s a**e a wee bit. The GFT’s been packed every night and we’re at the Grosvenor as well now."
Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, (born 7 March 1944), commonly known as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and sometimes as Ran Fiennes, is a British explorer, writer and poet, who holds several endurance records.
Fiennes served in the British Army for eight years, including a period on counter-insurgency service while attached to the Army of the Sultanate of Oman. He later undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the North Pole and South Pole by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot. In May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, he was the world's greatest living explorer. Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as books on explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton.
Matt Dyas has spent 20 years making documentaries spanning radio, tv and film. Awards include BAFTA, Emmy, Jackson Hole, Wildscreen and Telluride. Matt is a Royal Geographical Society fellow and has a background in science and natural history broadcasting including multi-award-winning films with Prof Brian Cox and Sir David Attenborough on subjects spanning physics, biology and archaeology. Matt founded Good Productions as a platform for his own films but also to develop new stories and ideas that challenge our understanding and assumptions about the world around us.