A number of accomplished industry professionals will join us on a variety of film themed panels, to explore the current industry climate.


Abigail Dankwa is a multi-camera director who's specialism led her to the job of House Director for Big Brother & Celebrity Big Brother in 2015. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she's experienced in complex studio shows, multifaceted Live Events and ambitious TV productions. She's worked as a Floor/Stage Manager for London 2012, Olympics and Paralympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Floor Manager UEFA Champions League Finals/Stadium TV (Lisbon & Berlin) among others.


Alice Cabanas is the BFI Network Talent Executive, a part of the Film Hub South West team based at Watershed in Bristol. Previously she worked for four years as Programme Manager for the British Council’s Film team and spent three years with Bristol’s Encounters Film Festival. Talk to Alice about talent and partnership opportunities in the South West.


Amy-Jo Bryant is Events and Member Services Manager at Directors UK. AJ has previously managed events for the Film and Television Charity, Everyman Cinemas, The BFI and Secret Cinema.


Anna Navas is a Film Curator and has worked as a programmer for Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth University for almost 20 years. She has sat on selection panels for film festivals and the SW Short Film Network and is currently working on developing a multi-partner, city-wide strategy for film and moving image.  


Angus Finney is lecturer in film at Exeter University, former director of Renaissance Films, project manager of the Film London Production Finance Market, and author of The International Film Business: A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood plus a further four books on production, distribution and financing.


Andy is a Producer and Director with over 15 years experience working in drama, comedy and factual. He gained an RTS Nomination for Know Your Rights (All4) and a Banff Nomination for Wu-how (BBC3), series he's written and directed. As a producer he has made 2 feature films, 8 drama/comedy web series, 12 TV documentaries, 4 animated series and a raft of drama pilots. More recently he's been at Wildseed Studios producing 6 scripted pilots to be finished by the end of the year.


Bash Malik is a Bristol-based DoP committed to collaborative and meaningful work. His talent has led him to be recruited by musicians for music videos, C4's Random Acts as a mentor, and Screenology as a frequent collaborator and on-set tutor.


Bill Anderson is a TV director whose work includes Dr Who, Lewis and Spooks. He is Vice-Chair of Directors UK.


Christine Lalla is a multi-faceted director with a background in documentary, television, features, corporate and more. She works across 16mm, 35mm and digital, and also specialises in sports and car photography. Her debut feature The New Boy was released in 2015, and completed on a budget of only £6,000. The East End Film Festival called it "character drama at its observant, low-key best."


Cinematographer Cinders Forshaw has shot a number of highly acclaimed TV dramas, including Marple and Poldark, for which her work was nominated for a Royal Television Society award.


Darcia Martin is a factual and drama director and producer who worked for many years at the BBC. She directed multiple episodes of the long-running medical series Doctors, before moving on to Judge John Deed, Casualty, The Bill, Hollyoaks, and most recently Call the Midwife. She has just produced and released a self-funded feature documentary.


David Johnson is a Southwest based Locations Manager whose recent work includes the TV series' Poldark, Wolf Hall and Skins.


David Olusoga is a writer, broadcaster and BAFTA winning filmmaker. He has produced and presented many historical documentaries on the BBC, including Black and British and Civilisations. He is the author of four books, writes for the Guardian and the Observer and is Joint Creative Director of the indie Uplands Television.


Deep Sehgal is an award-winning British film-maker whose work includes the Emmy nominated series Soul Deep, India with Sanjeev Bhaskar and Selling Jesus. He has been a senior producer in the Specialist Factual unit at BBC Bristol as well as creating, producing and directing the BBC period drama series The Indian Doctor.


Rebecca Pearson is a Location Scout and Manager working on high end Film and TV Drama's. She is based in the South West, but has worked extensively in London and worldwide. Rebecca came from a shorts background before starting her career in the locations department.  


James Johnston qualified as the youngest drone pilot in the country in his second year as a Screenology student, and continues to hone his skills on both commercial and fiction shoots.


Laura Adams is Head of Member Services at Directors UK, and oversees the events and career development offered by the organisation. For over nine years, Laura worked as a film and events programmer at the British Film Institute. Laura is currently on the advisory panel for the London Comedy Film Festival, the F-Rated Brains Trust, and the advisory and editorial panel for Salome magazine for emerging women writers.


Mark Galluzzo is a DoP and director with experience in features, corporates, TV commercials, documentaries and music video.


Mark Hill launched RDF West, one of the UK’s most thriving regional independent production businesses, 10 years ago. He is responsible for a wide range of factual series from BBC1's Shop Well For Less and Eat Well For Less, to long–running daytime hit shows Dickinson’s Real Deal and Secret Dealers for ITV. Before joining RDF, Mark was Head of Factual for the BBC in Bristol.


Mary Farbrother is a highly experienced DoP. Her love of experimental film-making began at Goldsmiths’ College and was evident in her student films at the NFTS.  She loves to be inventive with lighting and framing and has shot many commercials, promos, idents and features on film and digital. Credits include Edge (feature) and Dreams of a Life (doc feature) both directed by Carol Morley; commercials include Sainsburys, The Telegraph, Renault, PG Tips, Lovehoney.


Natalie Moore is the manager of Bristol Film Office and Project Manager of Bristol UNESCO City of Film.


Natasha Moore joined the Directors UK Campaign team in November 2017, after completing her Master’s Degree in Feature Screenwriting. With nearly twenty years in marketing, communications and PR to her credit, writing is her sustaining passion.


Otto Bathurst won a BAFTA for his work on the BBC drama Peaky Blinders and directed the first ever Black Mirror episode 'The National Anthem'.
He is debut feature, the new Robin Hood reboot, is scheduled for release in October 2018.


Paul Dudbridge is a director, producer and cinematographer whose most recent work includes the action feature film By Any Name, based on the best selling book by Katherine John. He produced the award winning science-fiction web series Horizon set in Bristol, for which he was nominated for Best Director at the Royal Television Society West of England Awards 2016.


Peter Swords King began his career in theatre before going to work on a number of notable films, including Youth Without Youth (with Francis Ford Coppola), King Kong, Nanny McPhee, The Golden Compass, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Survivor, The Lovely Bones, and Thunderbirds. He won both an Academy Award and BAFTA for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Philip Raby is a serious film enthusiast and has been Creative Director of Bath Film Festival since 1990. He's been watching films for more than 50 years, with at least 10,000 hours of viewing time, and previously ran a film rental shop in Bath called On the Video Front.


Philippa Lowthorpe is an award-winning film and television director. She is the first, and still the only, woman ever to have won a BAFTA for Best Director Fiction. She has also been awarded the Deluxe Director Award at the WFTV Film and Television Awards for the miniseries Three Girls, which went on to win 5 BAFTAs in 2018, including another directing BAFTA for Philippa. Her other credits include The Crown, Call the Midwife, Jamaica Inn and the feature film Swallows and Amazons.


Rachel Bowers manages the Bath Film Office promoting and facilitating filmmaking through developing relationships with productions, crew and local businesses. Previously, she spent 10 years as a producer with the BBC.


Reuben Armstrong is a documentary director and animator, working with design studios, ad agencies, broadcasters and production companies. His recent short documentary for The Guardian received over a million views online, an RTS nomination and featured in film festivals around the world. He has been selected by BAFTA & the BFI as a rising star, and his latest GIF-packed piece Signs With Soul received a Vimeo Staff Pick.


Sarah Cunningham is a cinematographer whose work has been screened worldwide, including at the London Film Festival, Cannes and Toronto. Her two self-directed documentaries, Birds Get Vertigo Too and Like Love, picked up more than a dozen awards and her first feature film, Encontro Silencioso, won Best Portuguese Feature at IndieLisboa.


Sean Spencer’s debut feature film Panic was released in 2016. His films have been broadcast and distributed by the BBC, Sky, ITV, The British Council and the BFI and have been selected for film festivals worldwide.


Steve Smith specialises in directing multi-camera programmes across a number of genres, including entertainment, factual, cookery, science, reality, game-shows and quizzes. Recent projects include The Graham Norton Show, The Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice and The John Bishop Show. He is the Chair of Directors UK.


Stuart Howell is a DoP with a huge number of credits under his belt. He's also worked as a second unit director and often operates steadicam. His work includes Ex MachinaThe Last King of Scotland, and popular Netflix series The Crown.




Magnus Macintyre is a serial entrepreneur as well as a published novelist. He has a broad and deep knowledge of business, having run a publishing company, The New Statesman magazine, a film and TV company and a renewable energy business. Magnus has a degree in Modern History from Jesus College, Cambridge.


Tom is a filmmaker and founder of Screenology. Smiling in the face of adversity, he thinks realism is overrated and optimism underrated. His 'how can we' approach has seen him help launch a music college in Berlin, open a chain of 10 shops for a British artist and recruit Richard E. Grant, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Keith for his first ever film.


Vicky Hinners is a series Producer and an accomplished producer/director with extensive experience of working across documentary and factual entertainment. She has a keen sense of storytelling that combines intelligence, wit and emotional engagement to bring complex subject matters to a mainstream audience.