Athena Mandis & Lynne-Anne Rogers
Athena Mandis is an award-winning filmmaker with a project shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Lynne-Anne Rodgers is an actress and producer. Her short film is currently out to Festivals. Monsoon Rain is a drama set in London and India, exploring sibling rivalry, family obligations, mortality and the nature of homeland.
Anna Maguire & Jessie Mangum
Anna Maguire is a writer, director and actor. Her short Your Mother and I recently won The Best British Film Award at the London Short Film Festival. Producer Jessie Mangum has recently been commissioned through Film London's Microwave scheme with Looted. Miniatures is about a mother, Jeanne, and her adult daughter, Lucy, attempting to come to terms with their absolute lack of connection after Jeanne tries to kill herself.
Dipo Baruwa-Etti & Corine Dhondee
Corine and Dipo started working together in 2017 developing Quiet Storm. The feature follows a young woman who is informed of her brother's death, but she refuses to accept the reality. Alongside her best friend, she retraces his steps, and as each day passes she clings onto the hope that he is still alive. Corine is a director whose short films have screened at the BAFTA-qualifying Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the London Short Film Festival. Dipo is a freelance producer, and works at David Higham Associates.
Victoria Thomas & Avril Evans
Writer/producer Victoria Thomas is an award-winning and BAFTA Scotland nominated filmmaker. Together, she is working with ex BBC director Avril Evans on The Catch, a Crime Thriller inspired by a true story of a Fisherwoman who accidentally stumbles across a lucrative drug haul which a Colombian cartel and M15 are both desperate to get their hands on.
Lauren Cooney & Lisa Jacobi
Writer/director Lauren and producer Lisa are collaborating on sci-fi-drama Retrieval, about a young woman sent to India to bring home her sister as their dying father's wish, but is obstructed by the sister's belief that the Apocalypse is imminent. In an era of burgeoning fake news and echo chambers, we're exploring the divisive beliefs that tear loved-ones apart.
Karim Flint & Nina Salomons
Nina Salomons is a Dutch director and producer who now calls London her home. Karim Flint is an award-winning screenwriter, comic book publisher and journalist. Together they make up two thirds of the production company Angry 3, the brains behind Hall Monitors, a teen action/comedy inspired by the golden age of 80s Hollywood excess.
Roxy Rezvany & Emily Warren
Emily is a writer-director whose work in theatre and film focuses on innovative depictions of women. Roxy is a producer with an award-winning background in documentary and broadcast television. They are co-writing and producing, 'Faith', about a Muslim girl who secretly converts to Christianity when she discovers the story of Joan of Arc.
Shane Davey & Shack Baker
Shane and Shack have been collaborating for 10 years. Their projects include music videos, short films and an award-winning micro-feature. Their project, British Bulldog, is a breakneck paced thriller with a social commentary; the story features two MC’s being chased across London by a corrupt police officer hell bent on framing them for a crime he committed.
Laura Kirwan-Ashman, Charlotte Lowdell & Aya Arden Clarke
Laura, Charlotte and Aya make up all-female DIY film collective, Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeh. They starred in, self-produced and released their first project, a web series by the same name, in April 2016. To Modern Tales, they bring with them sci-fi drama series, Orchids, which looks to explore important conversations about mental health and human connectivity in today’s modern world.
Koby Adom, Aegina Brahim & Adjani Salmon
Director Koby, producer Aegina and writer Adjani come to Modern Tales with their project Patterns about a young British fashion student from a working-class background who strives to break into the UK fashion industry. With a central theme of men's mental health, the story follows Kwame's life in London as his obstacles wear him down.
Sunny King & Alex Kessie
Director/producer Sunny King and writer Alex Kessie are collaborating on revenge thriller, Prey. Prey is based on Sunny’s short of the same title, which was featured on the BBC and had a short theatrical release. Alex has worked in TV for the past eight years, most recently as Script Coordinator on the award-winning Netflix drama, The Crown.