Cat Davies – Writer, Director, Producer, Production Designer
Cat is a writer, filmmaker and producer. She was part of BAFTA Crew TV/Film programme 2018 as part of a cohort of writers, directors and producers working towards their debut features. Her horror feature pitch was selected for FrightFest’s New Blood scheme 2018, with mentoring by BAFTA-nominated UK producer Jack Tarling (God’s Own Country; Await Further Instructions) horror icon Barbara Crampton, director (The Ranger) and producer Jenn Wexler and Queensbury Pictures’ Giles Edwards.
Her short films include the award-winning KEEN-wah and multi award-winning Connie, starring Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella) which is distributed by Shorts International across numerous territories and is available on iTunes. She directed the Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 opening ident, Shushpiria. Cat has two shorts coming in 2019.
She is co-writer and Producer of multi award-winning hit comedy horror short, Blood Shed, starring Sally Phillips (Veep, Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones films) and Shaun Dooley (The Woman in Black, Misfits, Broadchurch, Gunpowder), which has played more than fifty festivals, won ten awards and been nominated for many more. The film has just been licensed by Shorts International for ShortsTV and wider TV rights, and iTunes. It will also be included in a new American feature film anthology.
Cat has worked in broadcasting since 2005 at the BBC, Worldwide and ITV across TV and radio genres including radio drama, documentaries and entertainment, as a researcher, co-ordinator, editorial project manager, production manager, and publishing/brand executive managing the DVD/Blu Ray and digital releases of some of the UK’s biggest comedy shows. She was Project Manager of The Listening Project with BBC Radio 4, a Sony winner, and Production Manager of the prestigious BBC Food & Farming Awards.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a second MA in Professional Media Practice, including feature film production at the Met Film School.
Her poetry and short stories have been published in print and online, and a short story recorded for broadcast by Short Story Radio. She has also written features for the web and a novel. Cat won the Fresher Publishing Writing Prize 2017 for Creative Non-Fiction, and published in the print anthology Fresher Writing Volume II. She has also written articles for Den of Geek, East London Lines and new print magazine, Film Stories.
James Moran – Producer, Editor
James wrote the movies Severance, Cockneys Vs Zombies, Tower Block, and also contributed script work to The Borderlands (released in the US as Final Prayer). He is currently adapting the Young Sherlock novels into feature films.
For TV, he has written episodes of programs including Doctor Who (The Fires of Pompeii, which featured Peter Capaldi and Karen Gillan’s first appearance on the show in other roles), Torchwood, Primeval, Crusoe, Spooks, The Sparticle Mystery and Eve. He also contributed an episode for the third season of Crossing Lines (NBC/Tandem), for the upcoming animated series The Rubbish World of Dave Spud (The Illuminated Film Company), and the new series Curfew (Sky One) is based on his original film script.
His other work includes 5-time Streamy Award nominated web series Girl Number 9, and several short films which he wrote and directed, including Crazy For You (Best Horror/Sci-Fi at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival, now part of anthology film Minutes Past Midnight, and licensed by Shorts International), starring Arthur Darvill and Hannah Tointon, and the multi-award winning Blood Shed, starring Shaun Dooley and Sally Phillips, which has played over 50 festivals around the world, including BAFTA and Oscar qualifiers such as Encounters, Seattle International Film Festival, Nashville, Underwire, Dublin International Film Festival, and many more.
James has directed several popular “Turn Off Your Bloody Phone” idents for FrightFest, and his shorts and features have played at festivals all over the world, winning several audience awards.
James is represented in the UK by The Agency, and in the US by Abram Nalibotsky at Gersh.
Bruce Melhuish – Director of Photography
Bruce Melhuish is an award-winning DOP. He specialises in narrative film, with credits including the critically acclaimed psychological thriller The Glass Man, starring Andy Nyman, James Cosmo and Neve Campbell. He worked with James Moran previously on the award-winning short, Crazy For You. His latest feature, Welcome to Curiosity is due for release in 2016.
Jack Ayers – Camera Operator
Jack Ayers is a London-based DOP who has been working over the last 8 years on a wide range of projects, from award-winning web series including 3some and Turn Me Online, to cult feature films including Who’s Changing: An Adventure in Time with Fans. Jack started his career wanting to be an actor but while studying at The BRIT School, got a taste of Media production and fell in love with being behind the camera.
Helen Miles – Sound Recordist
Helen Miles is a freelance sound recordist and designer based in South London. Helen works on a variety of projects from film & TV, to web and corporate. She can provide custom sound design, effects and foley, as well as audio restoration and the facilities for voice-over and ADR. She has worked on feature films including Hinterland, nominated for Best UK Feature award by Raindance Film Festival 2014, and the forthcoming Provenance.
Kirsty Leigh Graham – Make-Up Artist
Kirsty Leigh Graham is a South African born artist based in London. Kirsty is currently working in hair, make-up, make-up FX and prosthetics for the film and television industry. She studied at Gorton Studio, the first specialist prosthetics and make-up FX school in Europe. Kirsty runs her own make-up and FX company, FX Gremlin Productions. Always looking for the next innovative project; Kirsty works across genres and finds them exciting in different ways.