Katy Stephens (Fiona)
Katy trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
For the RSC, she has performed in the Histories (Henry VI: Parts 1, 2 and 3, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V), Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Grain Store, Silence and Candide.
Her other theatre projects include: Julius Caesar and Dr Scroggy’s War (The Globe); Tamburlaine (Bristol Old Vic/Barbican); The Seagull, Ion, Macbeth, The White Devil, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Three Sisters, The Europeans, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Blood Wedding, The Recruiting Officer (Mercury, Colchester); Twelfth Night, Sleeping Beauty, Our Day Out, Silas Marner (Belgrade, Coventry); David Copperfield, I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (New Victoria, Newcastle); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Orchard Theatre Co.).
Katy’s Film and TV credits include: Relative Values, London’s Burning, Ellington, The Bill, Fun Song Factory and Wow.
Grant Masters (Mike)
Grant Masters trained at London’s Drama Centre.
He is known for his roles as Dan Robinson in Casualty, Sam Reid in Doctors and Martin Campbell in Hollyoaks.
His other many TV & Film credits include: Blackline: The Beirut Contract, Fossil, Stormhouse, Paradox, New Tricks, Sold, DSL Hart & Dr Andrew Wilder in The Bill, Wire in the Blood, Midsomer Murders, Rome, Derailed, Family Affairs, Hustle, Fat Slags, Mile High, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), CI5: The New Professionals, Driven, Cider with Rosie, Rules of Engagement, Glen Mateo in Thief Takers, The Broker’s Man, EastEnders, Silent Witness, A Touch of Frost, Sharman, Soldier Soldier, Cold Lazarus, Secrets & Lies, Ellington, Kavanagh QC, Devil’s Advocate, Mr Bean, Wycliffe, and Peak Practice.
Sara Kestelman (Millie)
Sara is an Olivier and Clarence Derwent Award winner for her performance as Fraulein Schneider in the Sam Mendes production of Cabaret at the Donmar. She trained in classical ballet and at The Central School of Speech & Drama.
Theatre includes: The Summer Book (Unicorn); Ignis as writer and performer (The Print Room); 4000 Miles (The Print Room / Bath Theatre Royal); Torchsong Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory); Making Noise Quietly, Nine, Cabaret (Donmar); Hamlet, Love For Love, As You Like It, The Double Dealer, Strife, The Threepenny Opera, Another Country, Men Seldom Make Passes, The American Clock (National Theatre); Copenhagen (Duchess /National Theatre); My Child (Royal Court). A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC / New York); Macbeth, Custom Of The Country, King Lear, Lear (RSC / Barbican); Moscow Gold (RSC Barbican / Moscow); The Cherry Orchard (Gate, Dublin); The Shape of Metal (Abbey, Dublin); Sarrasine (Lyric Hammersmith); Some Sunny Day (Hampstead); Three Tall Women, Another Time (Wyndhams); The Cabinet Minister (Albery); Three Sisters (Greenwich /Albery); I, Claudius (Queen’s); Lettice & Lovage (Globe); Bussy D’Ambois (Old Vic); Childe Byron (Young Vic); The Way Of The World, Pointe Valaine (Chichester); Fiddler on The Roof (Palladium / UK Tour); The Girl With the Pearl Earring (Haymarket); Coco (Baylis); All about Me! (National Theatre / King’s Head / Dublin / New York).
Film includes: The Last Spark Of Sundown; The Last Romantics; Zardoz; Lisztomania; Break Of Day; Lady Jane; Scott Walker; Ex Memoria.
Television includes: In The Flesh (Series 2); From There To Here; Tom Jones; Anna Karenina; Mind Games; The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes; The Walls Of Jericho; Invasion Earth; Trial and Retribution; Ultimate Force; Relic Hunter; Casualty; Holby City; Kean; The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Ruth Rendell Mysteries; Kavanagh QC; Rome.
Sara is also a published poet and songwriter.
She is also a reader with the charity Interact Reading Service dedicated to supporting stroke recovery. She is making a documentary film Yes, but that’s not all, about her work with one remarkable woman, Nan Millard.
Sara’s image as Titania in Peter Brook’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featured on a stamp in the recent Royal Mail issue celebrating the RSC’s 50th anniversary.
Douglas McFerran (Brian)
Douglas McFerran is an actor, film and TV script-writer and playwright.
His film and television credits as an actor include: Hunted, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Peep Show, Margaret, Criminal Justice, Midnight Man, The Whistleblowers, Charlie, Shoreditch, Johnny English, Antitrust, Touch & Go, Sliding Doors, Birds of a Feather, In Your Dreams, When Saturday Comes, Our Friends in the North, Emmerdale Farm, She’s Out, 99-1, Heartbeat, Captives, Minder, The Chief, A Touch of Frost, The Blackheath Poisonings, Between the Lines, Sam Saturday, EastEnders, Me and My Girl, Play for Today.
Rob’s illustrious career includes credits such as: Metacam (Veterinary Product), Sky Sports TV Ad, ‘Pighead’ in Marjane Satrapi’s feature The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds, The Life of Turner, Pet Plan TVC, Secret Lives of Cats indents, and a spoof on Britain’s Got Talent.
Tara Fitzgerald (Director)
Prick Thy Neighbour is Tara Fitzgerald’s directorial début.
As an actress, she has recently completed filming Brian Helgeland’s Legend, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings and Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, as well as TV projects In the Club, The Musketeers and Game of Thrones.
In 1990, only months after graduating from Drama Centre London, Tara was cast opposite Adrian Dunbar in Peter Chelsom’s Hear my Song. She came to international attention in 1993 when she starred with Hugh Grant in Sirens (John Duigan). The film landed her an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Actress in a Lead Role. Two years later she again appeared with Grant in the comedy The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain (Christopher Monger). She appeared in a steady stream of independent feature films through the 90’s and 2000’s, among them: A Man of No Importance (Suri Krishnamma), Brassed Off (Mark Herman) playing alongside Ewan McGregor and Dark Blue World (Jan Sverak).
Well-known for her TV role as Dr Eve Lockhart in BBC’s Waking the Dead and spin-off series The Body Farm, Tara is a veteran of more than twenty television films and series including: Jane Eyre, The Virgin Queen, The Woman in White, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Vacillations of Poppy Carew and Sir Peter Hall’s The Camomile Lawn.
Her recent theatre credits include: Hermione in the RSC’s A Winter’s Tale (Lucy Bailey), Beatrice in Farewell to the Theatre (Roger Michell), and West-End runs as Sylvia Gellburg in Broken Glass (Iqbal Khan), and Marcia in The Misanthrope (Thea Sharrock).
She won the New York Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Award in 1995 for her Ophelia opposite Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet and also won the Best Actress Award at The Reims International Television Festival in 1999 for her role of Lady Dona St Columb in Frenchman’s Creek.
Lisa Jacobs (Writer/Producer)
(Known as Lisa Ray-Jacobs for British Equity & Spotlight)
Prick Thy Neighbour is Lisa’s first short as writer/producer.
She is British, grew up in London and has been based in Paris since 1992. She trained as an actress at the Drama Centre.
Lisa began her career with Pocket Theatre, Cumbria playing Catherine Morland in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. In France she has played various roles from Brecht’s Jewish Wife to Angela in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, as well as the role of Melitta in Nicholas Wright’s Mrs Klein, a play she also produced. Back in London she participated in dreamthinkspeak’s site-responsive production of Underground at the Old Abattoir for the Young Genius Festival, Barbican Theatre.
Film and TV credits include: Skylab, Gainsbourg – (Vie héroïque), Une Famille Formidable, Commissaire Cordier and Un Petit Grain de Folie.
As a voice-over artist, she has recorded literally hundreds of documentaries, cartoons, corporate films and commercials (in English for France’s international market). She has promoted the programmes on Eurosport since 2006 and plays Popo, Mita & guests in Mouk, broadcast on Disney Junior UK.
In 2012, Lisa co-starred in and produced Inside Out by Ambarish Manepalli, a short made for the 48h Go Green 2012 Film Competition of which it was a finalist.
Lisa loves cats and has, since writing Prick Thy Neighbour, acquired one. His name is Santa (Baby)! And he’s cute. Very, very cute.
Georgina French (Producer, French Fancy Productions)
Since studying acting at Guildford School of Acting, Georgina has worked in theatre, television and film, recently playing the role of Anna Donnelly, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in BBC1’s Doctors. She has also appeared in BBC1’s Luther.
In 2011, Georgina’s interest turned from one side of the camera to the other, and so continued her studies at Raindance on its Producer’s Diploma. She is now delighted to be working alongside Neil Thompson at Formosa Films, to develop and produce a slate of thrillers and an edgy, modern romantic comedy.
Georgina also founded French Fancy Productions in 2013. Previous works include:
- Last Night A Killer Saved My Life, a dark comedy directed by Gary Grant, about two strangers who have reached a place where life is disposable.
- Night Armour, a quirky comedy directed by Carolina Giammetta, and starring Elizabeth Berrington as a young widow who uses make-up, killer heels, and a vast array of confidence boosters, to create a firmer, younger version of herself. Night Armour premiered at the BFI in January 2014 at LoCo Film Festival.
- Smile, a suspense/thriller directed by Carolina Giammetta, with Joe Tucker & Deborah Cornelius as Craig and Heather. A normal everyday working couple, they efficiently and wordlessly get ready for their respective jobs. When daughter Daisy (Cara Doherty), dressed from head to toe as a clown, doesn’t respond to Craig’s goodbye, Heather’s anxiety foreshadows something far more sinister. Currently in post production.
- The Touch, winner of the Canon Film Competition at Berlinale Talents 2014, directed by Simon Pitts. Ryan returns to his old neighbourhood after being disfigured on tour in Afghanistan and dares to seek out his sweetheart. But scarred by PTSD, he can’t tell friend from foe. Currently in post production.
- Prick Thy Neighbour, a romantic comedy directed by British actress Tara FitzGerald and selected by Film London for their shorts fund. Completed August 2014.
Georgina has also worked at New Black Films in London who bring sporting stories to the big screen, having previously spent time in New York assisting the award-winning producer Karin Chien and Greenpoint Pictures.
Malte Rosenfeld (DOP)
Malte is a director of photography based in London.
After graduating from the Polish National Film School in Lodz, his first feature Little Wires earned him awards for Best Cinematography. He has since shot two features in the UK, as well as commercials, music videos and fashion films.
Violet Elliot (Production Designer)
Violet is a Production Designer living and working in London.
After graduating from University College London in French and Latin, she began her art department career working extensively on graduate films at the National Film and Television School, art directing for both fiction and animation. Since then she has worked on numerous short films, music videos and commercials as well as photo shoots for those such as GQ US, Flaunt and BAFTA.
Violet has most recently designed two sitcom pilots; Gregor, written by Konrad Kay and Mickey Down and starring Matt King (Peep Show, IT Crowd) and Belinda Stewart-Wilson (Ripper Street, The Inbetweeners), and Frenching the Bully written by Florence Keith-Roach and Freddy Syborn (Bad Education, Psychobitches).
Rebecca Duncan (Costume Designer)
Rebecca has worked in costume for 20 years. A graduate of Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and Angels the costumiers, she began her freelance career as a junior assistant for designer Janty Yates working on productions helmed by directors Michael Winterbottom and Jake Scott.
She designed her first feature-length film Asylum in 2002 and more recently the award-winning BBC Films feature Shifty, starring Riz Ahmed and Daniel Mays. She continues to design, supervise and assist on many high-profile TV dramas and feature films.
Matylda Dymek (Editor)
MatyldaDymek was born in Warsaw, Poland, grew up in Scandinavia, was educated in the UK (MA in History of Art at Edinburgh University, and another MA at the London School of Arts) and Poland (film editing at the prestigious National Film School in Lodz). She began her editing career in London working for among others the BBC and continued to edit the Polish ER watched by over 2 million viewers weekly. She was also the 2nd editor on the short feature Come to Me, directed by Ewa Banaszkiewicz, which received awards at the Polish ‘Oscars’ in Gdynia and was screened at numerous festivals including Telluride Film Festival.Matylda is based in Paris where she works as a freelancer for both TV and independent production companies. She recently worked on an eight part sketch series funded by Orange and the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma et L’Image Animée) and on a short for the Random Acts scheme run by Channel 4 (UK).
Matylda hasn’t forgotten her Scandinavian roots and works regularly for the Swedish National TV on various documentaries.
Sarah Warne (Composer)
Sarah is a Film and Arts Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and music services professional based in London.
Her devotion and commitment to independent cinema has seen much of her work premiere on the international film festival circuit, most recently scoring The Magnificent Lion Boy, officially selected at the 66th Festival de Cannes 2013; Vegas officially selected at Hot Docs, Toronto 2013, and Charlie Says, making its world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013. More of Sarah’s work will feature at Anima Mundi (Sao Paulo), and This is England (Rouen) later this year.
In addition to film scores, Sarah frequently works with Installation Artist Rupert Newman. As a duo, they create multi sensory digital installations, which interact with architecture & 3D textile designs. Their work has been exhibited at Boom Festival (Portugal), The Cobden Club, The Crate, and The Royal College of Art. Their next installation Son et Lumière is to commemorate the 700 year Anniversary of Exeter College, Oxford – a historical journey projection mapped across the front of the College itself.
Sarah is thrilled that her compositions have been performed at an array of venues including The Barbican Centre, The Barbican Pit Theatre, and The Roundhouse.
Sarah’s commercial and broadcast credits include: National Geographic, Random House Publishing, Ford, British Telecom, Kopparberg, Tate Gallery, In Focus Asia, Very! Productions, and Rupert Newman Design.