Biographies

Anjali Wierny

(Producer and Scriptwriter)

In 2016, Anjali launched Grimnir Pictures, bringing together a group of media types to make films. Her style as a producer is to coordinate a collaboration that incorporates the whole team’s creative ideas and expertise. As a writer, she leads a double life. On one hand, she writes uplifting self-help as part of her wellbeing company, Spiral Sun. On the other hand, she likes her fiction and scripts a little darker or action-packed. One constant is that her stories either play around with a niggling issue and/or tell an entertaining tale that’s not about yet another straight, male protagonist.

Anjali’s 2017 projects included producing and/or co-writing the first three Grimnir short films, ‘Time’s Up’, ‘Silent Hero’ and ‘The Imposter’; scripting Students, a web series pilot for Estuary TV; penning ‘It Must Be LIKE!’, a story for Hammond House Publishing anthology Eternal; judging two short story competitions; teaching writing on a degree course, in a field (at a festival), and at a school in Nepal; starting a Master’s degree in Creative Writing; and finishing the penultimate draft of her book, How To Feel Fantastic.

To find out what Anjali’s up to now and keep up to date with her writing and filmmaking shenanigans, follow her on Twitter @AnjaliWierny.

Ten Favourite Features:

  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  3. Back to the Future (1985)
  4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  5. The Heat (2013)
  6. Cloudburst (2011)
  7. In Bruges (2008)
  8. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
  9. Juno (2007)
  10. Ed Wood (1994)

Ten Favourite Shorts:

  1. 90 Grad Nord (90 Degrees North) (2015)
  2. Spoilers (2016)
  3. L’Accorder (The Piano Tuner) (2010)
  4. Suiker (Sugar) (2010)
  5. Death to the Tinman (2007)
  6. Standby (2017)
  7. The Banker (2004)
  8. A Film By Vera Vaughn (2015)
  9. The Black Hole (2008)
  10. HB (2017)

Paul A J Lewis

(Director and Onset Stills Photographer)

From a young age, Paul developed a fascination with cinema, driven by the eclecticism of the early video age, in which disreputable European horror films would often sit side-by-side with highbrow ‘art’ films. Formative experiences in terms of his tasted in films were Alex Cox and Nick Freand Jones’ screenings of ‘cult’ films as part of the BBC’s Moviedrome series during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and ITV’s roughly contemporaneous late-night series of European films entitled ‘Le Continental’, which specialised in broadcasting Spaghetti Westerns (like Pasquale Squiteri’s Django Against Sartana, 1970) alongside obscure actioners (such as the 1980 West German picture Theo Against the Rest of the World) and comedies (for example, the 1964 French comedy The Policeman of St Tropez).

Naturally, Paul decided to pursue his love of literature and cinema at university, progressing from his first degree (in English Literature and Social Science) onto an MA in Contemporary Literature and Film, where he revelled in studying punk cinema with Dr John Hoyles and was mentored in the writing of his thesis (focusing on Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs) by Neil Sinyard. Resisting pressure from his family to get a ‘proper job’, Paul took up teaching in 2001 and, since 2005, has dovetailed his labours in education with work as a freelance writer specialising in film history and criticism, producing articles for various publications about film directors such as Fernando di Leo (Milano calibre 9, 1972) and television/film writers like Trevor Preston (Out, 1978). From 2006, Paul has written regular DVD/Blu-ray reviews for Rewind/DVDCompare, producing approximately 40 articles per year and specialising in British cinema, popular European cinema (for example, the thrilling all’italiana and European horror films), film noir and Japanese cinema. He has also worked as a researcher for DVD/Blu-ray releasing companies, assisting with information vis-a-vis the censorship histories of the films they distribute on home video formats. In addition to this, he is a published documentary photographer with several books available; some of his photographic work can be seen at his personal website.

Ten favourite films:

  1. The Funeral (Abel Ferrara, 1995)
  2. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osborne (Walerian Borowczyk, 1981)
  3. Shock Corridor (Sam Fuller, 1960)
  4. Violent Cop (Kitano Takeshi, 1989)
  5. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates, 1973)
  6. Le deuxième souffle (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1966)
  7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)
  8. Ulzana’s Raid (Robert Aldrich, 1972)
  9. Husbands (John Cassavetes, 1970)
  10. The House with Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1974)

Ten favourite short films:

  1. A Hero of Our Time (Michael Almereyda, 1985)
  2. Zero de conduite (Jean Vigo, 1933)
  3. La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962)
  4. … no lies (Mitchell Block, 1973)
  5. O Dreamland (Lindsay Anderson, 1953)
  6. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
  7. Gasman (Lynne Ramsay, 1998)
  8. Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson, 1994)
  9. Le Ballon Rouge (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)
  10. Home (Morag McKinnon, 2006)

Peter True

(Screenwriter)

Dan Carter

(Film Editor)