Ed Owles has shot and directed films across the globe for the last nine years for broadcast, festival and online, including short films for Channel 4, Al-Jazeera and Current TV as well as numerous NGOs and public sector organisations. His debut feature documentary “The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers” was released in 2014 and screened at festivals worldwide (including DOK Leipzig and Cairo Film Festival) and was described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid and expertly entertaining”. Ed graduated from Cambridge with a first class degree in social anthropology, and also holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths University. He speaks Italian and Spanish and is an Associate Tutor in Ethnographic Film at Goldsmiths & the University of East Anglia.
He is currently co-directing (with Jaime Taylor) an observational film over the course of a year in a SW London secondary school – of which more news soon!
Elhum Shakerifar is a producer of film and photography working in the field of human rights; her background in anthropology informs her approach. Most recently, Elhum produced Sean McAllister’s film The Reluctant Revolutionary, about the unfolding revolution in Yemen told through the eyes of a tour guide leader, which opened the Panorama Dokumente at the 62nd Berlinale. Elhum is currently producing the feature documentary The Runner by Saeed Taji Farouky, an international co-production about a long distance runner from the Western Sahara, which is endorsed by the Irish Film Board and Ken Loach amongst others. Elhum is also producing The Grey Line, documentary photography by Jo Metson Scott that explores the moral dilemmas of US and UK soldiers who spoke out against the war in Iraq; the work is due to be published in 2013, the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Elhum is a lecturer at the Free University of Berlin and a research fellow of the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University with extensive experience of working with young refugees and running participatory projects. Elhum is a long time supporter of Dost, Trinity Centre, a community-based charity that supports young refugees separated from their families. She was formerly a Trustee of the Centre, Assistant Director of Dost and is now a regular volunteer at the weekly youth club. In recognition of her work there, she was recently awarded a Jack Petchey Award for services to young people, as voted for by the young people who access the centre. In 2011, Elhum was selected to be part of the British Council Cultural Leadership scheme for her work in film education and the arts. She is also a Fellow of the RSA.
Jaime Taylor is a documentary maker with experience in television, education, museums, community arts and advertising, working variously as director, producer, editor and facilitator. Recently she was producer on the Bafta nominated, double Grierson winning BBC2 series, The Secret History of Our Streets. She worked across the two series with Century Films over four years whilst also a development producer at the BBC. She is currently co-directing her first feature documentary with Postcode’s Ed, which focuses on a year in the life of a Year 7 class in one of the UK’s first Free Schools, based in Feltham.
Jaime graduated from the University of Sussex with Distinction for an MA in Documentary. Prior to making films, she taught for six years as head of Media and Sociology in a southeast London college, rated throughout as an ‘Ofsted: outstanding’ teacher. She continues to enjoy teaching and facilitating film projects in a variety of contexts, from primary schools to universities and with a variety of arts and community organisations.
Kate McLarnon has worked since 2006 as an ethnographer and independent documentary filmmaker and holds a masters with distinction in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College. As an ethnographer she has specialised in social policy and public health studies across the UK and US, as well as working for high profile commercial companies in the food and drink, retail and communications industries. Kate has experience in designing, leading and delivering research projects from the small community focused to the large scale and worldwide. In documentary, Kate’s work has been shortlisted for a BBC World Young Film-Maker of the Year Award, an IMTV Music Video Award and a Chime Communications Cymbal Award, and she has had work shown in galleries and festivals worldwide. She continues to collaborate with anthropologists, journalists, musicians, artists, charities, businesses and schools, using film in innovative ways to express, investigate and create.