Kieron Quirke is an English writer and director living in London and LA. As a writer, he has had great success with shows such as the long running Cuckoo (BBC), now in its fifth season, Trinity (ITV2), Roommates (ABC Family). Kieron first moved into directing in 2016 with Carvery (Congo Red Productions). The Master of York is his latest short film.
Attending this event
Sabina Smitham specialises in script development and works with a long list of UK production companies as a consultant. As a producer, Sabina has been recognised by Broadcast Magazine and the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival for her work in branded content and online video. She is now completing an MA in Producing at the NFTS.
Lennard Ortmann worked in feature film and TV drama in his native Germany, where he specialised in locations and production management, before moving to the UK and stepping into his role as producer. He is finishing an MA at the National Film and Television School where he partnered with Sabina Smitham to form Eagle Lion Monster Films.
Adam Baroukh is the co-founder of Superplex Pictures, where he created hundreds of films for some of the world’s biggest brands and a number of award-winning short dramas. He directed Kitty’s Fortune, his narrative debut, and co-wrote and produced dark comedy short Just Desserts, which screened at numerous BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals.
Lisya Yafet is a film and events producer, working across shorts, documentaries and video content. She works regularly with Superplex Pictures, including their award winning short I Used to be Famous, funded by Film London. She has a background in programming documentary festivals and coordinating media events.
Elliot Levey is from Leeds and has had a varied and prolific acting career across film, TV and theatre. His work in film includes Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh), Denial (Mick Jackson), The Lady in the Van (Nicholas Hytner) The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins (Stephen Frears). On stage, he has been a regular at the National Theatre, and Donmar Warehouse, his recent work including St Joan (Donmar) and The Mighty Walzer (Royal Exchange, Manchester). On TV, he has recently starred in Silent Witness and the sitcom Man Down.
Gwyneth Keyworth is a Welsh actress. She trained at RADA. She may be best known for her work in television, which includes roles in Misfits (E4), Game of Thrones (HBO) and Doctor Thorne (ITV). Her film credits include Effie Hopkins, Closer To The Moon and Copier. On stage Gwyneth has performed in As You Like It (Globe) and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic).
Joseph Timms trained at RADA. On TV, he recently starred as Icarus in Atlantis (BBC). In theatre, recent roles include Flamineo in The White Devil (Globe), Sidney Carton in Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate). Other work includes Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Globe), Richard II (Belasco Theatre, Broadway), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield Theatre).
Ilan Goodman trained at RADA. He has appeared extensively on stage in the UK, including Good Canary, The Mighty Walzer, Bad Jews and Intimate Apparel. His feature films include Stratton, A Long Way Down and The Imitation Game.
Katherine Rodden trained at The Oxford School of Drama and has worked in both film and theatre. She appeared in the films Blue Moon, Leaves of London, Fallen Angels and Cupcake, among others, and on stage in Noise, Goosebumps Alive and Intercourse.
Films screening at this event
- Kieron Quirke
In 12th century York, Rav Menachem is a dedicated Master of the Law, whose life is wrecked when his brother dies. Menachem is obliged by the Law to marry Chana, his brother’s widow, and to meet her sexual needs – a task that plays havoc with his studies. Anxious to get his scholar’s life back, he turns to his knowledge of ancient Jewish magic, and fashions a Golem – a man of clay, who can be animated and reanimated to satisfy his wife’s desires. But Gideon the Golem turns out to be useful in other ways too…
Official Selection: Palm Springs International ShortFest 2018
Official Selection: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018
- Adam Baroukh
The Outer Circle is a portrait of four generations of the Fattals as they gather for their annual feast in Mama’s house on Rosh Hashanah. The story takes place in a Regent’s Park townhouse furnished in gilded tissue-box covers, ivory statuettes, marble fruit decorations, and enough Persian rugs to stock a small vendor. Midway through a gruelling Orthodox conversion, Daniel and his fiancée Katherine are eager to gain the blessing of his intimidatingly large and loud Iraqi Jewish family. Katherine’s natural elegance and ‘English English’ heritage immediately endears her to them, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the warm and welcoming atmosphere, some are not as ready as others to accept her newly acquired Jewish status.
Winner: 2017 Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film
Nominated for Narrative Short Competition at Moscow Jewish Film Festival 2018
Nominated for Jury Prize Award at Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: 27th Arizona International Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Moscow Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Geneva International Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: London Short Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: UK International Jewish Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Zagreb Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Emden Nordeney Film Festival 2018