From headlining in Brit horror flicks SEVERANCE & BLACK DEATH, to directing Derren Brown’s live shows and creating smash-hit stage show GHOST STORIES, Andy Nyman is acknowledged as one of the UK’s most talented actors and writers. He is also the author of THE GOLDEN RULES OF ACTING.
After a series of acclaimed movies, CREEP, SEVERANCE, TRIANGLE and BLACK DEATH, the award-winning horror director Chris Smith has elevated his position from a talent to watch to one of the leading lights of the British cinema scene. Watch out for his next movie, GET SANTA.
Author of over 40 books and recipient of numerous awards, Christopher Fowler, the acclaimed master of dark urban fiction, is perhaps best-known for his enduring detective series BRYANT & MAY. He has also written two well received memoirs: PAPERBOY and most recently, FILM FREAK. His latest book, NYCTOPHOBIA, is a deliciously dark ghost story.
Claudia Gerini is one of Italy’s most famous actresses but is also known internationally through films such as Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF CHRIST and the giallo thriller TULPA, directed by her husband Federico Zampaglione. She also starred as Marie Cecile in the TV mini-series LABYRINTH, directed by Christopher Smith.
A multi award-winning performer, writer and artist, Derren Brown is a consummate showman who has pushed the boundaries of magic entertainment to a new level and gained a global reputation for his originality, versatility and daring. He is currently preparing his next live show DERREN BROWN: MIRACLE, which will tour from March 2015.
Described as “one of the iconic women of horror”, actress, presenter and all-round movie buff Emily Booth is currently the face of the Horror Channel and writes a regular column for Scream Magazine. She recently produced, wrote and starred in the short film SELKIE and is currently developing further projects.
Federico Zampaglione took terror to new heights with his debut horror film SHADOW, which was defined as “the renaissance of Italian horror”. His most recent film is the neo-giallo horror feature TULPA, starring Claudia Gerini and Michele Placido. He is also the lead singer of the Italian band TIROMANCINO, who will be making a rare UK appearance at Dingwalls on Dec 8.
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest is run by Paul McEvoy, journalist and broadcaster Alan Jones and film distributor/booker Ian Rattray and publicist Greg Day. From its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema it has grown to become one of the genre’s most vibrant, credible and recognisable brands. Apart from the annual 5-day event in London, FrightFest has an ever-growing strand at the Glasgow Film Festival, hosts a nationwide Halloween horrorthon and showcases special screenings throughout the year.
Hayley Marie Axe
Hayley-Marie Axe is an actress on the rise, having starred in the feature film MAY I KILL U?, a black comedy thriller, in which she stars opposite Kevin Bishop as Val Stone a tough-talking cycle cop in pursuit of a serial killer.
Horror Channel is the UK’s first TV channel dedicated to the dark side of cinema and television. Broadcasting on Sky channel 319, Virgin 149 and Freesat 138, it’s the UK’s number one destination for horror movies, supernatural series and programmes about the people who make them.
Howard J Ford
With his US-hit feature films THE DEAD and THE DEAD 2: INDIA, director Howard J Ford, has taken the zombie movie genre to a new level. He is currently in production with his next feature film – NEVER LET GO, an action-thriller in which a single mother is in a race against time to find her kidnapped daughter.
Award-winning writer and broadcaster Jaci Stephen has written for all Britain’s quality newspapers, reviewing TV, film and books and writing general features and columns – all delivered with her unique brand of humour that has earned her a loyal readership. She currently writes a weekly television column for the Daily Mail and has just completed the first volume of her brutally frank, yet warmly embracing memoirs – CRUSHED!
Jake West has cheekily hacked, slashed and gored his way into recognition as a highly talented writer & director of horror/comedy films. The success of his fourth film, DOGHOUSE, further established him as one of a crop of emerging Brit filmmakers injecting new blood into the genre. His next feature film is currently is advance stages of development and will be announced shortly.
Dubbed ‘The Man of Steal’, Freedman is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s best pickpocket entertainers, who has performed in front of audiences worldwide. No wonder then that his hands have been insured for £1 million. He recently enjoyed a sell-out show JAMES FREEDMAN: MAN OF STEAL at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
THE NINTH CLOUD, starring Michael Madsen and Megan Maczko, is Spencer’s third feature film and further consolidates her reputation as one of America’s leading female auteur filmmakers. She has just begun working on next film, SOUTH OF HOPE STREET which will star Tanna Frederick (Hollywood Dreams) and Icelandic actor Hilmir Snaer Gudnason (101 Reykjavik).
Joseph is one of his generation’s leading stage actors having played many leading roles including his recent award winning run as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES. He recently played Macbeth in MACBETH at the Globe Theatre to great acclaim and plays the lead role of Nicholas in The Ford Brother’s THE DEAD 2: INDIA.
‘Intense’, ‘enigmatic’ and ‘darkly mesmerising’, award-winning actor Kevin Howarth is best known for playing complex and dangerous leading roles, such as Max, the suave serial killer in his breakthrough movie THE LAST HORROR MOVIE; Peter, the mentally disturbed drifter in SUMMER SCARS; and Viktor, the psychotic brothel keeper in Paul Hyett’s THE SEASONING HOUSE.
Multi-award winning actor and poet Michael Madsen is globally recognised for his iconic film roles, in particular as the sadistic killer, Mr. Blonde, in Quentin Tarantino’s RESERVOIR DOGS , but also for lead roles in KILL BILL, SIN CITY, DIE ANOTHER DAY, DONNIE BRASCO, THE GETAWAY, THE DOORS and THELMA & LOUISE.
He is also an accomplished and award-winning poet, with an international following, His first book, BURNING IN PARADISE won the Independent Firecracker Award in 2008 and he is perceived as a true rebel poet in the style of the classic beats and Charles Bukowski. He has just completed his ninth book, EXPECTING RAIN.
Michael will next appear as John Gage in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film THE HATEFUL EIGHT.
Michael Vine is a producer and talent agent who owns Michael Vine Associates, and was co-founder of TV production company Objective Productions, with Andrew O’Connor. Michael has just produced his first feature film, the horror western, BLOOD MOON, which is scheduled for a 2015 release. Productions for 2015 onwards include a nationwide tour of DERREN BROWN: MIRACLE and a raft of TV and film projects to be announced.
Movie Mogul Films
Headed up by MD and producer/director John Shackleton and Director of Operations, Gareth I. Davies Movie Mogul Films Ltd is a fledgling film production company that produced the internet thriller, PANIC BUTTON in 2011 and has just completed their second feature THE SLEEPING ROOM, a supernatural thriller, directed by Shackleton. They are also the driving force behind SHORTCUTS TO HELL, a national film-making competition designed to uncover the UK’s next generation of genre filmmakers.
Nucleus Films was sent up by filmmaker JAKE WEST & writer/film researcher MARC MORRIS to distribute rare cult films in the UK as well as produce documentaries and featurettes for DVD. Recent releases include their two best-selling box-sets, VIDEO NASTIES: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE and the follow-up, VIDEO NASTIES: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE PART 2.
Described as “the undisputed master of visual paradox and puzzle”, Hughes work as an artist spans the generations giving him an international status and an enduring, admiring public, who remain fascinated by his unique inter-active paintings and constructions. Defined as ‘Reverspectives’, Hughes conjurors up visual illusions on a three-dimensional surface, where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away, are actually physically the nearest.
Paul Hyett is a former award winning special make up effects designer, whose credits include THE DESCENT, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, HARRY BROWN and HUNGER. He has now turned to directing and his debut feature, THE SEASONING HOUSE, picked up the Critics Award for Best Film at Fantasporto 2013 He has just completed production on his next feature film, HOWL.
Film director/writer Simon Rumley first burst onto the international film scene with his tragi-horror THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, winner of 15 awards worldwide. His disturbing, sociopathic study of sex, love and revenge RED WHITE & BLUE, garnered rave reviews and has become an international cult favourite. He has just completed production on the murder thriller THE LAST WORD.
The Horror Show
TheHorrorShow.TV is the first UK-based video-on-demand streaming service specialising in horror and fantasy films. Run by David Hughes and Jack Bowyer, the pay-as-you platform offers top-flight features, popular classics, cult favourites and edgy underground titles. The site was a finalist in the Screen International Marketing & Distribution Awards 2013.
Founded by husband and wife team, Strath Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton, TriCoast Worldwide, based in California, is a unique full-service media company, specialising in global film and TV production, distribution and film finance. Other key staffers include VP of Worldwide Sales, Terese Linden Kohn and VP of Business Development, Daisy Hamilton.