Magnus Wake, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER (IMDb)
Magnus Wake is a Scottish director and producer based out of Edinburgh. Magnus has worked in film, broadcast and theatre. He’s spent the major part of his career working for two of Scotland’s leading production companies directing commercials, brand videos and corporate films that have picked up international awards- including the EVCOM Best-Directing Award and the New York Festivals Awards Gold World Medal for a documentary on NM Rothschild & Sons. He’s also edited documentaries for Channel 4 (Treasure Series 1, 2 & 3 and Sex and Fame the Mary Millington Story) and ITV (The Mysterious Country, a 6 part series in Gaelic).
Last year he directed a short film ‘Simon’ that was selected and screened at seven international film festivals including the Cannes Short Film Corner, Hollywood Short Film Festival, European Short Film Festival, the London Independent Film Festival and the Amsterdam Lift-Off Festival.
Simone Bett, PRODUCER
Simone has worked on literally hundreds of films and projects for broadcast and commercial markets over her 15-year career. She has produced and production managed the most complicated projects with forensic attention to detail. As well as every corner of the UK, she has filmed in several European countries and in the USA and UAE. Her clients have included Kodak, Channel 4, BAE Systems, BBC, Deutsche Bank, the Ministry of Defence, and many more. Until recently she was a Client Services Director, Producer and Head of Production for a London and Scotland based Production Company. In 2016 she was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Talent Lab. Simone has a passion for film and good storytelling.
Geoff Dupuy-Holder, SCREENWRITER
Geoff’s horror scripts ZOMBIE PATROL and THE DEVIL’S ANSWER have been optioned by American companies, while three other horror and fantasy films are being developed with producers in the UK and France. He is the winner of the Visceral Films International Horror Screenplay Competition (2016) and a graduate of ScreenwritingU.
He has scripted an hour-long documentary for Channel 4 and a six-part series on ‘Mysterious Scotland’ for STV/Grampian. Other commissioned works include a screenplay for an Australian-based short film on the German resistance to Hitler during WW2, and some 200 scripts for corporate videos and audio-visual productions.
Geoff’s 39 non-fiction books cover the waterfront in terms of the supernatural, the strange and the sanguinary. Titles include Bloody British History, Scottish Bodysnatchers, Poltergeist Over Scotland and Zombies from History. He has been invited to address the Ghost Club, the Folklore Society, the Scottish Paranormal Festival, the Scottish Society for Psychical Research and the Manchester Monster Convention, and is a regular guest on paranormal-themed radio shows in the USA and UK.
Alistair Rutherford, SCREENWRITER (IMDb)
Alistair Rutherford is a writer for the screen, stage and BBC radio. With fourteen years of professional experience, Alistair has been commissioned by the BBC [Radio 4, Radio Scotland, BBC1 Scotland], Ko Lik Film, Encaptivate Film, Storymix (Sweden) and Stroke Association UK. He writes original stories as well as working closely with producers and directors to develop their projects for film or theatre.
Alistair has successfully adapted novels for film and stage and writes across a range of genres, including fast-paced thrillers, science-fiction epics, romantic comedies and historical dramas. He was a member of the writing team for CBBC & Ko Lik Film’s “OOglies”, which won a Children’s BAFTA in November 2015.
Simone Pereira Hind, CASTING DIRECTOR
Simone Pereira Hind (formerly Simone Ireland) became a casting assistant to Liz England at the age of 19, working in commercials and on iconic children’s’ TV series Press Gang. As a casting director, she shared an office with Suzanne Smith and was fortunate to cast The Ride Down Mount Morgan for Arthur Miller. Simone moved into television working on Spender and then co-cast her first films with Mary Selway; Restoration and Circle of Friends.
Following this, Simone and her sister, Vanessa Pereira, formed Sister Act casting films, TV series, plays and commercials. Having taken a career break she now works with her assistant, Anna Dawson, from her office in Summerhall.
In 2017 Simone and Anna are working on numerous projects including feature films, ‘I Love My Mum’ and ‘Tripwire’, short film ‘Attrition’, new CBBC series ‘Logan High’ and continuing her work with Suzanne Smith on ‘Outlander 4’ and ‘Good Omens’.
Andrew Begg, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (IMDb)
Andrew Begg has worked in film and television for over two decades. His many shooting assignments have taken him around the globe from Hollywood, across Europe to Iceland and to the remote islands of Scotland. Andrew’s work has been exhibited at numerous festivals including screenings in Edinburgh, London and New York.
His first feature, Dark Nature, won him a HDFest Deffie award for Best Cinematography in 2009. Since then Andrew has worked on many films and television series, music videos, commercials and short films. Notable, the drama documentary The Day Hitler Died and the crime documentary series Criminal Evidence which won the Factual Entertainment and Features award at the RTS Scotland Awards in 2017.
With a life long love of visual story telling, Andrew is driven to keep abreast of new technologies and techniques but also committed to producing beautiful imagery that tells the story simply.
Daniel Elek-Diamanta, COMPOSER (IMDb)
Daniel Elek-Diamanta is an award-winning contemporary composer for film and television based in the Southwest of England and known for his music in movies Justice is Mind, Serpentine and The Book of Judith. Daniel spent a lot of his childhood mastering the extraordinary skill to play music by ear, now at 27 he has harnessed this ability to an exceptional level with the use of state of the art, industry standard, virtual instrument libraries, and sound effects he is able to create a truly realistic orchestra with a twist of synthy undertones by ear alone. Daniel won the Gold Award for “Best Score” at the LA Film Festival awards in 2016 and was nominated for “Best Score” at the San Diego Film Festival awards in 2017.
First and Only was filmed in Edinburgh, over a six week period, utilising the energy of some of Scotland’s best established and emerging talents. Everyone working on the project threw themselves in and there quite simply wasn’t a weak link in the team. We filmed across Scotland’s capital city at the same time as Marvel, with people flying on wires, riding stunt motorbikes and filming overnight. Our crew should all get an individual mention and they will in the credits but suffice to say they were exceptional and are all individually much sought-after in the media industry in Scotland.