The Team


Adam is a self taught documentary film-maker. He began his career in television working in international distribution. Ascending the ladder, his last role was as Head of International Sales and Co-Production for a leading London based TV distribution company. During that time, he came across the story that turned into his first feature length documentary, Up in Smoke. He is currently working on further projects at Notion Pictures, the company he founded to make the film.


Claire recently finished editing the critically acclaimed documentary feature, The End of the Line (2009) and Guilty Pleasures (2011). She has also edited award-winning documentaries including Nick Broomfield’s Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (Best Documentary, Tribeca 2003), Concert for George, which took home the Grammy for Best Music Documentary in 2005. Her background is in drama features, including work as an assistant editor on major productions by Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, Mike Leigh and Richard Attenborough.


After 5 years as a commissioning editor in the documentaries department at Channel 4 TV in the UK, Jess left to set up the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation. The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation has in its first 5 years, co-funded and produced over sixty documentaries – films that have won audience awards at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Edinburgh Film Festivals, played at SXSW, Berlin, Toronto and London Film Festivals. Titles include: Afghan Star, The End of The Line, We Are Together, and The Yes Men Fix The World. The resulting films have been shown around the world on C4, Arte, and HBO and released by EMI, Dogwoof and Warners in cinemas and on DVD.


In 1995 Brian started True Vision with his wife, Deborah Shipley. The company’s first production, The Dying Rooms, was nominated for 2 BAFTA’s and won numerous other awards including an Emmy and the Prix Italia. Since then Brian, has produced and directed numerous international documentaries through True Vision for the BBC, Channel Four, HBO and Discovery. Most of these films have had a human rights theme, raising awareness of a range of issues worldwide. He has garnered many awards, including 7 Emmies, 3 Peabodies and 5 BAFTA’s.


Steve is a critically acclaimed Sound Designer, who spent over 12 years working at Twickenham Film Studios, the UK’s pre-eminent audio post production facility. In that time he was Re-Recording Mixer for blockbusters including The Others (2001), 1408 (2005), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Senna (2010).


Ken is a documentary film-maker and composer, living and working in London. He formed a creative partnership with Gary Tarn (“Black Sun”) with whom he subsequently worked with and acted as consultant to The London Philharmonic Orchestra regarding new progressive works. Most recently he has been working with director, Elizabeth Stopford as a co-producer, editor and composer and has recently finished two films for BBC Storyville, “I’m Not Dead Yet”, which won Elizabeth a Grierson for Best New-Comer and “The New Kings of Nigeria”.