John Boyega – Moses
Boyega is currently training at the Identity Drama School. His theatre credits include Six Parties at the National Theatre and Category B at the Tricycle Theatre.
ATTACK THE BLOCK marked his film acting debut. Since completing principal photography John has performed in Junkhearts alongside Eddie Marsden and Romala Garai. He has also played the guest lead in Law & Order:UK and has appeared in BBC's Becoming Human.
Jodie Whittaker – Sam
Jodie Whittaker graduated from Guildhall in 2005 with the Gold Medal for Acting. She first came to the public’s attention as Jessie in Roger Michell’s Venus for which she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award as Best Newcomer, a Critic’s Circle Award for Best British Newcomer and a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.
She recently finished shooting on Lone Scherfig’s ‘One Day’. Other films include the two Ealing Studios ‘St. Trinians’ films directed by Barnaby Thompson and Oliver Parker, Dana Lustig’s ‘Veil of Maya’, Nick Moran’s ‘The Kid’, Ian Fitzgibbon’s ‘Perrier’s Bounty’, Conor Mcdermottroe’s ‘Occo vs the World’, Jann Turner’s ‘White Wedding’, Vicente Amorim’s ‘Good’ and Dana Lustig’s ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’.
On television, Whittaker has appeared in BBC productions of Nightwatch, The Oaks, The Accused, Royal Wedding, Cranford, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, This Life +10, Dalziel & Pascoe, Billy Two-Sheds for which she was awarded a Royal Television Society Midlands Award for Best Actress and Doctors, an ITV production of Wired and a Channel 4 production of Tom Hurndall.
Whittaker’s theatre credits include Michael Attenborough’s Almeida productions of Awake and Sing! and Enemies for which she was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award, Tamara Hervey’s Trafalgar Studios production of Bash and Tim Carroll’s Globe production of The Storm.
Alex Esmail – Pest
ATTACK THE BLOCK marks Esmail’s film acting debut. Alex was spotted during a drama class at Acland Burghley School in Tufnell Park. He is an extreme sports enthusiast, specializing in martial arts, skateboarding and parkour free running. This natural ability with balance and movement has no doubt helped him to develop his acting talents.
Franz Drameh – Dennis
Trained at the Young Actors Theatre, Drameh’s film credits include Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, Justin Donaldson’s Right Side of God, Barney Cokeliss’ Be Good and Sally Aprahamian’s There for Me.
On television, he has worked on BBC productions of Dominic Brigstocke’s Parents of the Band and episodes of Casualty and Living It, in addition to Disney’s Break Kids, Zenith’s Byker Grove and the Discovery Channel’s Space.
Drameh’s theatre credits include Peter Pan for the Young Actors Theatre.
Leeon Jones – Jerome
ATTACK THE BLOCK marks Jones’ film acting debut. He was taking part in a summer project with Mayhem Theatre in the South Bank Centre when his teacher put him forward for auditions. As well as acting, he has a keen interest in basketball, cooking oriental foods, manga comics and all things superhero.
Simon Howard – Biggz
ATTACK THE BLOCK marks Howard’s film acting debut. He was discovered in a drama class at John Ruskin College in Croydon. Simon is an aspiring rapper and actor from South London who has been attending workshops at Peckham theatre and London Youth Committee, where he recently performed in Much Ado About Nothing.
Luke Treadaway – Brewis
Following his graduation from LAMDA in 2006, Treadaway’s feature film credits include Nick Hamm’s Killing Bono, Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower and Viko, Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans, Philip Ridley’s Heartless, Simon Ellis’ Public Sex which was selected for the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival, Wayne Holloway’s God’s Wounds and Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton’s Brothers of the Head, for which he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer and which won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
His television credits include David Kennard’s Mist: Sheepdog Tales, Adrian Shergold’s Clapham Junction and Bill Anderson’s The Innocence Project.
On stage, Treadaway has appeared in Ed Dick’s production of The Cure at Troy for the National Theatre Workshop, Michael Attenborough’s Through a Glass Darkly at the Stockholm Ingmar Bergman Festival, Ramin Gray’s Over There at the Royal Court Theatre, Duncan MacMillan’s Cradle Me, Lisa Goldman’s Piranha Heights and National Theatre productions of Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’ War Horse and Marianne Elliott’s Saint Joan.
Nick Frost – Ron
Frost first came to prominence as the gun-mad character Mike Watt in Channel 4’s Spaced. Since then, Frost has become one of the U.K.’s most sought-after actors. He earned a nomination for Most Promising Newcomer by the British Independent Film Awards for his role in the cult zombie movie Shaun of the Dead, starring opposite Simon Pegg. Frost again starred with Pegg in the hugely successful hit comedy Hot Fuzz. Frost’s other film credits include Kinky Boots, Penelope, Wild Child and The Boat That Rocked.
Frost demonstrated his acting credentials in the BBC’s adaptation of Martin Amis’ best seller Money. Amis added his voice to the critical approval Frost garnered for the role. He has also appeared in the Channel 4 sitcom Black Books, with Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey, and hosted the Channel 5 series Danger! 50,000 Zombies! and Danger! Incoming Attack! Frost was the lead role in Hyperdrive, a sci-fi comedy series for BBC Two, and starred in two seasons of Man Stroke Woman.
2011 sees the release of Paul, written and starring Nick and Simon Pegg once again. They can also be seen in the upcoming Steven Spielberg picture The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
Jumayn Hunter – Hi-Hatz
Hunter’s feature film credits include James Watkins’ Eden Lake and Little Terrors.
On television he has worked on films including Ian Rickson’s Fallout and Sean Conway’s Kings of London. He has also appeared in television series such as the BBC’s Casualty, Thames Television’s The Bill and Torn for ITV.
On stage, Hunter has been seen in Arcola Theatre productions of Max Stafford Clark’s Macbeth and Deborah Paige’s Afterbirth as well as a West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Safe and a Westminster Kingsway production of The Tempest.
About the Crew
Joe Cornish – Writer/Director
Joe Cornish is best known as one half of British comedy duo Adam and Joe. As well as writing and directing ATTACK THE BLOCK for Film Four and Big Talk Productions, Joe recently co-wrote The Astonishing Ant Man with Edgar Wright for Marvel Studios, and Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's Tintin for Dreamworks, along with Wright and Steven Moffat.
Joe first appeared on British TV screens in 1997 as co-star and co-creator of The Adam and Joe Show, a home-made comedy show famous for it's sketches, songs and animations satirizing pop culture. The show found considerable cult and critical acclaim, winning the Royal Television Society’s Best Newcomers award in 1998 and running for four seasons.
The success of The Adam and Joe Show lead to spin-off comedy series on both Channel 4 and the BBC, including Adam & Joe’s Formative Years, Adam and Joe’s American Animation Adventure, and Adam and Joe Go Tokyo. Joe also worked as director for Channel 4 comedy shows such as Modern Toss and Blunder, as a writer for BBC2’s Big Train, and as a presenter for BBC2 and BBC Radio 4.
Alongside his film work, Joe maintains a successful radio career with Adam. The duo took over from Ricky Gervais on radio station XFM in 2003, spawning a popular series of podcasts. They moved to BBC 6music in 2007, where their Saturday morning show was awarded the 2008 Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Radio Programme Of The Year, three Silver Sony Awards in 2009, and Sony Gold for Best Radio Comedy in 2010.
ATTACK THE BLOCK is Joe’s first feature film.
Nira Park – Producer
Nira Park founded Big Talk Productions in 1995, through which she produced both series of Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes' award-winning comedy series Spaced, directed by Edgar Wright, all three series of double BAFTA award-winning sitcom Black Books, and the Rose D’Or nominated comedy/drama series Free Agents, all for Channel 4.
Following the success of Spaced, Nira went on to develop and produce the hit movie Shaun Of The Dead, for which she received a Carl Foreman Award nomination at the 2005 BAFTA Awards. Nira was also selected as one of Variety Magazine’s Top Ten Producers to Watch.
In 2006, she produced Ringan Ledwidge’s debut feature Gone for Working Title/Universal and she collaborated again with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright on their follow up movie, Hot Fuzz.
In 2007, Nira expanded Big Talk Productions and created Big Talk Pictures and is now CEO of both companies.
Nira recently produced Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, starring Michael Cera, which was released internationally in August 2010 to outstanding critical acclaim. She also Executive Produced BBC Three’s hit sitcom Him & Her, which has been commissioned for its second season, and Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner, written and produced by Robert Popper.
Nira’s most recent production is Paul, penned by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Greg Mottola for Working Title/Universal. The film opened number one at the box office in the UK and will be released in the US in March.
In December 2010 she was the recipient of 'Producer of the Year' at the UK Women in Film and TV awards. Nira continues to produce and develop across a diverse range of Film and TV projects for Big Talk Productions and Pictures.
James Wilson – Producer
Before becoming an independent film producer, James Wilson was a production executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures and Film4. Over eight years he worked on the development, production and acquisition of a range of films including Sexy Beast, Dancer In The Dark, The Filth and The Fury, The Low Down, The Last King of Scotland, Nil By Mouth, The Ice Storm, Shaun of the Dead and The Full Monty. He is next producing Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, with Nick Wechsler. Jim is also a Director of Big Talk Pictures.
Matthew Justice – Executive Producer
Matthew Justice joined Nira Park at Big Talk in 2007, as Managing Director.
Matthew has over twenty years’ experience in Film and Television. Through his label Lunar Films he produced a number of movies including David Mackenzie’s Berlin Silver Bear-winning Hallam Foe, Cedric Klapisch’s multiple César-winning The Russian Dolls and Raul Ruiz’s Klimt, amongst others.
Prior to Lunar, he looked after Business Development and Production at Invicta Capital, one of the leading providers of structured finance to the international Film and TV industry. Before Invicta, Matthew was Stephen Norrington’s producing partner; together they worked on Blade, The Last Minute, and Death Machine. He also produced Michel Gondry’s award-winning commercials for Levis and Smirnoff, after starting his career at The Moving Picture Company.
Since joining Big Talk, Matthew has overseen the transactional side of the BBC Worldwide acquisition of a minority shareholding in Big Talk’s television company, Big Talk Productions, and the first look arrangements Big Talk’s film company, Big Talk Pictures, has with Optimum/Studio Canal and Film4. He has served as Executive Producer on Big Talk’s Free Agents, Him & Her, Rev. and continues to work across the Film and TV slate. Matthew sits on Pact Council as Chair of Film, and also on the Film Industry Training Board.
Edgar Wright – Executive Producer
Although he’s only in his mid-thirties, award winning filmmaker Edgar Wright’s list of credits reads like that of a seasoned veteran. With projects like the UK television series turned international cult phenomenon Spaced, the rom-zom-com feature film debut Shaun of the Dead, and its follow up action/comedy opus Hot Fuzz, he’s evolved from a young film geek wanting to prove himself into one of the most sought after geeks working in film today. He was also tapped by directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to contribute the faux trailer Don’t, for the epic Grindhouse and was brought on-board by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg to co-write The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Last summer Wright released his first U.S. production of the comic book movie Scott Pilgrim Versus The World for Universal Pictures starring Michael Cera. He has a number of upcoming projects in development.
Tom Townend – Director of Photography
Townend has worked as Director of Photography on Samantha Morton’s The Unloved and also as 2nd Unit Director of Photography on Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later Daniel Barber’s Harry Brown and Lynne Ramsey’s Ratcatcher.
He has worked as a Camera Operator on Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice, John Madden’s Proof and Lynne Ramsey’s Morvern Callar.
Very successful in the commercials field, Townend has recently won the Gold Award for Cinematography at the London International Awards for his work on the Virgin Media campaign. Amongst his numerous other commercials credits are campaigns for Samsung, Sony Playstation, Sky HD, Bacardi, McDonalds, Bailey’s and Vodafone.
He has also worked on many music videos including a CADS win in 2007 for his work on Kasabian’s Empire, a CADS nomination for The Horrors and a UK MVA Award nomination for Take That. Other music video credits include Florence & the Machine, Will Young, Craig David, The Verve, Duffy, Snow Patrol and Arctic Monkeys.
Jonathan Amos – Editor
This year Jonathan received an ACE nomination for his work as (shared) Head Editor on Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World for Universal Pictures. Jonathan has also worked as additional editor on Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz and Don Mancini’s Seed of Chucky.
Jonathan has worked on a number of television comedies and dramas with a variety of directors, including Justin Chadwick, James Griffins, Julian Holmes, Sam Miller, Catherine Morshead and Tristram Shapeero. His TV credits include Free Agents, Ashes To Ashes, Spooks, The Fixer and Peep Show.
Marcus Rowland – Production Designer
A long-time collaborator with Big Talk, Rowland has designed Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.
On television he has worked on seven episodes of Spaced directed by Edgar Wright, fourteen episodes of The Comic Strip Presents… for Directors including Peter Richardson, Keith Allen, Robbie Coltrane and Paul Bartel and Peter Richardson’s Glam Metal Detectives for the BBC.
Rosa Dias – Costume Designer
Dias’ film credits include Ringan Ledwidge’s Gone, Christian Levering’s Dogma ’95 – The King is Alive, Philippa Cousins’ Happy Now and she is currently designing the costumes for The Inbetweeners TV movie.
For television she has designed BBC productions of Richard Laxton’s Hancock and Joan, Claire Beaver’s Daphne and Lucy Carter’s Churchill in addition to numerous series and sitcoms including Channel 4’s Free Agents for Big Talk, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, and the docudramas Queen of Sheba and Ceremonies in Egypt.
Rosa has also worked in opera, including Christopher Newell’s Welsh National Opera productions of The Magic Flute, The Bartered Bride and The Marriage of Figaro and Jamie Heinz’s Yarico Musical, and has worked extensively in commercials including campaigns directed by Ringan Ledwidge, Graham Linehan and Jim Hoskins.
Jane Walker – Hair and Make-Up Designer
Jane Walker is another long-time collaborator with Big Talk, having most recently worked on Greg Mottola’s Paul, in addition to Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Other film credits include Robert Weide’s How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, David Schwimmer’s Run Fat Boy Run, Sho Igarashi’s Chosyu 5, David Mackenzie’s Asylum, David Dobkin’s Shanghai Knights, Simon Cellan Jones’ The One and Only, Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy and The Mummy Returns and Phil Agland’s The Woodlanders.
On television, Walker has previously worked with producer Nira Park on Spaced and Black Books and amongst her numerous other television credits are Harry and Paul – series 2 starring Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, Pincohet’s Progress, The Trial, Man Stroke Woman – series 1 and 2, The Lenny Henry Show, Murder in Suburbia – series 1and 2, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and ’Allo, ’Allo.
Paul Herbert – Stunt Co-Ordinator
Herbert has worked as Stunt Co-Ordinator on numerous films, most recently Johnny English Reborn David Gordon Green’s Your Highnes’, Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday, Richard Curtis’ The Boat that Rocked, Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Gerald McMorrow’s Franklyn, Beeban Kidron’s Hippie Hippie Shake, Robert Weide’s How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Mikael Hafstrom’s 1408.
Herbert has also been Stunt Co-Ordinator on Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz, Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd, Tom Vaughan’s Starter for Ten, Alek Keshishian’s Love and Other Disasters and Jonny Campbell’s Alien Autopsy amongst numerous others.
As a stunt performer and double, Herbert has worked on many films including Brian Singer’s Valkyrie, Iain Softley’s Inkheart, Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow and James Cameron’s Titanic.
Spectral Motion and Mike Elizalde – Alien Design
Mike entered the industry in 1987 and quickly established his career as a makeup designer, sculptor and one of the top animatronic engineers in his field. He has since worked on over 60 feature films, including Hellboy, Men In Black, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Fantastic Four, X-Men: The Last Stand and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Elizalde and his wife Mary established Spectral Motion Incorporated in 1994 as a vehicle for producing and successfully marketing a series of original model kits sculpted by Elizalde. Spectral Motion participated in the creation of creature and makeup effects in successful collaboration with such top-level effects companies as Rick Baker's Cinovation and Stan Winston Studio in the years that followed.
Today, Spectral Motion is recognized as one of the leading makeup and creature effects studios in the industry. Elizalde received an “Achievement in Makeup” nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Elizalde was awarded a Saturn Award for “Best Makeup” from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in 2004 for his Hellboydesigns.
Spectral Motion has also produced creatures for Paul, another Big Talk Pictures film, as well as Your Highness, Land of the Lost and X Men: First Class.
Double Negative – Visual Effects
Double Negative, located in the heart of London’s Soho, was set up in 1998 with a team of 30 staff. Since then the company has grown to 900+ staff, making it Europe’s largest provider of visual effects for Film. Their approach ensures films both small and large receive the same high standard of creative and technical service and makes for a winning combination that has resulted in Double Negative being recognised with several Visual Effects Society awards for films such as Inception and Sherlock Holmes and being nominated for both the BAFTA and Academy Awards for vfx for The Dark Knight and Inception.
Over the past 12 months, Double Negative has completed work on projects including; Paul, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Inception, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Iron Man 2, Kick-Ass, and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. DNeg is currently in production on John Carter of Mars, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and Captain America: The First Avenger.
ATTACK THE BLOCK’s Visual Effects Supervisor Ged Wright received an Oscar nomination this year for his work on Iron Man 2.
About Big Talk
Big Talk is a multi-award winning Film and TV Production Company, founded by producer Nira Park in 1995.
Its credits include Spaced, Black Books, Free Agents, Rev, Him & Her and Friday Night Dinner and the hit movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, as well as last year’s critically acclaimed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
In October 2007 Big Talk's film arm, Big Talk Pictures completed a slate development deal jointly funded by Film 4 and UK Film Council under which it developed ATTACK THE BLOCK and in September 2009 the company completed a first look financing and distribution deal with Optimum/Studio Canal to continue to expand its film ambitions.
Big Talk's most recent release is Paul – written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Greg Mottola for Universal/Working Title Films. Paul opened in February in the UK to record numbers and follows in the US in March.
About Optimum Releasing
Established in May 1999, Optimum Releasing is a key element within Studiocanal, the pan European film, production and sales distribution arm of French media group, Canal+. Optimum Releasing has established a reputation for an innovative approach to distribution and has enjoyed success with a varied mix of film titles across all genres. A passion for film and commitment to creativity is central to all of Optimum's activity.
2011 will see the release of a host of exciting and varied titles including Jaume Collet-Serra's Unknown, Duncan Jones' Source Code, Luc Besson's Adele Blanc-Sec, Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Francois Ozon's Potiche. Past theatrical releases include Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Garth Jennings' Son of Rambow, Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Armando Iannucci's In the Loop, Anne Fontaine's Coco avant Chanel, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, Jacques Audiard's A Prophet, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, Chris Morris' Four Lions and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Tourist.
Established in 2004, Optimum Home Entertainment has quickly become one of the leading distributors in the UK Home Entertainment sector, boasting an active catalogue of more than 1500 titles. With sales handled by its joint venture Elevation, consistently ranked amongst the top ten UK distributors, Optimum Home Entertainment has aggressively grown its market share year on year by combining classic library titles with critically and commercially successful new releases.
On the production front, Optimum's ambitious plans include Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock starring Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and opened in the UK on February 4; Nick Murphy's debut feature The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton - both in post production - and the establishment of Warp X with Warp Films, the Film Council and Film4. The first two films from Warp X are feature directorial debuts from Paddy Considine with Tyrannosaur, which had its World Premiere in Sundance and won two major prizes, and from Richard Ayoade with Submarine, both of which will be released by Optimum this year.
Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the U.K., whether new or established. Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the best UK films of recent years, films like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges. Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky and Another Year, Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric, Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy
and Chris Morris’ Four Lions.
Currently on release are Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and Peter Mullan’s NEDS, and due for release in the first half of this year are Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle and Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. Miranda July’s second film The Future and Paddy Considine’s debut feature Tyrannosaur premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in the UK later this year.
As well as The Iron Lady, Film4’s current productions include Pawel Pawlikowski’s The Woman In The Fifth, Steve McQueen’s Shame, Lone Scherfig’s One Day, Walter Salles’ On The Road, Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights and Ben Palmer’s The Inbetweeners movie.
About the UK Film Council
Since its creation in 2000 the UK Film Council has backed more than 900 films, shorts and features, which have won over 300 awards and entertained more than 200 million people around the world generating £5 for every £1 of Lottery money it has invested.
Our Film Fund funds exciting new British films and develops new filmmakers and our Distribution and Exhibition initiatives get a wider choice of films to audiences throughout the UK. We also invest in training British talent, promoting Britain as an international filmmaking location and raising the profile of British films abroad, and we fund the British Film Institute.
British films developed and funded over the past 10 years by the UK Film Council include Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (the UK’s most successful film to date with $108 million in its first few weeks of release), the UK's first 3D film Streetdance 3D, Another Year, Made in Dagenham, Africa United, Bright Star, Fish Tank, In the Loop, Tamara Drewe, Bend it like Beckham, The Constant Gardener, Gosford Park, Happy-Go-Lucky, The Last King of Scotland, Man on Wire, Nowhere Boy, Red Road, St Trinian’s, This is England, Touching the Void, Vera Drake and The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Current and forthcoming films that we have supported include Clio Barnard's The Arbor, Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea, Peter Mullan's Neds, Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk about Kevin, Justin Chadwick's The First Grader, Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, Ayub Khan-Din's West is West, Gillian Wearing's Self-Made and John Akomfrah's The Nine Muses.