TEAM

Screen Writer

Joseph Thorne

Joseph Thorne was born in South Wales and grew up in Gwaelod-y-Garth, where he was fascinated by the ruins of the Lan mine and the other nineteenth-century industrial landmarks scattering the landscape. Now, with a PhD on late-Victorian literature and culture, he has researched the period extensively. His role as a committee member for the British Association for Decadence Studies and his attendance at conferences allow him to keep up with developments in the late-Victorian field. He is a published writer on the nineteenth century with a keen interest in film.

Producer & Author

Norma Procter, MBE

Following study in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London University, Norma Procter spent a year in teacher training and teaching in London. She was part of the Voice and Speech faculty at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her books Singing your Name, Daisy, Love is the Fire, Jew Boy and The House of Abraham Phillips are available from Amazon. She is an artist, and was awarded an MBE for environmental campaigning. She runs the Lan History Project and the Friends of Lan Memorial with Cardiff County Council, organising outreach with residents and the local school to ensure the history of the Lan is part of everyone’s education.

Producer

Sacha Rodriguez

Sacha Rodriguez has been a producer for over 25 years. He started in music videos and TV commercials, and went on to managing large-scale productions, live concerts and major events for television networks in America.

His real passion was to make films, however, so he left television to complete the Producer’s Post Graduate at the School of Film and Television, Victorian College of the Arts. He produced various award-winning short films before going on screen agency funded internships to Los Angeles, working at companies like Beristain Inc., ARENAS and Granada Television with iconic US Film Producer Don Murphy and Sales and Acquisitions expert Shebnem Askin at 2929.

Since returning to Australia, Sacha has been “Accelerator Express Producer” at MIFF’s 37 South, added an Advanced Diploma in Screen Development to his qualifications, and continued work on developing screen projects with writers and collaborators. In 2015, Sacha joined the Vedado Films team and produced his first documentary in Cuba, working with Gabriel Beristain to lay the foundations for the company’s filmed entertainment division, which now develops and produces feature films, documentaries as well as television series. In 2018, Sacha co-produced the feature film Havana Kyrie and in his new role as VP of Production at Vedado Films he joins Gabriel in launching an exciting new slate of screen titles.

Producer

Ruth Caleb

Ruth Caleb is a multi-award-winning producer. In the 1990s, she was appointed Head of Drama at BBC Wales making her the BBC’s first female head of drama, and then became Acting Head of the BBC’s Drama Group, overseeing seven areas of drama. Her production credits as producer and executive producer include award-winning television dramas such as Old Devils and the Welsh language film Dafydd (directed by Ceri Sherlock), and television films such as Care (winner of the Prix Italia for Best Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama), Tomorrow La Scala (screened at Cannes, where it received a seven-minute standing ovation), Out of Control (winner of the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film), A Short Stay in Switzerland with Julie Walters and A Poet in New York with Tom Hollander. Her critically acclaimed theatrical releases include Stonewall, Last Resort (directed by Oscar-winning Pawel Pawlikowski) and Bullet Boy.

Ruth’s numerous awards include the BAFTA Alan Clarke Award in 2001 for her outstanding personal contribution to television, and The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Film and Television Awards in 2012. She was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama in 2004 and holds an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Oxford Brookes University. Ruth is a member of RTS, BAFTA and FRSA.

Executive Producer

Christopher Monger

Christopher Monger has won awards for directing theatre, feature films, and screenwriting. He has directed eight feature films and written over thirty screenplays. His produced credits include: The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain for Miramax Films, starring Hugh Grant, Colm Meaney & Tara Fitzgerald; Waiting For The Light starring Shirley McLaine & Teri Garr; Crime Pays for Film Four International, starring Ronnie Williams & Veronica Quilligan; and Voice Over starring Ian McNeice. He also wrote the extraordinarily popular and record-breaking television film Seeing Red for Granada and WGBH, for which he received a Christopher Award, and wrote and directed Girl From Rio which won the Hollywood Film Festival. He is currently adapting Jonathan’s Harr’s The Lost Painting for Miramax Films. Apart from his film work, he still paints and is a member of the PHARMAKA group of painters in Los Angeles. He was born in Ffynnon Taf (Taff’s Well), Wales not far from the Lan Colliery. He currently lives in LA.

Associate Producer

Steve Gough

Born in South Wales, Steve Gough is an experienced, BAFTA-winning film writer and director whose work has been highly praised here and around the world. He has also written successfully for radio and television, published two novels, and seen his work very recently produced on the stage. Over the years, his scripts have attracted major acting talents such as Anthony Hopkins, Martin Shaw, Jane Horrocks, Margaret John and Geraldine James.

Notable, critically acclaimed work includes the feature film Heartland for the BBC which won its star Anthony Hopkins a Radio Times best actor award, the BAFTAWALES winning feature Elenya which was Centrepiece Film at the London Film Festival, and the BAFTAWALES winning film drama Washed Up again for the BBC. His recent film Red Call has won a prize in the Wales Film Festival.

Steve Gough was born in Gwaelod-y-Garth, Wales. He now lives in London. His agent is Elizabeth Dench at Dench-Arnold Associates.

Line Producer

Cheryl Davies Keatley

Cheryl Davies Keatley is locally based in Wales and has over 30 years’ experience in film and television. She has worked on many successful films such as Say My Name (Best Welsh Feature Film, Cardiff International Film Festival, 2018) and the award-winning Skellig and Patagonia.

Recent credits include line producer on In My Skin (two BAFTA awards, 2019), and producer on Down the Caravan (Accolade Global Film Award; Best Welsh Film at Cardiff International Film Festival, 2019) to name but a few.

Consulting Producer

James Gilligan

With a background that cuts across the Middle East, and with an international footprint, James Gilligan has an excellent working knowledge of world class, industry standard film production practices. He has worked in the industry for over 25 years as electrician, gaffer, camera assistant, DOP, writer, producer and director. His knowledge of various international production processes has led him to work on production sets for some of the world’s biggest brand names. James is a creative writer and he has delivered concepts, scripts and productions for companies, government bodies and brands throughout the GCC, where he has lived and worked for over 12 years.