Behind the camera
KATARZYNA KLIMKIEWICZ – Director
Katarzyna Klimkiewicz is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz and an alumna of the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam. Since 2000 she has collaborated with Polish National Television on many projects, including her documentary, Krystian Lupa’s Labyrinth. Her documentary Wasserschlacht – The Great Border Battle co-directed with Andrew Friedman was awarded Berlin Today Award during Berlinale 2007.
Her short film Hanoi-Warszawa won many Polish and International awards and was voted the Best Short of 2010 by the European Film Academy.
Klimkiewicz is also president of Young Polish Filmmakers Association FILM 1,2, in connection with which she has been highly active politically to improve funding for emerging filmmakers. She is also a member of the European Film Academy and an assessor for the Polish Film Institute.
Selected filmography as director:
2010 Hanoi-Warszawa – fiction short – Click Here
2007 Wasserschlacht – The Great Border Battle – documentary
Flying Blind is her debut feature film.
ALISON STERLING – Producer
Alison Sterling started her working life as an actress, having trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She started producing for the theatre, before turning to film and television production, forming her own company, Ignition Films, in 2000. She has produced documentaries and one-off dramas, corporates and commercials, interactive DVDs and artists’ installation works. At the core of her work, though, is fiction: over the last 6 years she has produced 9 short films (for UK Film Council, BBC, South West Screen) which have been screened widely on the international festival circuit. She has developed feature film scripts with a range of writers (with development funding through South West Screen and Cornwall Film). Flying Blind is her first feature film.
NAOMI WALLACE and BRUCE McLEOD – Writer
Bruce McLeod was born in Scotland and, having lived in the US where he gained a doctorate in English Literature, now resides in North Yorkshire. He has co-written numerous screenplays with Naomi Wallace aswell as two plays, In the Sweat and The Girl Who Fell Through A Hole In Her Jumper. Wallace is a playwright from Kentucky. Her plays—which have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and the Middle East—include In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East, And I and Silence, The Hard Weather Boating Party, The Liquid Plain. Her stage adaptation of William Wharton’s novel Birdy was produced on the West End in London. In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated into the permanent répertoire of the French National Theater, the Comédie-Française. Only two American playwrights have ever been added to La Comédie’s repertoire in 300 years; the other was Tennessee Williams. Films: Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, Flying Blind (co-written with Bruce-Mcleod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), Joseph Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award (One Flea Spare) and the 2012 Horton-Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. Education: two MA’s, University of Iowa; BA, Hampshire College.
ANDRZEJ WOJCIECHOWSKI - Director of Photography
Andrzej Wojciechowski graduated from the Polish National Film, Television and Theater School in Lodz in 1995. He works as cinematographer, director of documentaries and experimental films. As a cinematographer he shot the following fiction films: HANOI-WARSAW, FLYING BLIND dir. Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, SATAN SPA dir. Piotr Kielar, and EASTER dir. Monika Mlodzianowska; He has also shot 16 documentaries. He also works as a director on experimental films: ALTARS (first award at the Tel Aviv Film Festival), GRAVITY (special award on Munich Film Festival), and documentaries: ALTERGLOBALISTS, CIRCLES, BREAK. He recorded two experimental music CD’s with Marzena Majcher, WHAT WILL BE and WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VIEW. He lives in Warsaw, and works in Poland and EU.
EWA J LIND – Editor
Born in Sweden, with a film education that started at FAMU in Prague and was completed at UK’s National Film and TV School, Ewa had her eyes set on Europe from the beginning, resulting in collaborations with Carine Adler, Kutlug Ataman and Max Faerberboek, always intent on going further, crossing also creative borders, like in her work with Asif Kapadia and Bille Eltringham/Simon Beaufoy.
JON WYGENS – Composer
Jon Wygens is an award winning composer for film and television and a graduate of the National Film and Television School. Films he has scored have won numerous awards around the world and he has composed the music for some of the UK’s most successful television series. His recent work includes the feature film Miss Christina and The Procession, starring Lily Tomlin and Lucy Punch. He lives and works in Islington, London.
ALISON RIVA – Production designer
Alison has enjoyed a long and successful career as a Production Designer in films and television working in different locations around the world. She is known for her strong designs, attention to detail, use of colour, historical accuracy, sourcing of local materials, ability to come in on budget and good management of her team. She has created vast sets of ancient Rome on the stages and back lot of Roma Studios for “EMPIRE” a £40million production for Touchstone/ABC America produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (Oscar winners for “Chicago”), starring Emily Blunt and Jonathan Cake. She designed sets circa 1952 in India for Merchant Ivory on the film “COTTON MARY” starring Greta Scacchi and, in English country style, “SEPARATE LIES” a film directed by Julian Fellowes with Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett. She created an underground world for the horror movie “LONG TIME DEAD” with Working Title and with her team built a whole village on the Isle of Taransay, in the Hebrides, for the war time film “THE ROCKET POST”. She has also worked with Stephen Frears, Michael Cimino and Bernardo Bertolucci.
ANNE BOYD – Line Producer
Anne is an experienced Line Producer, working in film and TV production since 1988. Recent credits include two series of Sugar Rush (Shine Productions), three series of Skins (Company Pictures). Anne is also a regular Line Producer for Casualty (BBC). Feature film work includes The Italian Key and Flying Blind.