April 4th, 2018

Rising directors scheme: get to know them!

We are very excited to introduce everyone to our producer/director delegates and to the fantastic Exec Producers who have agreed to mentor on this scheme!

Delegates Rising Directors Scheme 2018

Alice Rowsome is a French-British freelance writer, self-taught filmmaker and photographer with a focus alice-rowsomeon forced migration, women and environmental issues.  Her work has appeared in The Guardian, VICE, WIRED, The Independent, Refugees Deeply, among other publications.

in January 2017, Alice reported from Somalia and Ethiopia, where she was one of the first journalists on the ground to cover the drought and, specifically investigate its impact on internally displaced women. She also reported on young Somali men’s fight to end female-genital mutilation. In July 2017, she investigated how refugees and locals on the South Sudan-Uganda border were using green entrepreneurship to reduce conflict within host-communities. In January 2018, she followed the work of Gynaecology Without Borders in Calais for The Guardian.

She is currently making documentary (exp 2018) about a group of women attempting to form a recycling partnership between two neighbourhoods in Tripoli, Lebanon with a history of sectarian violence. Pachamama (2016), Alice’s first documentary, investigated how an indigenous population in the Bolivian Andes were impacted by climate change.  Alice graduated with a Masters in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in June 2016. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and also speaks Arabic. RDS Exec Mentor: Liz Collier

Andrew Pugh is a 35-year-old journalist, producer and director from Port Talbot, South Wales, now based in Belfast, Northern andrew-pughIreland, with a wife and two young children.  He began his career as a newspaper journalist working on weekly and daily newspapers, including the Western Mail in South Wales, where he was named Rhodri Jones Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year.   After relocating to London in 2009, he worked as a business reporter and was later news editor on journalism and media magazine Press Gazette.   He moved into television production five years ago when he became a news producer on ITV’s award-winning flagship daytime show ‘This Morning’. He covered major stories including the trials of Oscar Pistorius, Rolf Harris and Max Clifford, along with breaking news stories such as the Syrian refugee crisis and the terrorist attacks in Tunisia. In June 2016, he moved to Belfast and worked as a development producer for local production company Crawford McCann, working up projects for BBC, C4, TV3 and RTE. From December 2016 to January 2018 he was producer-director on Rare Breed, a series following the lives of farmers across the island of Ireland over the course of a calendar year. It is currently one of Northern Ireland’s best-performing TV series, with the first episode picking up a 34% share in the highly competitive 8pm slot on UTV. RDS Exec Mentor: Lucy Baxter

Hannah Keep trained as a journalist and started her career working as a researcher for indies before joining BBC Current Affairs as a researcher. Whilst at the BBC Hannah pitched, developed and worked hannah-keepas Assistant Producer on the BAFTA and RTS Award winning factual drama: Murdered By My Boyfriend for BBC Three.  Hannah joined The Garden Productions in 2014 and has worked across a variety of productions and in development. Her credits at The Garden include Saved (ITV), 24 Hours In Police Custody (C4), Right Now (Cancer Research UK campaign), Professor Green: Living in Poverty (BBC Three) and Professor Green: The Truth About Weed (BBC Three). Hannah is currently producing a Channel 4 arts documentary based in Birmingham. RDS Exec Mentor: Jane Merkin


Ashley Francis-Roy is originally from Leeds and is a graduate of the competitive Creative Access trainee scheme, he has been working in TV for over three years. He has experience working on a widashley-francis-roye range of productions from arts and history to factual and observational documentaries for all the major broadcasters. ‘Black is the New Black’ for BBC Two was an innovative format exploring black identity in modern Britain through portrait interviews with the most famous and successful Black Britons including Naomi Campbell, Thandie Newton, Trevor McDonald, and Lenny Henry. For BBC One’s  flagship art series ‘imagine…’, Ashley helped produce a film about acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley. ‘Public Enemies’ for Channel 4 was a serious exploration of the musical, cultural, and political impact of the two most significant hip-hop artists alive – Jay Z and Kanye West.  Ash is a keen self-shooter and loves engaging with all the technical aspects of creative filming. He is interested in making documentaries that offer entertaining and challenging perspectives on race, sexuality, and society. He is a music graduate and performer committed to showcasing the best of arts and culture. RDS Exec Mentor: Ninder Billing


Ellen Evans graduated from UCL with an MA in Documentary Filmmaking, she spent 18 montellen-evanshs as part of the team making ‘Pistorius’ – a series which explores the life and murder trial of the paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. In 2017 she received her first directorial commission with ‘Lillith’; a short documentary for BBC iPlayer about the relationship between an autistic woman and her horse. Ellen likes to make character driven documentary; seeking to build intimate and candid portraits of the marginalised and the marvellous. RDS Exec Mentor: Brian Hill


Rosie Baldwin is an intuitive and enthusiastic documentary filmmaker, who loves telling character-driven stories that transcend into universal and relatable subjects. She has worked as an editing AP with the BBC androsie-baldwin as a freelance Producer/Director, making competition winning short films that have been screened in cinemas nationwide and at festivals including LIDF and Edinburgh Fringe, as well as various music videos and online content. RDS Exec Mentor: Andy Glynne


Emily Turner is a freelance producer, with eight years experience of making sensitive documentaries for BBC and Channel 4. Her credits include C4’s double BAFTA-nominated Kids On The Edge, a series looking at childhood mental health with full access to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Emily also produced BBC2’s emily-turnerProtecting Our Foster Kids. She is currently producing a single Channel 4 Arts film for Amy Flanagan and Colin Barr at Expectation.

RDS Exec Mentor: Kari Lia



Exec Mentors Rising Directors Scheme 2018

Andy Glynne is a triple-BAFTA award winning filmmaker, a producer and an author. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, he went on to create the national documentary organisation, DFG – The Documentary Filmmakers Group – and now runs Mosaic Films, a andy-glynnemulti-award winning production company.   He’s the author of the book “Documentaries and How to Make Them” and is also the Chairman of the European Documentary Network, a trainer on many documentary and production courses both in the UK and overseas, and a consultant to numerous organisations and broadcasters around the world.  He has produced and directed over 100 films, including both TV and theatrical documentaries, as well as significant output in the genre of animated documentaries – the latter which has won him numerous awards including 3 BAFTAs, a British Animation Award, two Royal Television Society Awards, a Mental Health Media Award, BANFF prize, BASEL prize and many others. Mentoring: Rosie Baldwin

Lucy Baxter is an executive producer based in Belfast.  She has worked as executive/series producer, producer/director and production manager on shorts, features, news, drama series and documentaries for  BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, C5, Al Jazeera and for cinema and digital release. She has also produced branded content, dilucy-baxtergital education projects and industry events. Her work as producer has won BAFTA and RTS awards, been runner up for the Japan Prize and nominated for the Learning Onscreen awards. She founded and ran production company Mandrake Films and has since co-founded Darkley Films and campaigning organisation Mental Abuse Matters. Lucy published her first book, Running a Creative Company in The Digital Age, in 2017. She’s currently a lecturer in film practice at Queens University, a member of the Centre for Documentary Research and is on the Sheffield Docfest Advisory Board.  Mentoring: Andrew Pugh

Jane Merkin has been a series and executive producer for almost 20 years, working on a range of documentary and current affairs programmes for British television which have won awards including BAFTAs, RTS, Broadcast and an International Emmy. Subjects have included homelessness (On The Streets BBC4 2010), migration and refugees (Panorama Special: Breaking into Britain BBC1 2011 and jane-merkinExodus: Our Journey to Europe BBC2 2016) and mental health (Don’t Call Me Crazy BBC3 2013 and My Baby, Psychosis and Me BBC1 2016). She currently works at October Films and has most recently been executive producer on Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan for BBC2 and a forthcoming series for Channel 4, Carry On Brussels: Inside the EUMentoring: Hannah Keep

Brian Hill is Bafta, RTS and Flaherty award winning and has been responsible for some of the most ebrian-hillxcitingly inventive documentary making of our times.   His work has been for television and cinema and he works in fiction as well as documentary.

His production company, Century Films, has been making innovative, hard hitting films for the last 25 years. Many of these films have been shown at festivals around the world, including Sundance, Tribeca, HotDocs, IDFA, Rome, Sheffield and others. Mentoring: Ellen Evans

Liz Collier is an Executive Producer working at The Garden Productions.  Her credits include BAFTA-nominated series 24 Hours in Police Custody (C4) & Keeping Britain Alive: A Day in the life of the NHS (BBC2), as well as Cutting Edge (C4) Crucifixion liz-collier(C4), Darcey Bussell Dances Hollywood (BBC2) and Inside Rolls-Royce (C4).  Most recently Liz moved to Delhi for 5 months to make Delhi Cops (C4) two films about the experiences of young women and men policing India most dangerous city.

Liz started her career in-house at BBC Factual and has worked as a freelance Series Producer and Producer for a number of leading indies including Blast! Films, Twenty Twenty, Fresh One and Windfall Films. Mentoring: Alice Rowsome

Kari Lia is an Exec Producer who works across development and production at Keo Films.  Her career has taken her all over the world, making films and interviewing everyone from gangsters in El Salvador and U.S. Senators to Stevie Wonder and the Head of the Cuban CIA.  Before joikari-lianing Keo, Kari helped build the hugely successful indie Plum Pictures where she was responsible for much of the company’s most critically acclaimed output.  Kari’s credits include some of the highest rating documentaries of the last few years including, Rookies (ITV), Billionaire’s Paradise: Inside Necker Island (BBC Two), Rachel Nickell: The Untold Story (ITV), Too Big For Love? (BBC Three), Hugh Laurie: Copper Bottom Blues (ITV) and 638 Ways to Kill Castro (Channel 4).  Mentoring: Emily Turner

Ninder Billing is currently a senior Executive Producer at The Garden. She is also a highly experienced Commissioning Editor, with a passion for popular documentaries, factual, and current affairs for ITV, the BBC, Chaninder-billingnnel 4 and Channel 5. Most recently she launched a new ITV documentary format series Police Tapes. The first film rated at 4.5m, making it one of the highest rating docs on ITV in 2017, more films have now been commissioned for a new run of the series. Her series and documentaries have won a BAFTA, a Peabody Award and have been shortlisted for the RTS.  Mentoring: Ashley Francis-Roy

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