Director / Writer / Producer Asif Kapadia first gained recognition with his student film THE SHEEP THIEF (Royal College of Art) which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Kapadia's debut feature THE WARRIOR (Film4), won BAFTA awards for Outstanding British Film & Best Debut Feature, SENNA (Universal Pictures / Working Title), told the thrilling story of the Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, the film won BAFTAs for Best Documentary and Best Editing. AMY world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and tells the story of singer songwriter Amy Winehouse in her own words. AMY is the highest grossing UK documentary of all time, the film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the BAFTA for Best Documentary and a Grammy for Best Music Film. Kapadia recently directed two episodes of the hit Netflix series MINDHUNTER for David Fincher and he is presently working on his film on the controversial genius, Argentinian footballer DIEGO MARADONA. Kapadia continues to direct short films alongside his long form projects.
Asif has been part of the straight 8 jury every year since 2016.
Justine's editor credits and accolades include: DENIAL (2016) Dir. Mick Jackson, LOCKE (2014) Dir. Steven Knight - Winner of European Editor of the Year Award at the 2014 European Film Awards, THE IRON LADY (2011) Dir. Phyllida Lloyd, LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2005) Dir. Kevin Macdonald, TOUCHING THE VOID (2003) Dir. Kevin Macdonald - Winner of BAFTA's Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the year, Winner of Best Film at the Evening Standard Film Awards, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER (1999) Dir. Kevin Macdonald - Academy Awards 2000: Best Documentary Feature, British Independent Film Awards: Justine Wright awarded Best Newcomer Behind the Camera. Justine just completed work on Idris Elba’s directorial debut YARDIE to be released this year (premiering at Sundance 2018).
Justine was one of the first 22 people to make a straight 8 in the inaugural competition in 1999.
Born and raised in Ireland, Robbie decided to become a cinematographer at the age of 14, when he, his friends and his cousins commandeered one of his fathers Kodak Super 8 cameras and started making short films. A college course in Cinematography in Dunlaoghaire's CAD fuelled that passion. After finishing his college course, Robbie left Ireland and headed to London. The rest is History!
"SLOW WEST" (director John Maclean) 'Grand Jury Prize' in the World Cinema Dramatic section of the 2015 Sundance Festival “I, DANIEL BLAKE" (director Ken Loach) Palme d'Or award Winner - Cannes Film Festival 2016. “AMERICAN HONEY” (director Andrea Arnold) Cannes Jury Prize winner 2016
Steve Oram is the co-writer and co-star of ‘Sightseers’, a dark British comedy directed by Ben Wheatley, which won BIFA and Critic’s Circle Awards for best screenplay as well as Empire’s Best British Film Award. Steve’s self-penned directorial debut Aaaaaaaah!, in which everyone in the cast speaks like monkeys, was released in 2015 to great critical acclaim and was also nominated for a BIFA. As an actor Steve has appeared in numerous TV and Film projects including leading roles in the recent Netflix drama ‘The End Of The F***ing World’, Julia Davis’s ‘Sally4Ever’, ‘Hang Ups’ with Stephen Mangan and Irish horror film ‘A Dark Song’. Steve has a background in live comedy and has toured with Steve Coogan. He also regularly performs his live show ‘Club Fantastico’ in London with comedy partner Tom Meeten.
Steve has made and starred in many great straight 8 films, check out CONNECTIONS here.