Writer/Director – Andrew Harmer
Andrew has always loved film and storytelling. Over the past decade Andrew has made a number of short films and low budget music videos. He has also spent many years developing his writing style through various courses at LFS and City Lit, as well as lots of hours staring at blank pieces of paper.
With a strong love of Ealing comedies, animation and fantasy, Andrew’s work often focuses on the quirky characters and stories that this world throws up. As well as writing and directing The Fitzroy, Andrew is also working on various other scripts and his first children’s novel.
Dresden Pictures (production company/producers) was established by award-winning producing partners Liam Garvo and James Heath after several years of collaborating on a wide variety of film projects. They are currently in development on a number of independent feature films.
Producer – James Heath
James’ background is predominantly in producing commercial content where he has 6 years experience working with big brands like Sony, Heineken and Nokia. He co-founded Epoch Republic where he delivered digital video content for a number of clients including Apple, McDonald’s and NSPCC. After a stint as an in-house producer at Google’s creative lab, James joined the Hugo & Cat agency where he spent 2 years producing digital commercial content.
James’ passion has always been in film, having produced a number of festival nominated short films. In 2011, Liam and James formed Dresden Pictures to focus on producing feature film content, with The Fitzroy being the first in a line-up of several films they will be producing.
Producer – Liam Garvo
Since 2007 Liam has produced numerous short films and music promos for some of the biggest DJ names in the industry. His shorts have been official selection at festivals around the world such as Palm Springs Shorts International, Raindance, and Sci-Fi London. Some of his work is currently distributed through Shorts International.
Liam was recently a 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab Delegate.
In 2011, Liam and James formed Dresden Pictures to focus on producing feature film content with The Fitzroy being the first in a line up of several films they will be producing.
Director of Photography – CIRO CANDIA
Ciro started out his career in the camera department as a loader on features such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ before moving into the busy London commercials sector as a focus puller. Stepping up to DP was the natural progression and since then Ciro has been working extensively in music videos and commercials.
Ciro has also shot a substantial amount of fiction, including the British crime feature ‘Cash & Curry’ which received an award for Best Feature at the Portobello Film Festival 2008, and the short film ‘Where The Monsters Go’, which was a finalist at the Fuji Film Shorts competition in 2010.
Production Designer – NATALIE O’CONNOR
Natalie graduated from Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in 2006. Whilst at university, Natalie won a competition to design the Philip Lawrence Awards Ceremony; a charity to celebrate the achievements of young people at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
Natalie has over six years experience working on small to larger scale productions across production design, art direction, set dressing, prop making, set construction and scenic artistry. She has worked across the board in film, theatre, events, commercials, music videos, fashion and photography.
Casting Director – Brendan McNamara
Brendan McNamara is highly experienced, having been working in casting since 1998. Starting as a runner at the renowned Hubbard Casting, he followed it up with a number of other freelance casting companies, working on music videos for ‘The Streets’, as well as TV commercials for the likes of Tiger Beer, Direct Line and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Brendan established Beach Casting in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength.
Brendan has gone on to cast animated feature Ultramarines for War Hammer 40,000 featuring Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt, ‘The Secret world of Sam King. Most recently Brendan cast ‘Treacle Junior’ directed by Jamie Thraves, starring Aiden Gillen and Tom Fisher, as well as the soon to be released ‘Svengali’ starring Martin Freeman.
Original Music and Soundtrack – THE GREEN ROCK RIVER BAND & TASHKEZAR
GRRB is a London-based band that crochets together different influences to create a unique sound. Americana, English Music Hall and Jazz all effortlessly weave together and are delivered in a riotous punk-tinged live act of storytelling doom folk and ‘Wonky-Tonk’ that plays all over the country to dancing, clapping and laughing audiences. Their songs have been played on many local and charity radio stations as well as online spots for NetFlix and the AMC series Breaking Bad.
The band consists of Jeremy Sachs on banjo and lead vocals, Paul Freeman on guitar and vocals, Matt Markwick on fiddle and vocals, Mark Duddy on drums, Adam Bowden on bass and Sarah Mann on trombone. Not only will they be providing music for the film, but they will also be appearing in the film as the band on board The Fitzroy hotel.
The music to the songs from Sonya’s repertoire as a lounge singer are written and performed by Tashkezar. A London-based band but of far-flung origins, Tashkezar are about shifting musical boundaries – from Eastern Europe to Latin America, from the Bosphorus to the Euphrates. Vocal harmonies combine with Balkan brass lines and Celtic-inspired fiddle playing. Tashkezar are about shifting perspectives and atmospheres – from wild floor-shaking bass lines to delicately beautiful melodies.