Crying with Laughter Panel
JUSTIN MOLOTNIKOV, WRITER / DIRECTOR
Justin Molotnikov is a writer and director from Scotland who started out making award-winning short films 12 years ago, that toured film festivals worldwide. They include Pan-fried (Scottish BAFTA nomination and winner, Kingussie Film Festival winner) and Poached (Belfort Film Festival winner).
Over the last 8 years his work in TV, children’s favourite My Parents are Aliens (Director), prime-time drama Taggart (Director), offbeat comedy drama High Times (Director) and international co-productions for family viewing Shoebox Zoo (Co Creator and Series Director), has consistently been recognised by the press and industry with multiple awards and nominations (BAFTA, Scottish BAFTA’s, RTS, Celtic Film and TV Festival, Directors Guild of GB, and Banff International TV festival).
CRYING WITH LAUGHTER is his debut feature film as a writer and director. It had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2009 where Justin was selected as a Trailblazer and where film was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell award. Crying with Laughter has played in competition at Raindance, Dinard and Rotterdam Film Festivals. It recently received 3 BAFTA Scotland nominations in 2009, including Best Writer for Justin, and won Best Feature Film category.
Justin has sat on numerous panels as an industry guest and judge (BAFTA, BBC, Scottish Screen, Screen Academy Scotland), has worked as a tutor for students in film and TV and is skilled in improvisation techniques. He is represented by The Agency (Ian Benson) in London.
STEPHEN MCCOLE, ACTOR
Stephen started in community theatre over 14 years ago. His first roles were with Castlemilk Peoples Theatre and Hopscotch Theatre Company. He has numerous film and television credits including Rushmore, Band Of Brothers, My Name Is Joe, Complicity, Last Orders, Orphans directed by Peter Mullan, winner of nine international awards and The Magdeline Sisters also directed by Peter Mullan.
RACHEL ROBEY & ALASTAIR CLARK, PRODUCERS – WELLINGTON FILMS
Wellington Films was founded in 2000 by producers Rachel Robey and Alastair Clark. Their BAFTA nominated debut feature, London to Brighton earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and a nomination at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for British Film Producers of the Year. London to Brighton was released to widespread critical acclaim by Vertigo Films, and earned director Paul Andrew Williams a BAFTA nomination for the Carl Foreman Award.
NICK McCAFFERY, BRITFILMS
Nick McCaffery set up the website www.britfilms.tv in 2006 in a bid to promote British independent films, as well as work from emerging UK talent. Independent filmmakers from all over the UK utilise http://www.britfilms.tv to get their work in front of a film loving audience. In a bid to further his commitment to up and coming talent, Nick developed and launched the BritFilms 24 Hour Film Challenge, a nationwide event, held in Nottingham and hosted by Cineworld with Fox Studios having provided sponsorship/prizes for this competition in the past.
Taking things a step further, Nick launched an independent distribution label, focusing on the works of up and coming UK filmmakers, as well as cult/classic content that hasn’t not yet been seen in the UK. A multitude of DVDs have been released successfully on this label and following the theatrical release of Crying with Laughter, the label is due to work on getting more of their films into UK cinemas and further their support of British independent film via a number of different initiatives.