Raising Films Co-Founders:
Hope Dickson Leach:
Hope completed her MFA in filmmaking at Columbia University where she made three short films that played at festivals worldwide. While in New York she was assistant to Todd Solondz on his film PALINDROMES. Hope’s award-winning thesis film, THE DAWN CHORUS, was selected for Sundance, Edinburgh, London and many other festivals. Screen International made her a Star of Tomorrow and Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’. Since her return to the UK, she has made further acclaimed short works for Channel 4, Film London, the UK Film Council and the National Theatre of Scotland. Her debut feature THE LEVELLING, produced by Wellington Films as part the iFeatures scheme (funded by BBC Films, the BFI and Creative England) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. At the London Film Festival she was awarded the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI. She is currently developing several new feature films. She lives in Scotland with her husband and two sons.
Hope is represented by Elinor Burns at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates
London-based Line Langebek co-wrote the feature film I’ll Come Running with US director Spencer Parsons (produced by Parts and Labor). Other credits include the short films Echoes, He Said and Anonymous. More recently, she wrote Field Story (dir. Eva Weber) for the BFI Shorts scheme and Sink or Swim (dir. Luke Snellin) for C4’s Coming Up strand. Previously, Line has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, BFI’s Think Shoot Distribute and POWR, the Baltic Story Exchange. In 2014, she was selected for the Guiding Lights scheme, mentor Frank Cottrell Boyce. She is currently working on a commissioned feature with 65 Wilding Films, plus new TV crime/thriller projects. She teaches screenwriting at Regent’s University and is the co-chair of the WGGB Film Committee. Agent: Julia Tyrrell Management.
Nicky Bentham is an accomplished, hands on producer with success in feature drama and documentary. She has recently completed THE SILENT STORM, a tempestuous love story by writer/director Corinna McFarlane, set in the Scottish isles starring Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough. The film was executive produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, marking EON Productions first film outside of the Bond series. It will be released by Sony in 2015.
Nicky’s previous credits include Duncan Jones’ mutli award winning sci fi thriller MOON, which was released by Sony Pictures Classics to commercial and critical acclaim, and the BAFTA nominated political documentary TAKING LIBERTIES. In 2012 she was appointed by the BFI as the Executive Producer on their talent development scheme, that has now produced 17 internationally acclaimed short films which have amassed accolades from BAFTA, BIFA, Cannes Critics Week and the Academy Awards to name a few. Nicky has a number of film and TV projects in development. She lives in London with her post supervisor husband and two children.
Jessica Levick graduated from the National Film and TV School Producing MA in 2008 having previously worked in international sales at Film4. Her first feature, the critically acclaimed BFI & adidas funded documentary PERSONAL BEST (2012) directed by Sam Blair, was released theatrically in the UK by Verve Pictures. Jessica has worked as Associate Producer on low budget feature film LEGACY, starring Idris Elba (THE WIRE, LUTHER), and as Line Producer on the BIFA-nominated Warp/Film4 science fiction short film DR EASY. She has produced a number of award winning music videos and short films, with cast including Vicky McClure, Natalie Press, Sheila Reid and Riz Ahmed; and her latest short film SATURDAY premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2015. Jessica’s Ffilm Cymru Wales developed feature, MY ROMANTIC HISTORY, is an adaptation of the award-winning play by DC Jackson, and will be directed by Bafta-nominated, Screen Star of Tomorrow Keri Collins.
Sophie Mayer is the author of POLITICAL ANIMALS: THE NEW FEMINIST CINEMA (IB Tauris, 2015) and of THE CINEMA OF SALLY POTTER: A POLITICS OF LOVE (Wallflower, 2009). She co-edited THERE SHE GOES: FEMINIST FILMMAKING AND BEYOND with Corinn Columpar, and CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT with Markie Burnhope and Sarah Crewe. She is a regular contributor to SIGHT & SOUND and THE F-WORD, where she advocates for a more diverse cinema.
Raising Films Staff:
Project Manager Laura Giles:
Laura is an experienced producer and project manager who has worked with a wide range of media and entrepreneurial businesses, including the BFI and Cinegi. Her career has included event and video production for blue chip clients including Unilever and IBM, advertising account management with M&C Saatchi, management consultancy and a three-year spell in the marketing & communications team at the BFI. She has an MBA and a Postgraduate Diploma in Script Development from the NFTS. She has also produced a number of short films and award-winning feature documentary SONS OF CUBA. Laura lives in Cornwall with her husband and two children, age 6 and 9.
Event Manager Erin McElhinney:
Erin has garnered over ten years of experience working alongside artistic directors to deliver programmes for a wide range of festivals and cultural organisations. Passionate about the place where the cultural, the political and the social meet, she has managed, curated and produced for festivals as diverse as Edinburgh International Book Festival, Pause and Freeplay Australia’s largest independent games festival. She combines a love of storytelling with constant curiosity concerning all things digital. The rest of the time, she drums.
Marketing and Communications Intern Samantha Ward:
Samantha is in her final year at Michigan State University (MSU) studying Professional Writing, Public Relations, and Arts & Cultural Management. She has experience working in communications, social media, graphic design, and event planning and hopes to be involved in communications for third sector organisations after graduation. She lived in London for the summer of 2016 and is now finishing her studies.
Interim Communication Manager Maria Cabrera:
Maria is a curator and co-founder of Reel Good Film Club, a film club dedicated to celebrating the contribution of people of colour in film through non-profit and affordable screenings. Maria’s main interests lie in community and inclusivity in cinema which has led to her work as a volunteer at Deptford Cinema and as co-coordinator of Scalarama. She is also a contributor at gal-dem and one of the curators of the Wheel n Come Again programme by Legacy Film Club.
Raising Films Consultants:
Dr. Natalie Wreyford:
Natalie holds a PhD from King’s College London on why there are so few women screenwriters and why the numbers aren’t changing. She previously worked as a Senior Development Executive at the UK Film Council and for Granada Films. From September 2015 she is working as a Research Fellow at Southampton University on the AHRC funded “Calling the Shots: Women in the UK Film Industry 2000-2015”, the most comprehensive study of women working in the UK film industry so far. She recently moved out of London into the Essex countryside and has two children and one step-daughter.