Meet the BFI NETWORK Insight Participants

Introducing the cohort joining us for our 2020 flagship producer programme

22 April 2020

We are thrilled to announce the 12 producers selected for BFI NETWORK's inaugural Insight emerging producer programme. Supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the new nine-month programme is designed to provide vital training and professional development support for emerging producers taking serious steps towards their debut feature and growing sustainable, creative companies. Modules will include project development and IP, managing creative relationships, business planning and sustainability, business affairs, packaging and financing, co-production, and marketing and distribution - with environmental sustainability and inclusion woven into the content of every module. BFI Network are pleased to be partnering with Screen Yorkshire on the ongoing design and delivery of the programme.

The 12 producers selected are based all over the UK, including Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester and London.

Meet the Insight producers:

SORCHA BACON

Sorcha Bacon is a BAFTA and BIFA-nominated producer and founder of Try Hard Films. She is behind the BFI NETWORK SHORT Wren Boys (Sundance, SXSW); If You Knew (Sheffield Doc/Fest, BFI London Film Festival) and Pompeii (Critics Circle, BFI London Film Festival).

Her work spans documentary and fiction, with features in development with BBC Films including her 2019/2020 iFeatures project, Maggy. She is currently co-producing a documentary with producer Steven Lake, which is in development with Catapult Films. In 2018, Sorcha was named one of six rising LGBTIQ+ talents by BAFTA and BFI Flare and in 2019, a Film London “Lodestar” celebrating emerging talent in the capital.
 
ALEXANDRA BLUE

Alexandra is an award-winning producer committed to bold, original and inventive storytelling. With a talent-led approach, Alexandra’s short films have been Oscar®-longlisted and received acclaim at festivals including the BFI London Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Flickerfest and Palm Springs.

Previously working in development roles at Heyday Films and Element Pictures, Alexandra’s accolades as a producer include Emerging Producer of the Year (SASA), Best Emerging Filmmaker (Shorts Film Festival) and a nomination for Best Short Film at the Australian Academy Awards. Alexandra’s current development slate includes projects with Film4, BFI & Screen Australia.
 
HOLLY CARRINGTON
Holly Carrington is an RTS-nominated producer, a graduate of the National Film and Television School and collectively her films have premiered around the world most recently at the BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare, Leeds International Film Festival and CamerImage. In 2019 she started her own production company, Diploid Productions, creating quality content born out of collaboration and has committed herself to redefining the northern and working class identity through the projects she brings to screen.
 
DOUGLAS COX

Focused on delivering internationally appealing genre films and TV, Douglas is developing a strong slate with some of the UK’s brightest filmmakers, including projects with Kate Herron (Sex Education, Loki), Emily Greenwood and Mustapha Kseibati (Screen Star of Tomorrow).

With a background in high-end TV, Douglas has produced BAFTA-shortlisted and Méliès d’Argent-winning genre shorts, notably Rob Savage’s Dawn Of The Deaf & Salt, and counts the BFI London Film Festival, Sundance and Canneseries among 200+ festival screenings. Douglas was selected for Film London’s Microwave, EIFF Talent Lab, SFTN’s Talent Programme and is a 2017 BFI NETWORK Weekender alumni.
 
TONY LONGE
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Film Production at Ravensbourne University, Tony initially began his career producing music videos with some of the biggest names in the music industry; from international artists like Davido, J Balvin & Future to homegrown talents like Westlife, Aitch & Wretch 32. He most recently produced Random Acts’ The Gift which premiered on Film4, and short film Appreciation which was in official selection at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival the same year.
 
ALICE LUSHER

Alice joined Cardiff-based and BFI Vision awarded ie ie productions in 2015 to establish and lead their drama department. Building on an international reputation for creating ground-breaking, cross-platform content she has expanded the company’s diverse slate of scripted film and TV projects.

Alice’s award-winning shorts have screened internationally. In 2019 she produced S4C’s debut short-form bilingual drama series Merched Parchus (Respectable Girls) and was selected for BFI NETWORK@LFF. 2020 sees the release of I Choose the debut narrative short by multidisciplinary artist Tina Pasotra, which Alice co-wrote and produced.
 
LUCY MEER
Lucy is a BAFTA-longlisted producer and founder of Strive Films, a film production company based in Yorkshire. Her previous work has screened on BBC and Sky Arts, as well as premiering in the opening gala of the Underwire film festival. With a focus on utilising genre to tell dramatic narratives, Lucy aims to produce exciting and engaging films for a wide audience.
 
JOHN MCKAY
John McKay is a long-time writer and director emerging now as producer at Compact Pictures – his movies include Crush with Andie Macdowell and Imelda Staunton, Piccadilly Jim with Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney, and Not Another Happy Ending with Karen Gillan and Stanley Weber. His TV credits includes his film on the love affair between David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton We'll Take Manhattan which won the Prix Europa for Best Drama; as well as the charming young adult TV film Katy, winner of Rocky and BAFTA awards 2018, and International Emmy® 2020.
 
LORINE PLAGNOL
From France to England, Lorine has been developing her expertise in international production through high-end TV dramas, factuals & independent films. Climbing the ladder from assistant to production manager and producer, she most recently worked for the ESPN documentary Be Water (2020), the indie feature film Man in the Hat (2019) and the bilingual Sky Production Das Boot (2018). In 2018, Lorine co-founded the production company Sungazer, with producer Oskar Pimlott. Lorine is a 2020 Rotterdam Producers Lab Alumni.
 
GANNESH RAJAH
Gannesh has spent his career as a producer working with clients including Google, Sky 1, and Spotify. He’s worked at several film festivals (including Sundance London, and twice as a juror at the Sheffield Doc/Fest) and produced several short films that have screened at numerous festivals, including Foyle, Edmonton, and the London Short Film Festival. Currently working as a Development Producer, he was one of Sheffield Doc/Fests 2018 'Future Producers' and was awarded the prestigious 'Doc Society Fellowship.'
 
SOPHIE REYNOLDS
In 2016 Sophie established SONA films, which aims to produce British films that address real issues whilst maintaining the magic and escapism of cinema.  SONA films has a track record of award winning short films (most recently ‘VERT’ SXSW 2020) and has a slate of feature films and TV projects including an Anne Fine book adaptation and various projects in development with the BFI.  Sophie campaigns for access in the film industry through the UK Producer’s Roundtable and is one of the British Screen Forum’s ‘future leaders’.
 
BARRINGTON ROBINSON
Barrington Paul Robinson is a creative producer, alumni of EIFF Talent Lab, a UK Film Council Breakthrough Brit and a Screen Star of Tomorrow. With a background predominately in short films and music promos, his films have been screened around the world. Having recently relocated to the Northwest he has collaborated with interesting new filmmakers creating three new shorts through BBC Films, BFI & New Creatives North. Barrington is working with exciting talent across the regions to develop ideas for film and television through his production company Redbag Pictures. He plans to continue sharing stories, “Powered by the Future, Inspired by the past”.