Karen Anstee, Writer & Director
Karen originally trained as a violinist at the Royal Academy of Music and Boston University, USA. Her experiences in the music industry inspired her two novels (represented by Curtis Brown and Watson Little Ltd) and a series of short stories, one of which was produced in 2015 for BBC Radio 4, starring Hugh Dennis. However, realising that what she was actually doing with prose was describing the films running in her imagination, she decided
to pursue a career in screenwriting.
Her time at London Film School (2012) gave her not only an MA in Screenwriting but also the opportunity to use her writing, photographic, musical, design and management skills in taking an active, hands on role in multiple LFS film productions. She has several feature scripts in development.
In the process of writing RACHEL, Karen has come to understand that her lifetime’s journey has been leading her towards directing. She sees herself as the guardian of RACHEL and, as such, has sort to put together a team of like-minded individuals who share her desire to work in a truly collaborative style and ensure that this story is told with love, honesty and compassion.
Akua Obeng-Frimpong, Producer
Akua studied Performance before training as an Arts Manager. She has had a professional career in British Theatre, including work with arts venues (C Venues, Battersea Arts Centre, Watermans) organisations (International Workshop Festival, Central School of Speech and Drama) and touring companies (Perpetual Motion Theatre, The Tell Tale Hearts). Akua was the Executive Director of Kazzum for 9 years, producing touring theatre and is currently Head of Business Development for Zealous, an online network for the creative industries.
In film Akua has earned credits as a production co-ordinator, production manager and producer on short films and has also collaborated on music videos and reality television. Her last project ROXANNE (2014), written and directed by Paul Frankl, has been selected for 15 festivals internationally and has won 2 awards.
Maja Biton, Assistant Director
Maja is an Israeli writer/director working in both Hebrew and English. During her twelve years in London she earned a BA in Film & Video from London College of Communications and an MA in Screenwriting from London Film School, whilst working on various projects as screenwriter, director, editor, producer and floor manager. Her short film ‘LETTERS TO GOD’ was screened at the BFI, ICA and festivals around the world. She currently has
two feature length scripts in development.
In 2015 Maja moved back to Israel, where she is Production Manager for the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles. As part of her work at the Festival she helped establish and build the first ever Israeli Exhibition Space at the 2015 American Film Market.
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Tania Freimuth, Director of Photography
Tania is an award-winning UK based cinematographer. An avid photographer from an early age, with an interest in the human condition, the move to cinematography was a natural transition. She is a graduate of Manchester University and Maine Media Workshops Film & TV degree courses, and she lens’d her first feature on 16mm in 2005. Tania’s career is
founded on a successful period as an assistant, working through the grades on films and television drama, and she feels this experience informs her role and allows her to work as a cinematographer today.
A member of BAFTA Crew & the GBCT Tania has won awards for her work with Lloyds Bank, the Limelight Film Festival and has had her photographic art published by the Guardian Media Group.
Tania isn’t allied to one particular media format, believing that the story should dictate the form. She has traveled the world in pursuit of her craft, and has knowledge of lighting for both film and high definition across many genres, including drama and documentary.
Trace Taylor, Editor
Trace’s experience ranges from editing short-form, quick turnaround VT style programmes to landmark observational documentaries. She has edited short films that have won awards and been officially selected at festivals worldwide. These festivals include Raindance, Cannes Short Film Festival (2015), London Short Film Festival (2015), LOCO Film Festival (2015), Los Angeles Cinefest (2015), LA Indie Film Festival, Hollywood (2013) and BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2013). In 2015 she was nominated for Best Editing for ‘Emma, Change The Locks’ at Milan International film Festival. Trace is an Associate Member of the Guild of British Film & TV Editors. In 2015, she was chosen as one of the top 300 brightest ‘below the line’ crew talent in the UK and as a result was part of the prestigious BAFTA Crew. She has now been offered a place for the 2016-2017 Crew.