Andrea Luka Zimmerman - Conception, Direction, Cinematography

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, film maker and cultural activist, exploring the intersection between public and private memory, in particular in relation to structural and political violence.

Andrea’s films have been nominated for the Grierson Award, Aesthetica Art Prize, Golden Orange, Jarman Award, and Glashuette Documentary Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Recent exhibitions include Civil Rites at the Whitechapel Gallery London Open and Tyneside Cinema Gallery; Common Ground, Spike Island; Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts) at PEER with LUX, and I am here, an architectural photographic installation across the façade of Haggerston estate in Hackney.

Feature length works include Erase and Forget (2017, 88mins); Estate, a Reverie (2015, 83mins) and Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013, 66mins, voiced by John Berger). Andrea has also been commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella, Channel4’s Random Acts and Tintype Gallery.

Andrea is the co-founder of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence) and artists’ collective Fugitive Images, as well as the winner of the Artangel Open Award 2014 for the forthcoming film Cycle with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).

Andrea grew up on a large council estate, left school at 16 and later studied through to PhD at Central St. Martins.

Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas - Editor

Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas is a freelance editor who works both in UK and internationally.

The films she has worked on have received many accolades, including an Oscar nomination, the Ecumenical and Panorama Audience Award in Berlinale, three prizes at Tribeca, the Jury Prize at Sheffield and CPH:DOX, a Grierson Award nomination and a British Animation Award.

Her work has been screened in festivals worldwide (including Berlinale, Sundance and Toronto), has been shown in art galleries (including Tate Modern and MoMA) and has been broadcasted in T.V. channels across the world (including BBC, HBO Asia, Sky Atlantic, Channel 4, Al Jazeera English, PBS, Canal+, ARTE).

She was nominated to the 2016 Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians.

Olivia Chaney - Composer

Olivia is a classically-trained singer/songwriter who will compose and perform original songs, drawn from history, archive and resident's stories narrating the life of the estate. Olivia was classically trained as a pianist, singer, cellist, composer. After graduating, she taught herself guitar, bought a portable harmonium and began re-interpreting folk songs, baroque songs, new songs and writing her own. She performs this material mostly solo, occasionally accompanied by a small ensemble. She also collaborates extensively on projects and events with artists, musicians, performers and thinkers. She has been described as ‘…multi-talented... completely dizzying, a sound that didn't seem to be of this earth.’ - LA Weekly. For this project she has been awarded a PRS Foundation for New Music Award. Visit Olivia's website.

Lasse Johansson - Cinematography

Lasse works with photography and film in public space to explore issues around the everyday and the formation of place. Andrea and Lasse are founding members of Fugitive Images, an artist-led organisation that re-instates artistic practice into everyday experience, with an emphasis on how real community experience contrasts with mainstream media representation.

Taina Gallis - Cinematography

Taina is a cinematographer working in fiction and documentary. She was main cinematographer on Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s PRISONER OF WAR. She shot Fyzal Boulifa’s BURN MY BODY (London Film Festival 2010) and WHORE. (Grand Jury Prize, Angers Premiers Plans 2010); filmed the sex scene in BREAK MY FALL (dir. Kanchi Wichmann, Peccadillo Pictures 2011); and has just shot a comedy feature by Trevor Garlick. Her film MINERVA won second prize at the London International Creative Competition (LICC), and her sculpture has been exhibited at the National Gallery. Taina is mentored by Peter Suschitzky through Guiding Lights. Visit Taina's website

Gareth Evans - Co-Producer, Creative Consultant

He is Adjunct Film Curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Jerwood Visual Arts Writer-in-Residence and Curator of the annual winter festival Place at Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk. In 2008, he was awarded one of five major Breakthrough Grants by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for curation and production of a new three year project The Re-Enchantment, developing artists’ responses to place and its meanings across the UK through five original commissions, presented from July 2010-June 2011. One of these, Patience (After Sebald), the new feature documentary by Grant Gee, was released by Soda Pictures in the UK in January 2012, and by Cinema Guild in the USA in April 2012. He has curated many international film seasons and festivals, including the major season John Berger: Here Is Where We Meet (2005) and All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies; 2008). From 2002 – 2009, he edited the international moving image journal Vertigo and now co-edits the cross arts magazine Artesian.

David Roberts - Writer, Researcher

David is a PhD student of Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, a course tutor in MSc Urban Studies, UCL, part of the collaborative art practice Fugitive Images and part of the architecture collective Involve. David uses poetry and photography to explore the relation between place and language. He has exhibited, lectured and published work related to architecture and housing, collaboration, critical methodologies and site-specific practice. Slab, a collection of concrete poems about life and loss in language and stone, will be published later this year. Visit David's website.

Adam Rosenthal - Writer

Adam is a screenwriter. He has recently written a screenplay, Fidai, for Fulwell 73, and a historical series for the Discovery Channel. His six-episode sit-com Newfangle was broadcast on Radio 4 in summer 2009 to critical acclaim. He is currently working on a musical translation of Agamemnon, to be developed for The Hackney Empire through workshops with young first-time actors and musicians; and on his first novel, a philosophical adventure book for children. He is especially interested in using the subtleties of dialect and idiom to create believable characters.

David Cunningham - Sound Designer

David is a musician and producer whose work has ranged from pop music to gallery installations, including work for television, film, contemporary dance, and a number of collaborations with visual artists.