Jerry Rothwell, Director
Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature docs, Heavy Load, about a group of people with learning disabilities who form a punk band, Donor Unknown about a sperm donor and his many offspring and Deep Water, co-directed with Louise Osmond, about Donald Crowhurst’s ill-fated voyage in the 1968 round the world yacht race.
His past credits include The Late George Shaw, for Channel 4’s Art Show series, the Modern Painters series of short films for Channel 4 and TV and radio programmes for BBC, Carlton, Channel 4, Teachers TV, and the Arts Council. Another strand of Jerry's work has been participatory production, working with people to tell their own stories on film. He played in lead role in developing Hi8us Projects improvised dramas with young people for Channel 4, in establishing First Light, the UK Film Council's scheme for young filmmakers, and in setting up digital storytelling exchanges between marginalised communities across Europe.
His latest film is Town of Runners, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
Al Morrow, Producer
Al Morrow is an award-winning producer and Head of Documentary at Met Film Production. She produced the feature documentary Deep Water (Pathe, UKFC, FilmFour), winner of the Grierson award for Best Cinema Documentary 2007; and Jerry Rothwell's Heavy Load (IFCtv, ITV, BBC), which won the Audience Award at the Britdoc Festival in 2008 and the inaugural CDN Cultural Diversity Award for Excellence in Creative Output in 2009. She is in production on Jerry's upcoming feature documentaries Donor 150 (More 4, Arte, NRK), and Town of Runners (Britdoc Channel 4 Foundation, Digital Rights Group). She is in active development on a wide range of projects including Jeanie Finlay's, The Great Hip Hop Hoax (BBC Scotland) and Jerry's How to Change the World, which is being developed through the UK Film Council.
Hilary Durman, Producer
Hilary Durman is director of Redbird, an independent production company set up in 1992. She has produced a range of documentaries, dramas, and features for BBC, Channel 4, and ITV, winning 3 BAFTAs, and awards from the Royal Television Society, One World Media, Prix Jeunesse, and the Japan Prize. In addition to Casablanca Calling and Pirates of Salé, she produced Special, a drama documentary about autistic teenagers; and Just a Girl from Koof, following the work of Fawzia Koofi in Afghanistan. Her first feature documentary, The Time of Their Lives (BBC Storyville/UKFC), focused on three extraordinary women of 100, and screened at Silverdocs, SXSW and Sheffield DocFest. Her recent documentary, Donor Unknown, premiered at DocFest and IDFA and won audience awards at Tribeca and Silverdocs.