Alexander Thomas is a writer and film director living and working in London.
He co-founded TAG Films in 2006. His first film, a documentary short called ‘Portobello: Attack of the Clones’, won a number of awards and accolades.
Following on from this success, Alexander gained a scholarship to undertake a Master’s degree in Film Directing at the University of Westminster. He gained a distinction for these studies and his graduation film, Entropy, won a number of awards including Best Script and Best Performances at the National Student Film Festival as well a nomination for Best Film.
He has since collaborated with Urban Edge Films in making the award winning feature length documentary, Casuals, which has also resulted in a fruitful and on-going collaboration with producer Cass Pennant.
Commissioned by director Anupam Barve, in 2012, Alexander co-wrote the feature adaptation of Amitav Ghosh’s awarding winning novel The Shadow Lines and the script was selected for development labs at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and the Goa International Film Festival.
Alexander’s next short film, The UnDream, premiered at the East End Film Festival 2013 where it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film before continuing its festival screening around the world and picking up a number of further awards and nominations. Chatroulette followed, a zero budget, 3 minute short which screened at a number of festivals including London Short Film Festival and Emden International Film Festival.
In 2014 Alexander wrote and directed his most ambitious short film project to date, Beverley set in 1980 and starring Laya Lewis (Skins) and Vicky McClure (This Is England).
Cass is the founder of Urban Edge Films an independent production company and marketing consultancy for niche feature film’s needing to reach its target audience.
In the past 10 years he has established his reputation both in TV and Film and has worked on some of the UK’s top titles including Lexi Alexander’s Green Street/Hooligans plus Guy Ritchie’s acclaimed Snatch and Alan Clarke’s The Firm, along with Bravo TV’s The Real Football Factories International and ITV’s Bouncer’s series.
Pennant is also the eponymous hero of critically acclaimed British feature film CASS directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) based on his autobiography about his turbulent life and character, constantly strengthened through adversity.
His background is ‘the streets’ and he has brought this to his media projects. Above all, his pre-film life has seen him develop a range of contacts born out of these previous associations, which give him access to a world largely unavailable to those schooled in the more formal arts of television and film. Therefore he is in the process of developing ideas, which are innovative and surprising in their approach, his production of award-winning 2012 documentary Casuals was a Community Channel TV broadcast in 2013.
Same year he co-produced his first feature for Metrodome ‘The Guvnors’ a cinema release 2014 and now out on DVD.
His production Beverley now a widely successful short film has made more than 100 film festival appearances spanning 12 countries. It has received 36 awards and commendations along the way, and was a shortlisted submission for the Academy Awards 2017.
Kristof Deak the editor of Beverley is a Hungarian film editor and director based in London who is best known for his work on Mindenki (Sing), which earned him critical appraisal and recognition including the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
Butch as he is better known is also an award-winning Producer/Director who has specialised in TV documentaries on various subjects for all the major broadcasters ranging from the BBC’s Panorama to Al Jazeera: The Unknown Famine (ITV – Bafta 1975 / RTS 1974), Crime Inc. (ITV – nominated for Bafta 1984), Hooligan (ITV – 1985), Shooting the Messenger (Al Jazeera – nominated for an International Emmy 2009).
Having directed several episodes of the Hong Kong cop show “Yellowthread Street” in 1989 he is keen to return to drama projects and extend his range by collaborating on “Beverley” with his colleagues at UEF.
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