Friday, 20 May 2011

Cast and Crew

Casting and crewing as we go along, with treasures yet to come!

First up is Kimmo Moykky, Director:

Kimmo Moykky is a South London-based Finnish filmmaker and editor. He moved to the UK in 1994, after studying Theatre in Literature at the University of Helsinki. He continued his studies by completing his BA in Film and Video at the London College of Printing. In 2010, he completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. He works as an Audio Visual Technician at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and teaches film production and editing at Cavendish College and CityLit in London. His first feature film The Viva Voce Virus (2008) was co-directed and co-produced with Kathleen Bryson. Currently in post-production is a short film, Elisavita: this is a partly animated live-action supernatural drama in collaboration with animator Kevin Rowe. Kimmo directed the project and is now working on the editing and compositing the 3D backgrounds with Kevin. Kimmo is continuing to produce, direct and edit independent films, including a 30-minute music video story for the band Arthur Sleep that is based on the Orpheus myth.

Next up meet the lovely Jessica Cheeseman, cinematographer:

Jessica is a filmmaker and artist. She has created work in both live action and animated films, and her work has screened at various film and arts festivals. Her animated film Points of View won two awards and screened on German television in 2010. Before studying and working on animated films in Poland and Germany, she graduated from the London College of Communication with a Cinematography specialism. Her degree film was directed by Kimmo Moykky. Currently she is indulging her other passion, music. She lives and works in London.

Next, meet our radiant star - and screenplay writer - Kathleen Bryson, "Sullivan".

Kathleen trained at the London Academy of Performing Arts in their full-time year-long postgraduate Classical Acting conservatory programme. She plays bride Leila in Campbell Blackman's feature film Stud Life, as well as the lead Sullivan in Xtine's Diary, both to be released in 2011. Another recent significant role is the young Gloria LaFonche, evil closeted blonde actress/mad-scientist in The Viva Voce Virus (2008, UK), a queer camp-extravaganza feature film that she wrote on her own, and then co-directed with Kimmo Moykky. The Viva Voce Virus had its U.S. premiere at the Siren Nation Film Festival in Portland, Oregon in 2008, and its UK premiere at the Cine25 Festival in York in 2009.

Bryson has acted in over 20 short films - notably in I Want to Be a Secretary, directed by Sarah Wood and winner of Best Film at the London Short Film Festival in 2008 - and also works as a film director, writer and painter. She produced the award-winning music video "Dear God" (directed by Nele Hecht) for indie-supergroup Monsters of Folk and is in pre-production for her second directed feature Spaceships Over Corvallis, after being selected for the 2009 Berlinale Talent Campus for up-and-coming young directors.

Her first novel Mush was published in 2001 and her most recent novel, Girl on a Stick, was published by Suspect Thoughts in 2008. In Spring 2011, Kathleen and Xtine's Diary cinematographer Jessica Cheeseman completed a graphic novel entitled Winterland. Bryson lives in Haringey, London, and is a first-year PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology at University College London, where she is studying the cognitive and adaptative roots of prejudice and discrimination in humans and other apes.

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