Ashley Karrell
Director & Producer

Ashley is an award-winning director, producer and filmmaker with a career spanning over 15 years. He has produced a broad spectrum of work that includes visual art, commercial and experimental video productions and mass participation pieces across and outside of the UK. Ashley delivers large and small-scale productions at public exhibitions, events and festivals, and pursues work, which explores ideas of community, is socially engaging, and internationally-minded. His name is well known for the film and documentary of Geraldine Connor’s epic masterpiece Carnival Messiah, which debuted at the Leeds International Film Festival 2017. Its West Indies premier was at the Film Festival in Trinidad in September 2018, where it won the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.

2022-23 Marks a new journey of creativity with the release of four short films, BFI Doc Society funded hybrid film #BlackBoyJoyGone, ACE funded dance theatre film Displaced, Journey’s Festival – ArtReach funded refugee dance and animation film Reckoning and Spread The Word funded documentary Runaways London. He is also expanding the legacy of his 350 women living art project and developing his feature film trilogy.

Paul Harker
Screenwriter & Producer

Winner of thirteen international screenwriting competitions on five different feature scripts. A visiting lecturer in screenwriting at the University of Leeds, screenwriting tutor at the London Horror Society and volunteering as a script mentor at the Oakwood Film Academy, Leeds.

Driven by a life-long love of story, my screenwriting channels the atmosphere of Ken Loach and Shane Meadows, spliced and diced with Tarantino, Kubrick and 70s Spielberg. My story heart lives in the 70s and early 80s. The Godfather and Kes. Star Wars and Raining Stones. Jaws and Alien. The Shining and This is England. Stranger Things and Time Bandits. A mash up of glittering Hollywood and English kitchen sink realism, reimagined for contemporary consumption.

I mainly write contained, low budget psychological horror and thriller scripts. My stories are laced with scuzzy socialism and explore and condemn the abundance of masculine toxicity that pervades our lives. It attempts to echo the intensity of The Silence of the Lambs, the greatest film ever made. My stories are muscular, action packed, thrilling. They are also savage, brutal, dark and absurd. Grotty and gross maybe, but they alway have heart and a redemptive conclusion for my underdog anti-heroes.

Adam Lowe

is also a young writer, journalist and director from Leeds. He has staged work at the Royal Exchange, Contact, HOME, Z-Arts, Leeds Playhouse, Theatre-in-the-Mill and Edinburgh Fringe. He studied on the MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at the University of Leeds, and later taught on the same course. In 2021, Adam trained as a script editor with Sky Studios, ScreenSkills and SharpFutures, getting on-hands experience with Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks. He is part of the Red Ladder Collective.