Olivier Award winner Katie Brayben stars as lost in life self-help addict Lou Farnt, in darkly comic thriller A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life (Forward Motion Pictures). Katie played Edith Roosevelt in the series The Alienist for the U.S. starring Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans. She played Princess Diana in the BBC film King Charles III, alongside the late Tim Piggott-Smith (Dir. Rupert Goold). Katie also appeared in BBC’s acclaimed Luther, Doctor Who (BBC) and Vera, opposite Brenda Blethyn (ITV). And in short award-winning comedy This Way Out (Winner including: Best Comedy AFF, Best Director Colchester, acquired by HBO & Sundance Channel) Katie won the Olivier Award for ‘Best Actress In a Musical’ for her highly acclaimed role of Carol King in the West End musical Beautiful (Aldwych Theatre). Katie has recently finished a run of Honour (Park Theatre) alongside Imogen Stubbs & Henry Goodman. Previously Katie’s theatre credits include: The Spoils opposite Jesse Eisenberg, My Mother Said I Never Should (St. James Theatre), with Maureen Lipman, American Psycho (Dir. Rupert Goold), opposite Matt Smith, 13 (National Theatre, Dir. Thea Sharrock), King Charles III (Dir. Rupert Goold, Nominated for 6 Olivier Awards), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dir. Matthew Dunster, Regent’s Park Theatre), Mamma Mia (West End)
Poppy plays Val Stone, Lou’s violently unhinged new life coach, in A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life (Forward Motion Pictures). She can shortly be seen in comedy-horror Cassette (in post-production, Parkhouse Pictures), true-story drama 6 From 8 (starring Michael Socha, post-production), thrilling crime-drama RideBy (post-production) and rom-com Royal Matchmaker (multi Award-winner inc Best TV Film at Family Film Awards, U.S. 2018, Hallmark, ). Short films include: The Wait (Award-winner at Discover Film Awards, London 2018 & nominee IMDB New Filmmaker Award, FilmBath 2018), This Way Out (multi Award-winning inc: Best Comedy at ASFF, Prix Decalé European FF Lille, nominee Best Actress Underwire Film Festival, BAFTA long listed, acquired by HBO & Sundance Channel, Forward Motion Pictures), SomeWhen Else (by Oscar-winning director Benjamin Cleary), The Leisure Class (Jason Mann, Project Greenlight Winner U.S.), and darkly moving This Love (screened at Cannes). TV includes: Doc Martin (ITV), Doctors (BBC), Holby City (BBC) Theatre includes: Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong (UK National Tour), Death of a Salesman (starring Philip Jackson, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Company (Southwark Playhouse), Blood Brothers (starring Spice Girls' Mel C, Bill Kenwright UK Tour), Betrayal (Sir Peter Hall Co, directed by Thea Sharrock), Romeo & Juliet (Oxford Shakespeare Co.)
Ben plays narcissistic American self-help guru Chuck Knoah in darkly comic thriller A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life. Ben's Film credits include the co-lead Jacson in Netflix Original Malevolent – starring alongside Florence Pugh (Sigma Films); Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe, alongside Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy (The Imaginareum Studios); the Number One International Box office sensation: Me Before You alongside Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin & Vanessa Kirby (MGM/New Line Cinema); Ben plays Will in the hugely successful Divergent franchise, alongside Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney & Shailene Woodley (Lionsgate); Great Expectations (Number 9 Films/Lionsgate) and Tormented (Slingshot Films/Pathe). He can be seen on TV in international hits such as National Treasure - with Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane & Andrea Riseborough (Channel 4); War and Peace - with Paul Dano & Lily James (BBC/Weinstein Company); The Hour - with Romola Garai, Ben Wishaw & Dominic West (BBC/Kudos); as Ed Miliband in Miliband of Brothers (More 4); and Skins (Channel 4/Company Films). Theatre includes Kiss Me (Hampstead Theatre/Trafalgar Studios) Future Conditional (Old Vic) and Henry V (Michael Grandage Company).
Sinéad plays ever cheerful Nature-Therapy-follower Izzy in A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life. Sinead won the Award for Best Performance in a British Feature film at this years 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival, along with cast mate Liv Hill, for her performance in Jellyfish. Sinéad trained at RADA. Sinead’s Film credits include the co-lead in psychological thriller Kaleidoscope, alongside Toby Jones (Stigma Films); Fantastic Beasts (Warner Brothers); Daphne, with Emily Beecham; Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, starring Timothy Spall (Film 4); Emma Thompson's hugely successful Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang (Working Title); The Boat That Rocked (Working Title); Happy Go Lucky (Mike Leigh); Pride And Prejudice (Working Title); Vera Drake - Winner of the Golden Lion Award, Venice Film Festival 2004. Television credits include: Black Mirror (Channel 4), Hang Ups - with Stephen Mangan (Channel 4), Ideal - with Jonny Vegas (Baby Cow/BBC2); Chewing Gum (E4); In The Dark (BBC); Toast Of London - with Matt Berry (Channel 4); Inside No. 9 (BBC); Way To Go (BBC). Sinéad’s theatre credits include Hedda Gabler, Blurred Lines, Evening At The Talk House, Women Of Troy, Our Class (all at the National Theatre): A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BBC Prom/Royal Albert Hall); Giving; Wasp (Hampstead Theatre); Pests - Winner of the Best Studio Performance Award, Manchester Theatre Awards 2014 (Royal Exchange/Royal Court); A Time To Reap (Royal Court Theatre); The Changeling (The Young Vic); The Master and Margarita (Barbican); Ecstasy (West End); The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic); You Can Never Tell (West End); The Birthday Party (West End); The Mandate (Royal National).
Sian plays the intense therapist Cynthia the Rebirthing Therapy leader in A Serial Killer's Guide to Life. Sian is best known for the smash-hit BBC comedy-drama series Fleabag - playing the role of Claire, older sister of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's titular character, and will be returning in Fleabag season 2 later in 2019. Recently she has starred as Martha Crawley in Vanity Fair - the hugely popular ITV and Amazon Studios 7-part series. Sian's theatre credits include the intense tragic-comedy Consent at the National Theatre, Gloria at the Hampstead theatre, starring as Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, and Pains Of Youth - both at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell .
Fiona plays the perfect Sharon Deliver-Brant in A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life. Fiona plays the exciting role of Minerva McGonagall in the up-coming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Fiona was co-lead Rose Lacey in the Oscar nominated Brooklyn. She recently shot The Martini Glass, with John Cleese and Derek Jacobi (in post-production). Fiona has appeared in numerous TV series’ - recently known for her recurring role of Matt LeBlanc’s wife Diane on the hugely successful BBC/Showtime sitcom Episodes, and as Sarah, alongside Julie Walters, in Channel 4’s Indian Summers. On stage she has appeared in Hitchcock Blonde with Rosamund Pike (Royal Court and Lyric Theatre, West End), in the original production of Whipping It Up at the Bush Theatre , Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife with Toby Stephens and Patricia Hodge (Haymarket, West End) and Mahler's Conversion (Aldwych Theatre, West End.)
Tomiwa plays Nature Therapy Group Leader Ben in A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life. RADA graduate Tomiwa's other credits include 'Romeo' in ROMEO AND JULIET at the Globe Theatre; 'Sir Elyan' in the BBC's multi award-winning reimagining of MERLIN; 'Marcus Young' in BATES MOTEL starring Freddie Highmore and Olivia Cooke, 'Sey Ola' in the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated hit BBC drama THE HOUR alongside Romola Garai, Ben Wishaw and Dominic West; '2Vile' in the US fantasy cult drama from Warner Brothers called LUCIFER; Eddie in Netflix feature WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY with Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe and Noomi Rapace; THE DEEP BLUE SEA at the National Theatre alongside Helen McCrory; MACBETH in Carl Heap’s imaginative production at the National Theatre; TIATA DELIGHTS at the Almeida Theatre and guest lead as 'Mr Brock' in the DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.
Staten's debut feature as Writer & Director is darkly-comic thriller A Serial Killer's Guide To Life. Staten is a British writer, director & producer from Portsmouth. His debut short film, pitch-black comedy This Way Out, screened at over 30 international film festivals, winning awards including Best Comedy ASFF, Best Director Colchester FF, Prix Decalé at Festival du Cinema European. It was longlisted for a BAFTA and acquired by HBO Europe and the Sundance Channel. Staten's debut theatre play, darkly-comic Knocker, was performed at the Royal National Theatre by Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories) & Adjoi Andoh. Staten runs Forward Motion Pictures, the production company behind A Serial Killer's Guide To Life, with his wife producer Poppy Roe. Staten and Poppy were selected for a writing mentor scheme by LOCO Film Festival - mentored by producer Ivana Mackinnon (Beast) and Sky Comedy’s commissioning editor & producer Jon Mountague (Nixon’s The One, Trollied).
Poppy runs Forward Motion Pictures, the production company behind A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, with her husband director, writer & producer Staten Cousins Roe. Before producing A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life Poppy produced award-winning short film This Way Out – directed by Staten Cousins Roe. This Way Out screened at over 30 international film festivals, winning Best Comedy ASFF, Best Director Colchester FF, Prix Decale at Festival du cinema European. It was longlisted for a BAFTA and acquired by HBO Europe and the Sundance Channel. Poppy and Staten were selected for a writing mentor scheme by LOCO Film Festival - mentored by producer Ivana Mackinnon (Beast) and Sky Comedy’s commissioning editor & producer Jon Mountague (Nixon’s The One, Trollied). Poppy also co-wrote & appeared in short comedy The Leisure Class – which was developed into a feature by HBO, exec produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, directed by Jason Mann. Previously Poppy produced short drama This Love, directed by Joseph Warley – screened at Cannes Short Film Corner. As well as producing, and playing the lead of Val in, A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, Poppy also edited the feature film. After attending an intensive course run by Colin Goudie, (Editor of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, & Monsters) & Nicolas Chaudeurge (Still Alice) Poppy showed Colin a rough cut of the film, and since then Colin has become her editing mentor – much to Poppy’s delight.
Actress and producer CHARITY WAKEFIELD recently made history as the first woman to play William Shakespeare in Nicole Charles’s widely acclaimed all-female production of EMILIA at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Since playing the romantic ‘Marianne Dashwood’ in the BBC mini-series of Jane Austen’s celebrated SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, she has appeared in some of our most noteworthy productions including the critically acclaimed Channel 4 drama ANY HUMAN HEART, winner of Best Miniseries at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2011; the ‘masterpiece’ (Variety) WOLF HALL, based on the Man Booker prize-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, winner of a television BAFTA and Golden Globe in 2015; THE HALCYON, a major eight part series from the producer of ‘Downton Abbey’; Ron Howard’s Emmy nominated GENIUS; CLOSE TO THE ENEMY, for BBC2, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. Working both in the UK and America, Charity was seen starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the Susanne Bier directed SERENA, crime thriller THE PLAYER for NBC with Wesley Snipes, MOCKINGBIRD LANE and HIGH MOON written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and Jim Danger Gray respectively. Theatre highlights include THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Olivier Theatre at the The National Theatre directed by the late, great Howard Davies; SEMINAR directed by Terry Johnson; THE BLACKEST BLACK written by Jeremy Brock, directed by Michael Longhurst at Hampstead Theatre; THE RIVALS directed by Jessica Swale at the Southwark Playhouse. As a producer, Charity’s credits include A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE and shorts WRAPS and MEMENTO VITAE. She is an passionate environmental activist and is an ambassador for The Woodland Trust.
Award winning producer, director and screenwriter Giles Alderson has recently locked picture on his written, directed & produced psychological horror feature film ‘The Dare’ for Nu-Image (Expendables, London has Fallen) and B2Y Productions starring Richard Brake (31, Batman Begins), Alexandra Evans ((Redistributors), Bart Edwards (Fantastic Beasts), Richard Short (Vinyl, Public Enemies), Robert Maaser (M.I 5 Rogue Nation) The film has been picked up Millennium Films (Hellboy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard) And has recently wrapped production on the dark found footage horror feature film Cassette as producer for Parkhouse Pictures starring Harry Jarvis (Free Dance) Nina Wadia (Bend it like Beckham) & Loreece Harrison (Black Mirror) His feature Documentary World of Darkness that he produced and directed had its world premiere at Sitges Film Festival before it’s international release earlier this year. He produced This Way Out for Forward Motion Pictures which was BAFTA long listed and screened at over 30 festivals & acquired by the Sundance Channel. He has directed 8 award winning short films, including, ’Barry Brown', ‘Taken', 'Sports Day 3D', the first live action stereoscopic 3D drama filmed in the UK, and winning best film & best director for his psychological drama ’ 47 Cleveland’. He has screened at Cannes Short Film Corner, won Best Film at the Portobello Film Festival & Accolade Film Festival, Official Selection at LIFF and East End Film Festival. TV He has recently directed the second series of The Girl Whisperer a comedy written by & starring Ralf Little for Little Rock Productions and is in post on his new TV series Not For Profit starring Hanna Alström (Kinsgman) and Annica Liljeblad (The Square) He won Best Director and Best Film at the Accolade film awards for his latest short film ‘The Heart of the Forest’ starring Lourdes Faberes (Knightfall, Someone You Love) and Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist, The Defenders) which has been acquired by Shorts TV He runs & is the host of the indie filmmaking podcast Thefilmmakerspodcast.com
Laurence Love Greed is a composer, pianist and installation artist. He has worked on many recording sessions with artists such as Paul McCartney, Jay Z, Chris Martin, George Michael, Will.I.Am, Imogen Heap, and others. He has also worked on some of the most critically acclaimed and highly budgeted film and TV releases of the last decade, such as Netflix's The Crown (Stephen Daldry), The Hobbit (Peter Jackson), Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle), James Bond - Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster), Sherlock (BBC), and Fortitude (Sky Atlantic). He has worked on numerous films as a music editor and with all major film studios. He also produces interactive installation art as part of Wintour's Leap. As a session pianist he has recorded with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jack Black, and Nicole Scherzinger.
London Sound Designer and Foley Supervisor Anna Sulley began her career in Soho post houses Telecine, Blue and Accent Media, becoming freelance in 2007. She's worked on a wide variety of projects from three screen art insulations to TV dramas and many features. Past projects include Harmony Korine's 'Mr Lonely'; Dave McLean's 'Luna'; and TV series' 'Shameless' and 'Snatch'. Recent projects include the Russian art project 'Dau'; Avi Arad's Netflix animation 'Kong'; Michael Winterbottom's 'The Wedding Guest' and a VR project about elephants!