Judging Panel 2017
This year's panel consists of key figures in documentary film making, previous entrants and people who have been affected by addition. The judges will view the submissions and select the official festival films to be shown at the 'pop up’ cinema events and those to be hosted online. The judges look for original and imaginative approaches to telling stories of addiction and recovery.
Sylvia Harvey, FRSA, Visiting Professor, School of Media & Communication, University of Leeds
Sylvia taught film studies and broadcasting policy at various British universities following postgraduate study at the film school of the University of California Los Angeles. She is a founder member of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Media & Communication, University of Leeds.
David Cohen is a psychologist, writer and documentary filmmaker. He has made over a hundred programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and other broadcasters, including the acclaimed film, The Night Diana Died for Channel 5, as well as the feature film The Pleasure Principle: Gorbachev's Asylums, the first film to get inside Soviet psychiatric hospitals.
Laura Evers-Johns is an award-winning Writer / Director whose work to date includes branded content and shorts. Her first film By Hook made the finals of the Virgin Media Shorts in 2011, screening on TiVo and in Picturehouse Cinemas nationwide. She holds the Skillset accredited MA in Creative Writing (Playwriting & Screenwriting) and with 10 years’ experience in advertising, she combines a natural flair for storytelling with a strategic, commercial instinct.
Emma Wakefield, Company Director and Executive Producer
Emma established Lambent in 1996. Producing award-winning films from DISABLED AND LOOKING FOR LOVE and TONY – I’VE LOST MY FAMILY to ground-breaking series like GAY-Z and LIFEPROOF Emma continues to build on Lambent’s creative foundations and grow the company.
Lisa Bryer is a London-based Film Producer. Among her credits are the award winning ‘The Last King of Scotland’, Nick Love’s first feature ‘Goodbye Charlie Bright’ and Nick Hamm’s ‘The Hole’.
Ceri Walker was the child of an alcoholic, and working on the recovery street festival film last year really helped her work through the grief of losing her mum. The film has helped raise awareness to other people of the challenges that alcoholics and their children face, and inspired others to keep moving forward.
Ceri says; "I'm very pleased and still surprised that I won the competition! It was so interesting to watch all of the other entries and I can't wait to judge this years, and hope it makes a difference to lots more people in their road to recovery!"
Gregor Johnstone is a painting graduate from Glasgow School Of Art. He began making films in his first year in recovery when he was commissioned to make two short films through the Digicult film scheme. He directed "Martin's Story" which won 2nd prize at last years Recovery Street Film Festival. Gregor is currently developing two feature films as writer/ director with producer Paul Welsh (Skeletons, Lore, Lost In France) He works as a project worker with Drink Wise, Age Well in Glasgow.
Jan Worth is a Sheffield based independent film maker, script consultant and teacher. Jan has worked in film production education as Senior Lecturer in script and production at Northumbria University and at Sheffield Hallam’s Northern Media School as principal lecturer in Script and Direction and acting head of school.
Martine Bell is a Senior Practitioner working at HMP Wymott. In 2016 Martine entered the winning film "Hope Inside" into the Recovery Street Film Festival on behalf of her service users and the rest of her team. Martine felt that coming from a prison environment it was important to get the voices of her services users out to the wider community and that the film festival was the perfect opportunity to do so. She wanted to send the message that there is Hope inside and that her service users want to change and can achieve it.