Morayo is a writer, actor, and director, who trained at the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academyin California, USA. After graduating she was accepted into the BA Acting course at the acclaimed East 15 Acting School in London, UK. '1745' is her debut writing credit; the feature film version is currently in development. Her recent acting credits include short film '1745', the feature film ‘Burnt’ directed by John Wells, and US TV series '24: Live Another Day'.
Originally from the Highlands of Scotland Gordon has a Master of Fine Art in Film Directing at Edinburgh College of Art. Gordon was awarded the highly coveted UK Prince William BAFTA & Warner Bros. Scholarship for his film work and is supported by both organisations through his professional development. He’s also had varied film experience from working on big productions like Harry Potter and 007: Skyfall and on intimate charity documentaries in the Mongolian Gobi Desert. His focus is primarily on directing short fiction films which explore the human condition and the complexities of family relationships through the prism of the natural world. Gordon has filmed extensively in the Highlands of Scotland - shorts include Annam and Tide
Scottish, writer, director and recently producer – movies include Crush with Andie Macdowell and Imelda Staunton, Piccadilly Jim with Sam Rockwell and Frances O’ Connor, and Not Another Happy Ending with Karen Gillan and Stanley Weber; tv includes lead direction on Ordinary Lies, Life On Mars, Robin Hood, The Whistleblowers and The Canterbury Tales (where he gave Billy Piper her first starring role), as well as single dramas A Waste of Shame with Rupert Graves and Tom Sturridge (RTS nomination, Best Single Drama), Reichenbach Falls, and his film on the love affair between David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton We’ll Take Manhattan - which he wrote, directed and exec produced - winning the Prix Europa for Best Drama.
Moyo Akandé as 'Emma Atkin'
Actor / Story Developer
Moyo trained at the prestigious Arts Educational Schools in London. She has an extensive list of television credits in particular for the BBC including, ‘Bob Servant Independent’, ‘Taggart’ and ‘Lip Service’. Moyo has also worked in many theatre’s across Britain with Olivier and Tony award winning directors in companies including The Shakespeare’s Globe. Moyo recently completed filming with The Fast & The Furious director, Rob Cohen on the feature ‘Category 5’ where she will be playing one of the leading roles. She will also be appearing in a reboot of the classic British television comedy series ‘Porridge’ for BBC1.
Clive Russell as 'Master David Andrews'
Clive Russell is an actor best known for his roles as, ‘Lord Lovat’ in ‘Outlander’, ‘Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline’ in ‘Ripper Street’, ‘Angus O’Connor’ in ‘Happiness’ and ‘Blackfish Tully’ in HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’. Clive also has an extensive list of theatre credits, and has worked for prestigious companies such as, Out of Joint, Royal Court, Old Vic and the RSC. The 1745 team are really excited and lucky to welcome Clive aboard to delve into the role of ‘Master Andrews’, bringing this complex and haunted character to life.
Ali Mitchell is a freelance costume designer with 20 years experience designing for film and television. Based in Edinburgh she works all over the world and has a personal interest in education and training, including past projects with Screen Academy Scotland & Edinburgh College of Art. Passionate about costume, film, storytelling and people, a personal area of interest is promoting hidden stories, such as that of the Tuskegee Airmen in her work for the movie ‘Red Tails’. As head of department she is committed to nurturing talent and building strong, craft based costume teams who can deliver creative and innovative design solutions to the highest standards - on a tight budget. A perfect fit with 1745. Her feature film credits include The Rezort, Guardians of The Galaxy, Outpost, Eragon & The Last King of Scotland as well as Scottish BAFTA winning TV dramas, Low Winter Sun and Shoebox Zoo
Director of Photography
Julian is a BAFTA winning cinematographer and filmmaker based in central Scotland. Numerous films he shot have played in festivals worldwide and won awards at Clermont-Ferrand, IDFA, DOKLeipzig, Alcine or Glasgow amongst others. In 2011 his cinematography for the short film ‘Disco’ was awarded a BAFTA New Talent Award, in 2012 his documentary on Jocky Wilson, the multi award winning ‘Kirkcaldy Man’ earned him his second BAFTA and a nomination for a Grierson Award after scooping the Golden Dove for the best international short doc at DOKLeipzig. In 2013 the International Documentary Association awarded him with the IDA award for Cinematography for his camera work on Pablo’s Winter.