Ricardo Ventura – Actor / Director
Ricardo is a theatre maker and actor, originally from Brazil, and the founding Director of Phantom Feelings & Theatre Company. He creates theatre that is socially engaged and interrogates concepts within our society, challenging people to think in new ways. As a specialist in physical theatre and pre-expressive techniques, he has worked with influential directors in Brazil including Gabriel Villela and Eduardo Moreira, and performed with a variety of theatre companies in Brazil, Portugal and the UK, including Clowns de Shakespeare.
His first original play Salvo-Conduto received Best Play in the National Theatre Awards in Portugal in 2010, and he has since written and directed several plays in Portugal and Brazil, ranging from stage drama and comedy to street and physical theatre, working with puppetry, music and dance.
In 2017 he wrote and directed Blooming Out with Nos Three theatre company, a non-verbal physical theatre play exploring issues surrounding the feminine universe. This has been touring small venues in the UK and was awarded best performance at Swindon Fringe Festival and Fringe Favourite at Limerick International Fringe. Ricardo also works as an actor and facilitator for Vamos theatre company, and in 2019 toured the UK with their full-mask production of A Brave Face.
Jenni Ventura (aka Jenni Parkinson) – Musical Director
Jenni is a composer, music producer and facilitator. Her musical portfolio embraces collaboration across genres, cultures and art forms, journeying through visual art, animation, storytelling, improvised theatre, world, folk and contemporary classical music.
Her live project Joy to Filth Ratio seeks to bridge the gap between classical and club-based culture through devising, performing and recording original dance music with virtuoso orchestral musicians.
Jenni’s work has been performed at venues ranging from the traditional to the unexpected, from LSO St Luke’s and Barbican Pit Theatre to the West London Synagogue and an empty flat as part of the E17 Art Trail.
Jenni is also a founding director of Soundcastle, a pioneering social enterprise that promotes wellbeing and connectedness through authentic community-led music-making.
Victoria Bromley – Director/Producer
Victoria is a producer and director of wildlife documentaries who worked for a decade in the BBC Natural History Unit. Her 2018 documentary on pangolins was nominated for a Grierson Award and won the RTS West Award for best natural history. Victoria was included on the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist in 2017. Her short, fiction film Off Track was screened at the Encounters Film Festival 2018.
In her work Victoria strives for visual excellence, strong storytelling and emotional impact to engage audiences with wildlife and conservation. She is experienced setting up shoots in the UK and abroad and trained to manage teams working in high-risk environments.
Cara Lavan – Producer / Editor
Cara Lavan has been making films for over 20 years – both in broadcast and independently. She spent 10 years producing and directing documentaries for the BBC (Trouble Up North, Posh and Becks’ Millions) and Channel 4 (Gay Muslims, Beginner’s Guide to Voodoo), with short spells working on talk shows (the Kilroy Programme), children’s news (Newsround) and reality tv (Celebrity Big Brother, Space Cadets).
Since 2010 she has focused on working independently or as part of Moore Lavan films.
She shoots, edits, produces and directs for a range of clients, including Marie Curie, Citizens Advice, the National Autistic Society and the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.
Thom Heald – Director of Photography
Thom is a well-travelled and experienced DOP. His work ranges from TV commercials to documentary, short film, music promo and branded content. He has worked with brands such as Red Bull, Disney, BT, Dyson, Intel and Etihad.
He enjoys collaborating with a wide range of cross disciplinarian talents and has worked on a number of beautiful shot and well received short films.
Thom is the recipient of multiple Promax gold awards for advertising (BT Sport), Gold award for best road cycling film at the Sheffield Adventure film festival (Up Up Up) and two Vimeo staff picks for Up Up Up and The Lion short film.
Sam Stirling – Assistant Producer
Sam trained as an architect after a career working with wood. His architectural interests lie in the provision of social housing and community participation. He has worked with different community projects to help document their social and economic value; their aspirations; to facilitate a community lead design.
His architectural research has explored relationships between quality of our built environment on well-being and belonging.
A keen interest in film and theatre, Sam has written a number of short films; volunteers behind the scenes at The Wardrobe, independent theatre; as well as assisting behind the camera for local independent film makers.