Director Steven Eastwood is an artist-filmmaker whose work has screened and exhibited internationally. He has completed two feature length films, ISLAND (LFF, Rotterdam 2017/18) and Buried Land (officially selected for Tribeca, Moscow and Mumbai Film Festivals in 2010). His documentary Those Who Are the Jesus was nominated for a Grierson Award in 2002. His recent solo show The Interval and the Instant opened at Fabrica, Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Art (2017), before touring to Blackwood Gallery Toronto (2018) and La Ferme du Buisson Art Centre Paris (2019). Eastwood has published widely and is Professor of Film Practice at Queen Mary University London. He is currently working on the Wellcome Trust supported project Autism through Cinema.

Producer Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA nominated producer and recent recipient of the BFI Vision Award, producing and distributing documentaries through her company Hakawati with the core ethos that a good story is all in the telling. Recent credits include winner of the BIFA for Best Documentary Almost Heaven (Carol Salter, 2017) and BFI/Sundance funded Even When I Fall (Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon, 2017). In 2015, she self-distributed her BAFTA nominated production A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015) in the UK to such high visibility that it was named #3 Best Film of 2015 by the Guardian. Her work has been broadcast internationally and screened at festivals including Berlinale, IDFA and Rotterdam. Elhum is a programme advisor for London Film Festival for films from MENA and Iran and Film Curator for Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture and was awarded the Women in Film and TV Factual Award.

Partner Mountbatten Hospice provides expert medical, nursing and domiciliary end of life care across the Isle of Wight community, including spiritual care, expert psychological and Islandwide bereavement support to anyone who has experienced a death – whatever their age and however they have been bereaved. Art, music and complementary therapies are also provided as part of a wider programme which encourages people to live well until they die.

On any one day, Mountbatten supports nearly 1,000 Islanders who are facing death, dying and bereavement, with the largest part of our work taking place in people’s homes. The Mountbatten at Home service is backed up by a 16-bed InPatient Unit at Mountbatten Hospice, a self-help day and rehabilitation service (including a gym) based in the John Cheverton Centre, and an expert team based at St Mary’s Hospital. The Education and Training programme aims to improve standards of end of life care in health and social care organisations across the Island and beyond.

As an independent charity, Mountbatten must find around £7.5m which it costs to run our services every year. They are indebted to our Island community for continuing to support, both with fundraising and through volunteering.

Editor Sergio Vega Borrego is a London based editor and filmmaker with more than ten years of experience editing factual and drama, yet with an inclination for films that cut across genres.

Among his latest credits are the feature documentary Island, the film installation Vertigo Sea directed by John Akomfrah – shown at the 56th Venice Biennale, and the feature documentary The Valley of the Jato,  which Sergio co-directed and went on to win the Best Documentary Award at Rome Independent Film Festival.

Sergio graduated in 2008 from the National Film and Television School where he attended the MA in film editing, and he recently completed a Master Research in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths University.

Sound Designer James Bulley is a sound artist and composer whose practice explores locative sound and sound installation. He has exhibited and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, National Theatre, Mykolas Zilinskas Gallery (Kaunas) and La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris). His work has been featured by the BBC, ITV, the Guardian, Nature and the New York Times. Installation work includes Tactus (2015), a touch-sound landscape for the blind and visually impaired (exhibited at Kaunas Biennial); and Living Symphonies (2014) with Daniel Jones, a forest-located spatial sound installation commissioned by Forestry Commission England and Sound and Music. In 2018 with Shiva Feshareki and the London Contemporary Orchestra, he performed a world premiere of Daphne Oram’s Still Point for double orchestra, live electronics and turntables at the BBC Proms. Latest composition and sound design for film includes Steven Eastwood’s 2017 feature documentary Island and Edward Scott-Clarke’s 2017 environmental documentary E‑LIFE. Bulley holds a doctorate from Goldsmiths, University of London where he is currently a research associate and member of the Unit for Sound Practice Research. He is part of the New Radiophonic Workshop and a trustee of the 1,000‑year-long musical composition, Longplayer.

Other Credits:

Graphic Design – Frode Sorenson

Grade – Freefolk 

Mix – CODA