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Julian Glover (The Old Man) who plays Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones, was attracted to play The Old Man by the quality of the screenplay. Primarily a classical stage actor, Julian trained at the National Youth Theatre, performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and became a familiar face to British television viewers by appearing in many popular series during the 1960s and 1970s. His talent for accents and cold expression made him an ideal choice for playing refined villains. During the 1980s, Glover played roles in such popular films as The Empire Strikes Back (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his accomplishments in theatre, film and television.
Mark Drake (Ralph) is a versatile and critically praised actor with extensive experience of working on a broad range of TV, film and theatre projects. He has worked with some of the finest acting, writing and directorial talent on both sides of the Atlantic and is rapidly gaining an excellent reputation as a talent to watch. Recent screen credits include HBO’s Game of Thrones, the PBS/BBC Drama How Sherlock Changed The World, and the British feature films Wasteland and Two Days In The Smoke.
Sophie Barker (Andrea) graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2012. In the same year, she was nominated for the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award and performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as part of the Sam Wanamaker Festival, taking on the role of Imogen in Cymbeline. Other credits include The Beggar’s Opera at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, directed by Lucy Bailey, working alongside ‘Silent Witness’ star David Caves and Phil Daniels from ‘Quadrophenia‘
Rosie Akerman (Claudia) recently graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Shortly after graduating, Rosie was cast in the UK No.1 Tour of Lotty’s War directed by Bruce Guthrie.
Miles Jovian (Lucas) gained a drama scholarship to public school, where he played Che in Evita, performing over seven nights and singing with a full orchestra. He also played Argan in Molière’s Hypochondriac. Since then he has played various roles in short films and performed in a number of musical productions. Playing Lucas in Backtrack is his first role in a feature film, but it certainly won’t be his last.
Callie Moore is an international model whose classic English features made her ideal as 1940s Gloria.
Tom Sands | Director | Producer Although Tom was tipped for Oxbridge, and was a keen student of the theory of film, he quickly realised that film-making is not an academic process. What was needed was a much more hands-on approach. So he dropped out of film school and cut his teeth shooting a series of documentaries filmed in eight different countries. He then expanded into music videos and commercials, and in 2014 shot his first feature film, which has so far sold in five territories, including the USA. His experience has taught him how to balance the commercial and the artistic. If it’s too focused on the commercial, it isn’t interesting; and if it’s too focused on the artistic, it isn’t profitable. Tom passionately believes that commercial films can have depth.
Mick Sands | Screenwriter | Executive Producer Mick had a successful career as an advertising copywriter at top London agencies like JWT, DDB and Leagas Delaney, where he wrote more than 60 broadcast TV commercials and won all of the major industry awards, including golds and silvers at D&AD, BTAA and Cannes. He was then commissioned to write the screenplays Millennium Man for Parallel Pictures and The Red King for Warner Bros. He has had screenplays optioned by Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars), David Kennaway (producer of The Rocket Post) and Imaginary Films.
Haydn West | Producer | Director of Photography Haydn West has worked as a photographer for national and international news agencies like Reuters, Agence France Presse and Getty. He has covered riots in Belfast, war in Chad and Premiership Football. He was the picture editor of Metro Ireland before resigning to follow his dream of becoming a producer and filmmaker. Haydn has since produced TV commercials for Substantial Films and directed Plane Crazy, a documentary about the expansion of Lydd Airport in Kent.
Phil Harris | Editor | 1st Assistant Director Phil Harris was a successful music business entrepreneur, running clubs and music shops before moving into film. He has written, produced and directed dozens of music videos, where he developed the unique editing style he brings to Backtrack. As assistant director, Phil’s organisational and people skills complement a thorough understanding of the film-making process.
Chloe Edwards | Make-Up, Hair & SFX Make-Up Designer Chloe is a Make-Up & Hair artist sought after by companies like BBC Comedy Online, M&C Saatchi, Bullion Productions, and E4. Her recent credits include the soon to be released features One Chance (David Frankel) and The Anomaly (Noel Clarke), and the PBS Docu-Drama How Sherlock Changed The World. Chloe’s special effects make-up won Kryolan’s 2013 Talent Competition in the Film & TV category.
Rob Atkins | Costume Designer Rob Atkins graduated from Brighton University with BA Honours in Textiles. Rob’s print designs have already featured in collections by Alexander McQueen and he is set to become one of the style decision makers for Backtrack’s 15-24 year old demographic.
Kirstie Howell | Sound Designer Kirstie covers all aspects of sound, including location sound recording, mixing and editing. Her experience spans projects like ‘Eyes Wide Open’, a BBC documentary; Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise; World War Z with Brad Pitt; My Way to Olympia, directed by Niko Von Glasow; and Shoot me! a micro-budget feature shot in London.
Rachel Lamb | Locations Manager Rachel worked in advertising and marketing before entering the film industry in 2011. Since then she has worked on the feature length documentary series Visions and a Raindance Raw Talent production micro-budget feature film Love. Honour. Obey (directed by Ate De Jong). She is currently working as production co-ordinator for Temple Heart Films.
Josh Biggs | Colourist Josh has worked in a variety of roles, producing work for a range of clients around the world in broadcast (BBC, ITV, C4, C5, Discovery and Sky) corporate, education and government sectors. In 20011, he co- produced/directed, filmed and edited Voices from the Shadows, which won the audience award for international feature documentary at the Mill Valley Film Festival and has since been shown around the world.