THE CEREMONY is an existential road-drama about the death of a young Asylum seeker, and the struggle of the two migrants forced to bury him in the Yorkshire hills.
Meet The Team
Living and working in Yorkshire with strong working class roots, we want to show that it's possible to succeed in the film industry outside of London. We have 30 years of experience and hard work between us, and are working together for no personal financial gain to make a small, realisable debut film with international ambitions, because we believe in this story, it's characters, and the power of home-grown and authentic, original, authored stories like this to tip the balance in the UK industry, inspire others, engender positive representation and resonate with audiences worldwide.
Jack is a self-taught writer/director from Bradford who started out making music videos for independent and major record labels. Early on he was represented by world-leading agency colonel blimp, and his videos have had racked up repeated Vimeo staff picks and millions of views online. His 5 shorts have played globally at top tier BAFTA/OSCAR qualifying festivals, and been BFI backed. His last micro-budget short 'Prints' played in Competition at the 41st Clermont Ferrand short film festival.
In 2019 Jack was selected for the BFI development lab NETWORK@LFF, and for the Edinburgh Talent Lab in 2021, and is a BFI NETWORK X BAFTA crew member. 'The Ceremony' was selected for the Film London PFM new talent strand, and for the Pustnik Lab in Romania in September 2021, where it recieved development support from international industry experts. His second feature 'Sunburn' is in early development, and was recently selected for Edinburgh's industry development programme Talent lab connects.
Lucy Meer is BAFTA longlisted producer that has worked with some of the best in the British Industry, not least Warp Films (This is England, Four Lions, Everybody's Talking about Jamie), Element Pictures (Normal People, Room, The Favourite), A24 (Moonlight, The VVitch, Midsommer) and the BBC. Her first short film, Mary Anning, was exec produced by Barbara Broccoli of the Bond franchise and has been viewed over 70,000 times online. Her most recent film, Pop stars British legend Stephen Graham and is currently airing on All4.
Most recently, Lucy was the Script Editor and Story Assistant to renowned autuer director Shane Meadows (This is England, The Vitues, Dead Man's Shoes) on his latest drama The Gallows Pole, which shot in late 2021.
Hollie is currently in post production on her first feature 'The Ceremony' in collaboration with Strive Films and is developing features with an international focus, including 'Sunburn' which was selected for EIFF Talent Lab Connects in 2022. Most recently Hollie worked on 'The Old Oak', directed by Ken Loach as Associate Producer with Rebecca O'Brien at Sixteen Films. The film played in competition at Cannes 2023. She was also part of the 2022-23 cohort of Screen Yorkshire's development programme FLEX.
Hollie was producer on the award winning short documentary 'Hanging On', directed by Alfie Barker, which premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest & TIFF in 2021, going on to win multiple awards, was longlisted for a BIFA for best British Short Film and shortlisted for a Grierson award.
Robbie is an award-winning cinematographer and hailed by the British Cinematographer Magazine as part of the New Wave of 2021. His work has been BAFTA nominated several times, and he was nominated twice by the British Society of Cinematographers as an emerging cinematographer in both 2019 and 2020.
ANNA KENNEDY has built an exciting and varied resume as a Casting Director, working on Film,TV, Theatre and Commercials. She prides herself in scouring the country and across the globe to cast the perfect person for every role. Anna has an extensive knowledge of talent and a broad network of contacts within the industry.