Brian left school with few formal qualifications and embarked on a colourful career as a bar tender and runner whilst drafting ideas for films with no idea of how to realise them. With an obsession for real peoples’ plights and stories, he began work as a documentary editor in Glasgow, cutting films about social issues affecting the city. From there, with a desire to move into drama, Brian enrolled at the National Film and Television School where he spent his scholarship on a miniscule budget feature entitled KIN. Since graduating from the NFTS Brian has been working on IN OUR NAME.



Michelle runs Escape films with her producing partner, Purnima Ramadorai. Michelle has a background in production and moved into producing in 2006. In 2008 she was BAFTA nominated for her first short film, HESITATION. In 2009 Michelle was named by Screen International as a “Star of Tomorrow” and also by Edinburgh International Film Festival as a “Trailblazer”. 2010 saw the release of the BAFTA-nominated hit SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL, which Michelle co-produced. IN OUR NAME is Michelle’s first feature as sole producer.


Sam was taught by DOPs including Brian Tufano, Billy Williams and Roger Deakins. In 2009, after working part time job as a webmaster at he attended the Budapest Cinematography Masterclass with legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, which influenced his his lighting approach for IN OUR NAME. This film is Sam’s second feature; he has also shot numerous award-winning short films, TV and Online Dramas, Commercials and Music Videos.


Anna has designed various films and theatre productions and won the Farley Award for most promising Production Designer in 2009. Anna has also worked in the art department on larger productions such as Harry Brown, . IN OUR NAME was Anna’s debut feature film as Production Designer and since then Anna has designed two more feature length films.


Hazel’s work has screened in official selection at film festivals worldwide including Cannes, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, Bejing and Edinburgh. She was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA in 2006 and has won several awards including Best Short Documentary at DOCNZ and Divercine Film Festival. She graduated from the National Film and Television School with a Masters in Editing having previously studied at Edinburgh College of Art and RISD.



After completing a BA in Music at Oxford and an MA in composition at the NFTS, Stuart was the first ever composer to be awarded the “Trailblazer” award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which “celebrates and promotes the best and brightest new film-making talent”. His score for YELLOW BELLY END earned him a nomination (alongside sound designer, Zhe Wu) for Best Sound at the British Animation Awards 2010. His score for doc feature GUILTY PLEASURES also features in the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.