THE FILMMAKERS

NATALIE MALLA   -   WRITER / DIRECTOR

In 2013 Natalie’s original Comedy Drama: Crow’s Feet, won the Bafta Rocliffe New Drama Writing Forum.  In 2015 Natalie original sitcom How To Be Normal co-written with Xara Higgs was shortlisted for the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award.  

In 2015 Natalie’s short film, The Girl In The Dress starring Olivia Poulet, Nick Helm and Claire Keelan was awarded funding from Film London as part of their 2015 London Calling scheme. It screened as part of the 2015 London Film Festival, the 2016 London Short Film Festival, and the 2017 LOCO film Festival, and was nominated for best writer at the 2016 Underwire Film Festival. This short film marked Natalie’s directorial debut.  Natalie’s short film, Killing Thyme, which she wrote, and produced alongside Capture, starring Joe Reynolds, Brian Cox and Charlotte Riley was also completed in 2015 and had it’s world premiere at the Aesthetica short film festival. It has also screened at the Foyle Film Festival, won Best of Festival at the 2016 Carmarthen Bay Short Film Festival and won the Audience award for best narrative short at the 2016 Austin Film Festival. 

In 2016 Natalie finished Script Editing on Taboo, which was produced by Scott Free and Hardy Son and Baker and alongside her freelance writing and script-editing work, she has completed her latest short film Crush Hour and launched her webseries Acting Up, co-created with Jordan Baker. 

M J MCMAHON   -   PRODUCER

McMahon is based in London, UK and has worked professionally in the film and TV industry for over 16 years, originally starting as a runner for post-production company M2 Television eventually moving across to Molinare finishing his 9 year tenure there as one of their senior Post-Production Consultants.  He has extensive knowledge and experience working in digital post-production working on over 200 productions including TV shows Who Do You Think You Are?, Wife Swap and feature films like The Nine Muses, associate producing Cherry Tree Lane and as a Film Executive on Oscar winner the King's Speech.

In 2009 he co-founded the production company Capture, they produce commercials, online content and promos for clients including Nike, ITV, Ogilvy, AKQA, BBC and Sky TV.   Through their Film Division he's produced The Man from Mo'Wax - the official documentary on underground DJ James Lavelle and DJ Shadow, this world premiered at SXSW and was officially selected for MIFF and LFF.  In addition to this he has produced the multi-award winning short film Gin & Dry.

Killing Thyme, starring Brian Cox and Charlotte Riley is McMahon’s third short film as director. This has been nominated for prizes at both the Foyle Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival, and won both Best Comedy and Best of Festival at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.  As a director he made the multi-award winning short film Hawk and Killing Thyme which stars Scottish actor Brian Cox and Charlotte Riley and won the Audience Aware for Best Narrative Short Film at this year's Austin Film Festival, making a tally of over 50 wins/nominations/official selections for his films around the world.  He's presently developing his directorial feature film début Playing Mercy.

The Girl In The Dress marks McMahon's fifth short film as a producer. McMahon has been a BAFTA member since 2003.

 

MATTHEW JONES  -  PRODUCER

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Matthew Jones is a multi-award winning creative producer from London. In 2009 he co-founded the production company Capture, where he has produced commercials for television and cinema as well as online brand content, promos, and cutting edge digital interactive content for companies like Sky, Nike, Pottermore and Picturehouse. The first short film he produced was the award winning fantasy epic Hawk which was theatrically released in selected cinemas in front of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2. His second short film, the multi award winning Gin & Dry has been nominated /officially selected at over 18 International Film Festivals. In addition Gin & Dry gained a nationwide UK theatrical release with Picturehouse Cinemas across 10 sites, appearing in front of features such as Gods & Men, The American and It’s a Wonderful Life. 

He recently debuted Capture’s fourth short film, award winning ‘Killing Thyme, and his first feature film, The Man from Mo'Wax, a revealing documentary exploring the music industry through the eyes of James Lavelle World Premiered in 2016 at SXSW, going on to screen at Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.