NATALIE MALLA - WRITER / DIRECTOR
Natalie Malla started her writing career when her first project: 20 Anything, co-written with Xara Higgs, was optioned by The Comedy Unit in 2010. The following year Malla and Higgs took part in the Channel 4 Drama Scriptwriting Course and in 2013 her original Comedy Drama, Crow's Feet, won the Bafta Rocliffe New Drama Writing Forum. In 2014, her Comedy Drama Treatment, Vixen Violets, co-written with Melissa Bubnic, was optioned by Clerkenwell Films and Malla and Higg's new sitcom How To Be Normal has just been shortlisted for the 2015 Funny Women Comedy Writing Award.
At the beginning of 2015, Malla finished writing and producing her first short film: The Morning After, starring Ted Riley and Lindsey Campbell, Executive Produced by Thirty40Films. Her second short film Killing Thyme, which she wrote and produced alongside Capture had it's world premiere at the 2015 Aesthetica short film festival. It has also screened at the Foyle Film Festival and won Best of Festival and Best Comedy at the 2016 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in May. It stars Joe Reynolds, Brian Cox and Charlotte Riley. The Girl In The Dress which has now screened at the BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Carmarthen Bay, marks her directorial debut.
Having just finished Script Editing on Taboo, being produced by Scott Free and Hardy Son and Baker, Malla is currently developing the script for a follow up feature film version of The Girl In The Dress.
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.