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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

OL PARKER (Writer and Director)
IMAGINE ME & YOU marks Ol Parker's directorial debut, though he has already gained a reputation as a rising screenwriter. As a writer his recent work includes the adaptation of Sebastian Faulkes' novel BIRDSONG for Working Title Films, and CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC, a Jimi Hendrix biopic to be directed by Paul Greengrass. He has also re-written ADIOS FOR LITTLE BIRD (Thaddeus O'Sullivan to direct); and adapted Pat Barker's novel THE EYE IN THE DOOR for Jonathan Demme.
The Sundance Festival '96 changed its ruling on made-for-TV films in order to invite Ol's BBC film, LOVED UP, to participate. The film, directed by Peter Cattaneo, about Ecstasy and youth culture was transmitted as part of the Love Bites season. His second film, IN YOUR DREAMS, another BBC commission, this time dealing with date rape, was broadcast in December '97 starring Thandie Newton. His first feature, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT (freely adapted from Jeremy Cameron's novel) was directed by Metin Huseyin and starred Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

SOPHIE BALHETCHET (Producer)
Sophie Balhetchet's many production credits include the groundbreaking TV drama series THE MANAGERESS, the WWII drama THE CAMOMILE LAWN and THE PEACOCK SPRING. During the early years of Channel 4, Balhetchet produced some of the channel's most original programming, including Peter Greenaway's A TV DANTE and ABOUT TIME. For the "Film on Four" strand, Balhetchet produced GIRO CITY and the ROAD HOME. In 1996 Balhetchet joined World Productions where she executive produced BALLYKISSANGEL and drama series for BBC1 and for Channel 4 including THE HEART SURGEON, ULTRAVIOLET and ROUGH TREATMENT. She produced a clutch of short films for BBC2, and the feature film TRANCE for Sky Pictures. Balhetchet also produced the controversial TV drama MEN ONLY for Channel 4.
She co-founded Cougar Films in 2001 with renowned writer and producer Lynda La Plante whose work includes the multi-award winning TV series PRIME SUSPECT, WIDOWS and TRIAL & RETRIBUTION.

BARNABY THOMPSON (Producer)
Barnaby Thompson is Head of Studio at Ealing Studios. He is currently producing FADE TO BLACK, a thriller set in 1940s Italy, directed by Oliver Parker (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, AN IDEAL HUSBAND) and starring Danny Huston, Paz Vega, Diego Luna and Christopher Walken. Also in production is ALIEN AUTOPSY, a British comedy starring television stars Ant and Dec, directed by Jonny Campbell and written by Will Davies (JONNY ENGLISH, TWINS).
He also executive produced VALIANT; a $40 million CGI feature, which is the story of a lowly pigeon who overcomes the odds to fight for his country in World War II. It features the voices of Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, John Cleese, John Hurt and Olivia Williams. Produced with John Williams, who produced the SHREK movies, it is the first animated production of it's kind to come out of the UK.
In 2002 Thompson released Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Directed by Oliver Parker, it stars Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench and was released in the US by Miramax. HOPE SPRINGS, a romantic comedy directed by Mark Herman (LITTLE VOICE, BRASSED OFF), starring Colin Firth, Heather Graham and Minnie Driver was released by Disney in May 2003.
In 2000 he produced HIGH HEELS & LOW LIFES for Disney, directed by Mel Smith and starring Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack and Michael Gambon. The same year Thompson also produced LUCKY BREAK, directed by Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY), starring James Nesbitt, Olivia Williams, Christopher Plummer, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy and Lennie James. Barnaby also produced the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated AN IDEAL HUSBAND (1998), directed by Oliver Parker, starring Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Northam.
He was executive producer with Tiger Aspect on the UK hit comedy KEVIN & PERRY GO LARGE starring Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke. His Fragile Films' first feature was the international box office hit SPICEWORLD (1997) starring the Spice Girls, Richard E Grant, Alan Cummings and featuring cameos from Roger Moore and George Wendt. It was an international box office hit, grossing $90 million worldwide.
Thompson is part of a consortium including Uri Fruchtmann, Harry Handelsman of the UK property company, Manhattan Loft Corporation, and U.S. based John Kao which bought Ealing Studios in 2000. The famous studio is undergoing redevelopment and has now acquired Fragile Films, the successful production company Thompson set up in 1996 with Uri Fruchtmann.
Before that, Barnaby spent six years working with Lorne Michaels at Broadway Pictures in New York and Los Angeles, during which time he co-produced KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY, which was nominated for four Canadian Genies, TOMMY BOY, starring Chris Farley and David Spade, WAYNE'S WORLD 2 with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, CONEHEADS starring Dan Ackroyd and Jane Curtin and LASSIE, directed by Dan Petrie. He also served as associate producer on WAYNE"S WORLD.
Prior to moving to America in 1990, Barnaby ran the UK-based, independent production company, World's End Productions. There he produced and directed many award-winning documentaries, including JIMI HENDRIX for the South Bank Show, which won the Silver Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival, and THE FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST, which received the Silver Medal at the New York Film Festival. He also produced DEAR ROSIE, a short film directed by Peter Cattaneo, which was nominated for both Academy and BAFTA awards.

ANDRO STEINBORN (Producer)
Andro Steinborn began his entertainment career as an attorney at Studio Babelsberg and for Alexander Kluge´s Development Company for Television Programs (DCTP). In 1998, he became Head of Business and Legal Affairs at X Filme Creative Pool, which was followed two years later by the same role at the newly founded X Distribution. In this function he has overseen the making of 20 films among them RUN LOLA RUN (1998), GIGANTIC (1999), THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (2000), HEAVEN (2002) and GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2003).
Since 2004 Steinborn has overseen X Filme International, X´s division for English language films and international coproductions. Under this umbrella IMAGINE ME & YOU was made and the company's latest feature film, LOVE LIFE, written and directed by Maria Schrader and based on the best-selling novel from Zeruya Shalev, is currently shooting in Israel. Steinborn is also co-producing GOODBYE BAFANA, written and directed by Bille August,a German-France-Belgium-UK co-production to be shot in South Africa in early 2006. THE CHAIN, a supernatural thriller set in New York, written and to be directed by commercial producer and director Stuart Culpepper, will start pre-production in January 2006.

BEN DAVIS (Director of Photography)
Ben Davis began his film career working on short films such as THE CERTAIN SOMETHING starring Monica Belluci and Macbeth Starring Rhys Ifans. His first foray into features was with MIRANDA, starring John Hurt, Christina Ricci and John Simm. More recently, Davis worked alongside director Matthew Vaughn on the gritty British gangster film LAYER CAKE. He also shot the forthcoming DECAMERON, starring Mischa Barton and Hayden Christiansen and YOUNG HANNIBAL.
Before moving into films, Davis forged his reputation with an accomplished career as a Director of Photography in commercials, working for prestigious brands such as Ford, Coca Cola, Audi and BMW.

EVE MAVRAKIS (Production Designer)
Eve started her career in commercials and music videos before moving on to design for television. Her film work includes THE INNOCENT SLEEP, BANDIT QUEEN and she was the art department associate on A LIFE LESS ORDINARY. She then went on to co-design LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, after which Eve designed TUBE TALES, WATCHMAN and TRANCE.

ALEX MACKIE, A.C.E. (Film Editor)
Alex Mackie's feature film editing credits include Stephen Fry's BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, Julian Fellowes' SEPARATE LIES, Danny Cannon's THE YOUNG AMERICANS and JUDGE DREDD, Bob Mandel's THE SUBSTITUTE, and Thaddeus O'Sullivan's THE HEART OF ME. She is currently completing COPYING BEETHOVEN, starring Ed Harris and Diane Kruger, directed by Agnieszka Holland.
Mackie received Emmy Award nominations for Best Editing for Ben Ross's "RKO 281" and for "C.S.I - The Pilot episode." She began her career cutting documentaries and pop promos, and was Terence Davies' Sound Editor on DISTANT VOICES/STILL LIVES and THE LONG DAY CLOSES.

ALEX HEFFES (Music by)
Alex Heffes' work originally rose to prominence with his score for Academy Award-winning ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER. His recent scores include acclaimed BAFTA Award-winner TOUCHING THE VOID, Miramax Film's DEAR FRANKIE, Steve Coogan's THE PAROLE OFFICER and the psychological thriller TRAUMA for Warner Bros. starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari.
In addition to IMAGINE ME & YOU, Heffes composed the score for Fox Searchlight's THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND directed by Kevin Macdonald starring Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson and James McAvoy. For the project, he traveled to Uganda to work with local musicians and singers.
Heffes also collaborated on Elton John's movie score for WOMEN TALKING DIRTY and with members of Blur. His concert music has been performed at venues across the world including India's Sangat Music Festival, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the London Jazz Festival and in Oman by the Royal Symphony Orchestra.

CONSOLATA BOYLE (Costume Designer)
Consolata Boyle won an Emmy Award in 2004 for the design of costumes for "The Lion in Winter" and an award for Best Technical Achievement at the Irish Film Awards for her costume design for ANGELA'S ASHES. Boyle's feature filmography includes costume design for Stephen Frears' THE QUEEN, THE VAN, MARY REILLY, THE SNAPPER; David Mamet's CATASTROPHE and THE WINSLOW BOY; ASYLUM, MOLL FLANDERS, THE ACTOR, A KNIGHT'S CASTLE, THE ABDUCTION CLUB, ENDGAME, WHEN BRENDAN MET TRUDY, NORA, LOVE AND RAGE, THIS IS MY FATHER, THE SERPENT'S KISS, TROJAN EDDIE, NOTHING PERSONAL, WIDOW'S PEAK, THE SECRET OF ROAN INNISH, THE SECRET RAPTURE, INTO THE WEST, THE PLAY BOYS, BROKEN SKIN, A GREEN JOURNEY, TROUBLES and DECEMBER BRIDE.

LIZ GALLACHER (Music Supervisor)
Liz Gallacher's work on projects such as THE FULL MONTY (winner of a Brit Award for Best Soundtrack), RESIDENT EVIL (Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance), and 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (shortlisted for Film Music at 2003's NME Awards) has received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Her film credits also include the Oscar Award-winning documentary ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, Golden Globe-winner THE GATHERING STORM and feature films such as WHERE THE TRUTH LIES, LAYER CAKE, BEING JULIA, CALENDAR GIRLS and BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM.
Gallacher has worked with such acclaimed directors as Atom Egoyan, Simon West, Michael Winterbottom, Shane Meadows, Marc Evans, Gurinder Chadha and István Szabó.

BILL SHAPTER (Associate Producer)
Bill Shapter trained as a film editor, and worked through the 1970s for the BBC at Ealing Studios. After winning the Prix Italia for editing Roland Joffe's "The Spongers," he left the corporation to cut feature films and work with Ken Loach and Tony Garnett.
In 1989, Shapter rejoined the BBC as a producer, making "The Laughter of God" for Screen Two, followed by mini-series "Exchange of Fire" for Channel 4. For the past 10 years he has produced a number of projects for John Heyman's World Productions including the Clive Owen-starring series "Sharman;" Film Four movie BEAUTIFUL THING; mini-series "The Heart Surgeon;" "Ultraviolet" and "Rough Treatment;" and also TRANCE, a movie for Sky Pictures.

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