Christopher John Barfoot who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Production is a British writer, director and producer of film and television. He teamed up with Jeremy Beadle and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright in 1994 at LWT (ITV), before casting Prunella Scales in the Sci-Fi mini thriller Phoenix (1996).
Chris' international career as a multi award-winning film director began when he was creating classic shorts and mini features in the late Nineties, working alongside fellow conspirator Robert Clother. His clients were ITV, NBC Universal Sci-Fi Channel as well as Sky Movies etc. Chris also directed interactive web commercials for Graphico New Media and later became a consultant for Jaywing 20/20. His clients included Pepsi Co.
Helix won Chris' first-prize for Science Fiction at America's Dragon Con Film Festival in 2006 before writing a slate of movies planned for 2017 and onwards. His debut feature of Black Russian paves the way for LASaFF award winning screenplay The Hounds at Hell's Gate (formerly Hell's Gate).
Samira Backhaus is currently (till 2018) studying for her masters in Visual Communication. She graduated in 2017 with a BA (Hons) First in Media Production at Solent University Southampton UK, after her education in Communications Design in Hanover, Germany was finished.
Headhunted for an internship with Menerga GmbH, Samira progressed to company videographer, shooting their corporate image film, before moving on to freelance photography for Postphotographic UK and The Photorooms, Samira also works as an event and festival photographer.
During her Bachelor's degree, she met director Christ Barfoot who encouraged her to work for his current project BLACK RUSSIAN, for which she promptly took over the Marketing and Photography department of the business.
Trevor Coop is a multi award winning Camera Operator and acclaimed Cinematographer. Trevor has worked on more than 120 major feature productions over a 40 year plus career. As well as his freelance work, Trevor is resident Director of Photography and Producer at Angelic Films Ltd where we has also won many international awards.
"I have known and worked with Chris Barfoot about 15 years. When he sent me the script for BLACK RUSSIAN I immediately said I would like to get involved. I will do everything in my power and I am happy to work for a small fraction of my normal fee in order to bring this exciting project to the big screen."
I went to drama school when I was younger but had to leave because I became a Father at the tender age of 18. I've lived and worked in Paris for a while, but I've now moved back to the UK. Acting is a passion of mine and I'd like to be doing a lot more of it in the future. This is my first step into filming and I found it easy to slip into character.
I came to meet the Director, Chris Barfoot by chance, at his younger brothers funeral. We spoke and he said I looked like what he was looking for, in his next film, Black Russian. Hopefully this is the first of many steps into the acting world.
Mark trained at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and at Stratford College.
His first theatre work was touring the UK with Marius Goring in 1974. He then moved to various companies, which included seasons at The Oxford Playhouse, The Belgrade, Coventry, The Derby Playhouse. At the Edinburgh festival Mark produced the British premiere of Sam Shepard's Angel City, and played opposite Mark Williams in Conrad's The Secret Agent. His first TV appearances, whilst still a student, were in Crossroads, where the sets seemed to wobble as much as the actors! Other TV work included The Bill, Between the Lines, The Brittas Empire, The Buccaneers, The Demon Headmaster, Scarlett, Moon and Son, Trainer, Bramwell, Johnny and the Dead, Growing Pains and Up the Workers.
His first lead role in film was in Thin Lines, in which Rob Clother made his directorial debut. This was soon followed by Chris Barfoot's award winning film Dead Clean. Mark played opposite Andrew Sachs, Shane Richie and Leone Samson. Other films include The Longest Memory, Beyond Fear, Metroland, The Reckoning, Distant Shadow, The Fiancee, The Man who held his Breath, The Dead, Beyond Fury, Hide Go Seek.
Mark has been married to Annie since 1984 and they have three sons. The eldest, James, is a film producer. Chris is a musician in the post rock band Flies Are Spies from Hell and Tom is a builder. The new addition to the family is Jasmine, a Cavapoo puppy who lets Mark and Annie share her home in West Sussex if they behave themselves!
Paul Bird has enjoyed success treading the boards on and off screen for approximately 18 years. Having no formal training Paul started out as a wrestler where he developed a passion for acting. This led him to living history, re-enactment and stage combat, which in turn led him to theatre acting for many plays and pantomimes, where he moved into the role of Stage Manager.
He then went on to television and film roles, his credits include Casualty, Doctors, Dr Who, Merlin, Bad Girls, Sarah Jane Adventure's, Dream Team, Skins, Horizon (award winning web series) and Being Human. The Big I Am, Abraham's Point and Instant Death are films he has had parts in. He is also no stranger to working with green screen, from fixing bayonets as a WW2 soldier to a futuristic bounty hunter in Outer Space.
Paul has also served as locations manager for filming of a charity car rally for several years as well as working behind the camera as writer and Director of two short films. As a sideline, he also provides a variety of military props ranging from WW2 to modern day for television and film projects.
I play Tatianna Vok in Black Russian - The Russian love interest for Howard Anthony's character Frank.
Sara Dee's career was launched with a front credit on her first feature Chasing Dreams. A year of national press attention followed when working at Pinewood with Sir Norman Wisdom as his co-star in 'Adam and Evil'. Then Sara played a role among a cast of British stars at The Royal Court Theatre, in Jez Butterworth's The Night Heron. Sara enjoyed a private jet ride that whisked her off to celebrate a lead role in her Cannes debut, the 35mm Café D' Paris. Sara's stage role as a Dominatrix in Satisfaction Guaranteed was award nominated.
'The Broadcaster' in Jim's Gift (Channel Five feature film) marked Sara's TV debut. Then she played, 'Margaret Rawlins' in Lynda La Plante's The Commander (ITV) and 'Lady Hysteria' in Andy Wilson's BBC feature Riot At The Rite. Her Theatrical film appearances include; Room 36 (Jim Groom), Prevenge (Alice Lowe), Cute Little Buggers & Dawning Of The Dead (Tony Jopia), Borley Rectory (Ashley Thorpe) and Peter Strickland's In Fabric. Sara's voice features on every Ben Wheatley film so far, most noticeably as three characters on Sightseers and four on High-Rise. Sara stars in notable shorts including Charlotte Regan's Cleared, Johan Krugar's Zombie Office and Martin Pavey's thrillers '15' and Flash Back, the latter provoked BAFTA luminaries to suggest Sara as a candidate for the 'Rising Star Award'
My story for Black Russian - Roger Sapsford, my mentor from Fuji Film, introduced me to Chris on my last night of my first Cannes Film Festival where I'd been celebrating my screen debut there. Roger had explained that to thank everyone on one's journey to the top you only had one thing to do, "Be Successful." Roger died in 2017 within days of Chris inviting me to play a role in Black Russian. Given our introduction and that shared association, this film is very important to me. Above and beyond keeping myself acting 'fit' I'm also studying Russian for this.
Paul Knight was born in 1972, a son of a Carpenter, he grew up in the British countryside learning many construction and woodworking skills from his father. He started his movie career working as security on the set of films including X-Men and later became an extra in a movie called The Adventures of Murphy playing a Palestinian refugee.
He owns and runs a sound, lighting and media hire company supplying Live events, Weddings, The movie industry, Live Bands & the MOD for their Boxing events etc. Paul has over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry and has gained many hundreds of very useful contacts in that time, enabling him to source an incredible range of services, venues and items that can be used in the movie industry.
Paul is the Location and Logistics manager on Black Russian he also supplies lighting, makes and supplies bespoke special effects & props, and has shown himself to be very talented and creative at problem solving and sourcing props, people, locations and suppliers that make the movie magic happen. Paul is also a competition winning Photographer so has a good eye for detail and composition.
"Director Chris Barfoot & I have been friends for over 20 years but didn't start working together until a couple of years ago when he was looking for extras to appear in a movie he was working on. When Chris started to film Black Russian, he approached me for my help finding locations for a scene he wanted to shoot in a lap dancing venue, Chris knew I had contacts in the industry from my many years working as a DJ in such clubs and we have been working together ever since. Chris has a mad sense of humour and is great fun to work with"
Peter Dobson has worked in the film and television industry since 1990. Initially as a cameraman on documentaries for Channel Four and the excitement that is Social Affairs for TVS and later Meridian.
In 1995 he teamed up with wildlife filmmaker Manuel Hinge to set up Carnyx, an independent production company specialising in both Drama and Natural History. They have produced wildlife programmes for the BBC alongside Chris Packham, Aubrey Manning, Bill Oddie and Sir David Attenborough.
The bespoke production facilities in the heart of The New Forest attracted many filmmakers. The late 1990s and 2000s saw a raft of action and horror movies produced using their facilities. Director Johannes Roberts (47 Metres Down) cut all his early features with Peter.
Working with director Howard J Ford, Peter edited his television commercials and more recently Howard's cinema features. The latest collaboration was Never Let Go which won Best Independent Feature at The National Film Awards.
Peter has had a long and productive working relationship with Chris Barfoot and Rob Clother. Since 1996 they have worked together on a smorgasbord of projects including: TV Commercials, Music Videos, Television Comedy Sketches, Drama Shorts and now of course Chris's debut feature Black Russian.
Martin is a working actor who has learnt to turn his hand to any form comedy, classical, interactive, live or recorded, even puppetry. He has his own company HamsterJAM Productions Ltd that produces, writes and performs historical and mythological based entertainment, and he is known as one of the foremost storytellers in the UK.
In addition to his performance work, he runs Brighton Meisner a company that produces workshops based around the Meisner Technique, past clients being the University of Chichester and Outside Edge. He has a reputation as one of the best teachers of the technique in the country.
Martin also has a degree in Theoretical Physics from Kent University.
After studying argument writing at the Lisbon College of Fine Arts, I decided to dedicate my life to cinema, thus initiating my studies in Cinema & Television at Lisbon Image and Communication Technic School (ETIC), a journey that took place between 2014 and 2016.
After finishing my HND, my sights were set on continuing study outside of Portugal , so I arrived in the United Kingdom where I would study Media Production at Solent University (Southampton). During this year I met Christopher J. Barfoot, someone who would listen and help out with my own projects and someone who I would eventually befriend.
After obtaining my BA (Hons) I carried on various freelance projects but it was only natural that I would help out as much as I could on Chris’s next project: The Black Russian. And so I am now on board with this amazing and heartfelt project, working as a Boom Operator and as a DJI production assistant. I’m pleased and proud to be part of the cast & crew behind the Black Russian.
My career started in the late 90s working as a runner/playback on adverts and music videos. Among the musicians I met were Steve Strange, who I shot several interviews with. At this time I also directed and shot several programmes for SixTV including most notably “Following Orders” which explored patriotism in soldiers diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome.
As a camera operator I have specialised in live broadcast, news and documentaries. Clients have included Sky Sports, BBC4, BBC South, Comic Relief, Eyewitness Films, Sony Entertainment Television, Ideal World, Glastonbury Festival TV, and Bestival.
For the last decade I have been developing my colour grading skills. I have graded film trailers, documentaries and dramas. Projects I have graded have won prizes at the LA Film Awards, Hollywood Hills Awards, Los Angeles Cinefest, and The Sofia International Film Festival.
Kirsty J Curtis Graduated Rose Bruford in 2012 and previously trained at The Miskin Theatre In her Home town Dartford.
TV Credits: HAILMAKERS (BBC) RELLIK (BBC/HBO) THE HALCYON (ITV) CALL THE MIDWIFE (BBC) BIRDS OF A FEATHER (ITV) HOLBY CITY (BBC) PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING (BBC3) CASUALTY (BBC) DOCTORS (BBC) LOCKED UP ABROAD (National Geo)
Radio Credits: Georgie Taylor in THE TAYLORS (Hat Trick/BBC Radio 2) FA CUP Promo Girl (Radio 1/ 1 Extra)
Film Credits: THE FESTIVAL (Fudge Park Films) URBAN HYMN (Eclipse Films) BONDED BY BLOOD 2 (Richwater Films) HOMELESS ASHES (Aptitude Films) BLACK RUSSIAN (Black Russian Movie LTD)
Theatre: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Mercury Theatre) DIRTY PROMISES (The Hope) DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (The Unicorn) MEMORY OF FORGETTING (Arcola) THE CLUB (Tristan Bates) BOOM!5 MIN PLAYS (The Bush) RAPID RESPONSE- THE RED BALLOON (Theatre 503)
Kirsty also plays series regular in Award Winning British Skype Romcom MATCH NOT FOUND. Kirsty is thrilled to be playing Louise Burt in Black Russian along side her friend Fabrizio Santino.
This responsive website, which is entirely custom programmed, is a good example of my work. Chris Barfoot told me about his vision for Black Russian and I was happy to get involved. As a newcomer to the film industry, I've been encouraged to see all the talented people committed to this excellent project.