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Matthew Mitchell, Producer

A prolific and multi award-winning West End Theatre producer, Matthew has just finished making his first film, Urban and The Shed Crew, starring Anna Friel, Richard Armitage and Neil Morrissey which is due to be released in 2018.  His recent theatrical hits include the multi Oliver Award winning revival of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and the Olivier and Tony award-winning La Cage Aux Folles.  Other notable productions in the West End include; Matthew Bourne's Cinderella, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty; Don Carlos with Sir Derek Jacobi, Endgame with Sir Michael Gambon and Lee Evans, The Price with Warren Mitchell, The Rocky Horror Show and Three Sisters with Kristen Scott Thomas.

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL - Screenwriter

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007).

His prolific writing career has seen him pen more than 21 stage plays and 10 books as well as creating more than 16 screenplays. His other work for the screen includes The Browning Version (1994) with Albert Finney, Being Julia (2004) with Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons, Roman Polanski's version of Oliver Twist (2005) with Ben Kingsley and the film adaptation of his own play Quartet (2012) which was directed by Dustin Hoffman and starred Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay.

Geoffrey Wansell, Producer

Geoffrey Wansell is a writer, journalist and producer who is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of the movie star Cary Grant, the billionaire Sir James Goldsmith and the playwright Sir Terence Rattigan. He was also the authorised biographer of the Gloucester serial killer Frederick West appointed to the role by the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court. As a journalist, he has worked for The Times, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph and, most recently, the Daily Mail, among many other newspapers and magazines around the world. He first met David Suchet when he was executive producer of the motion picture When the Whales Came for Twentieth Century Fox, and the two have remained close friends. They collaborated on a book, Poirot and Me, and have long been determined to bring Man and Boy to the screen, with David in the leading role.

Paul Sarony, Head of Production

Paul Sarony has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years and is one of the most sought after Film and TV producers working in the UK today. His credits range from low budget Oscar & BAFTA winning film, Mrs Brown, to eighty million dollar studio picture, Babylon AD. Paul has Produced or Line Produced over 30 films and many more television dramas as a Production Manager. Recent credits include Hysteria, Vampire Academy, and Sky’s high profile mini series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond.  Paul’s experience covers almost every possible role ranging from Stage Manager to Unit Manager, 1st AD and Production Manager. For the last 15 years he has worked variously as a Line Producer, Producer and Executive Producer on a wide variety of films. His other credits include: Shine, Bhaji on the Beach, The Criminal, A Rather English Marriage, Hideous Kinky, Welcome to Sarajevo and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. A committee member of the Film Production Guild, Paul has designed and tutored several training courses for senior production personnel and new producers. He also lectures at the National TV & Film School as well as acting as external assessor for several British Film funding bodies.

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