Best Self

SETREADY 2021

Best Self

Best Self

Are you your Best Self? Our algorithm will help you find out. Our psychological thriller follows a group of young interviewees who must undergo a series of increasingly more menacing tests to show they have the potential to be moulded into an acceptable ‘best self’ to work within a nameless wellness corporation.

CAST

Philip Bailey

Philip Bailey

Actor

Having worked in film and TV for over ten years, starting out on Skins and then going on to appear on such things as Merlin, Dr who and His dark materials I have had many adventures working in front of the camera, always gaining passion for my work and wanting to progress and improve my skills. South wales has provided the platform for me, being a key area for film and tv as well as my lifelong home. From sword wielding knight to a haunting serial killer, indie to the big screen, my work has allowed me to explore incredible possibilities and I'm always looking forward to more.

Kobe Gutierrez

Kobe Gutierrez

Actor

Kobe is a London-based actor working on his first short film alongside the NYFA. Breaking through into the film industry as a performer is not only a reason for Kobe to creatively express himself, but also an opportunity for him to represent and inspire other Asian actors to work creatively and break the mould.

Rhodri Mayer

Rhodri Mayer

Actor

Rhodri is a 23 year-old actor and theatre-maker from Portsmouth, Hampshire and recently graduated from the University of Winchester with a degree in Comedy: Performance and Production. He is relatively new to the world of film-making, and the film industry as a whole, but is excited to bring his background in comedy and live performance to the table. In 2020, he set up a puppetry performance company, Dodo Dramatics, who are making their debut at Brighton Fringe and Winchester Hat Fair this year.

John Bristow

John Bristow

Actor

From Hertfordshire, I moved to London spending a year training to act for the stage and screen at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. I then continued to act via livestreams and workshops with the National Youth Theatre, as well as auditioning for separate productions and performing in a fresh new play in London prior to joining the NYFA. Delving into human stories, collaborating as a team, creating individual worlds, using art to educate and connect, are just a few reasons why I want to work in film.

Georgina Hart

Georgina Hart

Actor

​Georgina is an actress, singer and model who has trained with some of the best vocal coaches and theatre companies in Europe, as well as studying internationally in Holland in collaboration with the London College Of Music (LCM). Georgina now works regularly as an actress in the film and television industry, recently working with Netflix and the BBC. In 2018, Georgina opened her own dedicated Acting studio as a way of inspiring young people to reach their full potential. In 2020, Georgina launched her band 'The New Jazz Age' for which she is the lead vocalist.

Taylor Maynard

Taylor Maynard

Actor

I'm 20 years old and live in Surrey, I recently graduated from Italia Conti Arts Centre, where I studied Musical Theatre. After graduating I starred in a short film titled '9 til 5' as the character Izzy. Working as an actor in film has been an ambition of mine since I was young, I love that each character I play is completely different to the one before. I want to work in film because I want to entertain and inspire audiences; I want to bring unique, interesting characters to life and delve into storylines that have never been done before.

Georgie Dixon

Georgie Dixon

Actor

Georgie is a recent Screen Acting graduate from Chichester Conservatoire now living in London. Since graduating she has starred in’ Quiet Moments’ as the lead role of Cora. The film is going from strength to strength and has recently received the award for Best Short Film at the Sappho Film Festival. Georgie has also recently written, directed and starred in her own short film ‘Anyone but Me!’ which is currently in post production. Through the National Youth Theatre Georgie has expanded and developed her creative network and in 2020 signed with an agent. Georgie is a passionate storyteller and loves to work with other creatives to develop and explore new ideas that allow the freedom to play.

Elliott Lawton

Elliott Lawton

Actor

Elliott Lawton - 6'3", red-headed, hairy, big-and-bold actor & writer from Kent with sharp comic timing and a skill for characterisation. He's worked on many stage productions with some of the most highly regarded names in theatre. His short film credits include a horror and two comedies. He has also worked with directors including Francesco Gabriele and David Skynner. As someone living with Asperger’s syndrome, Elliott is passionate about making the arts an accessible place for those living with learning/physical disabilities - both in front of and behind the camera.

Lewis Nyanyo

Lewis Nyanyo

Actor

Lewis is a Coventry based actor. In 2020 he graduated from The University for the Creative Arts Farnham with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Acting and Performance. He started Acting from a young age, participating in amateur dramatics productions at his local theatre. He began training at UCA in 2017. During his three-years of studies, Lewis trained in both stage and screen work, creating several short films in his own course as well as collaborations with the film studies students. Lewis now hopes to create many more films that can entertain, challenge and inspire audiences.

CREW

Katy Annand

Katy Annand

Assistant Director

Katy is a London Based Film-maker with a background in Community and Applied Arts. Since Graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she has combined her passion for collaborative community art with her love of film, most recently working on “South London Stories” with London Bubble Theatre Company. She is inspired by the accessible nature of films, and the wide reaching stage it can offer for unheard/under-represented stories.

James Dougan

James Dougan

Crew

James is a filmmaker and photographer from Bournemouth. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Theatre and Performance studies. Although his study focused on creating research-based devised theatre, he also explored filmmaking through extra modules delivered by London Film School.

James' passion for storytelling and teamwork has led him to NYFA, where he hopes to make films that make you challenge your own values. James has taken on the roles of co-writer and camera operator as part of the Set Ready course.

Chiagozie Mmuoemenam

Chiagozie Mmuoemenam

Crew

I am an NYFA Crew member. I don't have much experience in the film industry, but I am eager to learn and to develop my skills. I am from Nigeria. I would like to be a film producer in the future.

Emi Burrows

Emi Burrows

Editor

Emi is a 24-year-old editor and writer based in Swansea. Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a languages degree, she is looking to transition into the world of film to pursue new passions. Emi joined NYFA as a self-taught editor, having made educational videos for the University of Warwick. However, her passion for film extends into creative writing, so she has also been working on the screenplay for the SetReady film. Since 2018, Emi has been co-running a creative writing group, which, combined with her editing skills, she hopes will be a useful stepping stone into the film industry.

Kelsey Jane Adams

Kelsey Jane Adams

I graduated with a Media Performance degree. I have directed, produced and edited my own projects. I am now focusing on starting my acting career. I want to work in film because it’s the closest art form that vicariously explores the human potential. My spiritual and acting practice has been my gateway to discovering and expressing my own spirit. One day I would like to merge these areas together to enlighten other creatives in the industry.

Brandon Whelan

Brandon Whelan

Crew

Brandon Whelan - Script Supervisor/crew - @d.jwhelan

Brandon, age 22 is an all round creative individual with experience and passion in multiple areas within performing arts, music and film. Although Brandon’s strongest area is in composing, for our film project ‘Best Self’ he is taking on the role of script supervisor as he develops into learning more about directing and producing. Brandon aspires to create and direct his own works in the future and has already written multiple pieces for stage such as musical theatre and also pantomimes. After trialing the university lifestyle he has decided to try an alternative route that he believes is more beneficial to his personal development, so joined the National Youth Film Academy so that he can gain all the practical knowledge, experience and connections that are essential in this industry.

Georgie Cowan-Turner

Georgie Cowan-Turner

Director

Georgie is a writer, director and actor. She has an MA in film from Queen's University Belfast (distinction, 2020) and has a BA in English (UCL). Her short, My Morning Routine (writer/director/VFX) and second short, The Waiting Room (writer/editor/actor/ director) have received awards across the globe. Her screenplay, Deadly Valentine, is a finalist at the ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival. Her first television screenplay was shortlisted for Flickers of the Future (Richard Curtis and Global Action Plan).
She creates films with broad audiences in mind and the desire to dramatise the ordinary, especially the daily challenges faced by women.

Annie Latham

Annie Latham

Producer

Annie, who graduated from Birmingham City University, Film and Animation has worked in various roles on a wide range of projects in both documentary and narrative storytelling, She mainly focuses on cultural legends and historical tales, using her life and experiences living in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales as inspiration, bringing to life and teaching people about different cultures and legends that may have been lost to history in her works. She hopes to continue to create visually and emotionally stimulating films, so that many others can share her joy and excitement of culture and history in film. In her films she works with a variety of storytelling media including live action film, found footage along with stop motion and 2D drawn animation and still image storytelling to create visually interesting and compelling films.

Sador Zerie

Sador Zerie

DOP

I am a filmmaker and photographer from Birmingham currently studying filmmaking at Birmingham City University. I have worked on music videos, short and feature films and also some documentaries. I like to explore ideas of race, identity and class through the medium of film with a strong emphasis on building complex characters. The stories I like to tell normally don't have uplifting endings but rather a bleak one, a true repetition on how life is for some people in the real world.

MENTOR

Nathan Hannawin

Nathan Hannawin

Nathan Hannawin co-produced and directed his first feature film, Sleaford Mods - Invisible Britain whilst still studying for his BA. The documentary was successfully crowdfunded and went on to sell out cinema's across Europe including Picturehouse Central and BFI Southbank.

His work has also included the award-winning feature film Scales (due for release in 2019) and acting as director of photography for the feature film UK18 directed by Andrew Tiernan. Nathan has also worked with award-winning and best-selling authors Jade Winters and Kiki Archer on developing their work into film.

In 2018 Nathan was awarded 'Film Director of the Year' by The International Achievers Awards.

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