IF WE BE FRIENDS

SETREADY 2021

IF WE BE FRIENDS

IF WE BE FRIENDS

After six years apart, twelve flawed, former friends are brought together again to solve a game that has been designed especially for them. However, in order to do so, they must first own parts of their pasts that they’d rather keep secret

CAST

Matt Appleton

Matt Appleton

Actor

Hailing from Surrey, with 11 years of youth theatre experience and training from 3 Drama Schools, I’ve worked on countless theatre productions and have performed in the feature film “An Assassin Walks Through the Trees”, as well as, performing in many short films, including: “Flightless” and “I Bit the Lemon.” The latter of which has, so far, been selected for 10 Festivals, winning 5 awards.
Whilst nothing beats the rush of the stage, the authenticity and nuance of screen is incredible. Films have the ability to change the world and it is my honour to be a part of that.

Genie-Jo Matheson

Genie-Jo Matheson

Actor

My first experiences in film were writing and acting in several student films in college. I’ve also worked on a shoot for an advertising campaign for Canvas student accommodation.

Being able to express your creativity through performing in your career is a valuable and rare opportunity. I want to be part of a community that appreciates the art form as more than a hobby.

I was born and grew up in London to two Northen parents, with a very mixed heritage spanning the Caribbean, China, England and Ireland.

David Place

David Place

Actor

Hello, I live in Hillingdon. I have been acting in a few student films and I have produced/directed my own student film. I would like to work in acting

Billy Skeet

Billy Skeet

Actor

I’am a young Yorkshire actor who’s starting out in film. I’ve done a few short films and enjoy the whole process from writing all the way to editing. My biggest achievement so far is my short film BRICKS which I wrote, directed, casted and stared in.

Melina Gary

Melina Gary

Actor

Melina Gary is an actor from Austin, Texas, located in London. They are excited to work in the film industry to provide representation for the Non-binary and plus sized communities in more serious roles. They have been in numerous short films and one feature film, (May I Be at Peace, 2018).

Brett Matthews

Brett Matthews

Actor

I have not participated in much film work other than extras as I am just getting into it however, I have had relevant training. The reason I want to try and get into the industry is because I have always had an interest in acting however, never really attempted to pursue it until recently. I am from Newcastle, England.

Alexander Riley

Alexander Riley

Actor

I have had previous experience in film, starring in student films. I would like to work in film because I’m so captivated by the world of film and what it can offer to its audience, it is so powerful because it can transport you to a unique world, providing you with a sense of encouragement, inspiration and validation. Film is something which binds the whole world together and there’s nothing more magical, they tell important stories, I would love to tell these stories in the future and to one day inspire others. I am from south east London.

Caroline Taylor

Caroline Taylor

Actor

Caroline, from Yorkshire, is a member of the National Youth Theatre. She voiced a lead role in ‘White Noise’ for Audible. During lockdown, she undertook presenting for screen training with Pinewood Studios and performed in weekly virtual play readings with Partner’s Rapt. Caroline has performed twice at the Edinburgh Fringe and is a founding member of ‘Bad Quarto’, whose first show premiered at the RSC Dell Festival.

She wants to work in film as, if lockdown has taught us anything, it is how vital film and television are in providing an escape at the most miserable of times.

Leanne Hampshire

Leanne Hampshire

Actor

I am from York. I have not previously worked in film but I have participated in theatre productions. I want to work in film because it can be an escape for many people to indulge in and relate to characters no matter how big or small.

Charlie Morton

Charlie Morton

Actor

I was involved with a short film production, 'Bestie', back in late 2019. My other credits have been mainly within Theatre. I graduated East 15 Acting School - Cert of Higher Education - in 2018. Later, I completed the MN Academy 'Acting for Camera' course in December 2020, whilst also moving my life across the country from my home city of Gloucester, to London, in January 2020. Film and Theatre have always been passions of mine, and I truly believe if you can earn a living whilst doing the thing you love, then you're doing life right.

Joe Sear-Myles

Joe Sear-Myles

Actor

After graduating from Middlesex University, studying Theatre Arts in London, I learned that expanding into film was a logical step. Challenging my subtly and nuiance when acting has always been my aim, to produce authentic characters. Working in film has helped to develop a fresh, disciplined approach. Before, having the opportunity to be involved with some short films and writing my own projects in 2021, my debut came with working on 'Mind Over Matter' in early 2020. Looking forward, I hope to continue learning on the Set Ready course, continuing the transition into professional working environments, and develop my process.

Bethany Thompson

Bethany Thompson

Actor

I am a 21 year old actress from Berkshire.

Whilst I have no professional experience in film to date, I have performed in two feature films and one short-film which only grew my love for the industry.

I've always believed art is something that has the ability to make an audience feel something; whether that be joy and acts as a distraction from the world or contemplation and makes them question it and if I can be a part of something that has the power to make people feel, then I think as an actress, I have succeeded.

CREW

Stephen Cefai

Stephen Cefai

Crew

I have done a number of short projects involving various different editing styles and special effects. Including animation and acting.

I've always enjoyed film from a young age. I have many ideas which I wish to bring to life through the art of cinema.

I am originally from the North West, Cheshire, England. However, I come from Maltese descent.

Thomas Garvin

Thomas Garvin

Crew

I have been a camera man for 3 different college assignments 1 film and 2 documentaries, I want to work in film because I feel if I can capture what is in front of me it can affect other lives, I am from a small town in northern Ireland called Omagh but I now live in London and am happy here

Josephine Poole

Josephine Poole

Assistant Director

I’m a dance teacher and artist from Chesterfield. I’m passionate about people and storytelling and have created a number of short films exploring mental health and poverty. I want to work in film because I am so intrigued by how stories are told. I want to push the boundaries of the industry and challenge the racism and misogyny.

Amy Zimber

Amy Zimber

Crew

With a background in fine art and ambition to delve deeper into moving image and film, I’m excited to begin my journey into the industry. While my end goal is to direct and write films my current focus is within the art department; costume, makeup and set design are as integral to the narrative as the dialogue and I believe they are key to grounding the story into reality, helping the viewers get lost in the world before them. With a keen interest in all things experimental I’m hoping to bring a fresh perspective and push boundaries within film.

Morgan Cutter

Morgan Cutter

Crew

I have done no previous work in film before joining the NYFA. However, part of the reason I joined was because I love the process of creating a fipm with the sets the connection, as I believe that things that happen off camera are just as important on things on camera. I am from the East Midlands (Dunholme, Lincoln)

Bryn Jackson-Farrer

Bryn Jackson-Farrer

Director

I’m a Scotland-based filmmaker with an interest in history, folklore, and music. ⁠ I aim explore the stories that connect people with each other and the places they live.

Tahlia Ribbons

Tahlia Ribbons

Script Writer

Hello, I’m Tahlia and I’m a writer based in the East Midlands.

In 2018, I graduated university with a degree in Visual Media. Since then, I’ve been working on my first post-apocalyptic novel, as well as several small collaboration projects that use art, literature, and film to explore different and sometimes difficult topics.

While relatively new to the film industry, as a writer, I’m passionate about turning one small idea into something powerful and unique, but also important and meaningful. The film industry is an incredible opportunity to give such stories a platform.

Harry Downing

Harry Downing

Producer

Previously I have made a short film that was my final year project for university called 'Thinking Back' that went on to be selected and win awards at film Festivals around the world.
I want to work in film because it's been my ambition in life since I was 13 to be a filmmaker and make my own films to be seen by audiences around the world.
I am from Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Melissa Lamerton

Melissa Lamerton

Crew

Hello, I am a Hampshire based sound/foley engineer with experience in location sound recording and mixing, and specialising in post-production editing and mixing. I never tire of the way audio makes a film come to life, influencing the emotions of the viewer and drawing attention to important elements of the story.

Gabrielle Scobie

Gabrielle Scobie

Crew

I am a Leeds based DOP and writer-director. I have attended Brighton Film School and have created and worked on many short film projects in roles ranging from director to gaffer. In the future I want to focus more on cinematography with the aim of becoming a freelance Director of Photography.

MENTOR

Clare Cahill

Clare Cahill

Clare Cahill is an independent producer based in Bournemouth UK. As well as developing a slate of films that represent distinct voices, she also teaches film as a Senior Lecturer at the Arts University in Bournemouth and is exploring the potentials of new and emerging technologies for film production and distribution.

Born in New Zealand into an Air Force family, when she was 6 the family moved to the idyllic Samoan islands where there was no TV and the local cinema played endless reruns of Bruce Lee movies. However, when the weather conditions were favourable, the weak pirate TV signal from American Samoa brought the magic of film, particularly the golden age of Hollywood to life. Polynesian culture is a culture rich in mythology and storytelling, through story and voice, and this experience left a lasting legacy on Clare's approach to producing.

Bringing together her people management, project management and scheduling/logistics skills and experience, with a calm and largely implacable demeanour Clare has become known as a very effective Producer, with her experience as Line Producer, Assistant Director and Production Manager, and her particular expertise in the lower budgets of independent film.

NEWS