Andy Amfo

Andy’s writing is characterised by its honesty and perceptiveness that transports readers to intricately detailed worlds inhabited by larger-than-life characters. Raised in London, Andy finds inspiration in the city’s vibrant culture, which now serves as a rich tapestry for his storytelling. He deftly infuses his work with an authenticity born of personal experience, while allowing his boundless imagination to soar. Andy’s unique voice promises to be a beacon of originality.

SOULLA TANTOURI ERIKSEN

Soulla left her job as a secondary school teacher when she accidentally discovered screenwriting. She quickly realised that writing for the screen was the perfect marriage (storm!) of her two biggest passions (writing & photography) and she’s never looked back. Soulla is a second generation Liverpudlian Greek Cypriot

JULIAN UNTHANK

Julian has held a variety of jobs from boy soldier, to movie animal trainer, before studying at Bournemouth Film School and pursuing a career in screenwriting.

He’s the writer and creator of Acorn TV’s Emmy™ nominated QUEENS OF MYSTERY, an off-beat, Amélie-esque style take on the traditional world of cosy crime, the second season of which was released on Acorn’s US and Global platforms in January 2022 before going on to be sold to dozens of international territories including Channel 5 in the UK.

A five season veteran of ITV’s worldwide hit DOC MARTIN, Julian is currently writing Season 2 of SUSPECT for Eagle Eye Productions and Channel 4 as well as developing and adapting several television shows for the UK and US, two of which already have international distributors attached, as well as developing his own feature script UNKNOWN FEMALE with US production company 87North and director David ‘Bullet Train’ Leitch.

He is the writer of the multi-award winning Oscar™ short-listed short LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT starring John Hurt, as well as being the writer of the zero award winning, 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, medieval slasher-fest SWORD OF VENGEANCE starring no one in particular.

 

Julian’s CV can be found here

JAKE RIDDELL

Jake is a screenwriter and story consultant with over twenty years’ experience. Before turning to writing full time, he worked as a story producer for THE BILL, during which time the show was nominated for a BAFTA.  He subsequently went on to write 12 episodes and rewrote many more. He also wrote most of the first series of MURDER INVESTIGATION TEAM (ITV) and was the story consultant for the second series.

Recent credits include SUPSECTS, DEATH IN PARADISE and GRANTCHESTER. He also wrote 3 episodes of LONDON KILLS, for Acorn TV. He served both as a story consultant and writer on REYKA, an eight-part crime drama about a mixed-race criminal profiler for M-Net / Fremantle International, starring Kim Englebrecht and Iain Glen. It sold all over the world, including All4, culminating in an international Emmy nomination for best drama series in 2022.  He has also acted as a story consultant on several dramas both in Europe and around the world.

Recently, Jake has written all six episodes for ENDANGERED, a thriller for M-net / Forlan Films based on a best-selling novel. It will go into preproduction in 2023 with an international cast. He’s about to adapt WEEPING WATERS, the first in the Inspector Albertus Beeslaar series of books by Karin Brynard, for Forlan Films / M-net.

Jake’s CV can be found here

VERONICA MCKENZIE

Veronica is particularly keen on historical projects, having worked with archives and found footage. Past projects include shorts  ‘THE LAST SUPPER’ (2011), ITSY (2017), feature documentary ‘UNDER YOUR NOSE’ (2016) about UK Black LGBTQ+ history, screened at the V&A, Tate Modern and universities worldwide. ‘MONICA LOOSE ON A CRUISE’ screened at BFI Flare 2019.

Veronica’s feature ‘NINE NIGHTS’ won the Pan  African Film Festival Narrative Feature Director Award 2019, and was nominated for an African Academy Movie Award.

Veronica’s CV can be found here

SAMUEL PALMER

Samuel Palmer has always had a love for literature, the silver screen and whatever metonym describes television. He’s inspired by these works, the places he’s lived and the people around him, especially his three children, who, despite being the bane of his existence, can be okay sometimes.

It was in California, living out his twenties after a purposefully botched work visa, that Samuel first pursued his dream career as a writer. Naturally drawn to dark comedy with plans to explore a wide variety of styles and genres, he took a more serious approach to his craft when he was forced to leave California and move to Manchester by the powers that be. Samuel isn’t completely blaming his wife for the move but it was her that took the job.

Samuel Palmer’s writing has been described, amongst other things, as “really, really, really good” by his mother. It is from her he inherited his love for writing, but thankfully not his vocabulary, which he describes as “really, really, really good”.

Samuel’s CV can be found here