Helen De Witt is Head of Cinemas at the BFI, leading programme development for BFI Southbank. She also programmes the Experimenta strand of the BFI London Film Festival. Prior to this, she was festivals producer at the BFI, delivering the London Film Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (no BFI Flare). She has teaches Film Studies for Birkbeck College, University of London and has published articles on independent cinema, artists’ film and video, and football.
Ryan Gilbey is film critic of the New Statesman and was named Reviewer of the Year in the 2007 Press Gazette magazine awards. He also writes for the Guardian on film, theatre and comedy. He is the author of It Don’t Worry Me, a book about 1970s US cinema, as well as a study of Groundhog Day in the BFI Modern Classics series.
Mehmet Ergen has been Artistic Director of Arcola Theatre since founding it in 2000. Previously he was Artistic Director of the Southwark Playhouse, which he co-founded, from 1993 to 1999, and Associate Producer at BAC. Mehmet is also Artistic Director of Arcola Istanbul (Talimhane Theatre), which he founded in 2008. He has won a variety of awards for his work including: the Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement, a Time Out Award for Best Fringe Production, the Angela Carter Award, and the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Musical. His recent productions at the Arcola include Don Gil of the Green Breeches, Mare Rider, Sweet Smell of Success and The Painter.
Tim Robey has written on film, and occasionally books, for the Daily Telegraph since 2000. He is co-editor of The DVD Stack (Canongate), a guide to the best versions of movies available globally, and turns up on Radio 4’s Front Row, the Film Programme, Monocle FM Radio and BBC Film 2015.