TIM LEWISTON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tim started his career in the film industry in 1972. He quickly graduated to the cutting room, editing commercials and documentaries, eventually moving on to Feature Films working in both picture and sound. He has also worked on the production side in a variety of roles on commercials and larger projects.
Tim founded his own Post Production facility in 1995 and was amongst the first to mix a feature film using digital technology.
He has worked on more than 40 feature films, including Shiner (Michael Caine) The Magnificent Ambersons (Madeleine Stowe, Jonathan Rhys Meyers); Grizzly Falls (Richard Harris) - for which he received an MPSA Golden Reel nomination; Sliding Doors (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Merlin (Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Isabella Rossellini and Helena Bonham Carter) - for which he received an Emmy nomination.
For the last four years Tim has concentrated on writing and producing The Garden of Eden which is based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway; starring Mena Suvari, Jack Huston, Caterina Murino and Richard E. Grant, and was produced by Tim for Berwick Street Productions PLC(BSP). The film will be released later this year.
Tim left BSP in October 2008 and founded Wardour Pictures Plc (WPP). The ‘mandate’ for WPP is to make intelligent, entertaining and commercial feature films for budgets that are realistic in terms of recoupment and look after the needs of its angels (private investors).
Tim brings a unique set of abilities to this venture and the new team of experienced professionals welcomes his becoming Film Director of The Hot Potato.
ALAN LATHAM - PRODUCER
Alan graduated from St. Andrews University in 1983 with a degree in Economics and qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1986. He subsequently became Financial Controller at Aurum Press, the Publishing subsidiary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, and joined the film industry in 1989 as Financial Director of Cori Film Distributors. He then served as Commercial Director of BBRK Group Limited, negotiating the acquisition of the famous Ealing Studios from the BBC and became a Managing Director of the expanded BBRK Group and Ealing Studios in December 1992.
In 1996, Alan established his own management company Torlesse Enterprises Limited through which he has provided his financial structuring skills as Producer and Consultant to more than 25 films. Recently Alan Produced Dead Man Running released through Revolver in the UK. A worldwide release is imminent. (Alan’s
filmography is available on request)
ASHLEY ROWE – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
On the film set, the DOP’s role is second only to that of the Director, being in charge of the cinematic ‘look’ of the film. Ashley has worked on more than 40 dramas for Film and TV including: Starter for Ten, Hope Springs, Calendar Girls, Alfie, A Room for Romeo Brass and The Woodlanders - for which he won The Evening Standard Film Award for Technical Achievement. In addition he has won two BAFTA’s and the award for Best Cinematography at the Valladolid International Film Festival.
ROBERT HOW - LINE PRODUCER
The Line Producer runs the shoot from day to day, being responsible for keeping the production on schedule and on budget, reporting back to the Producers. Robert has been working in the film industry for 27 years, for the last 18 years in features. Last year he worked on Terry Gilliam’s film: The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, sadly Heath Ledger’s last film, and a horror film called Dread. As well as Terry Gilliam, Robert has worked with many of the UK’s best independent feature film Directors and Producers, including Ken Loach, Danny Boyle, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh, Simon Channing-Williams, Andrew MacDonald, and Duncan Kenworthy. Previous credits include: 28 Days Later, The Parole Officer and 24 Hour Party People.
IAN CRAFFORD - EDITOR
Legendary Film Editor Ian Crafford, whose credits include Field of Dreams,
Hope and Glory, Never Say Never Again and Thunderheart, is delighted to
add his considerable talents to the team. The editor’s role is central to the creative
construction of the film, working initially to tell the story from the rushes as the Director continues to shoot new material. The two then work together to hone the material into a finished product. The Editor will then oversee the integration of visual effects and titles to see the film to its culmination.
TIM HUTCHINSON - PRODUCTION DESIGNER
The Production Designer is involved in set, props, and all elements of physical
design from the wallpaper in a domestic sitting room to the right beer pump in
the background of a pub. Tim will be responsible for creating the unique Hot Potato sets and giving the backgrounds just the right level of period authenticity.
Tim’s credits as Art Director and Production Designer include: Highlander,
Tommy, Mansfield Park and Sons and Lovers. Tim was nominated for an Oscar for Victor Victoria.
KATHERINE MCCORMACK - UNIT PUBLICIST
The role of the Publicist is to handle all aspects of publicity for the film, including
organising press interviews with the stars and other crew, arranging for feature
articles in style magazines, and the making of the EPK (Electronic Press Kit) –
an important sales tool. Katherine’s recent credits include the last three James Bond films, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, and Die Another Day. Her role will be key in building press and public awareness of The Hot Potato long before the Film appears in the cinema.
JEREMY ZIMMERMANN - CASTING
Jeremy Zimmermann is one of the UK’s leading casting directors and has worked
on international productions for the past twenty years with such notable directors as Peter Yates, Ron Howard, Guillermo del Toro and Richard Attenborough. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1995 for Outstanding Individual Achievement for the casting of Joseph, a television movie.
To date Jeremy has worked on such features as Legend, Willow, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Blade 2, Keeping Mum and more recently The Mutant Chronicles, Hellboy and Hellboy 2 and The Code.
HOWARD BURDEN - COSTUME DESIGNER
Twice BAFTA nominated and winner of the 2001 Genie award for his work on ‘The War Bride’, Howard has been in the Wardrobe and Costume business for over twenty years, working on other such demanding projects as : ‘Red Dwarf’, ‘Colditz’, The Scarlet Pimpernel’ and ‘Robin Hood’. He brings a depth of talent and experience which will be a vital contribution to the look and feel of The Hot Potato. He has already met with Lois Winstone who will be playing Carole to swap notes on their shared passion for the look and styles of the sixties.
Mark Powell, legendary ‘Tailor to the Stars’ who has dressed some of the biggest names in show business, and worked on films including ‘Gangster Number One’, will be adding his designer flair to the team to produce costumes which are truly unique and infinitely stylish.