Miranda Pennell worked in contemporary dance before making films, and later studied visual anthropology. Her film and video work exploring different forms of collective performance has been broadcast internationally and presented in festival and gallery contexts. Her recent moving-image work uses archival materials as the starting point for a reflection on the colonial imaginary. Her film Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed (2010) was awarded best international film at the 2011 Images Festival, Toronto, and Courtisane Festival, Ghent. Pennell’s feature-length film The Host (2015), which reworks material drawn from the archive of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP), won the Punto de Vista Award for Best Film (Pamplona) in 2017. She has worked as a contemporary dancer, a freelance commercials director, a teacher, and she also writes and curates.
A Cambodian Spring
Chris is an award-winning video journalist and documentary filmmaker, and the founder of Little Ease Films. He has spent the last nine years making his first feature documentary, A Cambodian Spring. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper, and in 2014, produced an award-winning, undercover investigation into slavery in the Thai fishing industry. His work has taken him as far afield as South Sudan, Burma, the Philippines, Laos and Thailand. He is currently developing an animated feature film about slavery in the Thai fishing industry, a feature documentary about a young Irish man who went to fight Assad in Syria, and a Virtual Reality computer game about slavery and migration.
LEAVE/STAY: Sweet Home
Loránd Balázs Imre is a co-founder of SpeakEasy Project, and founder of SpeakEasy Project Berlin. He has worked on a number of documentary films since 2012, and is the director and producer of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awarded documentary series, LEAVE/STAY.
Bálint Tusor began his film career in 2003, and has since worked on numerous international productions as assistant editor. He completed his Masters in film and television at the National Film and Television School in 2012, and in the last five years has mainly worked as a documentary film editor. Verzio will screen his first documentary directorial debut, co-directed with Loránd Balazs Imre.