Inglenook is an independent film and theatre company, made up of four creative spirits.
Together our aim is to create a broad range of work that we consider to be commercially viable, yet human and intelligent, which can have a real share of the indie marketplace. Our work so far has explored the incredible world of feature films, short films, documentaries, theatre (both traditional and nontraditional), and online and multimedia projects. We believe that film and theatre are experiences for everyone, and we simply want our work to offer people the opportunity to journey wherever they wish to go. As the in-house production company for Victoria Warehouse, we also deliver a dynamic range of videography, photography and design work for the events hosted in this unique building. We have many fingers in many pies, and who doesn't love a good pie!
MEET THE TEAM
WILLIAM FORSTER 1985 - 2016
Will, the founding artistic director of Inglenook, sadly lost his fight against cystic fibrosis at the age of just 31, and leaves behind a rich legacy of theatre and and film work. Will trained on the BA Hons: Directing programme at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, where only six individuals were accepted and trained per year. It was here that he met and worked with Amy, and they quickly forged a director/designer partnership. John and Will met over twelve years ago: Will cast John in his first theatre production after spotting him behaving strangely in a college canteen! Joining forces ever since, they co-directed Inglenook's first short film, the award-winning Roses In Winter (2010).
As for Will and Michael, after an awkward hug outside an Italian restaurant in the back streets of Crewe, they quickly went on to direct their first feature film together, Self Same Sky (2011). Over the years, Will has worked on a number of independent feature films as director, associate director and as rehearsal director. He has also dedicated a lot of time to training and coaching young people who have a strong interest in performance for both stage and screen. Will has continued this work with Inglenook's #GetNooked Acting Workshops which he has developed whilst in-house at Victoria Warehouse.
Passionate about theatre, Will had many theatre productions under his belt and also worked professionally as an assistant director in London for a variety of theatre directors such as Jo Davies, Tim Welton and Julian Woolford. Will was fortunate enough to work closely with individuals such as British orchestrator Sarah Travis, theatre director Braham Murray OBE, and actress Brenda Blethyn. As well as having a strong interest in actor musician work, music theatre and musical theatre, he was quite partial to a bit of devised theatre and new writing.
As head of documentary development at Inglenook, Will was managing a number of unique documentaries being produced for professional broadcast, and influencing his work in this area specifically was, ironically, his chronic condition cystic fibrosis. We will endeavour to pick up where Will left off and complete his work, as best we can.
Artistic Director: New Media & Creative Production
John develops all things new media for Inglenook and heads up our creative production. When we know what that all means exactly, we'll give you a shout, but it's safe to say that he will take on anything you can throw at him. A trained actor, John graduated from the BA Hons in Acting: Collaborative and Devised Theatre course from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. This specialist training is considered some of the best available worldwide and since graduating John has maintained a close working relationship with the school.
John became a co-owner of Inglenook alongside Will, and former Inglenook-er Hannah North, back in 2010. Hannah has played a significant part in developing Inglenook and its portfolio of work over the years. She has since departed to pursue a career in television, taking up a full-time position with the BBC in MediaCityUK, and she remains a close friend of ours - until the court date comes through!
In 2010, John co-directed his first independent feature film (Julius Caesar), which was nominated for best Microbudget Feature at Raindance Film Festival. He went on to direct a surreal animated fantasy version of Richard II, and just when his head can't possibly get any bigger, it does! John produced and co-directed The Rochdale Pioneers, which was broadcast on Film4 in November 2012 and featured John Henshaw.
Artistic Director: Film & Commercial
Michael joined Inglenook in 2011, but he has known John since they were young enough to run around in the back garden without feeling silly. He is a master of his craft and has many years of experience in film production and cinematography. He co-directed his first feature film, Self Same Sky (2011), alongside Will, and since then he has produced an award-winning short film for the 50 Kisses Project, pioneered by British filmmaker and author Chris Jones (Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook) and The London Screenwriters Festival. Michael has also produced Red Square Live, a studio-based Manchester United Fanzone show for YouTube at Victoria Warehouse.
More recently, Michael produced Inglenook's short documentary about the well respected actor training programme BA Acting: Collaborative and Devised Theatre (in creative partnership with Complicite) at the Royal School of Speech & Drama, commissioned by the school. The documentary features actor, writer and director Simon McBurney, founder and artistic director of Complicite.
In addition to the above, Michael has worked closely with John in developing a dynamic range of commercial photography and videography projects associated with Victoria Warehouse. He has been responsible for shooting a number of adverts for the Holdens' Agency based in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, and filming trailers for Luke Brown Dance. Our Michael doesn't half get around, which is surprising really given he is as blind as a bat. He's still a phenomenal editor though!
Michael is a skilled writer and stand-up comedian who performs regularly, so he's a real ideas man. Michael has notebook after notebook full of amazing short film and feature film ideas, however, all notebooks are currently lost. His favourite things are brevity, tax returns and sarcasm.
Artistic Director: Design & Visual Arts
Amy has been the resident designer for Inglenook for many years, since meeting Will during her Theatre Design training at Rose Bruford College. Before Inglenook’s relocation to the north, Amy was a model maker, and set and costume designer for fringe productions in London and small-scale regional theatres, collaborating with established directors including Tim Hopkins and Patrick Sandford. Amy also spent a significant amount of time assisting prominent theatre designers such as Sara Perks, Juliet Shillingford and Sophie Jump.
Eventually Amy began having a cheeky dabble in designing for film. Her first production design credit was Inglenook's Roses in Winter (2010), working alongside Will and John. She went on to design her first feature film, Self Same Sky (2011), collaborating with Will and Michael. Other film opportunities soon came her way, such as heading up the costume department for a short film, Hey! Come On Out! which was part of a series of critically acclaimed productions by the award-winning charity, Streetwise Opera.
Amy is the go to girl when it comes to graphic design and web design, producing printed marketing material for Victoria Warehouse and our very own website. When she's not busy doing all that, she can also put her photographer's hat on to provide product photography as well as headshots. It's safe to say she's a bit of an all rounder!
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