Tyler moved to Scotland in 2007 to attend the RCS, and since graduating has appeared in ‘Outlander’, BBC’s ‘Armchair Detectives’, River City, numerous high profile ad campaigns. Stage work includes, ‘Last Dream (on Earth)’ with NTS, ‘The Broons’ tour of Scotland and ‘Sunshine on Leith’. As part of the creative team at Worrying Drake Productions, Tyler has acted in all five WDP films, co-wrote ‘V for Visa’ and scored all, other than ‘Just Say Hi’.
Alison is a Scottish actress, director, and writer in theatre, film, and television. She is a co-founder of Communicado, a multiple award-winning Scottish theatre company. She is noted for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth in Michael Boyd’s celebrated production of ‘Macbeth’ at The Tron Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. Alison directed the film ‘AfterLife’, which won the Standard Life Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2003, and is also noted for the documentary ‘Multiple’, shown on BBC Scotland in February 2006, in which she revealed that she has multiple sclerosis. In 2016, Alison was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 BAFTA Scotland Film Awards for ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ Alison is currently filming BBC’s ‘River City’ and CBeebies, ‘Molly and Mack’, whilst also mentoring and leading Acting and Directing workshops for Stage and Screen.
Lucy-Jane trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her most recent film credits include ‘Tucked’, ‘Degenerates’, ‘The Academy’, ‘Kindred’ and ‘The Bromley Boys’. She’s also appeared in various stage shows and has lent her voice to many characters for animations and video games, including ‘Hello Kitty’. Lucy-Jane will begin filming for comedy ‘Made You Look’ later in the year ahead of playing ‘Cinderella’ in Pantomime this Christmas!
Maryam is an actor and writer/director. Her screen credits include 'Last Night in Edinburgh', 'Where Do We Go From Here?’, BBC Scotland's 'River City’ and soon to be released ‘Wild Rose’ as well as stage roles with the National Theatre of Scotland, Tron Theatre, Paper Birds, 7:84, Tara Arts and a number of radio plays for the BBC.
Dierdre started acting in, ‘Children’s Hour’ at the age of nine and went on to train at the RSAMD leading to work in Scottish theatre, radio and television whilst also completing a teaching qualification in Speech and Drama at Jordanhill College of Education. Deirdre taught in Glasgow and Edinburgh for twenty five years, returning to acting as a pensioner. Recent work includes; BBC’s ‘Armchair Detectives’, ‘Molly and Mack’, numerous ads and short films.
Richard has been primarily a stage actor for 45 years. Down south, he’s worked at the National Theatre and the Almeida and toured to Moscow twice. He’s appeared all over Scotland – St Andrews, Perth, Edinburgh Lyceum, Aberdeen, Inverness, 4 seasons in Pitlochry (earning a nomination for Best Male Performance in the C.A.T.S. awards), plus a tour for Mull Theatre, which took him to a total of 21 islands. TV has included Outlander, Rillington Place, Still Game, River City, Eastenders, Great Expectations, Casualty, The Bill, plus 6 series as the grouchy neighbour in cult Saturday morning live show No 73. Previous films have included Stone of Destiny, Solid Air, The Virtual Network, Starting Over, and Preaching to the Perverted.
Jim Sweeney came to acting later in life and studied the craft while staying in the USA. On returning to Scotland got involved in various shorts with up and coming film-makers and started to carve out a solid reputation. Jim is known for his lead role as crime boss, Mick Turner, in Scottish series ‘The Crews’, and has appeared in films ranging from indie shorts such as ‘Coffee’, to bigger budget projects such as Ken Loach’s ‘The Angels Share’, Terrence Davies’ ‘Sunset Song’, and Starz series ‘Outlander’ where he plays clan chieftain ‘Andrew Macdonald’. Most recently, ‘Isolani’ a film in which Jim played lead, was nominated for awards at several festivals Including Raindance and BIFA, whilse he has been busy playing ‘Father Vetriano’ in feature film ‘Schemers’ and filming in Serbia & Croatia for ‘The Islander’, playing opposite Carline Goodall.
After nearly six years of working in the camera department John made his first short film; a romantic comedy called Notes. The film picked up the “Best Scottish Film” award at the Bootleg film festival in Edinburgh. Notes has gone on to screen all over the UK and North America, picking up awards including Audience Choice, Best film, Best Director and Best Actor and Best Editing. Later that year he released V for Visa and Doug & Steve's Big Holy Adventure. V for Visa went on to win the Best Director accolade at TriBeCa Film Centre in New York as part of the Bootleg Film Festival. John’s next short Just Say Hi was entered into to the Virgin Media Shorts Competition, winning 2 out of the 3 awards, making him the only director in the competition’s history to win multiple awards. The film was later picked up by the Très Court International Film Festival where it was screened in over 100 cities in 23 countries. After ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’, John has made his second feature film ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ with Blazing Griffin.
Lauren graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Theory with Production from the University of the West of Scotland in 2005. Since then she has worked extensively within the Independent film community in Scotland, producing numerous short films and two microbudget feature films, whilst also working within the mainstream industry in production teams for noted companies such as The Comedy Unit, Shed Media, Minnow Films, The Foundation TV, and STV Creative. Most recently Lauren has joined Blazing Griffin as Associate Producer. The first of the two micro-budget features’, 'Where Do We Go from Here?' from Worrying Drake Productions, toured the festival circuit worldwide and picked up numerous nominations and wins, including multiple Best Film awards. Short film 'HOLE' staring James Cosmo, on which Lauren collaborated with Blazing Griffin, has also picked up numerous nominations and won The British Lion award, for best achievement on a low budget, at the British Independent Film Festival. Further to this, short film ‘Natalie’ by Mikey Murray was in competition for Best Short at EIFF in 2017. Now, having worked with the Producing team at Blazing Griffin on feature film ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ as Associate Producer, Lauren is working towards shooting action thriller ‘Exodus’ later this year.
Born in Kirkwall in Orkney, Andrew Lanni studied Digital Film & Television at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During his time here, he worked as a producer on 'The Taxidermist' (2011) which was later nominated for the Best Fiction award at the 2012 British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards. In 2013, he was reunited with his fellow students John McPhail and Tyler Collins when he took up the role of producer for the short film 'Notes' (2013). which became the first part of a trilogy of short comedy films with 'V for Visa' (2013) and 'Doug & Steve's Big Holy Adventure' (2013) completing the series. The films were positively received by critics winning multiple awards. During the filming of the comedy trilogy, the team also produced 3 minute short 'Just Say Hi' to enter into the 2013 edition of the Virgin Media Shorts Competition. The film made it through to the top 13 out of a short list of 250 films and picked up 2 out of the 3 awards of the evening. In 2014, Lanni and the rest of the Worrying Drake Team set out once again to produce the feature film 'Where Do We Go From Here?' (2015). Lanni was gone on to work as the second assistant director for the films 'Con Men' (2015), 'Stalactites' (2015) & 'Natalie' (2017). Lanni currently works as the Crowd Coordinator on Starz ‘Outlander’.