Tina Gharavi, founder of Bridge + Tunnel, is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, academic and equality campaigner born in Iran, educated in the US and France. Gharavi is noted for innovative cross-platform work on migration and much of her work supports outsiders, outcasts and refugees to tell their own stories.
Production Office Manager
After studying film at university, Kathryn has worked at various arts and charity organisations in the North East gaining experience across the board of all operations involved with running a small business. Kathryn is responsible for the Bridge + Tunnel office in central Newcastle, and keeping the many aspects of running a film company ticking over.
ADO YOSHIZAKI CASSUTO
Producer – NDF Productions
Born in Japan, Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto is a London based producer working on a slate of films whose first production, Last Passenger, was nominated for a BIFA and was released worldwide in 2014. Co-owner of NDF International whose previous films include The Crying Game, Howards End and Basquiat.
Producer – Night & Day
Under the banner, ASTERISK FILMS AND PROJECTS, Justine wrote and is producing VIRGINIA WOOLF’S NIGHT AND DAY, directed by Tina Gharavi. She produces feature film documentaries JANINE JANSEN FALLING FOR STRADIVARI (2021) and FORCE OF NATURE NATALIA (2020), both directed by BAFTA Grierson, Prix Italia Prize winning director Gerry Fox.
Under the banner, KINO KLASSIKA FOUNDATION, Justine develops, curates and produces film programmes of international scope. She runs KLASSIKI ONLINE, the world’s first streaming platform dedicated to film from Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Justine is also an acclaimed actress playing leading roles in feature films including Russian language feature, Target (Alexander Zeldovich, 2011) and The Fall (Tarsem, 2007) and television series Great Expectations (1999) and Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1998).
Producer and Assistant Director – Poisson Rouge Pictures
Christopher Granier-Deferre is a producer and assistant director, known for County Lines (2019), The Levelling (2016) Lady Macbeth (2016) and Gone Too Far (2013). He has over 25 years experience working in film and television and has run Poisson Rouge Pictures for the past 2 decades. Granier-Deferre’s production “Gone Too Far” premiered at the London International Film Festival, won the AFRIFF Audience Award and an African Academy Award for Best First Feature.