ALUMNI

2017-2021 BACK IN Cohorts

YEAR 4 2020-2021

Kelsey Reid

Kelsey Reid is a graduate of the Northern Film School. She is a writer/director who in her final year was selected to direct her own screenplay as one of the graduate films, achieving a First-Class award. She enjoys making movies that inspire, influence and teach valuable life messages. 

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Rico Johnson-Sinclair

Rico Johnson-Sinclair is festival director of CineQ and has facilitated two short films commissioned by Birmingham LGBT around local social causes. He’s produced a BFI NETWORK funded short film 'Sweet Mother' directed by Zena Igbe which screened at BFI Flare (at home), Leeds International Film Festival and SQIFF in 2020.

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Charmaine Quailey

Charmaine Quailey is an actress, presenter and MD at OutKast Productions, the creator of The Why Event that enlightens people on domestic abuse through different forms of arts. She returned to her  love of film to tell stories that hopefully will evoke an emotional reaction from the viewer.

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Michelle Maycock

Michelle is a visual artist with a love for film. Having had a successful career as a photographer in the children’s fashion industry, she is currently studying Fine Art at BCU focusing on film, photography and moving image, bringing a conceptual approach to film which combines narrative with beautiful imagery.

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Stefan Davis

Stefan Davis is a filmmaker from Birmingham. Graduating from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts with a B.A. honours in Acting he currently works as an assistant director for BBC's Doctors. His feature debut is an official selection for BUFF 2020.

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Elishah St Juste

Elishah St Juste is an actor and international filmmaker, with over 20 years experience of working with young people and as a creative arts practitioner. Focusing on ‘challenging mindsets through the arts'; her work primarily utilises theatre and film as powerful social tools, to create sustainable change.

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Adaya Henry

Adaya Henry is an actor, Spoken word artist and writer. In 2018 she went viral with a poem called ‘This is for Brum?’ which was recognised by ITV News and the BBC. In 2019 she made her writing debut with her solo show which was previewed at the Birmingham REP as an artist on the poetic theatre maker’s programme. 

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YEAR 3 2019-2020

Daina Anderson

BACK IN 2019-2020

After a successful career in Television, Daina is now working towards directing her own episodic show in the Midlands. Daina also runs a successful  production workshop for young people in Birmingham.

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@dainaanderson

AR Ugas

BACK IN 2019-2020

Rising in popularity after a viral short film based on the popular Lord of the rings, AR Ugas has continued to produced a variety of successful short films on his current run up to his feature film debut.

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@arugasuk

Thai Uriah

BACK IN 2019-2020

A talented visionary who has excelled technically and currently producing a gritty web series set in Birmingham.

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@thaiuriah

Julie Bensley

After years of teaching film and media, Julie has now ventured into making her own original content, with a long list of productions in the making and a very well received short film for the Back In programme. She is now working on her next short film.

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@julieannebensley

Haydn Thomas

BACK IN 2019-2020

After being featured on the prestigious '30 under 30' list, Haydn has been creating a variety of high level films up and down the country through his own production company Haydn Thomas Films. He is continuing to work on narrative films and now a qualified drone operator.

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@haydnthomasfilms

Nadine O'Mahony

BACK IN 2019-2020

A true student of film, Nadine has constantly displayed her knowledge and passion for the arts through breathtaking films and narrative content. She is now continuing to work on her craft as she strives towards making original films for the big screen.

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@mahon_media

YEAR 2 2018-2019

Michael Ellis

BACK IN 2018-2019

Michael is a talented writer/director who has laid foundations in truly original short films. Often sought after in the local Independence film scene, he continues to make his mark on the industry creating award winning content.

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Liane Moonraven

BACK IN 2018-2019

After moving to the UK from America, Liane has used her award winning writing experience to craft a number of well received short films and continues to make impactful content in the region. 

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@lianemoonraven

@moonravenfilms

Sara Myers

BACK IN 2018-2019

With years of industry success as a writer, Sara has brought her skills to the Back In stage and excelled in her craft as a story teller whilst making a solid name for herself in the local industry. Sara is now working on content for television and wider platforms.

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@sarzworld

Tee Visuals

BACK IN 2018-2019

One of the hardest working DOP's, Tee has continued to make breathtaking content up and down the country and formed a solid platform for future productions. Tee is now working on an original pilot episode to pitch to TV networks. 

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@tee_visuals

Aaron Wiggins

BACK IN 2018-2019

After a successful career in presenting, Aaron has now launched his own production company and making productions nationally with some very well known names and faces.

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@wiggins_media

YEAR 1 2017-2018

Tashan Elliot

BACK IN 2017-2018

Tashan has produced countless amounts of high end short form content for popular figures, and brand advertisements. Since  graduating from the program he has gone on to establish his own company and continuing to make breathtaking visuals. 

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@theclickcorner

Jamaal Jones

BACK IN 2017-2018

Jamaal, a talent content creator had amazing success on the programme and has now moved to London where he is the official filmmaker for television and radio personality 'Sideman', where he creates countless comedy sketches which have gone viral across the country.

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@jonesjustjones

Ephraim Morgen

BACK IN 2017-2018

After producing his very first short film on the programme, Ephraim has continued to make truly awe-rendering content, including over 100 stunning music videos through his nationally recognised production company. A true success story. 

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@ephraimblessed

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Tenisha White

BACK IN 2017-2018

Tenisha has excelled since leaving the programme, and gone on to produce a number of films for the BBC, working with Rural Media as lead producer as well as working and featuring in a cinematically released feature film. Tenisha continues to release original films that she produces through her own successful company.

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@tenishawhite1

Remani Love

BACK IN 2017-2018

Remani has made films around the world, and recently had a production staring Lenny Henry on the BBC. Remani has made us very proud as she continues to produce high end televised content and show the UK what homegrown talent is really about. 

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@the_remani_love