ABOUT

The Company Directors all have extensive experience in media, stage and film. Please see bios below:

Joe Riley

Joe has spent over 20 years in the Business either acting or behind the camera (DOP, Producing & now Directing) or working all aspects of the Technical side of Theatre. Having studied ‘O’ & ‘A’ Level Theatre Arts he bypassed the traditional Drama School route into the business and instead opted to build a skill set in the ‘University of Real Life’ that has proved invaluable in his varied career.

He made his professional stage debut in “Fall of the House of Usher” by Nick Myles in Hampstead and then rapidly jumped behind the camera to follow LTJ Bukem to collect footage for a documentary over 3 years with TunnelVision having met him whilst Freelancing at MTV. His TV debut came at virtually the same time with a role in some idents for CITV. He then met and worked in several pieces with Gareth Ellis-Unwin including “Civil War: England’s Fight For Freedom”, Sky’s “Dream Team” and BBC’s “Jerusalem The Golden” alongside Eddie Marsan for Black History Month. In the last couple of years Joe has added a couple of TV Pilots to the list, “Plastic Gangsters” for Henry Tomlinson, “Nearly New” which is still being considered for commissioning and just out of post “The Block” for DTFilms where he worked alongside Karen Bryson MBE. He appeared on the BBC again recently in Matt Lucas’ “Pompidou”.

Joe added many theatre credits to his name in the early noughties including “Bouncers”, “Zoo Story” and some site specific pieces ‘taking theatre to people who don’t usually encounter it’. A phase of Irish plays followed, such as “Shadow of a Gunman” and “Dancehall Days” culminating in a tour of Ireland with “Big Maggie”. More recent theatre credits include the UK Premier of “Count Oederland” at The White Bear and Arcola Theatre’s and the first London revival of ‘Jerusalem’ at Lost Theatre.

During this time Joe has also added several Feature Films, over 40 Short films including co-writing, Producing & Acting in “Tales Of The Legbreaker”, a couple of Web Series, numerous Commercials, Rehearsed Readings, Music Video’s and some Voiceover work to his CV. He has also performed drama on Radio and appeared on the Internet in Sketch Shows and Public Information viral films.

Running parallel with this Joe has been working as a Theatre Technician/Production Manager since 2002 in an Independent School overseeing a minimum of 3 Productions per year, covering everything from Lights, Sound, Set, Props, Costume & Make-Up through to Filming and Editing the Productions and teaching teenagers in the process. Managing the Theatre on a day to day basis was also part of his remit and he also oversaw the complete refurbishment of the Theatre in 2008 having worked extremely closely with the Architects on the design.

Ellie Torrez

Ellie Torrez is a trained actress and model from London, she cut her teeth at the prestigious Brit school from the age of 13, then went on to gain a BA Honours Degree at Dartington College of Arts and on an exchange in America. She has studied in New York, Baltimore and at the Actors Centre in both LA & London.

 

Ellie has worked on many British and international film & t.v projects, including Eastenders, Run Fat Boy Run, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Last Chance Harvey. She also starred in the highly acclaimed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde winning the Shriekfest - Best Actress Award in LA for her role as Claire Caine. She then went onto to play the feisty Ruby Wilkins in David Cross' Respire and had her own love triangle storyline in drama series Persona playing Eve Moreau.

 

Her series of high profile commercial credits include Patron Tequila, Nokia, BBC Eden and 'Cocaine Unwrapped' One Line = One Life. She has also worked with Ant & Dec on their ITV show Red or Black.

Currently in post-production are films Convention of the Dead, Agent X and ONE.

– Andrei Tarkovsky

Jake Francis

Jake has always been involved with the Arts, in particular, writing, acting and filmmaking. Training never stops, but Jake has trained at RADA on Actor/Director Workshops with multi-award-winning director Robert Marchand, the London Academy of Media, Film & TV, The Actors Centre London, and the Alchemy of Screen Acting.

Going from strength to strength in the film business, the film 'Grandfather', by award-winning Director Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, of which he was the lead and also edited, won awards at both the Birmingham Film Festival and the Hollywood International Film Festival.

He has also worked with award-winning directors such as Patrick Ryder, with a Lead role in the film 'In Flight', now showing on Amazon Prime, and appeared in blockbusters such as Star Wars and James Bond.

Jake is one of the founders of Tripod Productions Ltd, and having written several shorts, is now producing films and working on a television series.

Over the years Jake has also been involved in many different creative ventures. He started Martial Arts at a young age, winning the Southern Championship in '95, and has many years experience in various fighting disciplines, weapons, and fight choreography.

 

He is also an avid archer, squash player and snowboarder, and played the drums in bands for a few years.

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