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Carol-Mei is a filmmaker, writer and academic, with a PhD in Film Studies. After graduating with a Masters in Film from the University of London, she won the UNESCO 'City of Film' Doctoral scholarship, specialising in Chinese cinema and the city in film. She taught film and media studies at the University of Bradford, and developed educational resources for the charity Film Education. She has written about film for various publications including Time Out London, and in 2013 sat on the short film jury at the Bradford International Film Festival. Carol-Mei lives in east London, where she grew up and also worked as a Learning Mentor to young people. She currently works at the BFI and Royal Holloway University of London.
Stella is a filmmaker, writer, and director. Born in Italy, Stella emigrated to London as a child and has studied and worked in east London ever since. She graduated with a Masters degree in Film from Queen Mary University of London specialising in Latin American cinema. In 2011 she travelled to New York to work as a Production Assistant on A Late Quartet (2012). Stella went on to be mentored by Sally Potter working as Director's Assistant on Ginger and Rosa (2012) and then with Justin Kurzel on Macbeth (2015). Stella continues to work closely with Sally Potter on her latest feature The Party (2017). Stella has made short films, documentaries, music videos and most recently directed 50 online commercials for Dove, Unilever.
Stella and Carol-Mei met ten years ago whilst studying film at university. They bonded over a shared love of cinema, politics, and exercising loud opinions on pretty much everything. Mostly, they shared a deep dissatisfaction with recent social and physical reconfiguration of their native east London. Identifying a relationship between this and media representation, they have long felt there is a need to tell stories that offer alternative truths and perspectives.
Since university they have gone on their separate journeys in film. Stella embarked upon an industry path, and Carol-Mei an academic. Two features and a PhD later, they decided to pool their skills and experiences and make films that challenge, provoke, and stimulate critical thought.
Both Stella and Carol-Mei are committed to mentoring and working with young people in film, and look towards developing upon this work.