Improvised throughout, the actors play their own names, contribute to their storylines and character development, filming themselves and each other using smartphones. This “Cast-Sourced” approach means there’s no director of photography or film crew, no production designer, no set builder, no special effects and no elaborate post-production. What you see is what you get. The focus is on “real life” acting and story-telling.

Filmed across 2 years at various locations including London, Venice Beach, Geneva, Rome and Norway (as well as some very dark woods near Hastings), #STARVECROW features a mix of established actors and talented newcomers, including an appearance by Downton Abbey’s Jeremy Swift, who stars alongside RocknRolla’s David Bark-Jones and The Pillars of the Earth’s Skye Lourie.

For the full #STARVECROW cast and crew visit #STARVECROW on IMDb.

 

Ashlie Walker

Ashlie Walker

"Jess" View Details
Skye Lourie

Skye Lourie

"Skye" View Details
David Bark-Jones

David Bark-Jones

"Alastair" View Details
Ben Willens

Ben Willens

"Ben" View Details
Kelly Hotten

Kelly Hotten

"Kelly" View Details
Buchi Osuji

Buchi Osuji

"Buchi" View Details
April Robinson

April Robinson

"April" View Details
Jeremy Swift

Jeremy Swift

"Perv" View Details
Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

"Josh" View Details
John Carver

John Carver

Director View Details
Noel Watson

Noel Watson

Sound Designer View Details
Steven Bollschweiler

Steven Bollschweiler

Editor View Details
Ashlie Walker

Ashlie Walker

"Jess"

Ashlie has been working in television since the age of ten and has had roles in Bad Girls, Casualty, Doctors, Hollyoaks and A Touch Of Frost. She has also appeared in a number of TV adverts.

Ashlie trained in voice, singing, dialects, dance (ballet, jazz and tap), as well as Shakespearean mime and physical theatre at the RTS Drama School between 1998 and 2000. She then went on to the Urdang Academy before studying further at the Academy of Science of Acting and Directing from 2003 to 2005. Her training included acrobatics, circus skills, directing, historical dance, meditation, stage fighting, voice and yoga.

Ashlie played the role of Natalie in Jack Said alongside Danny Dyer (November 2009), a prequel to Jack Says which was released in 2007 starring Mike Reid. She has also appeared in a number of music videos and stage productions.

Along side her brother, Ashlie is the presenter Word On The Street (BBC Worldwide) an English Language teaching programme co-produced by the BBC and the British Council.

Skye Lourie

Skye Lourie

"Skye"

Born in New Zealand and raised in Tuscany, Skye attended Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Hurtwood House. She is best known for portraying Elizabeth of Weymouth in the TV-miniseries The Pillars of the Earth (2010) directed by Ridley Scott. Other film credits are The Holding and Guinea Pigs.

In 2011 she featured in the music video Time, written by British drum-and-bass duo Chase & Status’ for their second studio album, No More Idols.

She guest starred in the TV series Hustle as Kat in the episode Curiosity Caught the Kat (2012). In 2015, she appeared in Lake Placid vs. Anaconda.

David Bark-Jones

David Bark-Jones

"Alastair"

David has appeared in numerous award winning film, theatre and TV productions. His professional stage debut in 1992 was as Redpenny in The Doctor’s Dilemma at the Manchester Royal Exchange, a role believed to be based on David’s great great uncle Leonard Noon, the co-discoverer of allergen immunotherapy.

David then appeared in various repertory and TV productions in small roles until playing Carl in Patrick Marber’s first improvised play, Dealer’s Choice at the Royal National Theatre and in the West End of London. David then went onto appear as Lieutenant Denny in the “Colin Firth” BBC Pride and Prejudice, Bulanov in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Forest adaptation (also at the National Theatre), Bertie in Guy Richie’s RocknRolla, Dr. Losberne in Alan Bleasdale’s TV adaptation of Oliver Twist (opposite Keira Knightley) and Francis in Ridley Scott’s Pillars of the Earth. Whilst in The 39 Steps in the West End, David won Broadwayworld.com’s Best Actor in a West End Play 2010, for his portrayal of Richard Hannay.

In 2013 David toured the UK in The Old Vic production of Noises Off as Gary Lejeune. In 2015 he launched Premier Cru Productions, with his wife Rachel, whose first production is an innovative wine-tasting entertainment experience.

Ben Willens

Ben Willens

"Ben"

Originally from London, LA based model and actor Ben has a string of credits to his name. Most recently he can be seen appearing alongside Pierce Brosnan in November Man (2014).

Kelly Hotten

Kelly Hotten

"Kelly"
Buchi Osuji

Buchi Osuji

"Buchi"

Before going to university, Buchi had a successful career performing in the West End and on tour in musicals such as Wicked and High school Musical.

He graduated with a degree in Law from London South Bank University in 2012. After working for some time at City law firms, he joined DMJ Legal as a consultant. Buchi specialises in the recruitment of qualified in-house lawyers. Although working in law now, Buchi still enjoys the theatre, but from the audience side rather than the stage.

April Robinson

April Robinson

"April"

April attended Hurtwood House before going on to Kings College, London, to study English Literature. Whilst at university April establish Almost Burgundy, a promenade theatre company creating immersive murder mystery performances.

After graduating April worked as Head of PR for Alexia Fashion and she is currently working with David Bark-Jones as part of Premier Cru Productions.

Jeremy Swift

Jeremy Swift

"Perv"

Jeremy studied drama at Guildford Drama school from 1978 to 1981 and worked almost exclusively in theatre throughout the 1980s, working with companies such as Deborah Warner’s Kick Theatre company and comedy performance-art group The People Show. During this period Jeremy also worked on numerous television commercials. In the 1990s he acted at the National Theatre working alongside David Tennant and Richard Wilson in Phillyda Lloyd’s production of What the Butler Saw. He starred in the ITV sitcom Blind Men, and Vanity Fair for BBC1.

In the 2000s, Jeremy appeared in Gosford Park playing the footman Arthur, and Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist as Mr Bumble. For BBC3 he played Barry in the cult hit The Smoking Room and had a theatrical hit with Abigail’s Party, the last production at the old Hampstead Theatre and their longest running west end transfer.

In 2009 he played the lead in the true story of Sean Greenhalgh in The Antiques’ Rogue Show for BBC2 with Liz Smith and Peter Vaughn, The Deacon in a film adaptation of Anton Checkhov’s short story The Duel and featured in Canoe Man, a 2010 TV drama based on the John Darwin disappearance case.

He starred in the independent British feature film Downhill, which is a comedy about four men attempting Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk which was released in 2014 and co-stars Ned Dennehy, Karl Theobald and Richard Lumsden. The film was directed by James Rouse and the screenplay was written by Torben Betts.

Jeremy is also a composer and his work includes the score for Werewolves: The Dark Survivors (Wide-eyed Entertainment) for the Discovery channel and ITV global.

Up until the final episode on Christmas day 2015, he played Spratt in Downton Abbey.

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

"Josh"

After finishing his A-levels Josh joined the recently founded Faction Theatre Company. He performed in a number of plays with them most notably Richard III, Macbeth and The Robbers. He then studied at LAMDA on the 1 year foundation course. After leaving he re-joined The Faction and performed in a number of touring shows to the Theatre Royal, Bath and around London.

Between 2012 and 2014 Josh starred in a number of plays at The White Bear Theatre in Kennington. In 2015 he performed as Sandy in Doris Lessing’s Each His Own Wilderness at The Orange Tree theatre directed by Paul Miller.

During the past few year he has appeared in Testament of Youth the WW1 biopic of Vera Brittan and The Bad Education movie. In 2015 he was cast as Johnny Dalkeith in the UK Netflix original series “The Crown” directed by Stephen Daldry.

John Carver

John Carver

Director

John Carver was immersed in the commercial world of Advertising and Music Video making for over 20 years & worked with an impressive array of famous brands and bands. From Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney to MINI and Coca Cola James directed a striking variety of unique ad campaigns, commercials and music promos and his work has also appeared on a host of record covers.
 
John walked away from commercial initiatives and his mainstream clients to focus on his personal work, key being a concept he had to create a fully immersive filmic based experience. Drawing inspiration from avante garde film makers & artist groups such as Lars Von Trier’s Dogme 95, James conceived Starvecrow, a project that resonates on a very different wavelength.

Noel Watson

Noel Watson

Sound Designer

Noel started DJing in London in 1982 at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, at the Substation nights organized by Chris Brick from the Beak Street store Demob/Jesus is my Homeboy/house of God family.

Noel and his brother Maurice, pioneered the early Warehouse parties Djing for Chris Brick and Chris Sullivan (ledgendary Dj, writer, Jocks and Nerds assoc Editor) @ Roseberry Avenue, these gigs were around 83 to 84, the music policy then was early Rap and Hip hop, mixed with Funk and Soul, electro and pop.

The Watson Brothers DJed at many parties in London around this time, for The Grey Organization and people like Tom Dixon who ran nights called The Titanic, based in Piccadilly. The brothers then created their own clubnight with Sean Oliver and Julian Wooley (head of A&R at Streetsounds at that time) called Battlebridge Road, behind Kings Cross, an underground illegal night (were the bar was manned, or should that be ‘womanned’ by Neneh Cherry and Andi Oliver) were they played to the likes of Malcolm McClaren, The Massive Attack Boys, Jazzie B etc, until the club was raided by the Police and shut down in a blaze of Daily Mirror ‘Illegal Warehouses ruining our society” scaremongering.

Around this time the brothers began experimenting in the studio, mentored by Malcolm McClaren and Bernie Rhodes, whilst DJing on stage with The Clash at London’s Brixton Academy and remixing records for the first time, the Electro Streetsounds LP’s, plus 12” singles by UTFO, and the Real Roxanne, plus the Celluloid/Streetsounds Afrika compilations, all massively influential on today’s urban artists.

Steven Bollschweiler

Steven Bollschweiler

Editor

Steve was part of our original group of graduate editors we worked with on finding and developing the stories within #STARVECROW. Over 6 weeks we worked with the group of young editors to cut the pool of footage down from 70 hours of footage provided by the actors to just 4 hours, having explored and edited various storylines and creating multiple versions of the film.

Over the next 12 months we worked with Steven to further refine the narrative and build the story of #STARVECROW whilst avoiding the typical storytelling structure and conclusion you’d expect from a traditional film. A massive undertaking for such a young editor.

Steven is now a freelance video editor based in the South of England using industry standard software to create creative and compelling pieces of work.

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