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Meet the Guest Speakers
A 30-year veteran of international film distribution, Wendy Reeds is Executive Vice President, International Sales responsible for heading up the licensing of Lionsgate’s films for all international territories out of Lionsgate’s London office. She has worked at Lionsgate for 15 years handling pre-sales international licensing for a wide range of films that includes LA LA LAND, HUNGER GAMES FRANCHISE, JOHN WICK FRANCHISE, WONDER, SAW FRANCHISE, KNIVES OUT, and many others.
Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 (1982) and the Robert Bloch- inspired Psycho II (1983), the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates.
Tom gained more notoriety, however, as a director. His directorial debut was the popular 1980s Vampire film, Fright Night (1985) which, at the time, was said to have been responsible for redefining the sub-genre, influencing later films like The Lost Boys (1987) and Near Dark (1987). The film was a box office hit and garnered three Saturn Awards and one Dario Argento Award.
For his next project, Child's Play (1988), Tom again cast Chris Sarandon. The film was a Number One box-office hit in America and a worldwide success, despite controversy over its thematic content. It, like Fright Night (1985) has since gathered a cult following amongst horror fans. Tom then went onto direct two films based upon adaptations of Stephen King's novels: The Langoliers (1995) and Thinner (1996). He also took a cameo role in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand (1994).
Tom's other projects have included _The Incredible Hulk_ episode 'Another Path', Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories (1985), three episodes of Tales from the Crypt (1989), and the prestigious Masters of Horror (2005) anthology. He starred in A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970) with Ingrid Bergman.
In 2009 Tom took a starring role in Hatchet II (2010) alongside Kane Hodder and Tony Todd.
Juliet Landau is an actress, director, producer & writer. As an actress, highlights include Drusilla on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER & spin-off ANGEL and co-starring in Tim Burton’s ED WOOD as Loretta King. Last season she recurred as Rita Tedesco on Amazon’s BOSCH and recurring as Cordelia on TNT’s CLAWS. The Worldwide Blu-Ray Streaming and Blu-Ray release of Juliet visionary, feature directorial debut, A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD is October Friday the 13th, 2023. She produced the movie with her husband, Deverill Weekes, under their Miss Juliet Productions banner. Cast: Gary Oldman, Ron Perlman, Robert Patrick, Lance Henriksen and Anne Rice, appearing for the only time ever in a scripted movie. A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD was only submitted to 21 festivals and not only got into 21, but swept all the major awards at every single one! (Including Lisa K. Crosato’s brilliant CITY OF ANGELS WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL!) The 37 major awards include: 12 Best Feature of the Festival, 9 Best Actress - Juliet Landau, 6 Best Director, 2 Audience Choice, 2 Best Script, 1 Best Ensemble Cast, 1 Best Supporting Actor - Gary Oldman, 1 Best Editing, 1 Best Scripted Faux Documentary, 1 Best Vampire Film and1 Most Innovative Feature Film. Juliet’s next venture is THE UNDEAD SERIES. Mostly in the can, THE UNDEAD is the only documentary series ever to gather the A-list of the vampire-genre together. Every one of the talented artists in A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD came back to participate, as did Tim Burton, Willem Dafoe & many other notables. Other acting work includes starring in over 20 films, appearing in many more, guest-starring frequently on TV, Voiceover roles and an extensive roster of award-winning, leading roles in the theater. Juliet previously directed 2 short subjects: TAKE FLIGHT with Gary Oldman and DREAM OUT LOUD with Guillermo del Toro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson. She is a member of THE ACTORS STUDIO, WOMEN IN FILM, FILM INDEPENDENT, THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN DIRECTORS, BAFTA and is an alum of SUNDANCE COLLAB.
For years as a stills photographer Deverill photographed news, fashion and celebrity profiles. His photos have graced the covers and inside pages of international and national magazines. As a cinematographer he collaborated multiple times with Gary Oldman, including Oldman’s music videos, HEAVEN IN YOUR EYES and RED ROVER. He shot Rosanna Arquette’s documentary ALL WE ARE SAYING with Elton John, Iggy Pop, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Gwen Stefani, Stevie Nicks, Peter Gabriel, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and Laura Dern. Other documentary films include INSPIRED BY featuring John Carpenter and Malcolm McDowell. He directed the multi-award-winning short films, EULOGY, LIVING ON A PRAYER, FUNERAL PARTY and WAITING. Dev is the Co-Producer, Co-writer, and Co-Cinematographer of the multi-award winning, A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD. He is also Co-Creator, Co-Producer of THE UNDEAD SERIES. The UNDEAD features all the talent from A PLACE AMONG THE DEAD, as well as Tim Burton, Willem Dafoe, Charlaine Harris (Creator of the best-selling books, which TRUE BLOOD is based on) and many others. Vampires are the jumping off point to revealing the mind-blowingly personal about their lives, what makes them tick, their creative process, their craft. Dev was born to a working class family in Sidcup, has a degree from WESTMINSTER UNIVERSITY IN LONDON (which he attended on scholarship.) Dev's a proud Co-Owner of MISS JULIET PRODUCTIONS, which he formed with his wife, Juliet. They currently reside in Los Angeles. He is a member of FILM INDEPENDENT and a SUNDANCE COLLAB alum.
Cathy Tyson has worked on a broad range of projects for screen and stage. Her performance as Polly in Help (Channel 4) was recognised last year when she won the BAFTA for ‘Supporting Actress’. Other television work includes Maternal (ITV), The Canterville Ghost (BBC) and Band of Gold (ITV). Upcoming television projects include Kaos (Netflix), Criminal Record (AppleTV+), Death in Paradise (BBC) and Boiling Point (BBC). Cathy’s break-out performance as Simone in Mona Lisa earned her multiple nominations (Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress; Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress and BAFTA nomination for Best Actress). She can be seen playing Maureen in the recent Netflix feature Bank of Dave, and will be playing Sam in Luna Cameron’s upcoming debut feature Hoard. For stage, Cathy has performed across the UK in a variety of productions. Recent credits include Rockets & Blue Lights (National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange); My Beautiful Laundrette (Leicester Curve) and Talking Heads (Octagon Theatre Bolton).
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