Darren’s introduction to film came at an early age. Hours spent watching classics like The Wizard of Oz and the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Ray Harryhausen undoubtedly left a lasting impression on him. But it wasn't until he discovered the horror genre, and the Universal Monster movies in particular, that he truly fell in love with cinema. And while his love of film has never wavered, the decision to start writing about it was a very recent one and wasn't something he had planned or studied for. But, after years of uncertainty, he decided to work towards something he was passionate about. So pairing his love of cinema and his love of writing seemed like the obvious choice. A little while afterwards, he became a film critic for UK Film Review and has been fortunate enough to have reviewed hundreds of films – encompassing every possible niche of cinema – and to have attended the Grimmfest Film Festival for the last two years on their behalf.

Before starting as a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Amy worked in film marketing, distribution and production for over 5 years, mostly recently working in the UK Marketing team at newly developed studio STX Entertainment.

She started in film as Production Assistant on Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, leading into her role at Film4 as assistant to the Distribution & Marketing team. At Film4 Amy worked across numerous award-winning and prestigious titles including 20,000 Days On Earth, The Double, Hyena, ’71, The Lobster and 12 Years A Slave.

Amy moved to STX at its commencement to help establish the UK and international office for the studio when it first opened in 2017. She assisted in establishing the direct distribution of the company in the UK & Ireland and has subsequently worked across all the studio’s UK campaigns including Wind River and American Animals, taking a lead on social and digital strategy and activations.

Sam Kurd is a screenwriter and script reader based in Nottingham. He reviews films for Midlands Movies and Ginger Nuts of Horror, as well as being a Senior Programmer for the Beeston Film Festival.


Midlands Movies is a local organization showcasing the best local talent in the film industry from around the region. We spotlight the most exciting filmmakers from around the Midlands, and with a host of writers, we work with a diverse range of local talent. And the annual Midlands Movies Awards celebrate the best of the best from the region’s filmmaking community.







Michele Lammas is the CEO of Moosecat Creative Ltd an independent film production company based in Worcestershire UK, which offers inclusive opportunities for people entering the film industry as writers, actors, filmmakers, and consultants. Michele has written multiple (optioned) screenplays. Her pen name is Emma Austin-Jones, she’s a full member of the WGGB, a member of Raindance, and WFTV, and a Postgraduate Student (MRes - Film) at the University of Worcester research school. She’s now living with secondary breast cancer.

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