Director / Editor
Claire is best known for her work editing feature documentaries such as Nick Broomfield's Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) and the Grammy-winning Concert for George (2005). Other work includes The End of the Line (2009), Guilty Pleasures (2010), Up in Smoke (2011) and Everything or Nothing (2012). Her directorial work includes The Beatles in Help! and The Concert for Bangladesh Revisited.
Rob Law is a director of Gigatel, who produced and provided the main funding for 'Destination Unknown'. Rob was heavily involved in the project during its inception way back in 2003 and has provided huge support for the project over the past fourteen years. Rob's experience and main activities are in the Outside broadcast industry, with thousands of live events under his belt, ranging from News, Sports and Political broadcasts, many of which he has managed in their entirety.
Alastair Sirkett is an award winning sound editor and designer who has worked in the British film industry for 20 years on such projects as Mamma Mia, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables and the soon to be released remake of Swallows and Amazons. As a member of BAFTA he is always looking out for interesting projects to be involved with.
Among the many films he has executive produced through Dartmouth Films, the company which he founded in 2008, are The End of the Line (2009), The Flaw (2011), David Sington’s film telling the story of the root causes of the financial crash and Fire in the Blood (2013), which chronicles the battle to get affordable AIDS drugs to Africa. All these films were shown at the Sundance Film Festival in the USA, released in cinemas in the UK and have been distributed worldwide. In 2015 Hird was executive producer of the film about the crisis in international cricket, Death of a Gentleman, which won the Best Sports Documentary Award and a film about inequality, The Divide, which was released nationwide in UK cinemas in 2016.
Malcolm Owen has been working for the BBC as a Cameraman and Editor for almost twenty five years. Malcolm first became assistant editor for the BBC in 1992. The bulk of his work involves covering a wide range of topics for BBC's News and Current affairs programmes for both regional and Network output. Malcolm joined this production from the onset in 2003 and recorded many of the testimonies and the actualities at the Mauthausen, Płaszów and Auschwitz-Birkenau Forced Labour / Extermination Camps.
Producer / Director of Interviews and Locations
Llion interviewed and directed the testimonies of the Holocaust Survivors and location filming featured in 'Destination Unknown' over a thirteen year period (2003 - 2016) Work within the same period includes live transmission output for mainstream Television, including ITV, BBC Network, Channel 4, S4C, Sky Box-Office, ESPN and UK regional channels. Co-Pioneered Digital Satellite Newsgathering during the early nineties, with Gigatel co-director, Rob Law.
Line Producer - USA
Mark Hersly is the son of a Holocaust Survivor (Sam Hersly) who was incarcerated in the infamous 'Block 11' at Auschwitz Concentration camp. From a chance encounter with Mark in 2002, the Producer developed a friendship and working relationship with Mark. Mark's influence in gathering the testimonies of the Survivors for the Film cannot be underestimated. Without Mark's influence in this community, many of the testimonies that were made available for the Film, would not have been recorded for 'Destination Unknown' Mark proved to be an essential catalyst to an original concept.
Andrew Skeet is a composer for television & film and studied composition and piano at The Royal College of Music and has subsequently written more than 60 scores for television and worked with many pop artists including Sinead O’Connor, Imogen Heap, Suede, UNKLE & George Michael. He joined Neil Hannon’sThe Divine Comedyin 2004 and has recorded and toured three albums with them.
Dr Stephen D. Smith
Dr. Stephen D. Smith is Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation. A theologian by training, Stephen founded the UK Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, England and cofounded the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity and genocide. In October 2013 Stephen was named the inaugural UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education and collaborates with genocide researchers and educators around the world.
In recognition of his work, Smith has become a member of the Order of the British Empire and received the Interfaith Gold Medallion. He also holds two honorary doctorates, Honorary Doctor of Letters from Nottingham Trent University and Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Leicester.
An Award Winning Cameraman, Rhys has worked in the television industry for over twenty five years. A Graduate from Normal College Bangor, Rhys started his career as a Film and ENG Editor with ITV in Mold. His credits include the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Darfur/Sudan crises, Albania/Kosovo crises, 'Action Aid' in Somalia, 'Chernobyl Legacy' and various Hostile Environment documentaries for BBC, NBC,ITV, Channel 4 and Unicef.