Ian Cottage - writer/director

Lauren Hurwood - 


Lauren Hurwood is an actor. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has worked on a variety of different projects for screen and stage. She is a founding member of Camisado Club associate company of Northern Stage.

Ian Cottage is an award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker.  His first short, ‘Small Gestures’, featuring Derek Jarman, was premiered at the Berlinale, where it received a Special Jury Mention.  He went on the make short films including the poem film ‘Blue Scars’ with Matthew Sweeney, for the South Bank Centre, the critically acclaimed ‘Mangetout’ for BBC 10x10, and ‘Sleep’ with Danny John Jules for the Channel 4/BFI’s New Directors scheme.


After a period as a film funder with Northern Arts, helping launch the careers of Duane Hopkins, Neil Marshall and Sarah Gavron, Ian returned to filmmaking with the award-winning short ‘The Shoe Tree’, filmed in Estonia.  Ian made five short films, ‘The Tramps’ Parables’ for the BBC, and directed three long-form films for Creative Partnerships: ‘Exodus 20’, ‘Damage’ and ‘Stranger than Kindness’.  The ghost story ‘Keel’ premiered in the Best British Short Section at Edinburgh Film Festival.  Recent shorts include 'The Ferns' and ‘Spin’ for Channel 4’s Random Acts, which was shown in exhibition at BALTIC.


‘Bosc’ (Catalan for ‘Forest’) is a collaboration with actors Alex Elliott and Lauren Hurwood.  Devised over a five-month period, the process melds story development with production to challenge conventional ways of filmmaking.  Ian is currently developing a second feature with Alex and Lauren.  He is also working on a scripted, darkly comic drama called ‘The Sisters’ and the thriller 'Anna' written by Joanne Lee.  Ian formed Boxkite in 2013, a company exploring new and disruptive ways to make films, stories and art.

Alex Elliott -


Alex Elliott is an actor and filmmaker. He has worked on film and theatre projects all over Europe and is Associate Artist of Unfolding Theatre. He is developing a multimedia piece called 'Literally, nothing.'