Chris & Jan Attkins
Director & Producer
Director Chris Attkins began his career with the BBC in 1969, where he trained as a technician in the days of valves and black & white television. At STV he first trained as a film editor before becoming a cameraman. In 1980 Chris and his wife Jan established Flashback, Scotland’s first independent production company in Glasgow, over the next twenty years producing a vast array of material for a wide variety of clients including BBC Scotland & STV.
Keen to encourage drama students from the Royal Academy, among others they cast Alan Cumming & Forbes Masson in their very first on-camera roles!
Before becoming a television producer, Jan Attkins was a midwife in Glasgow, specialising in neonatal paediatrics. Switching to the family business, Jan delivered literally hundreds of short programmes for broadcast on STV. These were shot on location all over Scotland with luminaries of stage and screen including Richard Briers, Annette Crosby, Gregor Fisher and Tom Conti.
Sadly, two years’ development on a follow-up comedy feature film to ‘Shirley Valentine’, featuring Tom Conti, got bogged down in bureaucracy, hence their determination for UNCOWED to remain an entirely independent production.
In preparation for co-writing and directing UNCOWED, Chris enrolled in comprehensive masterclasses with Hollywood’s David Mamet and Ron Howard.
Both trained as therapists, Chris & Jan have lived and worked on the Isle of Arran for twenty years, helping many people overcome challenges with their health and relationships at work and at home. Throughout this time they have pursued their love of film making, producing dozens of videos for the island community. They relish the opportunity to produce this comedy feature, in the process helping its international audiences stand up to bullying.
Lighting & Sound
Richard Hickman began his career with Chris & Jan back in 1982, travelling the world to shoot every subject imaginable. His extensive experience, both as a camera operator and director, coupled with his calm, unflappable personality, will ensure that our film is a visual delight ~ and shot on schedule.
Richard shoots with an editor's eye and a steady hand; mercifully, there'll be no "twitchcam" or "wobblyvision" where he's involved.
For almost twenty years, Richard has been a director of Rumble TV
Frank McAllister has many years' experience in television, having worked with the BBC and ITV on live broadcasts. Other notable names in his CV include MTV, ORF (Austria) and many of the mainstream American channels. Past work includes being behind the camera (although not shy about being in front of one), sound recording and particularly lighting, which was his main job on set or on location. Lately Frank has been studying film and digital photography at college on a part time basis, which he really enjoys.
"My course involves portrait, architecture, street life and reportage.
Even though both mediums involve cameras it's a completely different form of recording history for future generations to look back on and laugh at the technology and fashions of the day!"
We really look forward to working with Frank again after a gap of twenty years. His visual creativity, coupled with his quick wit, will enhance everyone's experience.
Director of Photography
Philip Johnston’s love of film began during his childhood, when his father bought him his first Super 8 cine camera. In the 1970s, during his lunch breaks as a technical draftsman with Clyde Electronics, Philip learnt to edit audio tape. Joining Flashback in its early years, Philip began as a sound recordist and camera operator, then became a video editor, skills he later honed at Glasgow’s Clyde Cable Vision. In 1988 Philip struck out on his own, establishing the Small Video Company, specialising in educational documentaries on all aspects of Diabetes.
Nine years ago, Philip put his extensive knowledge of digital video to good use, publishing the popular blog HD Warrior, which has led to some interesting commissions, including Director of Photography on a film about Scotland’s smallest whisky distillery, Edradour, shot in 4K. Philip has worked for TV2000 on many occasions, producing everything from live broadcasts to working as the DP on the Gadget Show in Dundee. When he heard about UNCOWED, Philip immediately offered to produce a behind-the-scenes documentary, although no doubt he will also lend his skills to the actual film production!
Sean Bruce Monteith
Sean was quick to apply for one of our internships with the UNCOWED production team. Just about to leave high school at the end of sixth year, he is already a passionate filmmaker, with several short productions of his own already completed. His skills and enthusiasm have won him a place at the SAE Institute in Glasgow to study Digital Film Production starting in September.
We hope the experience Sean gains, working with our seasoned professionals, will stand him in good stead for his course.
Steve Agnew started playing guitar at the age of nine, teaching himself from a book. By the time he reached secondary school he was performing beside his teachers at school shows. While at college he studied music and business, focusing on jazz.
In 2001 Steve secured his first record deal, touring the UK and Europe with his band. A year later he began his private teaching practice with 80 pupils a week, later becoming the most highly qualified instructor for Yamaha Music Schools and helping them develop their syllabus.
As the music examiner for Rockschool, today Steve travels the world, delivering thousands of graded examinations for all instruments. He still teaches students on Arran and later this year is launching his own online guitar lessons.
As a young teen Fiona performed in many local musical and dramatic productions, mainly in Kilmarnock's Palace Theatre and the Ayr Gaiety Theatre, gaining a place in the Scottish Youth Theatre for three seasons.
Following her formal Dance and Teaching training at The Edinburgh Theatre School of Dance and Drama she travelled round Europe with an Italian Jazz Dance company before joining Costa Cruises, firstly as a Dancer Singer, then promoted to Choreographer and Assistant Cruise Entertainment Director.
Moving to Vancouver, Canada, in the mid-eighties, Fiona founded The Fraser Valley Academy of Dance which has since produced many professional dancers. A decade later she and her young family moved to Chile, South America and again opened a new school, Academia Britanica de Ballet and Jazz where she organised and hosted Chile’s first national dance competition.
Returning to the UK in 2004, Fiona headed straight to the Isle of Arran, which she feels is her spiritual home, and has been involved teaching the Arran Dancers and has enjoyed performing in local musical theatre events.
Fiona likes to tell people that her main claim to fame was playing the first dead body in Taggart and has acted alongside Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street.
Fiona Christie Rodriguez
Graeme began his career as a teenage graphic designer with our production company Flashback, producing computer animations and later running our electronic publishing department. Today he is a founding partner of Peroosh, an innovative web technology company with clients all over the world.
Graeme's artistic skills will find unexpected outlets in UNCOWED!