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Warwick film-makers

Many of our alumni are film-makers and we are happy to share their news with the wider Warwick community. If you have a film that you would like us to include here, please send us an e-mail with details and an image.

Tortoise in Love
Steffan Aquarone (BA Politics and International Studies 2003-06)

More than three years ago Steffan Aquarone and Guy Browning set about making a film. They didn't have much money to do it with, so they asked the entire village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire to help them.

And they did. The women's institute did the catering, local people put up the cast and crew in their homes, and the entire village effort was coordinated by an extraordinary man called Simon Dando who thought he'd retired the year before.

In June 2012 Tortoise in Love received its premiere in Leicester Square. Tractors lined the red carpet as the entire village arrived on coaches to see their film on the big screen. Tortoise in Love is a charming, funny, British romantic comedy, the likes of which are rarely seen in cinemas. Visit the website to find out where it's playing, tell your friends to go, and ask your friends to get their local cinema to book it.

Clive Gardener (BSc Computer Science 1973-76)

Whilst a student at Warwick, Clive produced and directed the 16mm film Wanted - Dead and Alive, about people's contradictory attitudes towards animals, supported by the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund - for which he developed the scenario with fellow undergraduate, now, Sir Bob Kerslake. He attained a 2.1 on the Introduction to Film Studies course (1975-76). Clive's first television screen credit was for his film editing work on All Creatures Great and Small. He has produced and directed DIVING From the Past - Into the Future, broadcast by the ARTE satellite channel across Europe, and is currently developing for production his screenplay for the feature film The Farewell Meet - the first draft of which was written in Whitefields 4, many years ago.

Fast Girls
Damian Jones (BA History and Politics 1983-86)

Damian has a very successful career as the producer of major US and UK movies (most recently The Iron Lady which featured an Oscar winning performance by Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher). In his latest film, Fast Girls, sassy streetwise Shania (Lenora Critchlow, Being Human) meets ambitious, middle class Lisa (Lily James, Wrath of the Titans), their two worlds collide on the athletics track with explosive results. As the fast girls strive to qualify for a major world athletics championship, they battle adversity and rivalry on their dramatic, heartwarming and inspirational journey.

Emma Lindley (BA Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts 1986-89)

Emma studied Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts at Warwick and is now a film and TV director. Most recently she directed and produced 'In Search of Food' a food and travel series for Ovation TV in the US. The shows feature Grammy award winning singer Jason Mraz and are executive produced by fellow Warwick graduate Sian Edwards-Beal. To see a clip of the show go to To see other shows she has directed check out her website