Writer, filmmaker, broadcaster and criminologist.
Roger Graef OBE is CEO of Films of Record, a high end documentary company he founded in 1979.
He is an award winning filmmaker, criminologist, and writer. He is best known for his unstaged observational films in normally closed places like board rooms, ministries, prisons, probation, family therapy, special schools, and social work. His films have influenced policing and criminal justice policy.
He has been a mentor at six Crossover workshops on how to use new media, and was Exec of web lives, the first online doc series for itv.com.
As a director, his many films include Police 2001, The Space Between Words series, Turning the Screws, the Bafta winning Police series, The Secret Policeman's Ball and several other Amnesty comedies.
He is Executive Producer of many films, including Kim Longinotto’s Hold Me Tight Let Me Go, The Truth About Crime and Brian Hill’s Bafta winning Feltham Sings, most recently the Grierson award winning Requiem for Detroit? Directed by Julien Temple, the Great Ormond Street series, Panorama Special: Kids In Care, which won an RTS Award, and Storyville: The Trouble with Pirates and Amnesty! When They Are All Free.
As a writer, he contributes to many newspapers and is the author of TALKING BLUES, Police in their Own Words, LIVING DANGEROUSLY: young offenders in their own words, and WHY RESTORATIVE JUSTICE?
In 2004 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement. In 2006 he was given an OBE. He was a founding board member of Channel Four, a board member of the BFI, London Transport, and the ICA. He was Visiting Professor of Media and Communications at Oxford University, and is now Visiting Professor at the LSE and Bournemouth University. Since 1999 he has been an Independent Advisor to the Met Police on race, a subject about which he has made many films. He has been Chair of the theatre company Complicite for twenty years, and advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation on social justice matters for more than a decade.
James Rogan is an award-winning filmmaker who works in documentary, fiction and commercials.
His latest feature documentary Amnesty! When They Are All Free is his third for BBC Storyville. Previous pieces for BBC Storyville are The Trouble with Pirates – investigating the rise of Somali piracy and Blog Wars – revealing the influence of bloggers on American politics. His other work ranges from The Madman and the Cathedral for Britdoc/Channel 4, following a former monk who has spent the last fifty years single-handedly building a cathedral to Warship, a six-part documentary series charting the three month deployment of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to the Middle East.
His fiction work includes the acclaimed short film The Open Doors starring Michael Sheen and his debut feature Dead Bolt Dead. Distributed by Metrodome in the UK, and described by The Times as a "small gem”, it led to James being selected as a “Great British Hope”.
In commercials, he has directed for brands including HSBC, the Greater London Authority and Honda. He directed the Cowshed cinema spot “Daytrip” for which he won Best New Director at the Midsummer Commercials Awards. The short documentary “Making Noise” he directed for Honda went on to make history as the longest commercial ever released in British cinemas.
After university, Clare began her career in television at the BBC, starting out in Entertainment on ‘Top of The Pops’, and from there moved around the BBC working on a variety of productions including business programmes such as ‘Trouble at The Top’, period drama for BBC4, fast turnaround current affairs such as ‘Watchdog’ and ‘Rogue Traders’, live events such as ‘Net Aid’ and ‘Children in Need’ and international co-productions and drama/documentary in the History Department with ‘Wild West’, ‘D-Day to Berlin’ and the ‘Timewatch’ series.
Before joining Films of Record in 2009 she worked on the series ‘Generals at War’ for Windfall Films. She is passionate about being involved in the making of important and quality films, and the sensitive observational documentaries in which Films of Record specialise.
After graduating from University in June 2012, Rachael took on a placement with Brook Lapping Productions working on reconstruction tableau material for an Exposure programme titled ‘No Bribes Please! We’re British'. After completing a two month contract with the Olympic Broadcasting Services over the summer of 2012, Rachael came back to work with Blakeway Productions as their Junior Production-Co-ordinator. There she worked across a number of programmes including Dispatches: 'Nuclear War Games', Dispatches: ‘How Weightwatchers Make Their Millions’ and the two programmes surrounding the ‘Plebgate’ scandal.
Rachael joined Films of Record in February 2013, a role that appealed to her interest in observational and social affairs documentaries and her passion for being part of a team that produces quality programming on important subject matters.
Head of Development of Ten Alps TV and Radio.
Selina joined Blakeway in 2008 to become their Head of Development and prior to that, was Head of Development for Documentaries and Specialist Factual at the BBC. She has held several senior development positions and been responsible for a wide range of commissions, across history, current affairs, arts and documentaries - including Mitchell and Kenyon (BBC2), The Secret Life of the Motorway (BBC4), Future of Food (BBC2), Mental (BBC4), MacMillan Nurses (Sky Real Lives) and Renaissance Remastered (BBC2) to name a few. During her time as Blakeway, she has been responsible for development strategy for Blakeway and is looking forward to her new challenge overseeing all TV and Radio development for the Ten Alps group.