Investing in original ideas and emerging talent
Grey Moth Originals is committed to building a fairer, kinder, and better creative industry than the existing one. We want to actively springboard emerging filmmakers into the industry.
Originals donates funding, facilities, equipment, mentoring, and training workshops to promising grassroots talent – from camera operators and editors to producers and directors.
Grey Moth Originals launched in 2020. To date, we have four completed projects currently at festivals, one in post-production and 2 in pre-production. The rationale of supporting these projects is based on:
The value of the idea, the competence of the filmmaker to deliver to the project’s full potential, and a realistic grasp on how the film is to be completed with our help.
Naomi Soneye-Thomas - Oya, Dance!
Oya, Dance! is a short dance film, exploring how music connects the Nigerian diaspora across London and beyond.
Naomi Soneye-Thomas is a writer / director from East London. Her short films include Losing Pace, which was funded by BFI Network and screened at London Film Festival and Aesthetica. She likes to create work that explores social issues, and her Nigerian / Jamaican heritage.
Oya, Dance! was selected for funding in the 2021 Grey Moth Originals Funding round.
Daniel Rands - Margin
In an after-school, last-chance, catch-up class, 16 year-old student Ria’s struggle to better herself clashes with her teacher Emily’s battle to get through an English lesson evoking racial tensions and societal issues that they soon find to be all too relevant.
Daniel Rands is a South London raised and based Writer, Director and Musician. In 2018, he also co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed South African Spook Hunter, a micro-budget feature mockumentary which played at various festivals around the UK in 2019 and 2020.
Joe Williams and Charlie Edwards Moss - O, GLORY!
Co-funded with BFI Network, O, GLORY! is a 1970’s psychedelic folk horror, shot on 35mm film, currently at festivals.
Charlie Edwards-Moss and Joe Williams are a writing and directing duo from Oxfordshire. Their most recent film, Ratking, was part of the official selection at Leeds International Film Festival 2020.
John Fitzpatrick - Outdoors
Bim and Nathan meet in the park and have immediate chemistry. But Bim finds himself too exposed when a chance encounter reveals what he’s trying to hide.
John Fitzpatrick is a BAFTA nominated screenwriter, playwright and director. He co-wrote Wren Boys which was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA and won a number of awards including European Independent Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Provincetown Int Film Festival and the UK Film Festival. His plays include THIS MUCH (Soho Theatre), REARED(Theatre 503), BLUES RUN THE GAME(St Mary’s University).
Sam Spruell - Spinning
Robert takes his beloved 3.2 litre saloon for a spin in the neighbourhood. But his world is crumbling, and his car is merely a symptom of male vulnerability and denial.
Sam Spruell has worked internationally as an actor for many years. He’s worked with Steve McQueen, Kathryn Bigelow, Ridley Scott, Ed Zwick, Luc Besson, Nicholas Hytner and many more. Sam executive produced and starred in the BAFTA winning short Cowboy Dave. Spinning is his debut short film as writer and director.
Amy Pennington - How Does It Feel?
Put up for adoption as a baby, Amy’s Mum didn’t know her birth family until tracking them down and meeting them for the first time in 2016. This documentary explores what makes up a family, and what our histories and our families reflect back about ourselves, and our times.
Amy Pennington makes work that uses humour to connect human experiences and socio-political issues. Amy’s previous work has been commissioned by TATE Liverpool, Battersea Art Centre, PEER, SLG, Pump House gallery, and In-situ to name a few!
Matthew Boyle - Cub
Cub is a film that explores the domestic strain and emotional separation between a father and son in their shell of a home. The brooding, overbearing house acts as a place to both dominate and hide away.
Director Matt Boyle currently teaches Directing and Experimental Film at Leeds Beckett University in West Yorkshire, and is currently working with co-collaborator Tara Langford on developing feature projects.
Annie Martin - Beyond
Beyond is a documentary following three young rock climbers living on the North Devon Coast. Ruby, Kyle and Solly live to be outside, and will choose a day out climbing over anything else. The film celebrates their youthful adventures, and is still in production. Annie Martin has been a Director at Grey Moth for three years, working on commercial and social media content. Her debut documentary film Hers To Take won the Audience Choice Award at the Women’s Adventure Film Festival in 2019.
Kathryn MacCorgarry Gray - Kilt
At a family wedding in Scotland, Katbin and her brother spiral over body shame and the expectation to wear no pants under your kilt.
Director Kathryn was born and raised in London, with an interest in blurring the lines between fiction and documentary. Her previous work has won the Sky Atlantic Grierson Award, the People’s Choice award at Aesthetic Film Festival 2014, and most recently her docu-fiction film The Plant Collector was featured in Director’s Notes, chosen as one of ten outstanding shorts from Underwire Film Festival 2022.