Opening the Festival
Directed by Ben Charles Edwards
21 April 2016 at 20:45 at NFT1 BFI Southbank
Production Designer JAMES HATT
Costume Designer JEFFREY MICHAEL


The feature is nominated for the Loco Discovery Award and features an ensemble cast including Noel Fielding, David Hoyle, Sally Phillips, Morgana Robinson and Sadie Frost, with the two leads played by Max Bennett & Michael Winder.

This is the UK premiere and the feature debut of visionary director Ben Charles Edwards. With echoes of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Terry Gilliam, and “brimming with visual invention… [and] terrific fantasy conceits” (The Hollywood Reporter), SET THE THAMES ON FIRE received its world premiere at Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival 2016.

This is JAMES HATT‘s debut feature film, having previously designed many shorts including, most recently, DREAMLANDS directed by Sara Dunlop.

Costume Designer JEFFREY MICHAEL has recently joined the roster, and this is also his feature debut having worked on a number of short film and commercial projects with director Ben Charles Edwards, including WILL NATURE MAKE A MAN OF ME YET (also designed by JAMES HATT) for Sadie Frost’s brand Frost French.


Wizzo & Co are delighted to announce the addition of Costume Designer JEFFREY MICHAEL to the roster.

JEFFREY designed the dystopian fantasy feature film SET THE THAMES ON FIRE directed by visionary filmmaker Ben Charles Edwards which premiered at Palm Spring International Film Festival. Set in the distant future, SET THE THAMES ON FIRE features lurid East London characters played by NOEL FIELDING, SALLY PHILIPS and co producer SADIE FROST.

JEFFREY regularly works with Ben Charles Edwards, most recently on his fashion led commercial for FROST FRENCH (Blonde to Black Pictures).

He has also designed 1970s period short TO THE GRAVE (Esther Hegarty) and PRESENT (Joe Ballarini) featuring Sophie Kennedy Clark.

JEFFREY is a new member of BAFTA CREW.

For enquiries please contact Lucy or Lee at Wizzo.

In a dystopian near-future, Brutus (Mark Stanley, Game of Thrones) and his co-conspirators plot Caesar’s demise in the second of The British Council’s series of Films for Shakespeare Lives 2016. Pedro Martin-Calero directs the contemporary re-imaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works, in a global programme that celebrates William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of this death.

Costume Designer GRACE SNELL created a custom made shirt and collar with red detailing to symbolise blood for Brutus and his accomplices. Caesar’s costume draws from 1970s influences, and a gold laurel brooch provides a subtle nod to Caesar’s iconic wreath from the original story.

To fit in with the stylized costume, slick hair and minimal make up were used by Hair & Make Up Designer DORITA NISSEN. Side burn pieces were added to Caesar by DORITA and her team to further emphasize the 1970s styling.

GRACE and DORITA have previously worked together on Ballantine’s Whiskey directed by Thomas Hilland at Partizan and O2 directed by Fred Rowson at Colonel Blimp.

For enquiries regarding GRACE and DORITA please contact Lucy at Wizzo & Co.

We are overjoyed to announce that Production Designer Caroline Steiner has joined the roster.

Caroline designed the feature SVENGALI (2013) directed by John Hardwick and starring Martin Freeman, which was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival 2013. In 2015 she wrapped the feature FIRSTBORN, directed by Nirpal Bhogal, a psychological horror starring Antonia Thomas and Luke Norris. Prior to this she worked on many award winning short films, including THE GLOWING HOURS directed by Paul Young and A DOLL’S LIFE directed by Natalia Andreadis, which picked up the Silver Palm Award at the Mexico Int’l Film Festival.

Caroline is currently working on pre-design for the feature AFTER LOUISE, directed by David & Danny Scheinmann.

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Shot on the Alexa on location in London, Munich & Madrid by Cinematographer Patrick Meller, this Nike spot directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat features the cream of football’s elite including Laurent Koscielny, Jereome Boateng, Gerard Piqué…

Nike follows on from the recently shot promo directed by Ninian Doff (Pulse) – Miike Snow: Genghis Khan.


Cinematographer Oliver Russell has joined the roster fresh from the critical success of his debut feature film NINA FOREVER. Directed by the Blaine Bros the film explores death, sex and the afterlife. It received its World Premiere at SXSW 2015, was nominated for The Douglas Hickox Award at BIFA 2015 and won Best Film at both TotalFilm FrightFest Awards & Melies d’Argent at Lund International Fantastic Film Festival. In the world of television Oliver has shot comedy dramas such as COCKROACHES, THE MIMIC, MAN DOWN and CUCKOO. He also shot the second series of CATASTROPHE, directed by Ben Taylor and written by and starring Sharon Horgan & Rob Delaney. Airing in 2015 to ongoing critical acclaim the drama received a nomination for Best Comedy Series at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards 2016.


Fresh from its North American Premiere at Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter reviews Ben Charles Edwards’ feature SET THE THAMES ON FIRE, giving positive mentions to both DOP Sergio Delgado and Production Designer James Hatt.

Hollywood Reporter: REVIEW – “Production designer James Hatt’s storybook backdrops mix romance and nightmare: A huge moon floats above the East End grunge. Recalling films as disparate as M*A*S*H and Airplane!, absurd public announcements, in a cheery female voice, punctuate the gloom as Art and Sal dream of escape. Director of photography Sergio Delgado (whose previous credits include first assistant camera on Pan’s Labyrinth and Che) accentuates artifice over realism. The score, which includes new compositions by screenwriter Al Joshua and prominent use of Satie’s sublime Gnossienne No. 1, similarly eschews naturalism. Throughout the film, the artsiness only intermittently transcends self-consciousness.”



Lots of lovely work by directors including Ne-O, Andrew Lang, Bruce Hunt, Zak Emerson, Benito Montorio…

Danish born Make Up Designer DORITA NISSEN joins the Wizzo & Co. Make Up Designer Roster.

Most recently DORITA has worked with directors Phoebe Ornstein and Stephen Ledger-Lomas on the Short Film ‘The Dog with the Woman’ featuring Amanda Burton, Brid Arnstein and the voice of Martin Freeman.

DORITA has an impressive reel of fashion films, most notably the Love Magazine ‘In Bed with Cara Delevingne’ Film directed by Aitken Jolly, and the Modern Weekly & Xander Zhou Film ‘Coming Through’ directed by Felix Cooper.

DORITA has regularly worked with Saam Farahmand at Rogue on music promos for artists including Tom Vek, Radio Soulwax and Riton.

DORITA is fluent in Danish, German, Italian and English. DORITA is based in London.


For all enquiries please contact Lucy or Lee at Wizzo.