About

anya

Love of documentary films and music videos led me to study MA Filmmaking (documentary and experimental) at the University of West London, which I graduated from with Distinction. Whilst at the university I produced and directed two documentary films, A Few Seconds about the life changing effects of aphasia and Fractured about a young couple and how domestic violence ruined their relationship. Both films were featured in the Videoteque film library at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival in 2014.

After completing my masters I joined the end-of-life care charity, Marie Curie, running their video department for a year and a half. During this time I commissioned many filmmakers to produce for the charity and had the pleasure of working with Mel Giedroyc, The Chuckle Brothers, Nick Hewer, amongst other celebrity supporters.

After acquiring the experience of working for a large organization, I set off alone to found my own production company in 2016, Spelt Productions. Initially I worked with small businesses and organizations such as Natalka Design, Soundflower Music, Bad Juju Yoga, Afrocks mobile hairdressers, Beckenham Film Festival, Bright Network recruitment and Underground Konnect events. Later, I would work pro bono for nearby local authorities, Lewisham Council and Surrey Council before working with larger businesses such Pinterest and Monzo bank.

I am the official filmmaker for THTC (The Hemp Trading Company) a leading ethical brand in UK fashion. This has meant working with associated musicians such as UB40, Leftfield, Black Twang, Doc Brown, Si Philli (Phi Life Cypher) and Dynamite MC. As my network grew, I was invited to film reggae artists Max Romeo, Natty and Subajah, having great success with the music video for Subajah’s Good Morning, now totaling over 65K views.

Currently, I am awaiting the release, Take The Crown – a documentary film about the UK Beatboxing scene. To give an in-depth depiction I followed some of the contestants in the UK Beatboxing Championships and met some of the pioneers of British beatboxing including Beardyman, Ballzee and Shlomo.

As well as running Spelt Productions, I was vice-chair of Catford Film – a not-for-profit organization screening films for free in various locations in Catford, South-east London. For two years running, together with Catford Film, I held Catford Film Free Film Festival attracting all manner of film lovers and highlighting a need for more accessible screenings in the local community.

My current focus is my independent research in psychedelics. I consider myself part of the contemporary psychedelic movement and I believe the current drug laws should be renewed to allow for further research on psychedelic substances and to allow these substances into psychotherapy. After attending Breaking Convention (psychedelics conference) and working closely with The Psychedelic Society of The Netherlands I decided my next film should be an attempt to change people’s perception of psychedelic substances and highlight their potential benefits and uses.