Mike Leeder

Producer / Casting

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Based in Hong Kong since 1990, Leeder has built a solid network right across SE Asia, bringing his skills to bear as Producer, Casting Director, Stunt Consultant on more than 50 projects. Leeder has worked with everyone from Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yuen Woo-ping, Ronny Yu, Bill Kong, Keanu Reeves, Gareth Evans and Vic Armstrong.

An internationally recognised Asian cinema authority (20+ years in publication and creating video special features) – Mike is either working on films, talking about films, writing on films and when pushed he’s even acting in films. IMDB

Arne Venema

Director / Writer

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Multimedia director (4M+ total YouTube views; producer of the popular Hyper Genki and Crazy From Kong shows), recognised pop culture maven and Asian Film fanatic, graduate of the Hong Kong Film Academy and co-Founder/COO of Black Star Films Ltd.

Dan Disuye

Director / D.O.P. / Post / Writer

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Director of Photography & post-production generalist, head of business development at BSFL, script editor, story tweaker and indie music video director, part-time record producer and full-time co-Founder/CEO of Black Star Films Ltd.

6 years D.O.P. (20+ years in photography). 14+ years restauranteur, bar owner and event promoter (ergo Boss of Craft Services and Wrap Parties). 15 years as a sound engineer. 10 years running a very loud underground techno club. 12 years DJing. 2 years tone deaf. 39 years and counting. 0 years regretting any of that.

James Banbury

Music / Audio

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Hong Kong based British music producer and veteran of the 1990s UK indie scene; James Banbury rose to fame as a member of The Auteurs and later formed the critically-acclaimed band Infantjoy with Paul Morley from TheArtOfNoise. From arranging strings for rock legends U2 to Snow Patrol and numerous chart-topping acts, James is Black Star Films’s secret sonic boom.

James moonlights for his company Component – a one stop shop for high quality and inventive composition for picture – but when James is not slaving away for the man he can be found diving deep in the Hong Kong indie scene as part of DJ/performance/design collective ‘#normal sound system’ with musician Christiaan Virant.

Matt Blaize

Animation / Motion Graphics / VFX

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Self-Confessed HK film & Cantopop addict: UK based animator extraordinaire, Film Production Technology (BSc. Hons.) with work shown at numerous film festivals – from Belgium, to Singapore, even the mighty Cannes.

Matt joined BSFL after creating opening title sequences to the massively popular web shows Play-Select and Crazy From Kong, and is currently chomping through VFX for Neon Grindhouse. Matt has a love for all things Hong Kong and has created numerous sequences for local cinema, TV, even the public transport system.

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