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Director / Writer / Producer

Shona was very involved with the theatre during her childhood and her need to tell a story has been a passion ever since. She studied for her degree in Film in Manchester and went on to further study at the Northern Film School, she then completed her MA at the Polish National Film School in Lodz.

Her short Seven, won Best British short film and Best Student Film at the British Short Film festival. It also screened and also won at many other festivals such as the Best Student film at Molodist, Kiev, the Student award at Munich, and the Best film at Montecatini FilmVideo Festival in Italy.

She spent the next several years directing commercials while at the same time preparing her debut feature film, Dear Frankie, which was backed by Scottish Screen and Pathe Pictures and then picked up on completion by Miramax. It was shown at numerous film festivals including Un Certain Regard in Cannes, where it received a 15 min standing ovation after its festival screening.

Shona was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Newcomer and the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Director. She won awards at the Heartland Film Festival, the High Falls Film Festival, the Jackson Hole Film Festival, the Los Angeles IFP/ West Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the WinFemme Film Festival. She was subsequently chosen as one of the UK Film Council Breakthrough Brits in the first instalment of the programme.



Producer / Cinematographer

Graeme studied film at the Manchester Film School and graduated in ’91. He both produced and photographed his graduation film, and since graduating he has consistently worked in the Film and TV industry, mainly concentrating on his cinematography work, with many years of experience working on commercials, shorts & TV.  He has been a close collaborator of Director Shona Auerbach and after reading a short script she was sent he suggested it would make and interesting feature film.  This led to DEAR FRANKIE for Pathe in 2004.   The film was then picked up by Miramax, had BAFTA nominations, played at Un Certain Regard in Cannes and had numerous festival wins. 
Shortly after he secured script development funding from Screen West Midlands for two feature scripts for Shona’s next project, one of which, RUDY, a micro budget film he has produced with Shona, has just been completed. 
In 2010 Graeme was chosen for the producers mentoring scheme, a SWM programme, where he was mentored by Lee Thomas (Crush, The Last Tree, Industry)
Throughout the many years in the industry, Graeme has always felt that he wanted to be more involved in the origination and creation of a project as well as the cinematography. Through Beluga Two Films he is fulfilling this and is passionate on bringing poignant subject matter and fresh ideas to the screen.

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