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Faded Neon Films is a boutique production company challenging stigmas and championing outcasts through bold cinematic stories.

Faded Neon Films has 3 core aims -

 to help enable underrepresented voices tell authentic stories, recognising the transformational power of feeling seen on screen.

to bring a diverse range of collaborators into projects to help underrepresented groups develop their careers in film.

to protect artistic intentions and more experimental ideas that may go against mainstream conventions of cinema

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Faded Neon Films is founded and run by writer/director Charli Whatley and producer and animator Toby Anthonisz. Charli has a chronic neurological illness and she and Toby are a disabled and carer team and work with an interdependent model. With their diverse skillset they run small productions as a team of two, and for larger productions they have a network of talent from underrepresented backgrounds to bring on board.

 

Due to the disability needs across our network, we centre our crews wellbeing, working creatively and strictly within budget limitations to create accessible schedules.

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TOBY ANTHONISZ
Co-founder & Producer
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Toby Anthonisz has over a decade of experience working in animation & post-production in London and New York, he has shifted focus in 2018 to live-action production. His work has now been selected for BAFTA qualifying and international festivals and featured on Nowness and Schön! Magazine.

 

Notable animation work include; the Welcome Home film that played in cinemas across the UK as part of the #HereForCulture campaign in 2021 (creative agency Hello Mozart), Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt that exhibited at the V&A Museum in 2019, Endevour Galleries at Maritime Museum and the Empire State Building (all with creative agency Squint Opera).

 

Alongside his producing Toby has built a portfolio of work as a director of photography and videographer, working in music video and documentary, and is a Senior Motion Graphics Designer at Zealot, an award winning creative marketing agency.

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CHARLI WHATLEY
Co-Founder & Director
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​​Charli is a queer, disabled and neurodiverse writer, director and poet. Her portfolio has screened internationally and she was part of BAFTA Crew’s final cohort in 2021. 

 

As a writer, Charli’s neo-noir web-series Dirty Laundry (dir Jason Bradbury) won Best British Pilot at Pilot Light Festival 2018, horror short Nightwalkers (dir Jason Bradbury) screened at LSFF, ASVOFF9, FFFMilano and Copenhagen Fashion Film Festival, and art film Social Distortion (dir Stefano Ottaviano) premiered on Schön! Magazine. Her debut experimental short as writer/director, Period., premiered at ASFF 2018 and her 90 second doc Chronically Locked Down screened at Encounters as part of DepicT! and at LSFF 2021. Her two more recent shorts have moved her into narrative drama, Time and Saturday Roast (starring Kacey Ainsworth) and she directed a 60 second comedy horror, Burn The Patriarchy (written by Kirsty Smith and produced with other members of BAFTA Crew), which won an Outstanding Achievement Award at Berlin Flash Film Festival. 

 

In 2020 Charli was selected to be part of Penguin Books WriteNow scheme for underrepresented writers, and long-listed for their competitive year long mentorship scheme, with an extract from her queer coming of age novel The Middle. In 2021 Charli received a runner up prize for a short story competition run by Curtis Brown and attended one of their creative writing courses. In 2022 Charli’s concept for a feature film was long-listed for the DYSPLA Storymakers Residency. 

 

Commercially Charli has directed and edited a small portfolio of music videos with a particular love for the alternative scene, as well as documentary style content for a range of clients. Her poetry has featured in others work, including the #HereForCulture Welcome Home campaign film that played in cinemas across the UK in 2021.

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ACCESSIBLE FILM SETS

Drawing on our experience with disability, chronic illness, mental illness and caring responsibilities, we have been developing ways for productions to be more accessible. Click on the Inclusive Cinema logo to read more. 

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