Filip L. Firlej Director / Producer
From an early age Filip was constantly travelling due to his father’s work as an architect, growing up around Europe, the Middle-East and South-East Asia. London is currently his home where he was born to Polish parents, who had moved to England escaping the Soviet army from present-day Ukraine.
One of Filip's favourite memories is of his father taking him to the movies to see Jurassic Park; an awe-inspiring moment. Long before, he discovered Eric von Stroheim's Greed accidentally on television; it had a significant impact on his understanding of the power of cinema. Studying at UCL (University of London) he read literary theory and film history, philosophy and politics, after which he was accepted onto the Media Business School’s Master in Audiovisual Management (MEGA) programme. During these studies he worked alongside some of the UK’s and Europe’s leading independent producers and talents, seeing how they pull resources together to achieve the goal of telling their stories and releasing them into the world through alternative distribution models. This was very inspiring. As he went on to work on Hollywood-lead movies as a Producer’s assistant, Filip learnt the inner workings of much larger productions but still deeply craved the smaller, independent projects where passion for cinema is the main motivator.
Over the past few years whilst directing films and video projects for clients including George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and Sony BMG Masterworks, where his work was described as 'naturally classy and prestigious', Filip has also been working in archive film research and content licensing for several broadcasters such as the BBC and Discovery.
If It Be Love is his first feature film as a Director.
ALICE BIRD LEAD ACTRESS / PRODUCER
Alice is an actress and film maker. She has recently played lead roles in feature films Subject and A Reason To Leave. As well as If It Be Love Alice also produced, co-wrote and starred in I'm In The Corner With The Bluebells, a 20 minute black-and-white short film which was officially selected for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival along with seven other festivals, picking up the prize for Best Director at Mika. Alice also produced the live performances of If It Be Love. She played the critically acclaimed title role in Anastasia on stage in Bloomsbury Square and is now creative producer on Piotr, a short leading to a feature film production of Anastasia.
VINTA MORGAN LEAD ACTOR / PRODUCER
Vinta is an accomplished actor from London’s east end. His career has seen him appear in some of television’s most popular dramas including Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors, Silent Witness and The Bill. On stage, his roles have included the Reverend and Baby starring In the Blood at Finborough Theatre, which saw Vinta receive exceptional reviews for his performance. Other roles such as Othello at the Icarus Theatre in 2009 saw Vinta praised for having a commanding stage presence, emotive and fluent. Other roles include The Ventriloquist at the Rosemary Branch Theatre and the Prince of Morocco in Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, for whom he has performed several times. More recently in 2014, Vinta played the Duke of Norfolk in Jamie Lloyd’s exhilarating adaptation of Richard III at Trafalgar Studios, alongside Martin Freeman and Gina McKee. Last autumn he starred in a revival of Rupert Goold’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre.
Since If It Be Love, Vinta is working on a film with BAFTA award winning director Jonas Grimas, called An Urban Shakespeare Tale which he also wrote the screenplay for.