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Born in 1957 in Warsaw, Pawlikowski left Poland when he was 14 and lived in London, Germany and Italy. He finally settled in Britain. After studying literature and philosophy, he began his career making award-winning, offbeat documentaries which poetically mixed fact and fiction. He was a Creative Arts Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and is fluent in six languages: Polish, French, English, German, Italian and Russian.
Matti Pellonpää (1951-1995), was an award-winning Finnish actor and musician. He became internationally recognised for his long-term collaboration with Finnish auteur Aki Kauriskmäki, appearing in 18 of his films. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1991 film 'Night on Earth'. Pellonpää was also the front man for the cult Finnish band Peltsix.
Pete Postlethwaite, (1945-2011), began his career in the theatre. A minor player in films during the 70s and 80s, he received critical praise for his role in Terence Davies' 'Distant Voices Still Lives' (1988). Postlethwaite finally achieved stardom in his late 40s for 'In the Name of the Father' (1993), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was made an OBE in 2004.
London born Bel Powley began her career in children’s television, starring in the BBC produced ‘MI High’ (2007), as well as ‘Little Dorrit’ (2008), ‘The Bill’ (2008) and ‘Murderland’ (2009). 2015 saw Powley break through into cinema, appearing as Princess Margaret in ‘A Royal Night Out’ (2015) and receiving rave reviews for her performance in ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ (2015).