We are a passionate, driven and growing team, with a shared passion and commitment to creating an inclusive, diverse and ethical film sector in Scotland.

GMAC Film nurtures a collaborative, creative work culture where each person plays a crucial role in realising the ambitions of the organisation.

Staff at GMAC Film

David Williams (he/him)

Director

David has a long and varied career as a chief executive, trustee, and consultant.

Previous roles have included General Manager of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Joint Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet, Glasgow Chief Executive of the King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal for Ambassador Theatre Group.

As a consultant, David’s clients have included the Beacon Arts Centre, Gaiety Theatre Ayr, Scottish Recovery Consortium, The Crichton Trust, Sharjah Theatres Group, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and CREATE Paisley.

David is a trustee on three charity boards: Boots and Beards, Changing the Chemistry, and the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

David has also recently become a (very proud) grandfather.

Favourite film: Some Like it Hot / La Grande Illusion

Gordon Anderson (he/him)

Creative Director

Gordon Anderson is an award-winning television director. He was born in Stirling and trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London and as a film director at the BBC. He went on to set up, write for and direct The Catherine Tate Show (BBC). He also set up and directed the first series of The Inbetweeners (Channel 4).

He subsequently directed some of the UK’s most successful prime time television dramas including
Endeavour (ITV), Shetland (BBC), Lovesick (Netflix), Fresh Meat (Channel 4), Grantchester (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC), and Shameless (Channel 4).

He has been commissioned as a screenwriter by Working Title Films, the BBC, UKTV and
Dragonfly Films. He began his career in the theatre, directing for many of the UK’s leading theatre and opera companies, including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, Scottish Opera and English Touring Opera. He was Artistic Director of ATC where he commissioned, developed and directed theatre productions that toured throughout the UK. He has been nominated for a BAFTA four times with three separate different television series.

Favourite film: Wings of Desire

Carol Brown (she/her)

Community Learning & Development Manager

Carol has been working with GMAC Film in various capacities over the past five years but became a full-time member of the team in 2021. As Development Manager, Carol focuses on building and maintaining partnerships with the screen industry, HEI, and funders. Carol is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she teaches film production and professional development.

Prior to starting with GMAC, Carol worked in Film and Television both in the UK and the USA. She is a two-time BAFTA LA scholar and Dewar Arts Awardee with an M.F.A in Producing for Film, Television, and New Media from the University of Southern California.

Carol recently welcomed her first child with her partner and is loving motherhood. When not in the GMAC office, Carol is probably out walking her two energetic Dalmatians or trying to finish writing her first novel.

Her favourite film is Little Miss Sunshine but has also developed a huge appreciation for the children’s animated show Bluey.

Sophie Jones (she/her)

External Affairs Manager

Sophie is a life-long cinephile whose relationship with film began the moment she saw Spirited Away as a nine-year-old girl. Before joining GMAC Film as our External Affairs Manager, Sophie studied English Literature & Film (BA) and Film Theory (MA) at the University of Sussex, worked as a photographer in the Poconos Mountains, and as a Production Assistant for an immersive film and theatre company in London.

Sophie has always been passionate about film as a means of connection, expression and freedom, which is what drew her to GMAC. She is particularly interested in film as a medium to build awareness around menstrual health and is currently making a short film on this topic.

When not in the GMAC office, Sophie loves to swimming in the sea, read, cook and practice yoga.

One of her favourite films: Midsommar by Ari Aster

Aiesha Marr (she/her)

Outreach Manager

Aiesha is our outreach co-ordinator at GMAC Film, she loves connecting with different communities within and outside of Glasgow.

Aiesha’s background is in community theatre, youth work and community development. She is currently halfway through training to become a counsellor.

She has interests in art, music, meditation and self-development work. Aiesha loves anything outdoorsy. Particularly camping and swimming in lochs in all weathers!

Aiesha’s core values are based around being truthful, genuine and empathic. She feels that it is extremely important to be authentic to who you are and what you believe in.

Favourite film: Leon: The Professional

Gary J Hewitt (he/him)

Film Engagement Manager

Gary Hewitt is a Screenwriter and Director. His career took off with the release of his debut feature film Cleek in 2018, captivating audiences throughout its festival run. Garnering significant recognition, Cleek was distributed on Amazon Prime and DVD by Shami Media Group in 2019. Gary went on to direct the award-winning short film Mia, which received critical acclaim and secured distribution through Meridian Releasing. Mia won Best British Film, Best Film, and the IAC Diamond Award at the BIAFF. Remarkably, Gary stands as the sole filmmaker to have triumphed in all three categories at the festival and furthermore, his most recent short film, DIG, has achieved the identical trifecta of accolades this year.

Gary is currently engrossed in the production of his second feature film, The Defender, scheduled for a late 2023 release. Additionally, he is actively in the development of two other feature screenplays. It is worth noting that Gary’s professional journey encompasses his previous role as a Casting Assistant, where he lent his expertise to commercials and shows aired on the esteemed platforms of BBC and Comedy Central.

Favourite film: Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Chalmers (he/him)

Youth & Education Programme Manager

Anthony is an independent filmmaker based in Scotland. Anthony has self-produced a number of short films including Rupture, Dolce and Entanglement. He recently produced a series of comedy ads for local brand Lucky Jocks.

As an educator, Anthony created a local youth community project, to give young people a voice through filmmaking. He now works as Youth & Education Manager of GMAC Film, responsible for planning, delivery and evaluation of projects that work with underrepresented young people.

Anthony is co-writing his first feature project, Comfort Food, with writer/director Shaun Hughes.

Favourite Film: Jaws

Jeannie Hamilton (she/her)

Youth Programme Officer

Over the past five years, Jeannie has co-delivered and participated in various youth and community programmes, spanning over film access, theatre and dance.

Jeannie is passionate about inclusion and access to film education for all – taking an intersectional and youth work approach in her work with the BFI Film Academy and GMAC CashBack.

Jeannie’s work has also been positively influenced by her degree in Film and TV Studies from Glasgow University, as well as her L3 Award in Training and Education. She also has experience working in youth theatre with Scottish Youth Theatre and the Citizens Theatre, as a production assistant for short film and studio television, and volunteering at the Glasgow Film Festival, Document Film Festival and the Amsterdam Fringe.

Favourite Film: What We Do in the Shadows (Taika Waititi)

Caitlin McMullan (she/her)

Filmmakers Programme Manager

Caitlin started her filmmaking journey as a participant on the Little Pictures programme during its pilot year and has been working as part of the Filmmakers Programme team at GMAC Film since 2021. Caitlin has always had a passion for breaking down barriers to access and inclusion and works towards creating more inclusive creative industries for everyone.

Her previous experience varies from Access Officer, Visiting Lecturer, Researcher and Designer. In her personal practice, Caitlin often explores her own identity and experiences of disability. She is interested in creating work that changes perceptions and creates new ways of thinking about disability, design and the body and uses documentary filmmaking as a medium to inform her audience.

One of Caitlin’s favourite films is Cow by Andrea Arnold.

Ana Songel (she/her)

Filmmakers Programme Officer

Ana is our Filmmakers Programme Coordinator for our micro-budget commissioning scheme, Little Pictures. Three years ago Ana was selected by Little Pictures to make her first commissioned stop motion short film I Miss Hugs, which has recently screened in BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying film festivals.

Ana joined the GMAC family in 2022 and she is thrilled to be able to work on the programme that helped her kickstart her filmmaking career and be able to inspire other emerging filmmakers to pursue their dreams. Ana also works as a freelance animator and is shooting her next stop motion film called Beatless (working title), through the Screen Scotland-funded scheme Sharp Shorts.

Apart from film, Ana’s passions include nature, water sports, reading and cooking.

Favourite films: Spirited Away and Amelie

Niall Morison MacRae (he/him)

Filmmakers Programme Assistant

Niall supports the overall process of Little Pictures as our Filmmakers Programme Assistant. As a filmmaker who’s been involved in a handful of Little Pictures films and received support from GMAC over the years, he is now excited to be aiding in the development of our up-and-coming filmmakers and amplifying their unique voices as they take their next steps into film.

Hailing from the Outer Hebrides, Niall is a Scottish-Thai filmmaker whose unique island upbringing shapes his distinctive worldview. His passion for filmmaking and diverse storytelling has led to numerous collaborations, spanning both fiction and documentary. His most recent film, the short documentary “And So It Was,” received a UK Royal Television Society student award nomination for Best Factual and premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival. It’s continued success on the festival circuit has pushed it into being both BAFTA and BIFA qualifying. Niall’s upcoming project, “The Last Trip,” is currently in production, backed by We Are Here Scotland.

Favourite film: Under The Skin

Sharmila Lella (she/her)

Alumni Engagement Officer

Sharmila’s passion for film fuels her work at GMAC as our Alumni Engagement Officer. By curating engaging programs that reconnect alumni and nurture lifelong engagement, Sharmila works to sustain a thriving alumni community. Her past experience documenting unheard voices is a key motivator in championing marginalised narratives at GMAC, too.

Beyond her role, She is a film enthusiast with a soft spot for South Indian Cinema. She constantly explores ways to bridge the gap between this rich heritage and a wider audience, fostering global appreciation for its brilliance.

Outside of GMAC, you might find her lost in the world of watercolours, capturing emotions with a splash of colour, or swooning over the melodies of Indian classical music. She believes in mindfulness and positivity.

Favourite film: Mayabazar (1957)

GMAC Film Board of Directors

Mark Langdon

Atta Yaqub

Simon Mallinson

Lindsay O’Donnell

Suzie Lyons

Malini Chakrabarty 

Nicola Wilson 

John McEwan-Whyte