Strange Machine is a London-based production company that aims to disrupt conventions in the film industry and bring different perspectives to the screen.
Francesca is a director and award-winning writer. With a background in the performing arts, she transitioned to film and gained experience on feature films and in the broader industry with companies such as RPC, Universal, New Regency, See-Saw, and Porchlight Films. She has most recently assisted producer Liz Watts on the upcoming film, Mary Magdalene. In 2015 she won a Live Script Reading Award at the British Urban Film Festival supported by Channel 4 for her short film script, Faded. A feature film screenplay she has co-written was awarded research funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and she is now developing an accompanying short film, as well as other short and feature film projects. francescacastelbuono.com
Manuel is editor and publisher of the arts, science and politics journal, After Us. Through essays and fiction, the journal focuses on how the latest technological developments and new political ideas might affect society in the future, and explores how the arts can help guide us through a changing world. Manuel is also an art director for several clients in the independent music industry, working under the studio name, Optigram, and for twelve years owned and ran the record label, Citinite. manuelsepulveda.com