Strange Machine is a London-based production company that aims to disrupt conventions in the film industry and bring different perspectives to the screen.

By exploring complex themes via experimental genre films, and using the freedom they offer to push narratives in unexpected directions, we hope to uncover truths about the way we live and who we are.


Francesca Castelbuono

Francesca is a director and award-winning writer. With a background in theatre, she transitioned to film and gained experience on feature film production and distribution with companies such as RPC, Universal, New Regency, See-Saw, and Porchlight Films.

Undone, her latest short film, has screened at some of the leading LGBTQ festivals, including Inside Out and NewFest. Her short film script, Faded, won a Live Script Reading Award at the British Urban Film Festival supported by Channel 4, and her first (co-written) feature film screenplay was awarded research funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. In 2017 Francesca was selected as a participant on the professional development programmes, BAFTA Crew, and Widening the Lens: Shorts 2 Features run by Encounters Festival. She is currently in post-production on a new short film commissioned by DLV BBDO.

Manuel Sepulveda

Manuel is editor and publisher of the arts, science and politics journal, After Us. Through essays, pictorials and fiction, the journal focuses on how the latest technological developments and emerging 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, having formed his studio, Optigram, in 2008, and commissions have encompassed album covers, visual identities, interface design, kinetic art pieces, multi-sensory installations, and experimental animation. For twelve years he also owned and ran the retro-futurist record label, Citinite. Most recently he was invited to join the Moving Picture Company in London as a concept designer for film visual effects and recently completed work on a feature film from Legendary Pictures.