In Wonderland is Christopher Haydon's first independent short film. He has previously made a number of micro films: Devil in the Detail (Royal Court Theatre/Guardian), Taming of the Shrew, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe Theatre/BBC). He is currently working with writer Iona Firouzabadi on a new short film, Martha. Christopher was Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre, London from 2012-2017. Prior to that he was Associate Director at the Bush Theatre. In 2016-2017 he was a Clore Fellow.
His theatre productions at the Gate include: The Convert, Diary of a Madman, The Christians (Fringe First Award) Grounded (national and international tour; winner: Fringe First and Off West End Awards) Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Off West End Award), Purple Heart, The Iphigenia Quartet, The Trojan Women, The Prophet, and Wittenberg. Freelance theatre directing includes: The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic/Royal and Derngate Northampton), Twelve Angry Men, (starring Martin Shaw and Robert Vaughn; Birmingham Rep/West End), Pressure Drop (starring Billy Bragg and his band; On Theatre/Wellcome Collection) Monsters, Notes From Underground (Arcola) A Number (Salisbury Playhouse)
Iona Firouzabadi is a recent graduate of the National Film & Television School's Cinematography MA programme. In Wonderland is her first short film as screenwriter and co-producer. In 2017 Iona was awarded a grant by B3 Media to develop her next short film Martha. In 2018 Martha received further development support from Film London and in 2019 the film will go into production, funded by the BFI and produced by Bluebird Productions. She is also currently prepping for her first feature film as director of photography. As cinematographer her films have screened at festivals internationally - including BAFTA and AMPAS accredited Edinburgh, Rhode Island, Austin, St Louis, Cinequest and Dubai amongst others, and at Film4 Fright Fest. Her graduation animation Fulfilament was nominated for a 2016 Royal Television Society Student Award.
Prior to NFTS Iona worked in prime time factual TV. She also has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University.
Daisy Cooper was the producer at the Gate Theatre, London. Her credits include: Assata Taught Me, Grounded, The Convert, I Call My Brothers, Diary of a Madman (also Traverse Theatre); The Iphigenia Quartet, In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises), Medea, The Christians (also Traverse Theatre, Winner: Fringe First award); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Winner: Off West End Awards Best Production) and the UK premiere of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed.
Prior to working at the Gate, she co-founded immersive and site-specific theatre company RETZ with two partners, producing The Trial and O Brave New World, alongside commercial and community projects. She has produced independently, working with companies such as Curious Directive on their 2014 national tour of The Kindness of Strangers and The Milo Wladek Company's The Van Dyck Vanishments. Before working in theatre she worked at the BBC's Locations Department, and has an MA in Creative Industries from Birkbeck, University of London.