Justin was born in Handsworth, Birmingham in 1971 and diagnosed as hard of hearing in the 80’s. He is deaf in his right ear and can hear 50-60% in his left. As a rebellious teenager he decided it was other peoples’ problem if they couldn’t hear him and threw away his hearing aid. He graduated from Portsmouth University in 1996 with a First Class degree in Film and moved back to the Midlands to make short films with the likes of Shane Meadows. He became passionate about disability film whilst working on disability TV shows for Channel 4.
He set up 104 films with Alex Usborne in 2004 following their collaboration on his first film as a director Large for Film Four. They began small working on community films with working ethos, methods and business practice evolving as 104 have moved on to larger-scale projects. Our work remains rooted in the very community spirit upon which we founded the company.
Justin is a voting BAFTA member since 2000 and visiting directing tutor at the National Film & Television School. In 2013 104 films came to the attention of HRH The Queen who invited him to Windsor Castle in recognition of our work.
He continues to direct both on and off the subject of disability but his passion as a producer is to enable d/Deaf and disabled talent to find its place in front of and behind the camera and to create real change in the representation of disabled talent in British Cinema and promote that talent on an international level.
Alex is a successful film & television Producer with a substantial track record of producing original and distinctive Cinema & TV films which have found critical acclaim, commercial success and international audiences.
He is an entrepreneur who has run his own business Picture Palace North for over 20 years, and is currently expanding 104 Films.
He is also experienced as film financier and film executive having worked as Senior Executive for the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund for 2 years and served on the Lottery Film Advisory Panel for 5 years. His high level teaching and mentoring experience includes work as Senior Tutor at the National Film & Television School.
He lives and works in his home city of Sheffield where he has produced 8 highly successful documentary films. He recently completed his MBA at Sheffield University Management School, developing skills in Business Growth Strategies and Creative Industries Management Consultancy.
David Proud was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair, he was involved with school productions and studied theatre studies at A level. Although he wanted to take drama at university he did not believe it would be a viable career due to his disability and instead went to work as a benefits administrator for the Department for Work and Pensions.
His first TV acting role was as a wheelchair basketball player in the BBC children’s series Desperados. David is most well known for playing Adam Best in BBC1’s EastEnders and is about to appear in Siblings, a new BBC Three sitcom from Bwark Productions. His other TV credits include Doctors, Mischief, Is it Because I is Black?, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the acclaimed BBC Drama Best of Men about the birth of the Paralympics movement.
In 2013 David joined 104 films as Development Producer. He attended the Film London Audience on Demand programme and the London Film Festival’s Micro Market on behalf of 104 Films. In 2014 he completed iWitness, in which he also stars in the first ever instance of a disabled actor playing an able-bodied lead role.
David is CEO of Generation 104, a training academy set up by 104 Films to support and train the next generation of disabled filmmakers.
He is also a talented writer and is currently developing Mavericks, co-written with Paul Viragh (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Face of an Angel) for BBC Films.
David is a full voting member of the Film and Television chapter of BAFTA.