About Us

 

Synopsis

Meet the Creator

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YORGO GLYNATSIS is the writer, co-director and lead actor of TRIGGER. He is a Greek, Italian filmmaker born in Belgium and started his artistic journey at 14 years old acting in Belgium.

 

He trained in Theatre at the Conservatoire of Charleroi and played several leads and supporting roles in theatre shows in Brussels. Aspiring for an international career, he moved to London in 2014 and joined the cast of the Immersive project The Den created by the BAFTA-winning director Gbemisola Ikumelo. Following that, he starred in several short films and Indian Features. Recently, he shot the feature films The Adopters and Remi Milligan: Lost Director.

 

His passion for filmmaking started in 2020 when he created a series of comedy sketches (Donovan the Stalker) and several small short films for his own acting showreel before writing TRIGGER.

 

Inspired by watching the series I May Destroy You and It’s a Sin, he decided to talk about his traumatic experience from a few years ago in London. Feeling ashamed for allowing the experience to happen to him, he failed to report it or even tell anyone at the time. Now he has decided to speak up about sexual consent and the misinformation that surrounds it. As this topic is still considered taboo in our society, many people remain silent, suffering their trauma alone. Many LGBTQI+ people, himself included, struggle with their self-esteem and identity. This makes them more vulnerable and prone to uncomfortable situations.

 

Yorgo wants to normalise speaking up about this subject and raise awareness about the meaning of consent. Making this short film is a healing journey for Yorgo and will hopefully inspire others to use their voices. Together we can create a safer world for our generation and the ones to follow.

Anthony, a twenty-nine-year-old mixed European actor and cabin crew member, auditions for the reality TV show ‘Dream Island.’ The casting director immediately asks stereotyping questions, about his sexual orientation and consequently his taste in men. The questions become darker and more disturbing, triggering a memory of a London house party, and a traumatic event in his life.

 

Meet the Cast

 
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Sarah Griffin as Jessica

A non-binary performer native to Louisville, KY, Sarah took their Masters at RCSSD as a Fulbright Scholar, during which they trained at the Moscow Arts Theatre and developed work with the International Clown Research Project. Actor, comic, clown, voice over artist and theatre maker, they won the Broadway World Sydney 2018 awards for Best Actress (Portia/ The Merchant of Venice) and Best Supporting Actress (Francis Flute/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

 

They were a member of the award winning ensemble for the National Arts Service’s The Winning Crowd and developed work with the Les Enfants Terribles award-winning SharkLegs Theatre. They have been a visiting lecturer for Ithaca College, South-Hampton Solent, Royal Holloway and the University of Macedonia.


Hobbies include fire-breathing, knitting and incongruity.

Robby Khela as Shivan

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Robby began his career in the music industry before making his transition into acting. Having signed a development deal with Telstar Records, Robby went on to support pop acts Craig David, Blue, Lemar, Girls Aloud and Misteeq on tour and worked with Rishi Rich and Max Martin as a songwriter. He was also selected by Anu Malik and Javed Akhtar to represent the UK in Indian Idol 4, Mumbai (Sony Entertainment Television) where he reached top 50.

 

His break into the world of acting came through Phizzical Productions after landing a lead role in a national tour of What You Fancy, a Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  Most recently Robby completed another national tour of Bring On The Bollywood, again with Phizzical Productions and appeared in Grindr The Opera (Above The Stag Theatre) which won Best New Musical at The Offies in 2019. Robby made his Bollywood debut in 2017 with David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 and will next be seen in Bollywood film Laila Manju where he will be playing a drag queen for the first time. This will also be the first film to showcase Drag Culture in India. Robby is thrilled to be joining the Trigger Film Team and to support them on their journey to help raise awareness about sexual consent in the LGBTQI+ community.

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Tom Pitiris as Joshua

After completing his training in musical theatre and dance in his native country of Australia in 2012, Tom took the leap to move to London to chase his dream of performing professionally.

 

From there it was a gradual transition out of musical theatre and into the screen world where he worked on the films, Paddington 2 and Mamma Mia! Here We
Go Again, as well as a handful of commercials for big brands such as Vodafone, Cadbury, Pot Noodle and most recently, Audible.

 

When Tom is not performing he is teaching Reformer Pilates across several boutique studios in London and credits the maintenance of his physical abilities and continued love of movement to this practice.

Reza Diako as Ahmed

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Reza Diako is a bilingual actor (English/ Persian) born in Geneva, Switzerland of Austrian nationality and Iranian origin. In 2014, Reza began formally training in acting in various schools in London, including Identity School of Acting, in the Yat Malmgren technique at  Giles Foreman Centre for Acting, Method Acting at the London School of Method Acting, and the Meisner technique at the Impulse Company. Diako was later traditionally trained at Mountview Drama School in London, and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York.

In 2018, Diako went on to feature as Harry Razavi in Transparent, a feature film about homelessness in Central London. He subsequently had lead roles as Eli in Son of Man, a theatre production reflecting on the life of Jesus Christ, and in the theatre production, Fatherless Son, a drama about gang violence in the streets of London.  Diako can also be more recently seen in Apple TV's Original International Emmy Award winning drama, Tehran, in the regular role of Shahin. He also recently worked in the role of Henri in ITV's upcoming series, A Spy Among Friends. Diako can also be seen in the upcoming BBC series, Around the World in 80 Days, and in his featured role in the upcoming feature film, The Son, directed by Florian Zeller.

In his personal life, he devotes time to two charities, both working with young people with autism, and also holding and supporting people who are contemplating suicide.

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Tania Pieri as Dr. Fieri

Tania began her performing career in theatre, appearing in the West End musical Bombay Dreams, the UK Tour of High School Musical and other productions including West Side Story. She trained in acting with David Johnson, and in dance at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, where she received a 1st BA Hons Degree.

 

Tania has recently worked on a variety of short films, and voiceover projects. She also loves to write and play music. Her songs, poems & blogs can be found at taniapieri.com. Tania is really pleased to be a part of TRIGGER, as it’s such an important story to share.

 

Meet the Team

Chloe Potamiti 
Co-Writer & Co-Director

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Chloe Potamiti is a Greek-British filmmaker, living in London. She studied film and TV at university with a focus on short, experimental films and documentaries. Her experience in the industry has varied, from being a videographer, to painting sets, to working in a post-production house. She has also worked in photography, theatre and events. Her dream is to write and direct, making films and art about personal and real experiences which raise awareness of important issues. She is particularly passionate about the representation of women in film and aims to contribute towards increased and accurate representation.

She explored telling true stories through fictional characters when writing and directing Mora, a short film about sleep paralysis, based on her experiences. She wants to continue to make more films that address critical issues, such as her documentary about menstrual stigma.

 

TRIGGER combines two issues she cares about deeply, LGBTQI+ rights and sexual abuse. These are both very personal to her, and she believes the best work always comes from that.

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Matt Thomas
Director of Photography

Raised on a healthy diet of video rentals, Matt Thomas’s love of film began to spiral out of control until he learnt that you could actually make a living from making them – a realisation that finally brought together his childhood interests in music, art, and photography into a single goal and ever since, he’s been crafting stories through a lens.

 

A versatile and imaginative cinematographer, Matt has worked on a wide range of projects including short films, documentaries, web content, and music videos. Graduating from The London Film School MA in filmmaking has allowed him to hone his technique and develop his visual style, drawing from a wide range of influences that help him bring stories to life.

 

The one thing he loves as much as cinema is cake.

Eleni Savva
Producer

Eleni Savva is a Cypriot filmmaker based in London. She is passionate about film, and the art of storytelling through the 7th art cinema. 


Since receiving her bachelor's degree in Film Production, from the University of West London in 2019, she has worked on a plethora of projects in both countries, ranging from independent short films to music videos and commercials.


Throughout these productions, she has worked within various departments, as a producer, unit manager, assistant director, script supervision, etc. Her main focus and passion, are within the pre-production department. 

Leena Makoff
Coordinating Producer

Actor, writer, sexual assault survivor, bisexual woman, Slavic powerhouse. Since moving to London in 2017, Leena trained her acting skills with Gary Condes, with Faye Beck at Actors Doors Studio, at Identity School of Acting, Maktub Theatre Company and Anarchy Actors Studio. Makoff performed in many fringe shows at Drayton Arms, Theatro Technis, Camden People’s Theatre and more.

 

Together with 5Go Theatre Co. she is preparing a new show Miss Margarida’s Way planned for the next autumn. Before leaving Poland, Leena wrote a play - Hummus i bigos; a show based on the text is planned to be staged later on this year in Warsaw.

 

Currently, Leena is focused on improving her screen acting abilities and general filmmaking skills. She has recently been cast in a BBC Wales and Amazon Prime productions.

Robbie Taylor Hunt
Intimacy Coordinator

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Robbie is trained and certified by Intimacy for Stage and Screen (ISS). He facilitates and choreographs intimate scenes for theatre, TV & film, collaboratively working with the actors and director to craft clear and creative content while upholding everyone's boundaries and wellbeing. He is also the Training Coordinator for ISS. He has worked on productions for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Apple TV. 


​His training included rigorous consent based practice, honing communication skills, detailed and practical choreography techniques, understanding of modesty garments, documentation processes, conversations with guest speakers, and much more. He upholds Trainee Intimacy Coordinators' needs in his role as the Trainee-IC Representative on the Intimacy Coordinator Branch of the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU). 
Robbie has undertaken awareness training in: Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Harassment, Unconscious Bias, LGBTQIA+ Awareness. 

 

He's a founding member of Intimacy Coordinators Aotearoa, providing Intimacy Direction and Coordination services in his home country. 

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Vincent Gwyn
Sound Recordist

Vincent Gwyn is the Location Sound Recordist on TRIGGER. He has previously recorded many demo reel scenes and corporate films, but with him also being an actor, he likes working on personal stories the most.

 

His background as an actor gives him the insight on how to capture the best sound without getting in the way of the performance, but instead doing it justice.

 

Vincent trained with Yorgo ( creator of TRIGGER ) at the Anarchy! Actors Studio, and was immediately supportive and interested and made himself available as a sound recordist.

Kira Grant
Hair & Makeup

Kira Grant is a professional Hair and Makeup Artist from Greater London, she graduated from University of West London, with a first-class degree in Specialist Hair and Media makeup. From a young age she knew she wanted to be a makeup artist, the process of being able to transform someone into a character or creature always fascinated her.

 

Since graduating she has worked on a number of short and feature length films, learning more and more from each job. After studying her craft for 5 years and attaining a number of skills, she feels this has made her adaptable to whatever job comes next, Kira is always up for a challenge as it helps her to improve her skills as a makeup artist and it's what makes her job exciting in her opinion.

 

She hopes to continue working in film and work her way up within that industry.

Pauline Kokla
Camera Assistant

 Pauline Kokla is a young filmmaker from Estonia and current BA filmmaking student in Met Film School, London. She has mainly worked as a freelance cinematographer and worked in a wedding film production company called Awentus based in Tallinn, Estonia.

 

She also has plenty of experience as a Production Assistant in various productions including Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. She has contributed to some projects as a producer and second camera assistant.

 

She is always looking to work and collaborate with emerging filmmakers.

Antonio Mendes
Gaffer

Antonio Mendes is a Portuguese Gaffer who moved to London five years ago to study film. After graduation, he worked in a kit room where he developed his technical knowledge to a new advanced level.

 

He is now a freelance Gaffer with experience on multiple projects such as short films, commercials and music videos.

Naomi Cowen
Spark

Being ultra-passionate about cinematography, she always strives to better her knowledge of all aspects of filmmaking. Coming from a background in photography and as a photographers’ assistant, she began to learn about filming techniques, lighting and video editing in her spare time. She brought this to enhance her own photographic practice, and her future experiences on set.

She studied a masters in cinematography at Bournemouth University, where she learned more about cameras and lighting, and her love for shooting drama and music videos grew. She currently works in a north London kit house as a technician, with the aim of getting as much experience both on set and building an in-depth knowledge of camera equipment.

 

Instagram: @naomi_cowe

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Editor

Lêif-Camron Saunders, began her editing narrative in 2016 studying Creative Media Productions, specialising in TV/Live TV, Film, editing and special effects. She followed her passion in editing and is studying a BA (Hons) Editing and Post Production at Ravensbourne University London. Ever creative, alongside Creative Media, Leif has studied in Media/theatrical Makeup and Hairstyling.

 

Leif’s passion within editing is storytelling. The endless possibilities to create beautiful and compelling narratives that connect, comfort, resonate and teach people, regardless of genre. 

Leif has full knowledge of the editing workflow and specialises in offline editing and motion graphics/visual effects. Leif views the world mostly visually, as she has a bilateral hearing impairment, however this has never let her impact her editing and found it to be her strength throughout. 

 

Leif currently works within the film and festival circuit, with independent filmmakers. Once graduated, aims to work within post house production companies and continue to collaborate with independent filmmakers.

Sharon Sibyl Gatt
Graphic & Web Designer

Sharon Sibyl Gatt is a Maltese Web & Graphic Designer, Actor and Writer. Her design experience includes working with brands, photographers, and fellow film and theatre creatives, creating logos, posters, branding, graphics, and much more.

 

In her spare time Sharon enjoys genealogy, reading, and archery.

Find her on: www.sharonsibylgatt.com/design or on Instagram & Twitter: @sharonsibylgatt

Michal Thomas Czerniak
Sound Designer

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 Michal Thomas Czerniak is a Polish-born sound designer and post-production audio engineer, who spent the last 13 years studying and practising creating immersive soundscapes for the moving image in the UK. His main inspirations come from pushing audio manipulation software to its limits, as well as Christopher Boyes for his invisible sound design, and Orest Susho for his suspenseful, rich atmospheres.


In 2020, he has achieved a first class degree Bachelor of Arts in 'Music and Sound for Image' focusing on creating captivating soundscapes out of ordinary sounds surrounding us. His knowledge of music technology expands to game audio programming, overdubbing recording, and most notably, post-production audio mixing. In his latest feature film The Devil Came Home (2022) he magnificently used his sound design expertise, to enhance the feelings of suspense, anticipation and terror to masterfully support the film's narrative. He also played the role of supervising sound editor, delivering the final mix for cinema releases.

"My best work typically goes by unnoticed. It just becomes an indistinguishable part of the film, animation or gameplay, to a point where the viewer completely immerses themselves into the medium." -  he said in a RadioHud's interview in 2018. "I believe that the true purpose of a sound designer and any role in post-production audio, is to create a soundtrack that supports the medium to the fullest extent, rather than trying to stand out on its own. If you start to notice our work, we are doing it wrong." Michal has added.

 

The combination of his skills and experience are bound to elevate the emotional impact of TRIGGER, ensuring high quality audio for this moving and sensational short film. 

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Jordan Hughes
Colour Grader

Jordan Hughes is the colourist on TRIGGER. His background is in camera and colour grading, with a bit of account management on the side. 

 

He is thoroughly enjoying what the team has created so far, and excited that his input will be a part of this endeavour – he has worked with the Director of Photography (Matt Thomas) on various other projects, so he finds it very easy to gel with his style of cinematography.

Brenda Loera
Production and Costume Designer

Brenda Loera is a London based Costume & Production Designer. Native from Monterrey N. L. Mexico where she studied Drama at Centro Educación Artística (CEA) in Televisa San Ángel. She moved to London to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Filmmaking at Kingston University.

 

Since graduating she has worked as a Runner & Production Assistant in numerous shorts and Web Mini Series, then moved to work as a Costume & Production Designer. 

 

Brenda is a team player and a hard worker with a sharp eye for detail and harmonious between elements. She is used to meeting deadlines, handling budgets, and schedules. Finding creative solutions to problems and dealing with locations and logistics are strengths. Her passion lies in storytelling and transforming sentiment through the visual to the viewer.

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Jacqueline Crain
First Assistant Director

Jacqueline Crain is an American actor and filmmaker who recently relocated from Atlanta to London. She has worked on a number of films both in the U.S. and U.K.

 

She is passionate about all areas of filmmaking and has worked in a number of roles, including as an actor, writer, producer, script supervisor, and assistant director, to name a few.

 

She is also a lover of theatre and is currently producing a play for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Mario Garza
Music Composer

“Mistakes”, lead song of TRIGGER, from Inoxia is composed by Mario Garza. He is originally from Monterrey in Mexico.

 

He is best known as being a part of the legendary Mexican Trance Mafia project with which he helped lay the foundation for Mexican electronic music producers for years to come.

 

He now resides in London and has been laying out some fresh grooves with 'Inoxia', a dive into Deep Progressive Techno with small hints of fine House.