The Team


portrait of aimaraAimara Reques

Chief Executive

I have been telling stories about real people for 25 years and I am passionate about it.

I took my first step in my documentary-making career whilst completing my Media Studies degree in Caracas. I was privileged when Pablo De La Barra chose me to work on a documentary about a unique indigenous community deep in the Amazon. This was an extraordinarily rare and exciting opportunity. I was working with and learning from one of the most established and experienced documentary filmmakers in Venezuela and also inter-acting with a community of people who were otherwise inaccessible to outsiders. The community was inspirational in its wisdom, harmony and vision and it continues to be an inspiration for me to this day. This experience sparked my desire to make films that tell important stories, people’s stories to the rest of the world

I came to Scotland hoping to continue my studies and learn some English along the way. That was 22 years ago. Glasgow became my home. Since then, I have had the opportunity to expand my filmmaking career, from making films for local community projects, political campaigns, co-operatives, charities and local TV channels to developing international co-productions for broadcast and international partners.

My broadcast experience is as producer, director, camera, offline editor and Associate Producer for Channel 4; BBC. Scottish Television and Border Television. My last international production Red Oil, was co-produced by (Germany) in association with More 4, SBS, NRK, YLE, Aljazeera UK, Media, The Commonwealth Broadcast Association and Scottish Screen.

In 2010, I decided to focus on feature length documentaries that tell stories of greater international interest. This is Aconite Productions.

I’m also passionate about health and well-being issues. I studied medicine in Venezuela in the 80s and became very critical of the medical establishment. I’m now a Homeopath trained at The Scottish College of Homeopathy and Aconite also comes from that passion.

BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award; Fox Searchlight Award; Amnesty International Media Award for positive images of asylum
Saltire Grierson Award for Documentary

Su Bainbridge

Producer/ Line Producer

My experience as a Production Manager spans documentaries, factual, drama,commercials, music and arts. I am delighted to work with this exciting enterprise whose aim is to tell important stories and promote greater knowledge and understanding. I am passionate about making films and working in the production environment telling stories.

I have worked as a Production Manager and also as a Producer and Assistant Director with many production companies for almost two decades. Also, in 2004,David Hayman invited me to join the team at his charity, Spirit Aid Ltd to develop and run a pilot film project, which enabled a range of young people to make their own films. The young people gained a lot of confidence and learned team-working skills as well as how to develop and make films based completely on their own ideas. It was a great success. I worked with Spirit Aid Ltd to further develop the Shooters Film Project and to roll the project out to other areas around Glasgow.

In a freelance capacity, I have worked on many programmes and films for theatrical release and for broadcast on BBC, Channel 4, STV, ITV and Arte including several award-winning productions, and I have also produced four short films, several community films and numerous commercials.

I believe that filmmaking can make a positive difference to people’s lives – the audiences, the participants and the filmmakers.

Lorna Jane Ferguson


Lorna 240 x 360 pixelsI began my career in theatre before making the move into television drama & film production, quickly graduating from shorts to period dramas, comedy series, children’s dramas and features.

My drama producing credits include ‘No Man’s Land’ (Hopscotch / BBC Tartan Short) and ‘The Race’ (IWC Media) a 30′ drama for Scottish Television.

For the last ten years I have worked in documentary production including the international co-productions ‘An Anarchist’s Story’ (Pelicula Films/TV Catalunya), ‘Red Oil’ (Media Co-op / for /Channel 4) and ‘The Bridge Rising’ (Media Co-op / Skye Larke Canada for BBC Alba).

Elizabeth Benjamin

Producer of Marketing & Distribution

I have over 14 years film industry experience working on acclaimed independent feature films and documentaries with strong musical and artistic aesthetics, and often a social issue at the core.

Highlights from my career include working on Oscar winning documentary CITIZENFOUR, with clients from BFI to Pulse Films to Dazed & Confused, and with talent ranging from Dennis Hopper to Isabelle Huppert, Shane Meadows and The Dardenne brothers, Edwyn Collins, Daft Punk and Songhoy Blues.

I am one of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Future Producers 2017 and am part of The ‘Impact Producers Group’, a global network of independent service providers who design and execute social impact distribution campaigns for film projects. As PMD for Aconite Productions, I lead on communication, outreach and distribution strategies.

Charlotte Hailstone

Assistant Producer

Charlotte-Heilstone-682x1024After graduating from St Andrews in 2009, I became a Researcher filming around the UK, and discovered how fascinating it can be to work in documentary.

Two years and lot of experience working with children and animals later, I came back home to Scotland.  Since then, I have worked on a wide variety of projects, from a musical feature film, to the ground-breaking courtroom documentary The Murder Trial.

Joining the Aconite team as an Assistant Producer, I look forward to putting the skills I have developed during my time in the industry to good use, helping them continue to make films that both enlighten and astonish.

Anya Mooney

Business Development Assistant

As a recent graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, Communication Design, my background is in Graphic Design and research. I am delighted to be joining Aconite, a company that has so much creativity and passion.

I am passionate about documentary as a creative medium to share stories and issues around the globe. As a Business Assistant I will be assisting in all aspects of the development, production and distribution of international documentaries.

Gabija Linkevi?i?t?


Having just finished my first year at the University of Glasgow studying Film & Television, I’m still new to the world of film, however, I am really excited to immerse myself into it. Before that I was part of the advertisement & marketing managers team in a youth theatre, ‘Teatronas’, back in my hometown in Lithuania. I was also a volunteer in Vilnius International Film Festival and after moving to Glasgow, in ‘Africa in Motion’ Film Festival. Theory-based knowledge in my lectures as well as gained practical skills in the student television has inspired me and deepened my interest in filmmaking even further.

I am excited to join Aconite Productions, hoping to not only learn from the best but also be a great addition to the team. I believe that this opportunity will allow me to gain skills to create films that will influence peoples lives.



Victor Kossakovsky

(Director- AQUARELA)

Kossakovsky is not only a renowned and highly admired director, he is also one of the most important documentary makers in the world. Victor has been making documentaries since 1989 and has won more than 100 awards in national and international festivals. His film Vivan Las Antipodas! premiered at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ in 2013 and has been screened in more than 80 international film festivals across the globe. Victor is a member of the European Film Academy and was commended as an Honoured Artist of Russia.

Heino Deckert


Heino is an acclaimed veteran film producer and distributor. His company has over 100 films to their name, in addition to their worldwide sales. Their award winning films include: Rabbit á la Berlin (Academy Award nominee); My Joy (in competition at Cannes Film Festival). In the Fog (in competition at Cannes Film Festival); Vivan las Antipodas! (opening film at Venice Film Festival; European Academy Awards nominee); and Song from the Forest (VPRO IDFA Award for the Best Feature-Length Documentary).

Joslyn Barnes


Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer. Among the films Barnes has been involved with producing since co-founding Louverture Films with actor Danny Glover are the: César-nominated Bamako; Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar nominee Trouble The Water; the international cult hit Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975; Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Grierson and Peabody winner The House I Live In; and the Berlinale award-winning Concerning Violence. She is currently producing This Changes Everything for Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, and Shadow World for Johan Grimonprez.

Sigrid Dyekjaer


Producer Sigrid Dyekjær is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark, working with international documentary films for 14 years. Among the many films she has produced are: The Monastery; Mechanical Love; Gambler; The Good Life; Love Addict; A Normal Life; Free the Mind; Ballroom Dancer and recently Ai Wei Wei – nominated at IDFA 2013’s Feature Length Competition. She is the part owner of Danish Documentary film company.

Bart Simpson

(Director/ Co-Producer)

Award-winning filmmaker Bart Simpson produced and acted as 2nd unit director on the feature documentary ‘The Corporation’ (winner at over 25 festivals including Sundance, Toronto and IDFA); other films and collaborations (including Bananas!* and its sequel, Big Boys Gone Bananas!* [Sundance 2012]) have been broadcast and screened worldwide. Bart is interested in films that entertain, evoke and engage public debate.

Marie Lidén


A Swedish born animator and filmmaker based in Glasgow. After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 with a degree in animation, Marie is now focused on documentaries, animations and sound design. In the past 3 years, she has built a strong portfolio, working on over 10 independent and broadcast commissions – ranging from a BAFTA nominated animation, a Channel 4 First Cut documentary, to editing ‘Barefoot in Business’, a documentary commissioned by Al-Jazeera English. 

Lucie Tremblay


Lucie’s career has been an abiding interest in science, sustainable development, environment, and social issues . Her documentaries have been broadcasted on CBC, the Documentary Channel, Canal D, TVA, Télé Québec, Canal Vie, France 2, TF1, TSR, RTBF Arte, TV5 Québec and TV5 World. She just released ‘The Empire of Scents’ by Oscar nominee Kim Nguyen.

Jamie Balliu

Creative Director/Producer

Jamie is a Creative Director, Producer and Designer of i-docs and broadcast campaigns. He was co-creator and co- producer of The Brussels Business Online (Arte, ZDF) and has creatively led several campaigns for broadcasters including; BBC, ADTV and MTV. Jamie is a regular trainer in New Media at ESoDoc and has won international awards including Promax Gold and Best New Media Gold. He is Co-Creator of ‘A Good American’ CrossMedia Production with Friedrich Moser.

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