Non-Aligned Productions develops and produces high quality films, television and commercials across all genres.
Founded by brother and sister, Simon and Ngozi Onwurah, their awardwinning productions include The Body Beautiful (BFI/Channel 4), Who Stole The Soul? (BBC), And Still I Rise (BBC) and Welcome II The Terrordome (Tartan/Channel 4).
Non-Aligned has just completed its second feature film Wreckers, starring Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch. It had UK theatrical distribution from Artificial Eye on 16th December 2011 and Content Film are handling international sales.
Writer & Director
Ngozi’s graduation film Coffee Coloured Children, kick-started her career when it won first prize in the BBC Showreel competition. She then completed postgraduate studies in Drama Direction at the National film & Television School. More success followed with further dramas and documentaries for a number of British and international broadcasters including South Of The Border (BBC), a ground breaking drama series for the BBC. She was awarded the prestigious honour of a special retrospective screenings at the New York Film Festival for her films, The Body Beautiful (Channel 4/BFI), Mondays Girls (BBC) and And Still I Rise (BBC). Her first feature film, Welcome II The Terrordome, won first prize at the Birmingham International Film Festival.
Ngozi has directed episodes of Heartbeat for ITV, the top-rated British drama series and Behind The Mask (BBC/M-Net, Africa), a drama-documentary made in collaboration with Broker Prize winner Ben Okri. I Bring You Frankincense (BBC) was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and received awards at several international film festivals. Hangtime (M-Net) had a theatrical release in America. Shoot The Messenger (BBC Films) a feature length drama staring David Oyelowo was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Simon has worked in many genres including drama, factual and entertainment. Simon produced the Royal Television Society awardwinning Who Stole The Soul? (BBC) and the BAFTA nominated Paul Merton in China (Tiger Aspect/Channel 5). He also line produced the critically acclaimed Miliband of Brothers.
Simon is a founder of Non-Aligned Productions and has produced work for national and international networks including BBC, C4, ITV, Five, HBO, PBS and MNet. He has created productions that have won both commercial and critical success including Coffee Coloured Children (ITV), The Body Beautiful (C4), And Still I Rise (BBC).
His first feature, Welcome II The Terrordome, was distributed theatrically in the UK and broadcast by Channel 4, winning Best Film at the Birmingham International Film Festival. He recently produced the critically acclaimed feature film Wreckers staring Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by Artificial Eye.
Idris Ahmed journey started working in the location and production department, with all the major terrestrial, satellite broadcasters and independent production companies.
Recent projects include Channel 4’s multi award-winning comedy Fresh Meat, (Objective), the forthcoming BBC serial crime drama Good Cop starring Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham. He’s also worked with Michael Fassbender on two series of Sky One’s supernatural drama Hex and also for (Shine) Sugar Rush 2’ for Channel 4; which won an Emmy Award in 2006. Homeland’s Damien Lewis on the futuristic ITV drama Life Force (Childsplay). Recently Idris has branched into producing working on the critically acclaimed independent feature Wreckers, distributed by Artificial Eye, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy. His debut short film as Producer, Telescope, is currently on the festival circuit and receiving critical acclaim.
D R HOOD
Dictynna has directed several award winning short films including The Other Man and Journey Man. Wreckers is her first feature. She also directs for theatre, most recently Breaking the Silence with Somali refugees at Hampstead and Soho Theatres. As writer, Dictynna has been commissioned by Granada/C4, Dutch film company 24FPS, and by Birmingham Rep for her play The River. She has co-written The Bird Can’t Fly, which premiered at San Sebastian, 2007, starring Barbara Hershey. Over and Under, a twisted rom com which Simon and Dict are currently developing, was recently a finalist for the i-Features scheme in the UK. Dict also teaches, and is the inventor of the ‘Pudovkin game’ for use with directing and writing students.