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Creative Director


Hi Ching studied at the Royal Ballet School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He began his career as a ballet dancer in companies that included Frankfurt Opera and Ballet Classique de Paris. He then became an actor as well as Artistic Director of projects such as Festival of Lights at the Royal National Theatre, the Handover of Hong Kong in the London Docklands and Silk Screens for the BBC produced across four UK cities simultaneously to mark the Beijing Olympics. He has won prizes for his writing and music compositions which have been featured on the BBC and in venues throughout Britain. He was Head of the Upper School at the Urdang Academy and Principal of Dance Theatre Academy for which he was approached by Bolshoi Ballet artist Sulamith Messerer to establish. He is a Founder Member of AAAHA which produces Film Thurrock. He established Thurrock Screen Culture Festival in 2018, formerly TIC / Thurrock Film Festival.

Alan Bright


Alan Bright has made swift progress since being a volunteer with AAAHA in April 2022. Beginning as a runner, he quickly assumed a leading role in developing the Young Film Network. He acquired important technical and programming skills for this whilst organising Thurrock Film Club. In conjunction with upskilling himself, he has taken over marketing Film Thurrock on all social media outlets. A recent graduate of South Essex College, he impressively transferred his skills and knowledge in business, marketing, and teaching into a wide range of outcomes for Film Thurrock. He prides himself on his ability to adapt to change and, being a perfectionist at heart, pushes himself to the very limit to ensure successful results. He is a founding member of Film Thurrock.


Games Curator

Jade “JDWasabi” Leamcharaskul is a freelance music composer in games, film / TV and theatre. She is a full BAFTA member and juror, Founder of Game Dev London, Founding Member of POCinPlay and a Mentor at the Limit Break Mentorship programme. Her past works include Dragon Fin Soup, Game Music in the Globe as part of the Videogames: Design / Play / Disrupt exhibition at the V&A Museum, and Asian Pirate Musical. She specialises in Javanese gamelan and Japanese Taiko drumming, and her favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy IX.


Production Consultant

Steve is a highly skilled documentary and factual entertainment offline editor with a vast amount of producing experience. He has many credits to his name for cable and terrestrial channels, and his work for Channel 5 has ensured he is now a firm favourite amongst their producers. Editing on Avid Media Composer since 1994, Steve has a strong musical background providing him with a trained ear and eye for stylistic presentation. Specialised in rapidly finding a witty story or an unexpected angle and crafting high-ratio broadcast observational documentaries with a socio-political funky edge, he has the skills, creativity and wisdom every edit needs. Besides editing, Steve has also been producing, directing and shooting corporate, music and documentary films. His specialty is a strong sense of documentary narrative with an innate sense of rhythm and choreographic imagery. Recent clients include Lion TV, ITN, Optomen, Middlechild TV, Oxford Film & TV and Channel 5.



Dr Hwee-San Tan delivers activities around film music with Film Thurrock. She is Associate Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths College, Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University and has lectured at Durham University, University College Dublin, University of Surrey and City University. She is currently Reviews editor for the Asia-Europe Music Research Journal, a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Heritage and Sustainability and on the Board of CHIME European Foundation for Chinese Music Research. She is also convenor and performance tutor of the SOAS Silk and Bamboo Music Ensemble. Dr. Tan is a founding member of Anglo Asiatic Arts & Heritage Alliance (AAAHA).

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