Beyond the Beach explores the meaning of the victims of war through the voices of the men and women of Emergency’s committed staff. A passionate group of individuals, doctors, nurses, surgeons and logisticians have dedicated their lives to help the millions of innocent families suffering the devastating repercussions of war, we discover the positive impact achieved from their individual experiences through the remarkable power of choice to opt in and make a difference, one person at a time.
The cost of war on innocent people runs deep, from immediate death, dismemberment and injury, through to dire situations in which families suffer escaping impending danger, kidnapping and death. With no home, no hope and no options left, every day people are driven to extraordinary extremes risking life and limb to give their children an opportunity for a better future. At every step of the way Emergency provide high quality health care where circumstances have put even the simplest of services out of reach.
Graeme started his first production company at the age of 18 where he produced and directed his first documentary in the arctic circle by the age of 21, by which time he had also had his first music video broadcast on ITV. Alongside the music and television work, Graeme set up a design and technology company with clients such as BMW Mini, Warner Brothers, Universal, American Pie, Austin Powers, Girls Aloud and Microsoft which then segued into working as a think tank for Steve Jobs at Apple in the late 90’s. Moving back to his passion for music, Graeme took on Sam Smith as a new young artist, developing his image and sound. Working alongside writers and producers behind the likes of Queen, Jessie J and JLS. Graeme signed Sam Smith’s ‘Ecstasy’ as the title track to Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy Movie, then co-wrote and recorded the track Little Sailor which won Sam a recording contract. After Sam, Graeme teamed up with Kathy A LoPrimo, setting up Dover Street Entertainment to develop TV and film projects.
Born and raised in New York, London based Kathy A LoPrimo started her career in the luxury fashion industry. Her client list read like the Who’s Who of the Couturier world. After which she moved to a Fashion marketing company that worked with many of the same top designers on their licensing agreements. Kathy’s focus then changed when she moved into the luxury jewellery sector concentrating on ‘special projects’ working on one off briefs to deliver bespoke luxury items, often for high profile events and clients. This work would serve her well in the future as a producer, both pulling off one of a kind projects and developing high profile connections across the world. After being based in the UK for nearly a decade, Kathy moved focus to her passion of writing which led to her to team with a former Columbia Tristar executive to develop a concept for a television series. Whilst writing her first television drama, Kathy set up Dover Street Entertainment with Graeme A Scott and has been instrumental in bringing together internationally recognised talent to Dover Street.
Buddy Squires is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and Emmy-winning director of photography. His cinematography credits include six Oscar-nominated films, one Academy Award winner, twenty-two Emmy-nominated productions and ten Emmy Award winners. He has ten personal Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award. In 2007 Squires was honoured with the International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Documentary Cinematography Award (career achievement). His work is regularly featured at the Sundance, Telluride and Tribeca Film Festivals. Buddy Squires is best known for his work on numerous documentary features and television specials including: The National Parks, The War, Masterclass, Into the Deep, Soundtrack for a Revolution, Stonewall Uprising, Jazz, The Civil War, New York, Nanking, Mark Twain, Crime & Punishment, Smashed, Baseball, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The Donner Party, Reporting America at War, Ansel Adams, Ram Dass: Fierce Grace, One Survivor Remembers, Amato, Frank Lloyd Wright, Soldiers Of Peace: A Children’s Crusade, Heart of a Child, Compassion in Exile: The 14th Dalai Lama, Chimps: So Like Us, The West, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy and Out of the Past.
Sarah Kerley-Burton has worked in the film and TV industry for many years, producing and directing several BAFTA nominated projects. Her experience working both with the camera and in the edit suite made her the perfect choice for creating a story for Beyond the Beach. Pre-TV she spent a year working as a psychologist on domestic violence cases in Peru and taught psychology at the University of Lima.
Mickey has been editing for nearly 20 years. He first learnt how to cut and splice film. He then learnt how to operate a simple 2 machine linear system. He is still getting to grips with how computers work. Mickey has been lucky enough to work across a number of genres over the years although has always found the most satisfaction when the material he is editing has a human story to tell.
Russ Ballard’s music career started when he was only 14 years old and he wrote a tune, which was recorded by the Shadows, appearing on their album, The ‘Sound Of The Shadows’ in 1964. He went on to write for many others. He has given us some of the greatest rock classics like ‘Since You Been Gone’ (Rainbow), ‘God Gave Rock’n’Roll To You’ (Argent and Kiss) , ‘So You Win Again’ (Hot Chocolate), ‘New York Groove’ (Hello and Ace Frehley) – just to name a few. He first found fame as a singer and instrumentalist with The Roulettes, who started out as Adam Faith’s band in the 60s. After a stint with Unit 4+2, he went on to be front man of Argent in the early 70s. Since he left Argent he has followed a solo career. On his first solo album, Russ Ballard, he played all the instruments himself. Later, on America’s recording of his song, ‘You Can Do Magic’, he did the same again – except the strings.