About us

We're a diverse bunch who operate beyond the realms of traditional production companies

About us

We bridge the gap between creative agency and production studio, adapting our services to suit the needs and processes of our clients. We have a culturally focused mandate and have carefully built a reputation for both production quality and environmental and social consciousness. We even apply this mandate here in our studio where we take the time to nurture young and creative talent.

Who we are

James Dartnall

James Dartnall

Managing Director

Our fearless leader! After studying at the University of Bristol, James began to work his way up the ranks of the BBC. But with creative energy that quite often has him literally bouncing off the walls, his sights soon turned to starting his own production company and Pink Banana Studios was born. James remains completely hands on, overseeing projects – from the initial idea through to the final edit. To “relax”, James makes documentaries and saves elephants...

Gideon Beresford

Gideon Beresford

Director / Editor

Gideon joined the company in 2013, starting as an Editor before quickly taking on the mantle of Director. He was awarded a Gold Scholarship from Westminster University and graduated with a degree in Film and TV Production. He was Post-Production supervisor for CLASH magazines coverage of Benicassim Music Festival before finding his way to us. He has seen every video on the internet, apparently.

Ben Spilling

Ben Spilling

Director / Producer

Ben was welcomed into the Pink Banana family just 2 years after graduation from the University of Westminster and has produced numerous short films to acclaim. Ben loves making quirky documentaries about bespoke crafts and is phenomenally well read. Known to go above and beyond for every production, Ben once turned his bedroom into a 60's living room for a short film but broke all his furniture in the process.

Clare Cassidy

Clare Cassidy

Producer

Clare has been behind the camera for a decade - directing and producing work spanning across many genres, from a documentary about human trafficking in Africa, to the award winning Come Dine With Me SA. Hailing from South Africa. Clare is surprisingly clueless about rugby, but does love a good braai.

Kevin Pollard

Kevin Pollard

Composer

Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947 is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, as well as composing the music for The Lion King…Hang on, thats Elton John. Sorry, Kev takes care of all of our bespoke musical needs with a mastery of a multitude of musical styles and instruments, he’s also big on hugs!

Louis Cochran

Louis Cochran

Editor

Louis, our little Yorkshire Pudding from the North country, has a host of awards and festival screenings under his belt, including the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (he swears he didn't make that up!). You'd be hard pressed to find an editor who understands client needs better than Louis. He’s also a phenomenal studio dancer – as in - he dances around is edit suite...

Vania Flaccomio

Vania Flaccomio

Editor / Camera Trainee

Vania is the studio’s green conscience. With a background of editing short and long-form, Vania’s grad-documentary ‘Kraina’ has recently won first prize at the Atlanta documentary film festival, the film raises awareness on the effects of the war in Ukraine. In her spare time Vania promotes causes for nature conservation and dreams to travel the world and buffer the voices of the unheard.