Catherine Raynor and Ben Langdon lead Mile 91, supported by a team of talented and like-minded freelance associates.
All of our associates have extensive experience in photography, film or interviewing and we have previously worked with every single one of them so we can vouch for the quality of their work. But it’s not just about that. We want them to bring the same personal qualities, sensitivity and fun to the shoot that we do.
Ben has worked in developing countries over the last 15 years, photographing and filming in challenging environments and with vulnerable people. In the UK his work has taken him from hospitals to Buckingham Palace to puppy training camps, capturing moments as diverse as caesarians, gala dinners and assistance dog training. His natural friendliness means he gets the best out of his subjects, whether they have two legs or four. His creativity can bring out the interest in the most mundane moment. He also provides training in photography, film and editing skills.
Catherine’s first taste of charity storytelling came in 2006 when she established VSO’s story gathering function. She has managed more than 40 story gathering visits to developing countries and numerous shoots in the UK. She has a keen eye for the heart of a story and is a sensitive interviewer. She is particularly adept at identifying barriers to productivity and helping organisations to break down silos that prevent powerful storytelling. She has helped a number of charities to establish their story gathering systems and processes, and has delivered training programmes for a number of organisations.
Ben is an award winning filmmaker whose work has been shown on TV and at festivals across Europe. He specialises in campaign films for charities and has also made films for the British Council. His films for the charity Crisis have received over a million hits on YouTube and have included work with major celebrities and musicians. For Mile 91 he has worked on films for Chickenshed and CLIC Sargent. He has just finished shooting his new short film Happy Days starring Ewen Macintosh (The Office) which played at film festivals during 2014. He is currently in development with his second feature film, ‘Lillemor’ which follows the award-winning Ana Begins.
Anna is a versatile communicator and media facilitator, with particular expertise in writing. Specialising in international development and social enterprise, she has over nine years’ experience helping small and large organisations (VSO, British Council, European Commission, and many more) to communicate powerful stories of change. Anna has particular experience in east Africa, including a year in Dar es Salaam, and has led communities in the region and in the UK in capturing and sharing their stories through text, video and photography. Anna is also a contributing features writer at Devex and a Fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise programme.
Sarah is a compassionate writer, producer and storyteller. Formerly a Sky journalist, she has since worked in story gathering roles at Comic Relief, VSO and Crisis. She now works on a freelance basis, specialising in helping charities find and tell stories that touch people’s hearts and inspire donations and action. Sarah has written and made short films about homelessness, mental health, anorexia, self-harm and poverty in the UK, and travelled to Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, India and Rwanda to investigate bonded labour, violence against women, education, child soldiers, HIV/AIDS and maternal health. In September 2011 she was a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition.
Alex can find the compelling human interest story in the most unlikely situations and her writing and audio work has been bringing the work of charities to life for almost ten years. Her natural warmth and sensitive interviewing style encourage people to open up and she has a knack for finding the hope and impact in the toughest situations. Alex worked in the story gathering team at VSO before moving on to similar positions at the Soil Association and Motivation. As a freelancer she has worked for ActionAid, Send a Cow, NCVO, Age UK, Citizens Advice Bureau and Penny Brohn Cancer Care. In December 2012 her stories helped Motivation to win the bid to be the Daily Telegraph’s Christmas charity.