Mark Arrigo and Steven Chatterton are co-creators and writer-directors of the film ‘Adnan’. A key theme that runs throughout their work is that of resourceful children creatively engaging with their parent’s mental health. Their first collaboration was the award winning short film ‘Dorothy’s Theory’, which tells the story of a determined little girl’s efforts to help resolve her mother’s grief using the lessons her astrophysicist father taught her before he died.
Mark is a professional photographer/director with an eye for visually poetic narratives and Steven is a writer/director with a strong appetite for world-building and telling stories from children’s perspectives. Mark set up the charity ‘A Home for Winter’ in 2016, building shelters for refugees in the Calais Jungle. Steven has worked for the last five years with the children’s literacy charity ‘The Ministry of Stories’, encouraging creativity in kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Together their work is dedicated to telling grown-up stories through the eyes of children, that resonate with both young and old.
Adnan is their first picture book and it will be published by Frances Lincoln in 2022.