Our Team 团队

CEO/Director - James Mudge

A long-standing international film industry expert, having worked in film for over twenty years, James Mudge is the CEO of The Next Day Agency, a production, distribution and communications company working between the UK, Europe and Chinese language speaking countries. The director of the horror film Fifty Six and the China-UK co-production Ganbei!, a series focusing on Chinese alcohol culture, James has served as a consultant on a number of Chinese productions. James is also working as producer on The Vanishing Time for Hong Kong director Shan Ng, and on Unsavory Elements for director Tom Carter, and has several other projects in development. 


As well as writing for a number of publications and websites on Chinese film, James gives lectures at academic institutions, is regularly interviewed by global media outlets including CCTV, The Guardian, and others, and was invited to take part in international co-production and critic events at Bridging the Dragon at Berlin International Film Festival and the Hainan International Film Festival. 


James is also the Festival Director of Chinese Visual Festival, a key cultural event based in London and founded in 2010, which screens Chinese language cinema, working with directors such as Jia Zhangke, Zhou Hao, Pema Tseden and others and with a variety of film festivals and organisations in China. James works regularly with cinemas around the UK to screen Chinese language films, and has carried out promotional campaigns for a number of high-profile Chinese film releases. 


Film Curator - Xie Jingjing

Xie Jingjing graduated with a MA degree in English Language and Literature from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. She is the co-founder of Chinese Visual Festival and serves as Festival Curator. Before moving to London in 2009, she worked as the Screening Programmer for the only national Chinese documentary festival, Guangzhou International Documentary Festival, China (GZDOC).

Jingjing works on film curation for The Next Day, as well as providing services in film negotiations and logistics, interpretation and more. 


Design Consultant - Andrew Heskins

Andrew Heskins launched easternKicks.com in 2002 to spread his passion for Asian film, which had been ignited by Hong Kong and Fifth Generation Chinese films from the 80s and 90s. This quickly grew into a broader appreciation of films from Japan and the Korean Wave, and continues to evolve and expand. The site has gained a reputation as one of the best sources of information on Asian film, now supported by a global network of nearly 40 contributors. Recognised as a specialist, Andrew and easternKicks have been involved in appearing on and creating exclusive video content for releases, as well as presenting for events – including a BAFTA Masterclass with action choreographer and director Ching Siu-tung. When not found in darkened cinemas and screening rooms, Andrew also runs a successful graphic design company.

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