Corinthia London Artist in Residence 2013-2014

The Artist in Residence is Corinthia London’s annual initiative to support emerging talent and the Arts.
2014 focuses on emerging film talent.


London, 6th May 2014

Zawe Ashton and David Petch, the joint winners of the Corinthia Artist in Residence 2014, have completed their month long stay at the hotel during which time they wrote and directed two short films, with a budget of £15K each. The films will be screened at a private ceremony at Corinthia Hotel London on 12th May 2014, entered into the London Film Festival and screened publicly at the Corinthia Hotel London during the month of October 2014.

Actress Zawe Ashton directs and casts Daisy Lowe

Zawe Ashton’s short, starring Daisy Lowe and Tom Ellis (Vera Drake), sees two returning guests of the hotel develop a relationship during their sleepwalking adventures. The story poses questions about how we connect as human beings and how the digital era we live in demands us to be ‘switched on’ at all times, leaving little time for fantasy and escape.

Noisettes singer takes time out from recording solo album to star in short

David Petch’s film pays homage to sleep and dreams, echoing the way space and time work differently in dreams to our waking life. The story is about a beautiful singer, played by Shingai Shoniwa (The Noisettes), waiting to perform at the hotel. As we are drawn further into her personal life, the boundaries of her perceptions shift, bringing us closer to her more fragile dreamlike view of the world. Ashley Walters (‘Top Boy’) stars as the co-lead.

A stellar panel of judges

The fledgling filmmakers’ treatments were submitted to Corinthia’s national call in December 2013 and shortlisted by a stellar panel of judges that included: Amanda Berry (BAFTA), Steve Davies (APA), Eric Fellner (Working Title), Mike Figgis (Director), David Glasser (The Weinstein Company), Amanda Nevill (BFI), Sarah Sands (Evening Standard), Justine Simons (The Mayor’s Office), Dan Stevens (Actor), Lucy Tuck (FT), Ed Vaizey MP (Minister for Culture) and Zain Verjee (CNN).

Zawe Ashton


Zawe first came to the attention of the film industry with her role as Bianca in St Trinian’s II and as the female lead role of WPC Falls in Blitz, co-starring Jason Statham, Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen. In 2011, Zawe starred in Dreams Of A Life, a documentary-drama which tells the story of Joyce Vincent, whose dead body lay undiscovered in a London flat for three years. Directed by BAFTA winning Carol Morley, Zawe plays Joyce for which she received a BIFA nomination in the category of Most Promising Newcomer. Her stage work includes three plays for the Royal Court; Olivier Award winning Gone Too Far! Rhinoceros, The Arsonists. Other theatre credits include critically acclaimed This Wide Night/Soho Theatre and Salome/Hampstead Theatre for which Zawe received an Ian Charleson Award, recognising the best classical stage performances by actors under thirty. As a playwright, Zawe’s first play ‘Harm’s Way’ was nominated for the Verity Bargate Award. Her second play ‘For all the women who thought they were mad’ was short listed for the Royal Court Young Writers Festival. After developing original drama with the BBC and ITV Studios, she has now finished post-production on her debut short as director. ‘Happy Toys’, which she also wrote, was commissioned by BBC Films and is a co-production with Zawe’s company Asylum Features. Her next project is set to see her directing, writing and featuring in new material for Asylum Features. Zawe has recently been chosen by the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 as one of London’s most influential people.

David Petch


David comes from an arts background, his mother is an abstract painter and he grew up painting, sculpting and making super 8 films. After graduating from Goldsmiths College, he spent several years working as an Art Director on music videos and award winning TV Commercials. He has worked with some of the top advertising agencies in London and brands such as BMW, San Miguel, Google and Lucozade. During this time he started a directing collective, making short films and music promos both individually and collectively. They went onto to win the first prize of the Smoke and Mirrors 48hr Film challenge that led to being signed and represented by the Production Company Flynn in 2009. Refocusing on a solo directing career David has directed episodes of a TV drama for BBC2’s youth arm, music promos and brand films, he has written many shorts and three feature length scripts. He is currently in development on his feature debut ‘Into the Dust”.

Corinthia AIR 2014