Barbara Laban


Barbara Laban went to university in Munich, London and Taipei and graduated in Far Eastern Studies. She left her home country Germany fifteen years ago and worked as a study coordinator and acupuncturist in a centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Amsterdam.


When her two daughters were born, she started to translate texts about Traditional Chinese Medicine and soon had the idea to write a children’s novel set in China. In 2011 she won the German version of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with her first book Moon Princess. She has not stopped writing since and so far published two more children's books in Germany, among them the sequel to Moon Princess. Barbara is currently working on another children’s novel set in London and China. She lives with her husband, two daughters and a tabby cat in London.

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Amanda Duke


With a background in Film & TV casting in London and Los Angeles, Amanda Duke has been reading scripts for many years, and writing her own since 2011. Her feature scripts have since placed in various screenwriting contests. In September 2014, Amanda was one of three winners in BAFTA Rocliffe’s new writing forum for children with her first children’s TV script, After Oil, which was optioned by Blacklisted Films within weeks of the showcase. Amanda has since developed an original drama with ITV Studios, reached the latter stages of CBBC's New Voices initiative and is currently developing a 4-part real-life crime drama with Hartswood Films (Sherlock) commissioned by BBC Scotland, as well as an 8-part real-life drama with Sugar Films.


Betty Aldous

Betty Aldous is developing The Imaginaries: and the Moon Princess(working title) in collaboration with Executive Producers MD Eve Gabereau and Ginta Gelvan at Modern Films; the author of Moon Princess, Barbara Laban; screenwriter, Amanda Duke; and Carlsen Publishing. Betty is currently the Creative Director for Modern Films, a London-based female-led film production, distribution and live cinema events company. 

Betty Aldous has over eighteen years experience in the UK film industry. She has produced industry events internationally and in the UK with talent such as: Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett, Richard Harris, Tilda Swinton, Mike Leigh, Richard Linklater, Stephen Frears, Ken Loach, Paul King, Anthony Minghella and Alan Parker. She has produced events with the following partners and stakeholders: BAFTA, Film4, BBC Films, NFTS, Premier PR, Skillset, Screen International, Empire, Production Guild, Pinewood Group, Soho House & Co, Firmdale, The Savoy, Film London and the national screen agencies. Betty has produced short films and promos for the UK Film Council and British Film Commission. For numerous years, she managed and curated the  programme for the UK Film Centre at the Cannes Film Festival. Furthermore, Betty has worked with producer Norma Heyman (Dangerous Liaisons, Mrs Henderson Presents starring Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins) and producer Margaret Matheson (Bard Entertainments). As a freelancer, Betty was the British Film Institute and British Film Commission's Project Manager for UK film and high-end TV familiarisation trips for senior level production and VFX executives from China and the US. For the past two years she has also directed and produced an immersive theatre event for children, Magic Door's A Countdown to Christmas.