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Dave Griffiths

Film Festival Curator

Dave is a Manchester-based artist, researcher, curator and teacher. His work explores photographic images as a means to celebrate and navigate history, troubled places, and material cultures. He has exhibited his work internationally in museums, festivals and galleries such as Sandao Gallery, Xiamen (2014) and Manchester Science Festival (2017). Between 1997 and 2000, he was part of the rock/performance collective Whitecube. He has also co-curated the major exhibition UnSpooling – Artists and Cinema at Cornerhouse in 2010. Currently, he is researching microfilm and is a senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art.  For more information visit

Sally O’Reilly

Film Festival Curator 

Sally writes and makes videos and performances, sometimes collaboratively, sometimes alone. Recent projects include Where They Gather, a spoken word and music album with Kit Downes (October House Records, 2022), Three Scoop Complicator, a video project for Mattflix (2021) and The Open Arms, an online pub (2019-ongoing). Works of fiction include the novella The Ambivalents (Cabinet, 2017), the novel Crude (Eros, 2016) and the libretto for the opera The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, 2015). For more information, visit

Rebekka Cartwright

Film Festival Social Media 

Rebekka runs Social Media for the SFF and for the Swedenborg Society. Her background is in cinema, gallery and theatre administration and she has worked at a number of UK venues including the National Theatre, London, The Lowry, Salford and HOME, Manchester.

Simran Hussain 

Film Festival Coordinator 

Simran is working as the film festival coordinator as part of her internship at the Swedenborg Society. She is studying a BA in Linguistics at University College London. Alongside this, she is working as the Secretary of JoULAB – currently the only academic, undergraduate linguistics Journal in the world, and is also working on her dissertation, looking at the pragmatic processes behind political dogwhistles. She also enjoys reading and is learning the guitar.  

Stephen McNeilly

Festival Director 

Stephen is the Society’s Executive and Museum Director, and in 2010 was responsible for setting up the Swedenborg Film Festival. He runs the cultural programme at Swedenborg house and has curated numerous exhibitions and events including 14 Interventions (2010), Swedenborg and the English Romantics (2018) and The Story of Swedenborg in 27 Objects (2021). In addition to this he has organised several film seasons, including the works of Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Jim Jarmusch and David McKee. Stephen is also the editor of the Swedenborg Review, a cultural broadsheet featuring articles on literary and artistic activities, and series editor of the Swedenborg Archive Series, the Journal of the Swedenborg Society and the forthcoming Collected Works of Emanuel Swedenborg.

Alex Murray

Technical Director 

Alex is the Swedenborg Society’s Librarian and Archivist but also doubles up as the on-site A/V co-ordinator. Alex has a broad background in events management, logistics, planning and promotion having run many experimental music nights throughout the years in various cities around the UK. He has also contributed his A/V knowledge to a large number of events at Swedenborg House including many of the talks, screenings and performances the Swedenborg Society has hosted.