Crafting non-fiction narratives became Justin’s passion when he worked as a reporter for The Independent in London in the early 90s. Before that he’d been far more interested in fiction and had studied the classical literature of ancient Greek and Latin authors, seemingly far from the news – but in retrospect the best guides to discovering a real story. Looking for a chance to tell longer and deeper stories he left London to work alongside photographers as a freelance writer in Barcelona, and, as necessity is the mother of invention, he started producing and directing tv features and short documentaries. In 2004 his first feature documentary, a vérité film about a year inside the huge football club, FC Barcelona, won several international awards. Since then, he has directed a number of award-winning films, all produced by Sumpta Ayuso, on subjects as diverse as the lives of jihadi terrorists, the drama of African emigration, a story of love, murder and political conspiracy in Guatemala, and the life of Gabriel García Márquez. The films are either investigative, with interviews, or vérité, following an unfolding story. All are driven by a desire to discover and tell a true story. Justin believes non-fiction, told with craft but without invention, can be as dramatic and creative as the best fiction – and often more revealing.
Sumpta Ayuso, Producer
Sumpta has long combined creative flair and a desire to understand the world with the discipline of running complex international productions. Since founding JWP with Justin in the 90s, she has directed productions, managed budgets and contracts, and has delivered dozens of films to cinemas, festivals and broadcasters around the world. Her production expertise is accredited by the nomination for the EU’s Golden Link Award in 2007 (for the Spanish/Catalan-British-Danish feature documentary, The Madrid Connection). The broadcasters and funds she has worked with include Televisió de Catalunya, BBC Storyville, The Danish Film Institute, Al Jazeera and ARTE, and festivals she has been involved in include Hot Docs, Tribeca, Docs Barcelona, The Chicago Film Festival, Documenta Madrid and Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias. Sumpta also works as a juror for the selection of documentary projects in Colombia and Spain.
Martin Rocca, Producer
Martin was born in Spain but grew up in Argentina. A graduate of advertising, he has also completed a masters in journalism. Based back in Spain, he discovered his vocation as head of the audio-visual department for a communications company in Barcelona. Now he is a Producer for JWP, having worked on the production of “I Will Be Murdered”, “Homage to Scotland”, “Docubeat” and our most recent film nominated for an award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016: “Win!” He is currently working on the production of our newest documentary “The End of ETA”, an insight into the secret negotiations that led to the end of Spain’s basque terrorist organisation; ETA.
Enric Bach, Producer
Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Enric graduated in Filmmaking at Ramon Llull University in 2001. For the last seven years he has been a producer and chief editor at Salvados (La Sexta), the most-viewed current affairs tv program in Spain. In 2011 he directed his first documentary, ‘Sunday in Brazzaville’, that won 11 international awards and was screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide. In late 2015 he joined JWP to develop and produce non fiction films and series.
Jose Alonso de Caso Williams, Editor and Camera Operator
Jose was born in Madrid, where he studied audiovisuals. He has worked at JWProductions since early 2015, joining at the same time as the premiere of “Gabo, The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez”. Since then he has worked on different documentaries such as “English Academy” and “Win!”. He is currently working as a camera operator and editor for the documentary series “Anatomy of a murder”.