Cast & Crew



Tim co-founded the award winning Factotum Films and has exhibited short films, music videos and art installations across the globe including, The National Review of Live Art, The Barbican, Edinburgh Film Festival and Aesthetica. His work has also featured in Playboy Music, Drowned in Sound and ESPN. In 2014 he earned a BAFTA New Talent Award Nomination for his short film Sunsets & Silhouettes


All my work to date has been punctuated by themes of loneliness. Loneliness is a fundamental, human emotion. It is a sense of fear that is almost inherent in our genes. My Loneliness is Killing Me is a film that will relate to anyone who shares the fear of living or dying without human connection and intimacy. What drew me to the project were the characters, and the story’s commentary on modern issues. We have a character in Jack, who is openly gay, married and so ‘masculine’ he is almost homophobic. He’s a walking contradiction, a byproduct of toxic masculinity. He is someone who has married out of status and social obligation, and not necessarily for love. Elliott, on the other hand, is the polar opposite. Someone who embraces his ‘Queer’ identity. However, he is a victim to the new breed of homosexual men like Jack. Someone who feels left behind by his community in a world where being feminine is deemed ugly and unworthy. Both men appeal to my obsession for complex characters who are dealing with their own differing experiences of loneliness, in their own conflicting ways.

Tim Courtney, Director, on set Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Tim Courtney, Director, on set
Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Michael Richardson, Writer Photo - Sequoia Hearne

Michael Richardson, Writer
Photo - Sequoia Hearne



Michael Lee Richardson is a writer, producer and community organiser from Glasgow. Michael has produced work for Pride House Glasgow and LGBT History Month Scotland, including the LGBT Cultural Commissions Award. He is a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award winner and a member of BBC Scotland's first Drama Writer's Group. My Loneliness is Killing Me is his first short film.  


My Loneliness Is Killing Me was a reaction to seeing so many films about gay and bisexual men that weren’t about gay or queer culture; it was about being part of a community and wanting to see the lives of myself and the gay and queer men I know onscreen, especially when it comes to club and hookup culture. There are so many stories to tell in this world, and so many that aren’t being told.

Jamie Robson, on set Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Jamie Robson, on set
Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Luke Elliott, on set Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Luke Elliott, on set
Photo - Kevin J Thompson



Jamie Robson is an internationally acclaimed British actor. His process is influenced by years of travelling while studying spirituality, philosophy and history. Jamie's command of the screen and strong grasp of film theory is championed by renowned veterans of the movie industry. He is the focus of an upcoming documentary exploring different acting methods and their subsequent psychological effects.

He came to major prominence after starring in Blue Christmas (2017). The film was directed by BAFTA, Sundance and SXSW winning filmmaker Charlotte Wells. It was shot by the acclaimed cinematographer Robbie Ryan, a regular collaborator with Andrea Arnold and Ken Loach.




Luke Elliott started his career as an actor with The Birmingham Rep as 'Randulf' in The Witches' Promise. Other theatre work includes 'Edmund' in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and 'Tommy' in Now It's Over (The Rep), 'Wale' in Also By Mail (Vintage Misfits), 'Mo/Ashere' in Buried History  (The Play House), 'Ross' in Macbeth (Sutton Coldfield Town Hall), 'Errol' in Summer Times (Women And Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse), 'Accompong' in The Merchant Of Port Royal (Belgrade Theatre).  Film credits include 'Gaspard' in The Adventures Of Selika (Xenephon Films), 'Freddie' in Different For Girls (Jackdaw Media Limited), 'Troy' in Ital Reign (The Catalyst Studios). 

Luke would like to give an honorary thanks to Beyoncé, through whom anything is possible.



Arpeggio Pictures is an Edinburgh based independent production company specialising in bringing dynamic original work to screen in collaboration with new cinematic voices and established industry professionals. Key successes -  2012 - RABBIT PUNCHwon the 2012 BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for Best Fiction. 2016 - LAST EXIT TO RICKLESBURGH, a BAFTA Scotland New Talent nominee, 2016 - TAKE YOUR PARTNERS -  Premiered at Berlinale and was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. 2016 -  WHERE WE ARE NOW - Won best documentary at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston and Best Short Film at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival. Recent productions NONE OF THE ABOVE and MY LONELINESS IS KILLING ME (both 2018) were premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.



Siobhan Fahey is an emerging Impact Producer. This is her first film, and she’s very proud of it. She has a Feature Documentary, REBEL DYKES, in development and other coals in her fire. Her Production company RIOT PRODUCTIONS works with communities that are under-represented in the arts especially: women, lesbians, people of colour, wider LGBTQ communities, working class people, and other outsiders. She aims to uncover untold stories. She loves to work with academics, artists, writers, theatre creators, filmmakers and philanthropists to use these stories to create accessible art that takes these stories to a wide audience.

Steve Carno, Director of Photography Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Steve Carno, Director of Photography
Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Gail Bowman, Production Designer Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Gail Bowman, Production Designer
Photo - Kevin J Thompson


Director of Photography

Select Filmography:
2017 By the Bay (Short)
2018 I Was Here (Short)
2018 My Loneliness Is Killing Me (Short) 
2017 Dark Edge: Edge of Darkness (Short)
2017 Locked In (Short) 


Production Designer

Gail is an Edinburgh based Production Designer with a life long passion for art and design, and in particular creating environments. She graduated with Honours in Interior & Environmental Design from DJCAD in Dundee, and then with a Masters in Production Design for Film & Television from Kingston University, London. She spent five years in London, beginning as an art department assistant for STV and then working with a visual display team creating props, dressing and designing window schemes and setting up large scale installations. After moving back up to Scotland, Gail was offered an opportunity to be the Production Designer on an independent feature film in Edinburgh, which would see the start of her career and some wonderful friendships in her home country. Since then Gail has worked on a number of short films, commercials and series and is currently realising her dream of being accredited for her work on the big screen.

Alexander Harris, 1st AD Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Alexander Harris, 1st AD
Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Jenna Clayton, Make Up Artist Photo: Tim Courtney

Jenna Clayton, Make Up Artist
Photo: Tim Courtney

Emily Black, Costume Designer Photo - Kevin J Thompson

Emily Black, Costume Designer
Photo - Kevin J Thompson


1st Assistant Director

Select Filmography:
2017 Night Kaleidoscope
2015 Last Night in Edinburgh (Short)
2014 In Extremis (Short)
2013 Good Luck with That (Short)
2014 Sunsets & Silhouettes (Short)
2013 Wyld (Short)


Make Up Artist

Jenna is a professional, award-winning, passionate makeup artist based in Glasgow. She trained at the renowned Academy of Makeup with world-class makeup artist Sara Hill, and her work can be seen in magazines, film, TV, commercials and music videos, as well as on her brides and clients. In 2018 she won the Herald Look Awards 'Expert Makeup Artist of the Year' award, and had two short films she worked on as makeup department head premier at the Edinburgh Film Festival. She has worked on campaigns for clients including Tennent's, Famous Grouse, Eurosport, H&M, Deutsche Bank and Glen's Vodka.


Costume Designer

Select Filmography:
2017 The Loch (TV Mini-Series)
2016 Rillington Place (TV Mini-Series)
2016 Shetland (TV Series)



I am a offline editor. The films I have edited have won awards from FIPRESCI, CINEUROPA, BAFTA and many international festivals. The first feature film I cut PIKADERO, premiered in San Sebastian, won the Michael Powell Award in Edinburgh, the Best Editing Award in Tirana IFF and numerous other prizes. Once upon a time I was nominated for a BAFTA New Talent Award, taught on the undergraduate film programme at Screen Academy Scotland and even tried to make my own films. When i am not involved in Post-Produktion, you’ll find me on the road cycling somewhere... twitter? @kareldevelop



Collings's work contrasts the crushed guitars and textures of My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth with structures more akin to contemporary classical composers like Steve Reich or David Lang. His 'audio-visual opera' with Jules Rawlinson, for strings, clarinet, electronics and real-time visuals, 'A Requiem for Edward Snowden' was premiered to a sell-out crowd in October 2014, and has been performed at Glasgow CCA, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (as part of Made in Scotland Showcase 2015), Aberdeen Sound Festival and Utrecht's Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL).


Sound Designer

Select Filmography:
2018 Nae Pasaran (Documentary)
2018 12 Point Kill (Short)
2018 Tomorrow Might Be The Day (Short)
2018 None of the Above (Short)
2017 1745 (Short)
2017 The Hanging Branch (Short)
2016 Creeling (Short)
2015 Spores (Short)