SLEEPWALKER is a London based production company that was co-founded in 2017 by award winning independent filmmakers Xenia Glen and Daniel Bayle. SLEEPWALKER was awarded funding from the Film and Television Charity and the Ex-Animo Foundation to develop a slate of films across narrative features, experimental short form and documentary films.
Xenia’s latest film, Porcelain, was awarded the Last Word Film Fund and it was featured at the Roundhouse Last Word Festival. Porcelain is an experimental short film that explores skin lightening and its commercialisation in South East Asia. Prior to this Xenia was selected for the Encounters Film Festival mentorship scheme ‘Widening the Lens’, she was mentored by film producer Nicky Bentham from Neon Films. Since then Xenia has been awarded film funding from the Ex-Animo Foundation and the Film and TV Charity; she is the youngest ever awardee of the charity’s John Brabourne Award. Xenia works across development and production at the BAFTA nominated production company Misfits Entertainment (McQueen), where she is currently producing Ian Bonhôte’s film for the Uncertain Kingdom initiative. Before joining Misfits Entertainment Xenia worked at Shooting People - the filmmakers network where she developed and produced SHORT CUTS, a filmmakers mentorship scheme and film fund; she also worked across SP’s film commissions for Puma’s Films4Peace and Channel 4’s Random Acts. Alongside this Xenia worked across the London Short Film Festival, the Jameson First Shot film competition, and at Casting Networks International. Xenia is currently producing three short films including writer/director Daniel Bayle’s Tabula Rasa, that was shortlisted for the BFI and BBC Born Digital Scheme and is going into production in 2019. Most recently, Xenia was selected as a member of the BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew filmmaker development programme.
Daniel was born in London and initially trained as an actor at LAMDA on a dance and drama scholarship, graduating from the BA course in 2004. He began writing and directing professionally in 2010 and went on to co-founded Firehouse Films, a platform for filmmakers to experiment and hone their skills. The fourteen films produced screened at festivals internationally. In 2015 Daniel wrote/directed the award winning short film I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU starring Screen International Star of Tomorrow McKell David. The film premiered at the London Short Film Festival. After receiving a R&D grant from Arts Council England in 2016, Daniel directed YOLO, a verbatim theatre piece investigating teenage attitudes towards sex, the internet and body-image. He toured the UK, broadening YOLO’s engagement by running free acting workshops with youths aged 14-18 with no experience of theatre or acting. Since then Daniel has developed a slate of film projects with Xenia Glen including the award winning PORCELAIN - funded through the Ex-Animo Foundation, MUTE, BOUND and FOXHOLE, as well as working as director and editor on commercials for Ralph Lauren, Martini, Grey Goose, Savoy Hotel and the W Hotel. In 2018 Daniel was selected for the BFI NETWORK X BAFTA CREW filmmaker development scheme.