The Creative Team


Darren Scott  / Director & Co-Producer

Darren initially started out as a composer and has written over a 100 scores for theatre, TV and film, before accidentally becoming a director of a play he’d co-written. That play, Consequences, did so well commercially and creatively, that he was recommended to direct another new play called Hanging in There by Geoff Saunders.  The play was received to critical acclaim in 2005 and again in 2006., after which, he went on to direct many other theatre productions including Hysteria, The Shape of Things, Mindgame, Hitchcock Blonde and The Exorcism, as well as short films, adverts, documentaries and corporate videos. In 2014, he reunited with Geoff to work on what would become the big-screen version of Hanging in There.


Geoff Saunders  / Screenplay & Co-Producer

For twenty years Geoff Saunders was a book editor and designer at play publishers Samuel French; now he teaches adults with learning difficulties at Lewisham Southwark College. Alongside these ‘day jobs’, Geoff has written fifteen plays, of which ten are published. Film projects include the screen adaptation of his play Hanging in There and scripting (with Luca de Salvia) the short Stone, a finalist in the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival 2012. His latest writing projects are a screenplay with Vanessa Amberleigh and a short play, Suite Dreams.


Matteo Nahum / Composer

Matteo is from Genoa in Italy, graduating in classical guitar composition and philosophy, and has been an award-winning guitarist, arranger and composer since the late 90’s. He has recorded more than 30 records and toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada and United States. While studying composition he started writing music for theatrical plays and later took a Masters in Scoring for Film, Television and Videogames at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, where he now lives. He then started composing for short films and commercials before writing his first feature film score for Hanging In There.


Paul Middleton / Composer & Singer, ‘Hanging in There’ Title Song

Paul has sung for over 25 years and has toured many music venues as part of a music group and as a soloist, singing to audiences as large as 15,000. His recent covers of popular songs have taken him internationally to places like Cologne, Orlando, Dublin, Belfast and New York. Next year Paul continues to tour all over the world. His two albums of covers have been well received and his fan base continues to grow. He has sung for members of the Royal Family in St Paul’s Cathedral and also in the Royal Albert Hall. ‘Hanging in There’ is Paul’s first original song, and will be released as part of the promotion of the film. It will also feature on his first original album, due in 2018.