An independent filmmaker, Sonita has collaborated with talents such as Ray Winstone and 2020 Golden Globe-winner Brian Cox. Her first project with Galeforce Films - Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace - premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film festival, and was sold to over 55 territories worldwide. As a Producer, she is developing the Andrew Carnegie story into a limited series, with Brian Cox in the lead role and serving as EP. She has also recently teamed up with John Legend and Austyn Biggers from Get Lifted, and the Emmy-winning director Geeta Gandbhir, to make a music documentary centered on the female artists who inspired a music icon.
Alongside this, she is developing a hip hop documentary set in India, with the Oscar- nominated Smriti Mundhra and Jerry Henry as directors, and with the award-winning Shelby Stone and Derek Dudley (ID8 Multimedia) as producers. In 2020, the film was accepted into the prestigious Good Pitch India.
In 2016, Sonita completed the BRITDOC’s Impact Producers Lab in Finland, and has carried the knowledge from this course onto her future projects, aiming to utilise the wide-reaching platform of film and television to make impactful change in our society.
In 2020, Sonita produced a short film directed by Emmy and BAFTA-nominated director Ursula Macfarlane, celebrating the international nature of the UK's healthcare workforce, called International Health Service, which was recently selected for the Grand Jury Award at the Oniros Film Awards New York. In 2020 Sonita also produced comedy web-series Happy Epidemic – a pandemic-set story created by Jonathan Jude, made in aid of Age UK. The series has been selected for several festivals including the Lighthouse International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Awards.
Sonita is currently in post-production on her directorial debut, Voices From Isolation, a documentary looking at the UK's complicated relationship with its migrant communities. She was selected out of 500 applicants to attend the prestigious CPH:Forum with Voices from Isolation in April 2021 alongside 35 other projects. She was also a panellist on a Q&A at Flatpack Festival in May 2021 discussing the film alongside campaigners for the Windrush generation, members of which feature in the film.
Sonita is a proud member of BECTU. As a woman of British-Asian heritage, she has experienced the benefits of multiculturalism and workplace equality first-hand. This has led her to support a diverse mix of talent - an important factor in how she intends to grow her business at Galeforce Films.
Sonita is also vegan and lover of nature and loves to visit Scotland for hikes and being amongst nature. She is a mother of two beautiful children. Cooking is a real passion of hers and experimenting with various cuisines - most mornings her kids are woken up at 6am by the smell of something delicious simmering or roasting!
After receiving his History degree at New York University, Raghav began his career composing articles for a London-based journal, which propelled his interest in writing and telling stories, and which became his springboard into the world of professional filmmaking. He graduated from the London Film School in 2013, where he specialised in directing and received extensive experience as a producer.
Since then, he has spent most of his time working on a range of mediums as a writer and producer, including web series and shorts films, and in 2017 he co-produced the feature-length anthology film, Undocument - directed by Kyla Simone Bruce and Amin Bakhshian - which received nominations for two BIFAs.
He joined the production team at Galeforce Films during the making of its documentary Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace, and has since been working as an assistant producer/ associate producer on various projects on the company's slate.
Research and Development Assistant
Jess Gell graduated from University of the Arts London in 2017 with a first class degree in Film and Television. She is an alumni of the prestigious Grierson DocLab training scheme and is currently editing her second short documentary about the sudden death of her paramedic Grandfather in the 1960s.
Jess’s other love is music - she is a piano player and in another life would have composed songs for musicals. This repressed dream manifests itself as creating musical numbers of her day-to-day activities. “Pass the Biscuits” will be coming soon to an imaginary theatre near you.