THE PANEL
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Vic Armstrong

Regarded by many as the very best stuntman of his generation. Starting life as a National Hunt jockey, his ability as a horseman was in much demand during the sixties on pictures like Arabesque in 1966 with Gregory Peck. Once he gained experience in the stunt business he continued to work in all areas of stunting in film. James Bond was getting bigger and better in the sixties and so was Vic with work in You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
 

Over the next fifty years, Vic Armstrong has become sought after and in demand with not only his approach as a stunt performer, but as a stunt coordinator on films that include Superman, A Bridge Too Far, An American Werewolf In London, and both Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, 2nd Unit Director on three James Bond films, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, but also a string of box office hits that include Entrapment, Charlies Angels, Mission Impossible 3, Gangs of New York and Johnny English Strikes Again and first Unit Director with projects as diverse as The Sunday Horse, The Joshua Tree and Left Behind.
 

Vic is qualified in all areas of film making and we are so excited to have him on this
inaugural panel.

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Gary Powell

Gary Powell is so much more than just a stuntman. Yes, he’s very happy crashing cars,
sliding tanks and spinning powerboats through the air, but he is also a man with great
vision which allows film directors an opportunity to bring their action sequences to life.
He had a great grounding as his family have been in the industry since the 1940s when
his father Nosher broke into the game, followed by his uncle Dinny and then in the 1970s his brother Greg carried on the tradition. The 90s found Gary working on films like Son of the Pink Panther, The Three Musketeers, and In The Name of the Father.

 

Later he’d perform stunts on Braveheart, Mission Impossible, and Titanic to name but a few. His break into coordinating has given him many great opportunities and audiences have been left open-mouthed with his work on The Legend of Zorro, The Bourne Ultimatum, Morbius, and the first four Daniel Craig James Bond adventures, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.


Gary Powell is an all-around action professional and it's a thrill to have him on board.

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Sean Cronin

Sean Cronin has been a familiar face since the early nineties due to his intense and menacing presence. Sean has played supporting roles in films like James Bond, The World Is Not Enough (1999), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) are just a few.

 

Moving inevitably from the background to the foreground he more recently plays 'Cyrus' in The Thompsons (2012), sequel to the Hollywood Vampire movie The Hamiltons (2006) by the The Butcher Brothers and in London's Finest (2014) 2012 he plays crazy Russian gangster 'Dellski' and The Callback Queen (2013), he plays 'east end' gangster 'Arry' and more recently 'Jacob' in The Brother (2013) and an 'Unknown Agent' in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) and the lead villain, Kane, in Kill Kane (2016).

 

In parallel because of his love for all things film he became a cinematographer and director in his own right shooting dozens of high end music videos, short films, and several features including Throw of a Dice (2012). Sean also directed the award winning An Unfortunate Woman (2015) and is set to direct the beautiful period drama Irongate and the heart rending semi-biopic life story of disabled Paul Hodgson Give Them Wings (2021). Sean's most prolific directorial exploit is 'Michael' - The Michael Watson Story. Sean has developed his craft both in acting and film making and is well as being an eclectic and talented film maker he is fast becoming one of the most convincing and sinister 'adversary's in modern day cinema.

We are excited to welcome Sean with his extensive experience and fun humour to the panel. 

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Howard J. Ford

Howard is an award-winning writer and director of nine feature films and over 250 TV
commercials. His recent feature film as Director; ‘The Ledge’, for GFM Films was
distributed by Paramount (US) and Signature/Netflix UK reached number 6 of all films in the UK, and has sold in almost every territory available globally.


Having begun making short films aged just 13, Howard directed his first feature film
aged 21. Since then, his features as director, including worldwide Horror hit’s ‘The Dead’ and ‘The Dead 2, India and simultaneously Howard has been a successful commercials director working worldwide for agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Lowe Lintas, McCann’s & DDB, creating numerous successful and award-winning campaigns.


His ability to analyse action will come in very handy on the panel. A director must be
able to get his ideas and instructions across to the action department so it can be
translated into not only the words on the page, but allow additional interpretation,
where appropriate, to make sure this particular sequence is something new and exciting. This is, after all, what movie-going audiences are looking for every time they step inside
the theatres.


It's a great thrill to have Howard on board with us and his expertise in his area of film
making will be very welcome indeed.

www.latitude-films.co.uk

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Eunice Huthart

Eunice Huthart first came to prominence during the Television show Gladiators in 1994
when she won the competition. The show was massive, you couldn’t go anywhere or do
anything without seeing some reference to the contest.

The following year, Eunice when on to win the International series. During this period she was approached by the makers of the new James Bond film Goldeneye and asked to take part in a scene doubling the leading lady actress Famke Janssen. This is where her
journey into film started and she’s never looked back.


Working closely with stunt coordinator and 2nd unit director Simon Crane, Eunice was
able to get huge amounts of experience on many different projects which would prove
vital to he career going forward.

 

Working as a stunt performer on projects like The Avengers, The War Zone, Titanic and
Entrapment before getting an opportunity to double Angelina Jolie on a further six
movies as her main stunt double. Tomb Raider and the sequel Cradle of Life, Mr and Mrs Smith, Wanted, Salt and The Tourist.

After many years working at the top of her profession as a performer she got an
opportunity to move to stunt coordinating and has never looked back. Working on movies like 71, Maleficent, In The Heart of the Sea, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, King Arthur, Justice League and Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.


Eunice is an incredible force of nature. She’s responsible for action in some of the
biggest box office success stories of the last 25yrs, but more than that she is a mum and
a proud Liverpool fan. Her community is everything to her and for her to understand the importance of the Valkyrie Stunt Awards and agree to be part of the inaugural panel is an extraordinary thrill everybody involved.

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