Polly Tommey is the mother of Bella, Toby and Billy, her 20 year old son with autism. Polly is a leading autism advocate and activist and has appeared as a spokesperson for individuals and families living with autism. Polly has appeared in print and television media around the globe and has tirelessly initiated autism campaigns directed at political leaders and society in general to increase awareness of autism. Concerned that current access to specialist autism service and facility provision (especially following educational years) remains insufficient Polly founded The Autism Trust charity in the UK in 2007 which has a facility in Berkshire and recently as a 501(c)3 non profit in Austin Texas that is currently building an inspirational center that will offer both residential and outpatient resources to individuals and families living with autism. Polly co-authored her book “Autism- a practical guide to supporting your child’s quality of life” released by Piatkus in 2011. Polly founded the Autism Media Channel (2010)that has produced over 60 videos for the European Sky Information Channel and successful documentaries and films including “Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis
Del Bigtree has been an Emmy Award winning producer on the daytime talk show THE DOCTORS for over six years. With a background both as a filmmaker and an investigative medical journalist, Del is best known for combining visually impactful imagery, raw emotional interviews and unbiased investigative research into stories that push the envelope of daytime television. When Del began investigating the story of the CDC Whistleblower and the fraud perpetrated by the CDC he soon realized that he had stumbled upon a story of corruption and deception beyond any he had ever seen. Further investigation into the wrongful destruction of Andy Wakefield’s career orchestrated by Big Pharma and the UK Department of Health inspired Del to focus all of his attention on what he believes to be the most crucial documentary of our time. Del is proud to be working side by side with Andy Wakefield, one of the great scientific minds of our time, to create a documentary that will not only alert Americans to the outright destruction of their civil liberties but will lead the charge to demand the formation of a genuine independent research body conducting legitimate science to ensure that all vaccines are truly SAFE.
DR. ANDY WAKEFIELD, MB, BS
Dr. Andy Wakefield, MB, BS, is the Director of VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. Formerly an academic gastroenterologist, he received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, in 1981. He pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He qualified as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2001. He has published over 140 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries. In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurological injury in children, Dr. Wakefield lost his job, his career, his fellowships, and his medical license. He is the author of the national bestseller Callous Disregard (optioned) and an award-winning film director and co-founder of the Autism Media Channel, an award-winning documentary and movie production company that brings cutting-edge stories to public attention.
Bella Tommey is the daughter of Polly and Jonathan and sister to Billy and Toby. Billy was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 after his regression following a MMR vaccine injury where he lost all language, social skills and eye contact and became trapped in his own world. At the age of 15, Bella was elected by a leading TV program “Battlefront” (aired on the UK’s Channel 4 network) to initiate an international campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence of autism to unveil the many “hidden” abilities expressed by individuals diagnosed with autism . Through this movement, she was connected to many young people who also had vaccine injured family members. Bella went on to set up several leading sibling support groups, manage the Junior Board of the Autism Trust and proudly advocate the “Vaxxed” movement with the hope of achieving positive change and outcomes for this generation and future generations to come. She is the founder of Bella’s Bakehouse, a gluten-dairy-sugar free bakery catering to those like her brother on restricted diets. Bella is currently studying Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She hopes to be an investigative journalist spreading the truth about medical and health issues in society.
Brian Burrowes began working with the Autism Media Channel team in 2009. A producer, editor, motion graphic and visual effects artist from Toronto, Canada, who relocated to Austin, Texas in 1999, Brian has worked in film and television, producing, editing and creating visual effects for feature films, documentaries, and numerous television commercials for clients ranging from ESPN to Time Warner Cable.
As a cinematographer he has filmed behind the scenes for Troublemaker Studio’s productions of “Predators”, “Spy Kids 4” and “Sin City 2”, as well as second unit photography on Bright Shining City Production’s “Deeper and Deeper.” Brian first teamed up with Andrew Wakefield and Polly Tommey as co-producer and editor of the award-winning documentary “Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?,” which cemented his position as a core member of the Autism Media Channel team.
TECHNICAL ENGINEER & SOCIAL MEDIA
Anu started his career as an audio/video production engineer, and consultant, from a very young age. Working on projects ranging from purely entertainment to charity organisations, Anu has used his skills as a filmmaker/photographer/video editor to bring stories to audiences around the world.
Anu has always been curious about the way the institutions of society function, with a healthy amount of skepticism. When Del Bigtree approached him less than a week before taking off on the Vaxxed tour, after explaining the movement, Anu realised that this was finally a way for him to use his skills to help people, and really make a difference.