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House of America

This feature film was based on an original award-winning stage play by Ed Thomas and developed and produced in Wales. It was a first feature film for me and for the hugely talented director, Marc Evans, and it was also the debut screen performance of the acclaimed Emmy award-winning Welsh[…]

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Searching for Sugarman

I came on board to support this multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed documentary feature by the very talented, yet humble, director Malik Bendjellou, at an early stage of a rough-cut when it was pitched. The true narrative sang out to me as a universal timeless human story that was irresistible, along[…]

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Solomon and Gaenor

This debut feature film from Paul Morrison was a project that was pitched to me at a very early stage, almost on the back of an envelope, and we developed it and produced the story from scratch with the backing and support of S4C and the English and Welsh lottery[…]

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Tale of Tales

As Head of Acquisition and Development as New Sparta Films, this was the first project selected. It was certainly unlike any other script I had ever read before! Full of innovation, based on a compendium of  16th century Italian gothic fairy tales, populated by a cast including Salma Hayek, Toby[…]

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Miss you Already

This poignant, original feature film, written by the talented UK screenwriter Morwenna Banks and starring Toni Colette and Drew Barrymore, made me laugh out loud and cry too loudly, when I first read it as Head of Acquisition and Development at New Sparta Films. The story of a terminal illness,[…]

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The Green Prince

This documentary feature tells the story of how the disillusioned son of a Hamas leader whilst imprisoned, is recruited as a spy for the Israeli Government. I was drawn to this real-life political thriller because of the powerful relationship that developed between Mosab, a Palestinian and Gonen an Israeli spy[…]

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Brimstone

This distinctive, cinematic, feminist western, conceived and directed by the talented Dutch Auteur, Martin Koolhoven, attracted a stellar cast including Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harrington, Paul Anderson and the wonderful newcomer Emilia Jones. I worked creatively on the film, and in particular on the screenplay in development, and throughout […]

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Brothers of the Head

I supported this British feature film for financing and production alongside partners at Film 4, whilst working as Head of Production and Development at Screen East because of the originality of the story, (known then as a mockumentary) and based on the producers and talent involved. Starring Jonathan Pryce, and[…]

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Glorious 39

Helmed by one of the BBC’s most talented writer directors, Stephen Poliakoff scripted this feature film – a wartime psychological and political thriller set in the heart of the conflicted British establishment. Starring an amazing British cast including Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Bill Nighy, Hugh Bonneville, David Tennant and Julie[…]

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Dean Spanley

An original and eccentric comedy-drama based on Lord Dunsanay’s novel, My Talks with Dean Spanley. This majority New Zealand/UK coproduction made this story about fathers and sons and canine reincarnation even more original and distinctive. I fell in love with the pitch, the subsequent script and the imaginative concept of[…]

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