The One, Starts March 12 on Netflix with a compelling score by David Rowntree & Ian Arber.
Created by Howard Overman and based on John Marrs best selling novel about love and lies which spiral out of control when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find the perfect partner and creates a bold new matchmaking service.
After being delayed by Convid-19 Break, written and directed by Michael is to have the UK’s first ever red carpet drive-in premiere at the Brent Cross Centre in North London on July 22 and a more conventional gala premiere at The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, August 19. Film stars Sam Gittins, Jamie Foreman, David Yip, Adam Deacon and Rutger Hauer in what was sadly his final role. The film follows a gifted, inner-city kid wasting his talent on crime and violence, until a chance-encounter presents him with an opportunity to turn his life around as he takes up snooker.
See biog here: https://www.smatalent.com/elkin-michael/
Swedish composer Joacim Starander is one of his country’s leading film and tv composers and has just completed scoring season 3 of Nice Drama’s 7-part series ‘Thicker Than Water’ for Viaplay.
Recent credits include the feature ‘100 Years of Evil’ for Golden Eagle Films, which had a US release and the hit Swedish crime series ‘Hassel’ also for Nice Drama.
His latest feature documentary Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall, celebrates the greatest and most gifted photographer who created iconic images of 60’s rock ‘n’ roll stars, jazz greats, and civil rights leaders. It opened in the UK January 31 after a premiere at The Curzon Bloomsbury. Jim Marshall had the power to look into the soul of an individual and to capture the mood of an entire generation. January 31. Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review for w/c February 2 lists the film in the top 5 to see. The film opened in the USA spring 2019 at SXSW and won Best Documentary Feature Film and the Audience Award at The San Francisco International Film Festival.
Paul’s 2018 novel ‘Sunny’ about sectarianism and racism in Scottish schools has been hailed as a major weapon in the fight to eradicate these dangerous social issues and he’s now adapting it into a 6-part tv series. To date he’s published 7 novels including 3 in ‘The Peck Chronicles’ fantasy series. He’s done workshops and presentations in schools and libraries in the UK and throughout Europe to more than 30,000 children and produced and presented a series of educational cross cultural video programmes for schools.
Keith English’s feature, The More You Ignore Me, will be screened as part of Australia’s November British Film Festival following a successful run in New Zealand. It is currently streaming in the US after winning Best Comedy at the UK’s National Film Awards. Adapted by Jo Brand, from her own novel it tells the poignant and darkly funny coming-of-age story of dysfunctional family life in 1980’s rural England. Produced by Debbie Gray of Genesius Pictures, it stars Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy and the young rising actress Ella Hunt.
Producer, writer and director Jean-Paul Mertinez runs Illumina Studios & Media, his Soho production company. He is currently producing a number of major feature documentaries, the first of which is An Officer & His Holiness: The Dalai Lama’s Secret Escape into Exile, which will have a major event premiere in India early in 2019. The film tells how and why the spiritual and political head of Tibet escaped from the Chinese oppressors into India in March 1959 and has not been able to return since. Interviews with those involved together with historic b&w footage brings to life the incredible dangerous escapade. This the first of 3 films about the Dalai Lama and his work.
Director and writer Simon Blake’s first feature Still starring Aidan Gillen, Jon Slinger, Elodie Yung and Amanda Mealing premiered in 2015. It won Best First International Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh and Simon also won Best Director at The London Independent Film Festival 2015. It was Nominated for The Roger Ebert Award for Outstanding Debut at the Chicago Film Festival, The Heinrich Award for New Directors at The Braunschweig Film Festival and The Regle Du Jeu Heartbeat Award at The Dinard Film Festival. He has also made a number of shorts including Love In Vain, The Show, Lovejuggling and Awayday which won Best Short and Best Screenplay at The Valencia Film Festival. Chosen by The British Council in its Best of British tour, Awayday has screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide. Simon also wrote and co-produced the feature Heaven’s Only Daughter for the independent film maker Philip Harder.
Composer Chris Rowe getting rave reviews for his score for the 90 mins feature documentary Spitfire now on general release after star studded red carpet premiere at the Curzon Mayfair on July 7 attended by top brass from the RAF, some of the surviving pilots from The Battle of Britain Squadrons and celebs, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF.
Fergus O’Connell’s latest business book, The Project Management Book: 50 Ways to Run Successful Projects in Half the Time has just been published by LID Publishing. His 15 business books have been published in 25 languages running alongside his successful career as one of Ireland’s most successful novelists. He’s recently completed a screenplay based on his book The Paradise Ghetto (Accent Press) which is now in development.
Crime novelist and screenwriter Roger A. Price after a 30-year career in the Lancashire Police Force, the Regional Crime Squad and the National Crime Squad is now an established crime writer with four successful novels to his credit and a fifth due out in 2018. Now concentrating on an original returning 6-part tv drama series, McCall & Stamp, about covert and undercover police work drawing on his own experiences in the UK, across Europe and the Far East.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of The Secret Theatre, directed by Matthew Dunster, is getting great reviews at London’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as is Alexander Balanescu’s brilliant score for Anders Lustgarten’s Elizabethan espionage thriller. The music has been described as “Hitchcockesque”.
Ian Arber after I am Bolt and Mo Farah: No Easy Mile scored Lucky Giants 6-part comedy Quacks currently airing on BBC2 to rave reviews.
After his recent FIPA D’OR Nomination for his music for Wall To Wall’s The Scandalous Lady W, Alexander Balanescu has won Romania’s GOPO award for Best Original Soundtrack for his score for The Magic Mountain directed by Anca Damian for Aparte Film.
Story Film’s Tiger Raid, with a terrific action score by Dean Valentine, had its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April and will be screened at the Edinburgh Film & TV Festival in June. Meanwhile Violet, also with Dean’s music, showing at Tribeca too and won the First Prize Festival Award at Chicago’s Irish Film Festival.
Award winning Danish writer/director Fabian Wullenweber is best known internationally for his work across all 3 series of The Killing, DR’s worldwide hit crime series shown in more than 161 countries. In 2014/2015 he was he conceptual director and himself directed 11 of the 13 episodes across 2 series of TV2’s period drama The Seaside Hotel, currently the most successful drama series on Danish television and is just finishing the third series. Feature credits include the musical Bora Bora ; the psychological horror movie Cecilie; Frenetic Films’ Catch That Girl which won awards and nominations in Berlin, Chicago, Amsterdam and throughout Scandinavia both for Fabian and the film; Nimbus Films’ dark and gripping Gemini.