About Good Film Productions Ltd
GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD was set up in 2011 with a view to creating intelligent but commercial feature films for international distribution.
The company is committed to continuing to bring product to market with production budgets ranging from 10 to 52 million dollars.
Through its partner company GEORGE FILMS, GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD are in the process of packaging a new slate of 6 films scheduled to go into production from Summer 2013.
If you would like to read more about GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD's little brother company ‘GEORGE’, please click the Development tab above.
"Viggo Mortensen is extraordinary. He gives a restrained, soulful, haunting performance."
– LOS ANGELES TIMES
"A very arresting and original perspective on the Nazi era… I was riveted from beginning to end."
– HOLLYWOOD LIFE
"A profound, provocative and deeply moving film that is so sensitively and intelligently crafted. Viggo Mortensen’s versatility never ceases to amaze me."
– NEW YORK OBSERVER
"An intelligent and sensitive approach to a very dark era of history."
– THE GUARDIAN
"An intelligent and sensitive approach to a very dark era of history."
– THE SUN
Good originated as a play, named among the "100 Best Plays of the Century"by the National Review; it premiered in London at the Donmar Warehouse in September of 1981. Starring Alan Howard as John Halder, the production drew critical raves, with the Daily Telegraph praising it as a "profound, involving work that forces members of the audience to consider what their own reaction would have been had they found themselves in Germany in the Thirties." The play transferred to Broadway in 1982, which occasioned Frank Rich of the New York Times to call it "an undeniably provocative work…written with an intelligent, light touch in a most imaginative form." Clive Barnes of the New York Post called it "triumphant, wonderful, and incandescent."
About the author: Born in Glasgow in 1929, Taylor became one of the leading figures of London’s socially conscious artistic movement of the 60’s and 70’s. "Good"was the last of some 70 plays he produced but, tragically, Taylor died at the age of 52, just a week after the Donmar Warehouse debut. Time Magazine suggested the ambitions of the play, both thematically and stylistically, when it noted that "history is a nightmare into which the antihero of ‘Good’ sleepwalks." Taylor himself made no bones about the seriousness of his work; "My principal themes," he said "are the conflicts between man’s ideals and his limitations."
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Genre: Period Drama
Director: Vicente Amorim
Producer: Miriam Segal
Writers: C.P. Taylor (stage play), John Wrathall (screenplay)
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker
The Great Ghost Rescue
The Great Ghost Rescue
THE GREAT GHOST RESCUE originated from the children’s novel of the same name by Eva Ibbotson. It was published in 1975 and as her first published novel set the template for a lifetime of innovative storytelling.
Author’s biography:Born in Vienna in 1925, Eva Ibbotson spent her early years shuttling between separated parents: her scientist father and her writer mother. She came to England after the Nazi seizure of power in 1933 with her father, a physiologist appointed to a post at Edinburgh University; her mother followed a year later. She attended Dartington Hall and studied physiology at university, where she met her husband, the ecologist Alan Ibbotson. They moved to Newcastle, where he taught at the university, and had four children; he died in 1998.
She has written eight novels for adults and nine for children, including Which Witch? (Carnegie Medal runner-up),The Secret of Platform 13 (Smarties Prize shortlist) and Monster Mission (Blue Peter Book Award shortlist). Journey to the River Sea, published in 2001, won the Smarties Prize gold medal 2003 and has sold more than 200,000 copies. Prior to publishing novels, Ibbotson also successfully wrote Linda Came Today (1962) for television aired on ITV.
Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on October 20th 2010. Her final book, One Boy and His Dog, was published in May 2011 and has been nominated Children's Book of the Year at the 2011 Galaxy National Book Awards.
Please click here for further information on Eva Ibbotson’s incredible career.
Genre: Family Comedy
Director: Yann Samuell
Producer: Miriam Segal
Writers: David Solomons, Yann Samuell
Starring: Kevin McKidd, Steven Mackintosh, Emma Fielding and Anthony Head
GEORGE FILMS is the development and packaging arm of GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD.
Set up in 2011 to create an initial slate of 6 projects, scheduled to go into production from Summer 2013.
We like to think of GEORGE as GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD's little brother.
Details on the slate are available via the menu at the side of this page.
Most people don’t see ANTON on the other side of the glass, they see through him.
An economic migrant, they don’t care what he did before he got here – here he cleans windows, here he’s a statistic.
Across London, another man reads about people like ‘him’ in the tabloids. No names, just numbers. The millions crossing borders each day, adding to an ever shifting population.
But HE has a six figure salary, town house, airline gold cards, a successful wife. HE can go anywhere, HE can do anything.
So why does FELIX find it so difficult getting out of bed in the morning?
Having a worthy job, saving the planet one wind farm at a time, just doesn’t cut it anymore. The money and people behind the turbines are just as dirty as the fossil fuels they’re replacing. Whispered voices from across the Atlantic are pushing him to go further, get involved. Life is there for the taking, if you’re a HIM!
What happens when the white male feels like they’re the ‘HIMS’ that don’t belong? When White Anglo Saxon Protestants become the prey, not the predator?
In the last hour, 66 people have died in the UK, 85 have been born, and 23 immigrants have joined the faceless mass.
INVISIBLE is a striking view of the modern world and the people in the crowd struggling to keep up with it.
When Bob Musella gets married in Tampa half the guests arrive in aircrafts owned by the biggest drug cartel in the world, the rest arrive in jets belonging to one of the largest private banks.
Between Miami, New York, LA, London and Paris, Musella built himself an exceptional life. During the late 80’s he went from a small time business man with mob connections, to the ‘Sunshine States’ go to guy for drug lords needing to turn piles of cash into clean currency.
Now his million dollar wedding has a guest list that would make the FBI’s eyes water.
Thing is, Bob’s not really getting married!
In one of the most elaborate stings in history, Musella’s ‘big day’ brought the top players from Columbia’s underworld and their corrupt bankers into one location. Their arrests shook the world’s largest black economy, collapsed the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and sank a corrupt government along the way.
Special Agent Robert Mazur (A.K.A. Musella) sacrificed everything to go deep undercover and pull off the most audacious and dangerous of investigations.
But that was then, what about now?
Lehman Brothers’ investment bank has collapsed. The former chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange has gone to jail for stealing $65 billion. Tax payers have bailed out those deemed ‘too big to fail’. The phrases toxic debt, shortselling, subprime mortgages and Ponzi scheme have been burned into people’s psyche.
THE INFILTRATOR is a chilling tale of greed and deception which blurs the line between the financial markets and the black markets. Welcome to the cleaned up world of banking!
Jacob Kanon has a daughter, a beautiful, talented daughter who he loves and adores.
On honeymoon in London, Jacob’s only child is murdered. Jacob Kanon is also one of New York’s most celebrated detectives.
Dessie Larsson is the art critic for a Swedish newspaper. One day she receives the strangest of postcards that brings hers and Jacob’s life hurtling towards each other.
Across Europe, couples are being found brutally murdered. In what seems an act of complete narcissism, picture postcards are sent to ‘seemingly’ unconnected journalists, heralding the next horrific crime.
Something truly terrible is happening, and it is random and it appears it will continue happening without limit. Whoever is behind this nightmare has a point to make, as they exact a terrible brand of revenge against society.
Seen from the joint perspective of both the hunted and the hunters, POSTCARD KILLERS digs deep into the most frightening aspects of the human psyche.
And the deeper Dessie and Jacob find themselves entwined in a puzzle confounding the combined skills of Europe’s top police forces, the more emotionally vulnerable they individually become.
The inevitable happens and as the narrative explodes with operatic ferocity, our protagonists find themselves with an impossible choice to make…
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Click here to see an interview with the Authors, James Patterson and Liza Marklund.
When A Crocodile Eats The Sun
From a country held tightly in the fist of dictatorship, PETER GODWIN finds sanctuary in New York. He settles into family life with JOANNA COLES and their two boys.
Joanna is editor-in-chief of MARIE CLARE, a judge on a ‘ Next Top Model’ type show, and the spokeswoman for all things ‘fashionable with a social conscience’. In addition their young children are learning to speak Mandarin Chinese! In this somewhat quirky household, Peter enjoys a respite from racial hatred, economic meltdown and random violence: for a short time at least.
Then his illusions of inter-racial, inter-faith harmony in ‘the land of the free’ are cut short on September 11th 2001. Peter now has a new brand of volatility in his life. He is denied a green card and over-night becomes a suspected terrorist; even the freedom to report events long denied him in his African homeland are now challenged in the country of his adoption.
WHEN A CROCODILE EATS THE SUN is at its heart a story of opposites. Contrasting worlds imploding into unimagined disarray. The sins of our fathers reaping their terrible legacy on the heads of our children.
But at its heart is a story of love, an intense, passionate connection.
PETER loves JOANNA, and he loves her in a way that is never easy or predictable. PETER loves ZIMBABWE, loves a country that is defined by the scars of post-colonial occupation.
Two extraordinary love affairs, battling for the soul of one man.
Click here for further information on the writer of this extrodinary memoir.
What I Loved
In New York’s SoHo district, two families live parallel lives. Over two decades they share everything; work, love, life, and divorce.
Each has a son. The boys quickly become best friends, playing together and spending idyllic holidays in Vermont. Things could not be more perfect, or so it seems.
Then suddenly, in a freak of nature accident, one boy dies and everyone’s world stops making sense.
Grief affects each of them in different ways, but for the boy left behind, the effects are most dramatically felt. Now an adolescent, he is drawn into the world of ‘shock art’ and a music culture of violence and drugs.
Rumors of a murder committed, crisscross with the adults close to the boy struggling to hold onto some semblance of normality. As Mark falls further and further into an increasingly dark labyrinth of self-implosion, each one of them examines how they might have participated in the unfolding tragedy and so begins a desperate race to bring what they love back from the edge.
A fascinating and complex story, with the unraveling tension of a ‘whodunit’ – to who, and when, and why?!
WHAT I LOVED questions the very nature of the relationships that define us!
Click here for more information on the book and its author Siri Hustvedt.
The F**k It Button
Often in life we are gliding along a path of ‘the conventional’, ‘the expected’, ‘the normal and ordinary’ and we get an overwhelming urge to press THE F**K IT BUTTON!
The ‘chuck the s**t in the air and see how it falls’ button, the ‘we’ll all be six feet under before we know it’ button.
Molly is an expert proponent of the device, in fact some might say that before Molly the concept didn’t really exist.
From being known as the child who could never abide the rules, let alone follow them, to the 40 year old mother of three, two teenage girls and a 5 year old boy – go figure – Molly has adamantly refused to ‘fit in’ – F**K IT why should she!
But sometimes life catches up with even the most anarchic of us, grabs us by the throat and says, “TIME TO CHOOSE”!
MOLLY’S story is about THAT MOMENT and the many, many moments that came before.
From a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific, via London, Mumbai, and Paris, Molly navigates the tricky paths of sex, friendship, sex, family, money, sex, love, laughter … oh and loads of sex!
Ripping apart the social mores guide-book along the way, THE F**K IT BUTTON is a wryly ironic look at the life of being a woman, one hell of a woman!
The kind of woman who refuses to accept that ‘big pants’ were ever even invented…
Click here for more information on the writer Polly Steele.
Mid-90s Los Angeles: a city on the edge.
Vast areas of south central LA are practical no-go areas dominated by gang violence and hopeless poverty.
Racial segregation is endemic, and the LAPD’s reputation has been irrevocably tarnished by wave upon wave of race-related corruption scandals. The whole city could erupt again at any moment.
What happens when a violent bank robbery is committed in the heart of Los Angeles? What happens when the number one suspect turns out to be a senior police detective?
Russell Poole is the investigating officer caught in the middle of this political maelstrom.
He’s already working several leads on cases involving cops playing both sides, and when he discovers that a connection between LAPD detectives and the pay-role of music mogul Suge Knight, the case is blown wide open.
However, every irrefutable fact he presents his superiors is met with a slammed door, and it seems that this attitude towards his findings comes all the way from the top of the Los Angeles political establishment.
Against these odds, his search for the truth continues. The answers he uncovers are nothing short of extraordinary.
LABYRINTH is a story that challenges our modern day assumptions about race relations, as well as our belief and trust in law enforcement agencies and our faith in mankind.
Managing Director GEORGE/GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD
From a background in theatre and radio drama, Miriam joined BBC FILMS in the mid 90’s working closely with film maker John Maybury, on the award winning film LOVE IS THE DEVIL, and Pawel Pawlikowski on his film THE STRANGER. She moved into serial drama, working on SILENT WITNESS II and then producing the highly successful serial drama EASTENDERS. Under Miriam’s tenureship the series won its first BAFTA.
In 1998 she set up as an independent producer, bringing back to the BBC two long form drama projects: THE PASSION with Gena Mckee and Paul Nicholls and FISH staring Paul McGann.
In 2005 she set up film production company GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD, to develop a raft of feature films. The company’s ambition is to emulate the US independent model, shying away from more traditional ‘British fare”.
Her first production was the $20million adaptation of C.P. Taylor’s GOOD, staring amongst others, Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Steven Mackintosh and Mark Strong.
This was followed up a year later by the $13 million THE GREAT GHOST RESCUE, directed by the highly acclaimed French director Yann Samuell and again starting Steven Mackintosh and fresh from success in GREY’S ANATOMY, Kevin McKidd.
GOOD has been released theatrically in over 20 countries, THE GREAT GHOST RESCUE, is in the midst of simultaneous theatrical and DVD release in many territories including the US.
In 2011 Miriam set up GEORGE FILMS as a development counter-part to GOOD FILM PRODUCTIONS LTD. Having raised over £2million from the City, the company is now in full development on 7 feature films with budgets ranging from $10 million to $52 million.
The first film is due to go into production in April 2013 with the company intending to stay in continuous production of their first slate through until January 2016.
Jill Morris co -founded and was the executive vice president at producing/financing entity INDIAN PAINTBRUSH from 2007-2011. Jill has also served as senior vice president of production at FOCUS FEATURES. Prior to her time at FOCUS, she spent 5 years as vice president of production at DISNEY.
Head of Production
Andrew Warren has over 35 years’ experience in film and television. Having budgeted over 30 titles he knows the industry inside out. Andrew’s contact base for suppliers, crew, studios, locations and all things film is extensive, and truly international. Films he has recently worked on as line producer include, THE RECKONING, THE BEST MAN, MINOTOUR, THE DUCHESS, IRONCLAD, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and THE GREAT GHOST RESCUE.
Paul started working on set as part of the assistant directors’ team on the Harry Potter films and the Bourne Ultimatum.
He began working with Good Film Productions Ltd in 2007 as an assistant producer during the filming of Good, and continued his relationship with the company throughout production of the Great Ghost Rescue.
Paul oversees the day to day financial operations of George Films, and assists on the creative development of the company’s future projects.
After finishing a degree in Drama at The University of Bristol, Kerry completed an internship for West end theatre producers, Creative Management Productions. In 2009 she worked on The Great Ghost Rescue as a production assistant, which developed into a full time role with Good Film Productions Ltd, continuing to work on the completion and delivery of The Great Ghost Rescue and the development of the George films slate.
After studying Classics at Manchester University, Ennis Alhashimi worked as an online reporter and blogger in the gaming industry. He joined Good Film Productions Ltd in October 2012.
Company Director of George Films and Good Film Productions Ltd.
Martin is a director and investor in George Films Limited ("George"). Martin is also a director of Good Film Productions Ltd ("Good") which will participate in the equity funding for projects of George where bank, gap and post-production funding is green-lit.
Martin's own career has been at Greenwich NatWest (1993-2001) and Swiss Re (2001-2010), including leading the Legacy Division that successfully dealt with the fallout from the financial markets melt down. Martin currently provides consulting services on complex large insurance / corporate finance transactions, principally to Swiss Reinsurance Company. Martin is a chartered accountant, barrister and New York attorney.
Finance Director and Company Director of George Films and Good Film Productions Ltd.
Tim Saxton has 30 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and is the founding partner of London based firm Leigh Saxton Green. He has been advising Good Films since the company’s inception, and assumed the role of company secretary.
When setting up George Films, Miriam asked Tim to come on board as joint company director, bringing his expertise to the financial operations of the company.
Company Director of George Films and Good Film Productions Ltd.
Tim Nathan joined as a director of George Films Limited and Good Films Productions in November 2013.
Tim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the corporate tax department of Coopers and Lybrand in the early 1990s. He then went on to hold positions at some of the world’s largest banks including Bank of America and Barclay’s Capital. Between 2005 and 2010 he worked at RBS/ABN AMRO BANK. He was Co-Head of Origination at ABN AMRO, where he jointly ran a team of 30 people that closed over €10bn of real estate financing. During this time he was also Managing Director and Head of Northern Europe Real Estate Advisory for RBS, where he advised Value Retail on the £190m refinancing of Bicester Village. From 2010 onwards Tim has been Self Employed, advising a number of corporate clients in a variety of sectors.
Financial Consultant and Company Director of Good Film Productions Ltd.
Diane Stidham’s most recent position has been Managing Director of NEWBRIDGE FILM CAPITAL where she oversaw the successful financing of 25 films over the past four years. Prior to this she spent 14 years working for ABN AMRO Bank where she held the position of Executive Director.
Diane brings extensive experience and a contact base within both the financial industry and the film industry