FOCUS creates the opportunity for screen sector companies in Scotland to access sector specific business advice and support. Companies currently taking part in the project are listed below.
barry crerar is a film production company founded in October 2016 by producing duo Ciara Barry and Rosie Crerar. As the only Scottish recipients of a BFI Vision Award, barry crerar are developing a slate of contemporary and culturally relevant stories from Scotland. The company is committed to working with new and underrepresented voices, making films that provoke and inspire. They have projects in development with Esther May Campbell (Light Years), Paul Wright (For Those In Peril) and Scott Graham (Iona, Shell). In 2017 they produced Spite Your Face with artist filmmaker Rachel Maclean, representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2017. They are currently casting/ financing Born to Run, the 3rd feature from writer/director Scott Graham, in co-production with Margaret Matheson’s bard entertainments. They are also co-producing feature documentary Irene’s Ghost (dir Iain Cunningham, producer Rebecca Mark Lawson), and are in pre-production with SFTN funded short, Be Still My Beating Heart by writer/director Ruth Paxton. www.barrycrerar.com (in development).
Bees Nees is home to a highly experienced production team, equally accustomed to producing authored documentaries right through to live entertainment shows. Their track record is exemplary; since 2007 they have been responsible for more than 200 hours of tv programming and hundreds of hours of radio. Recent highlights include: four series of award-winning international co-production PORT - the part music, part travelogue documentary series with Julie Fowlis; the return of their popular blue-light series Scotstar, commissioned by BBC ALBA and sold internationally, and HAMISH, the critically acclaimed feature documentary on the life and times of poet, folklorist and cultural giant Hamish Henderson. Long running music strands on radio, hosted by the legendary broadcaster Iain Anderson and young troubadour Roddy Hart, have built loyal audiences, both at home and around the world. http://beesnees.tv
black camel pictures
Black Camel Pictures is a Glasgow based film and television production company run by two of Scotland’s most dynamic producers – Arabella Page Croft and Kieran Parker: the duo behind the UK hit musical Sunshine on Leith starring Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks, the successful action horror Outpost trilogy,Legacy starring Idris Elba, BBC TV drama Castles in the Skystarring Eddie Izzard and Laura Fraser and co-produced The Rezort starring Dougray Scott and Jessica du Gouw which sold to Netflix. www.blackcamel.co.uk (under construction).
Hopscotch Films makes high-end award-winning television documentaries, arts programmes and feature films. In 2016 they were in the BFI’s top 20 most productive UK film companies, and top of their Scottish list. Features include Atomic, I Am Belfast, and Paul Wright’s new film Arcadia, to be released in 2018. Their television output features programmes that tell rich stories to Scottish audiences about themselves. Landmark series like Writing Scotland, Scotland on Film, Watching Ourselves and Wha’s Like Us? Coming Oot – a history of Gay Scotland. Observational documentaries like Bothy Life, Showland and Controlled Abandon – which took us into the eccentric world of Scottish country dancing. And Greg Hemphill’s comedy/horror drama West Skerra Lights.
Recent network television includes Accidental Anarchist for BBC’s Storyville, nominated Best Feature Film in the Scottish BAFTA Awards, and Stop All the Clocks: W.H.Auden in an Age of Anxiety for BBC2. Their 2011 fifteen-hour Mark Cousin’s film The Story of Film: An Odyssey is still selling around the world and is the definitive history of cinema. They are currently in production on feature documentaries about South Africa and Scotland in the age of Apartheid, a history of state sanctioned torture, and a post-apocalyptic drama written and directed by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean. www.hopscotchfilms.co.uk
la belle allée productions
La Belle Allée Productions is one of Scotland's leading film and television production companies, making high quality feature film, documentary and television drama for the domestic and international markets. Established in 2001, La Belle's feature films include Tinseltown, One Life Stand - winner of five new talent Baftas and a BIFA, and Valhalla Rising by Danish enfant terrible and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. Shot entirely in Scotland, Valhalla Rising was named by Total Film in 2010 as the "most significant co-production in recent history". La Belle Allée produces a diverse mixture of entertaining television content, from wedding-fashion focused Dress of Your Dreams to cherished children's comedy If You Can't Stand the Heat. Their most recent feature is Seat in Shadow, by artist Henry Coombes. www.labelleallee.com
Matchlight specializes in observational documentary, history, arts, current affairs and popular factual television. The company was established in 2009 and has since made over 100 hours of factual television for BBC One, ITV, BBC Two, BBC Alba, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC Scotland, Channel 4 and Channel 5. In 2010, Matchlight's At Home with the Georgians was nominated in the History category in the Royal Television Society's Programme Awards. In 2012, Matchlight won a Scottish BAFTA award for Afghanistan: The Great Game - A Personal View by Rory Stewart (Best Factual Series). Matchlight's Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death, directed by Richard Curson Smith, won the Best Arts Documentary at the 2016 Celtic Media Festival, the film was also nominated for a Grierson Award in 2016 and a British Academy Scotland (BAFTA) in the same year. Transplant Tales, produced by Matchlight in 2015, was nominated in the Factual Series category at the British Academy Scotland (BAFTA) Awards 2015 and the RTS Scotland Awards 2016. My Baby, Psychosis and Me co-produced by Matchlight and Sprout and directed by Rebecca Burrell won the Documentary prize at the Mind Media Awards 2016 and the RTS Scotland Award in 2017 for Documentary, Specialist Factual. Scotland and the Klan, presented by Neil Oliver, was nominated for a British Academy Scotland (BAFTA) award in 2017 and won the 2017 RTS Scotland Award for Best Documentary, History. www.matchlight.co.uk
Seventh Crow is a film production company specialising in short form drama content and feature film development. Alongside running a creative co-working space within their studio, Seventh Crow also offers production services for national and international productions for TV, online, and branded content – specifically across Germany, Spain, and Italy. To date Seventh Crow has received six BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards and Nominations, as well as a number of festival awards. Producer Bianca Herold has worked independently, and with the SFTN/Creative Scotland, supporting a variety of emerging directing talent on short films and web content; these include Pavel Shepan (Judas Goat, The Rat King), Tim Courtney (Sunsets and Silhouettes), Shaun Hughes (The Still Heart Bearing, No More Shall We Part), and Bita Shafipour (Last Night In Edinburgh). www.seventhcrow.co.uk