The Production Team:
Fuschia Films Sue Pomeroy, will direct the “Jane Austen Productions” film, in association with Fuschia Films and Studio Soho. This will be the first of a series of film’s about Jane’s life, that are produced under the “Jane Austen Productions” brand, with the aim of creating a wonderful collection of stories and memories for audiences to enjoy for many years to come.
Sue Pomeroy, Director:
After winning a coveted IBA bursary to work alongside Michael Bogdanov at the Leicester Phoenix and Haymarket Theatres Sue went on to become Resident Director at the National Theatre, London with Sir Peter Hall and the world famous Berliner Ensemble, Berlin. She was Artistic Director at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon which she transformed into a major London venue during her three successful years at the helm, working with writers including Claire Luckham and Sue Townsend. Her productions have played in top theatres across the UK (Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic, London’s Young Vic, Richmond Theatre and the Southbank) at international Festivals including Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Festival and Belfast International Festival and internationally in Ireland, Germany and India.
She has worked in television and broadcast media with Thames TV, BBC Radio 4 and ITV. Her adaptation of Pride & Prejudice for the stage was premiered in the same year of the BBC TV series, and enjoyed equal success with a number of high profile No.1 UK tours, starring Jean Boht, Rula Lenska, Jonathan Cecil, Jeremy Child, Victor Spinetti as well as Lucy Ackhurst and Chloe Newsome. She also co-adapted Emma for several successful No 1 UK tours.
After working with ‘A’ list theatres and live performance spaces both in the UK and internationally Sue set up Fuschia Films Ltd to widen the company’s remit into film and broadcast media.
Fuschia Films Ltd is in pre-production for English Girl in Berlin after receiving funding from Screen South and UK Films. The short film, Sue, Brecht and the Berlin Wall was shown at Cannes Film Festival 2010 and a new film about the Black British composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor is in development.
Chris Wood, Independent Director and Finance operations:
Chris has spent over 35 years based in or around the City. After 17 years at the Bank of England he was invited to set up a new arm of an innovative consultancy providing specialist IT services to financial institutions. In 1990, he moved to ICT, part of a $500m major US conglomerate, where he initiated the build of a financial and telecommunications staffing sales division. Over a 9 year period, he moved up to be a UK board level director with responsibility for European Sales, running the western division of the company during which turnover moved from £235,000 to £45m.
Following spells in City based IT Software and Managed Services Companies, he set up his own company concentrating on provision consultancy services in the area of risk, corporate governance and compliance. He developed extensive knowledge of the pertinence of regulation within the financial services sector as well as ownership and protection of intellectual property rights. He set up Evident Europe Ltd, specialising in the provision of a digital seal solution to assist companies with increased regulatory requirements.
He has been responsible for developing additional functionality for the Music, Film and Media industries whereby the rights and ownership of music and film recordings can be established, enabling companies to combat piracy and illegal downloads. Media Mark Technologies Ltd was created to support this initiative.
Chris is a member of Intellect, the body which represents over 1000 IT supplier organizations. He chaired their Financial Services and FSA Liaison Groups and represented Intellect on the FSA Software Supplier Advisory Panel. He is a Liveryman and a member of the Professional Risk Managers Association, the Institute of Directors and the Financial Services Club.
Phil Taylor: Executive Producer
Over the last 12 years Phil Taylor has raised over £100 M for over 20 British films, many of them titles you will instantly recognise. Not limited to film, he also helped raise £20 M for Gerry Anderson’s new Captain Scarlet TV series (2005).
In the early part of his career, Phil worked for HMRC and in a number of major accountancy firms before founding a Wealth Management business, which he ran until 2011. During that time Phil also studied business and personal coaching skills using NLP and similar training.
More recently, Phil has concentrated his efforts on building up his own slate of films, taking Producer and Executive Producer roles on British films in the low to medium budget range. He is also busy developing a number of screenplays of his own and with screenwriters affiliated to Film Engine.
Amongst over 25 films Phil has helped finance, including Alexander with Colin Farrell, the epic tale of love Tristan and Isolde and Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist. Phil was also an Executive Producer on the drama thriller The Long Weekend with Jim Caviezel and in the comedy film Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney based on the long running West End stage play.
Phil has become a mentor in SEIS and EIS to budding and established filmmakers and recently authored an e-book titled The Film Makers Guide to SEIS which has proved very popular.
Phil is also a mentor to members of the British Filmmakers Alliance on various aspects of film financing.
Marc Westerholt: Associate Producer
Marc is currently working on two English language feature film projects intended for international audience with Italian partners, Martha production. The first project is a psychological thriller with a 4.5 M Euro budget. It is currently in pre-production, scheduled for primary photography in late 2015. The second project in development is a European / Asian co-production, a global crime drama with a budget of 5 M Euro. Chinese partners and a major financing part are already in place for this project.
Marc’s film production company Hilltop Tree Pictures (HTTP) was founded in 2012 and is based in Zurich, Switzerland. HTTP focuses on international feature film co-productions. All projects are embedded in strong international networks.
Marc is an entrepreneur and professional with 20 years’ experience as a Director and Manager. Marc’s track record in investment projects encompasses a total volume equivalent to more than 500 M Euros. He primarily managed medium to large construction and real estate projects on the client side. Originally from Berlin, Germany, Marc now lives and works near Berne, Switzerland. He holds a master‘s degree in Civil Engineering, Technical University of Berlin, and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Engineering, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin.
Stephanie Dawes: Casting Associate
A member of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. Worked for 20 years in Casting at ITV on Drama, Factual Drama, Arts, Comedy and Entertainment programmes including Island at War, Blue Murder, Britannia High, When Hitler Invaded Britain, Melvyn Bragg’s Travels In Written Britain and Stockwell which was shortlisted for a Grierson Award 2009.
More recently, on a freelance basis, casting includes Waving at Trains, a short film starring the late Pete Postlethwaite, Iconicles, an animation series for the BBC/CM Ventures, and the Bafta Award-winning Tate Movie Project: The Itch of the Golden Nit for Aardman Animations. Also for Sky, Berlin Wall: The Night the Iron Curtain Closed (TV Movie documentary). Stephanie is based in London where she lives and works.
Rest of the Team
- Richard Urbanski, experienced documentary feature film Editor
- Martin McQuade, Camera man
- Sam Morgan Moore, Camera man
- Rachel Lambert, Freelance Editor
- Ian Brown, Sound
- Kate Hanisch, Assistant to the Director
- Jeffrey Driver, Designer, website developer, photographer
- Joe Nixon, Arch Creative, Design Consultancy, Illustration
- Carlos Boellinger, Freelance Editor