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Film Committee

Elected Members


PIPPA HARRIS

Pippa Harris Chair of the Film Committee

Pippa Harris established Neal Street Productions in 2003, alongside Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, and runs the company’s Film and TV division together with Nicolas Brown.

Since the formation of Neal Street Productions, Pippa has produced Starter for Ten, Stuart A Life Backwards, and also co-produced Jarhead. She also executive produced Things We Lost in the Fire, Away We Go and the Oscar-nominated Revolutionary Road, as well as the recently released feature documentary We Are Many.

Pippa is currently Executive Producer on Call the Midwife - the most successful new BBC drama series in over ten years, as well as the multi award winning, Penny Dreadful, written by John Logan for Showtime / Sky Atlantic. She also executive produced BBC Two's BAFTA winning, The Hollow Crown.

Previously, Pippa was the Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC where her commissions included The Lost Prince, State of Play and Daniel Deronda. Pippa joined the BBC in 1997 as a Development Executive for BBC films before becoming the Executive Producer of BBC Drama Serials. Her production credits include the BAFTA winning dramas The Way We Live Now, Care and Warriors.


MARC SAMUELSON

Marc SamulesonDeputy Chair of the Film Committee

Marc Samuelson was formally a Director of the Association of Independent Producers and of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and MD of Umbrella Films, producers of White Mischief and 1984. He was previously a Board Member of the UK Film Council, a Governor of the NFTS and Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, and he is currently Chair of the Pact Film Policy Group.

From 1990 to 2006 he worked as an independent film producer on films such as the Oscar nominated Tom & Viv, BAFTA-nominated Wilde, Arlington Road, Gabriel & Me, The Gathering, Things To Do Before You're 30, and Stormbreaker, and as executive producer of The Libertine, Keeping Mum and Chromophobia.

In August 2007 Marc became a director of CinemaNX, the film investment company backed by the Isle of Man Government. For NX Marc produced BAFTA-nominated Me and Orson Welles and TT3D: Closer to the Edge and executive produced The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Bunch of Amateurs, Heartless, Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita, Wild Target, Albatross, The Shadow Line, The Decoy Bride, Ashes and Honour.

Marc departed his position with CinemaNX to relaunch his company Samuelson Productions and has a slate of film and television projects in various stages of packaging and development. He was most recently executive producer on The Silent Storm directed by Corinna Villari-McFarlane and starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis and City of Tiny Lights directed by Pete Travis and starring Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper and Cush Jumbo.


ROSIE ALISON

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NOEL CLARKE

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ANDREW CURTIS

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GILLIAN HAWSER

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PIPPA MARKHAM

Pippa Markham has been a top actor’s agent for nearly forty years. She joined Plant & Froggatt, a small theatrical agency in 1976, became a Director in 1980; on the retirement of Cy Plant, the company became Markham and Froggatt, and more recently, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin. She built the company from three people in a tiny office to filling a four storey building, and currently acts as a consultant.

Her first clients, Timothy Spall and Bill Nighy, are still with the agency; other clients over her career include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Damian Lewis, Christopher Plummer, Tim Roth, Rod Steiger, Mark Strong, Naomi Watts, Juliet Stevenson and Sir Ian Holm.


LYNDA MYLES

Lynda Myles

After eight years as Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, she spent two years as Director and Curator of Film at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley.

On returning to the UK, she produced her first feature, Defence of the Realm, for Enigma Films. She then joined Columbia Pictures as a Senior Vice-President , after which she was Commissioning Editor for Drama at the BBC.

In 1990,she co-produced The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, which won Best Film at BAFTA in 1991, plus 4 other BAFTA Awards and an Oscar Nomination for Editing. In 1992, she returned to independent production, producing The Snapper (winner of, inter alia, the Premio Goya and the Prix Italia) and The Van, both directed by Stephen Frears. The Van had its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She also produced When Brendan Met Trudy, also written by Roddy Doyle and co-produced Killing Me Softly, directed by Chen Kaige.

In the early 90s,she was co-founder and co-Executive Director of the East-West Producers’ Seminar, the first training programme for producers in Eastern Europe. With Michael Pye, she is the author of The Movie Brats, the first study of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, George Lucas and John Milius. She was the first Chair of Women in Film and Television in the UK. She is on the Board of the European Film Academy and is a member of AMPAS.

In 2004, she joined the National Film and Television School as Head of Fiction Directing and continues to work as an independent producer.


DAVID THOMPSON

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KENITH TRODD

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Co-optees

AMMA ASANTE

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SIMON CHINN

Simon Chinn

Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

He set up his company Red Box Films in 2005 to produce Man on Wire, directed by James Marsh, which he conceived and which went on to win over 30 international awards including the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He followed that up with a string of multi award winning feature documentaries including Project Nim, The Imposter, The Green Prince, Garnet's Gold and Searching for Sugar Man_ which also won a BAFTA and an Academy Award.

His latest films are Bolshoi Babylon, currently on theatrical release, and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie, which premiered at the London Film Festival and will be released later in 2016.

Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 with his cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. Focused on producing high-end non-fiction content for the small screen, Lightbox is currently in production on projects for Netflix, National Geographic Channel, ESPN, Fusion, FX, Channel 4 and BBC2.


JINX GODFREY

Jinx Godfrey

Jinx Godfrey is a film editor working in feature films, documentaries and commercials. Her long time collaboration with director James Marsh includes The Theory of Everything and the Academy Award winning documentary Man on Wire, for which she won an ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. She also edited Sir David Hare’s TV Drama Page Eight,starring Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, and Rachel Weisz; Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, starring Saoirse Ronan; and Otto Bathurst’s TV Drama Margot, starring Anne-Marie Duff.

She has edited commercials in the U.K. and the U.S. for Dante Ariola, Mike Figgis, Tom Hooper, Tony Kaye, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, and the late Tony Scott.


ULA PONTIKOS

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ALISON THOMPSON

Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson is Co-President of Cornerstone Films Limited, a sales and production-finance Company, which she co-owns with partner Mark Gooder. The newly-formed Company aims to represent and curate a diversified slate of films of enduring quality for the international market place, ranging from commercial, wide release movies, to talent-driven films from world-renowned filmmakers. Cornerstone debuted in Cannes with Asif Kapadia’s AMY which screened in the Official Selection Out of Competition.

Thompson’s career spans three decades: Prior to Cornerstone, she spent 8 years as Co-President of Universal owned Focus Features International (‘FFI’), running its international arm. FFI’s prestigious slate included Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and more recently Woody Allen’s, Blue Jasmine and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner. Before that she headed Pathé Pictures International representing films including Girl With A Pearl Earring and The Motorcycle Diaries.

Prior to joining Pathé, Thompson was chief executive of The Sales Company, one of the UK’s top sales agencies through the 1990s. During her 14 years there, she represented more than 100 films from some of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. She began her career with the Rank Organisation and Channel Four.