Our Film Committee
03 June 08
The Film Committee are vital to the running of the Orange British Academy Film Awards and play a crucial role in the Academy throughout the year.
ANGELA ALLEN MBE
Angela started work at an artists agency, Filmrights. She trained as a script supervisor (known as Continuity) at the Korda studios and worked on the second unit of The Third Man. Romulus films hired her for Pandora and The Flying Dutchman and as the youngest continuity working she was chosen by Sam Spiegel to work for John Huston on The African Queen and then worked on 13 more of his films including Moby Dick, The Misfits, The Man Who Would Be King, Night Of The Iguana. She worked in New York for NBC, a theatre producer and for Ray Stark on his stage production of Funny Girl and, in California, for Norman
Lear and Bud Yorkin and as script on some TV shows for Universal. More recently, she worked with John Frankenheimer and has been involved with Franco Zeffirelli on his films and stage work.
Jane Cussons began her career as an actress, working in theatre and television, including two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, a year with the Old Vic Company, two major West End plays, numerous television roles and a year on TV soap, Emmerdale. She spent a year at the NFTS as a production manager on student graduation films and in 1988, she produced her first film Unexplained Laughter for BBC1. In 1990, she joined Peregrine Productions as Development Executive, where credits included Feast of July and Crossmaheart. She continued to work in production and casting on projects such as Charlotte Gray, Les Soeurs Soleil, Oscar and Lucinda, The Gathering, Family Money and Deadly Summer. Jane spent six years as Chief Executive of Women in Film & Television until April 2007. She has been a BAFTA member since 1988 and is also a member of British Actors Equity and the Casting Director's Guild, and is a RADA Associate.
Born in New Zealand, Finola was a film editor before turning to producing, and moved to the UK in the early 90's. Her producer credits include Iain Softley's acclaimed debut Backbeat and Stephan Elliott's Welcome to Woop Woop, Chris Menges' The Lost Son and Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You. She produced the festival favourite and Emmy-nominated Hamburg Cell and produced Stephen Woolley's directorial debut Stoned. In 2006 she produced the award-winning Tsunami: The Aftermath directed by Bharat Nalluri. Last year she made her theatre producing debut with the West End hit and award winning Elling. She currently has Dean Spanley (Peter O'Toole, Jeremy Northam and Sam Neill) and An Education written by Nick Hornby and directed by Lone Scherfig in post-production, as Executive Producer and Producer respectively.
Alison Owen is currently the Producer/Managing Director of Ruby Films. Previous producer credits include Hear My Song, Roseanna’s Grave and The Young American’s and she won a BAFTA for Best British Film in 1998 with Elizabeth. Ruby Films was established in 1999 and the first films under the Ruby banner were Sylvia and Proof, both starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Alison set up Go-Go Pictures with Paltrow in 2004 and was an Executive Producer on Shaun of The Dead. She has recently worked on post-production for Justin Chadwick’s The Other Boleyn Girl and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane. Alison is also a board member of the UK Film Council.
In the early 1970s Nik Powell set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson. In 1982, he formed Palace Productions with Stephen Woolley and exec-produced all productions, including Neil Jordan's award winning Company of Wolves, Jordan's Oscar-nominated & Cannes award winning Mona Lisa and Neil Jordan's Oscar winning The Crying Game. In 1992 Nik & Stephen formed SCALA Productions where they produced Terence Davies' The Neon Bible, the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning Little Voice by Mark Herman and Fred Schepsi's Last Orders. Nik's latest film is Ladies in Lavender starring Dame Judi Dench.
Douglas Rae set up Ecosse Films in 1988. Since then he has gone on to produce many television programmes and films, including seven series of Monarch of the Glen for the BBC, the Oscar-nominated Mrs Brown starring Dame Judi Dench, Charlotte Gray starring Cate Blanchett and Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway. He is currently producing Brideshead Revisited, starring Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon, and The Water Horse, a $50m film based on Dick King-Smith's book about a mythical sea creature. Both are due to be released in 2008. Douglas is also executive producing Mistresses, a new series for BBC1 starring Sarah Parish, as well as He Kills Coppers, a three parter set over 3 decades, starring Rafe Spall and Kelly Reilly for ITV. He has also produced My Boy Jack, a 2 hour film for ITV about Rudyard Kipling and his son during WWI, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall.
Maggie Rodford is Managing Director of the Air-Edel Group, incorporating one of the world's leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers, arrangers, music editors and music supervisors worldwide.
Maggie trained as a music engineer and prior to joining Air-Edel, worked at both the BBC and EMI, recording many different artists encompassing an eclectic mix of musical genres. Maggie works very closely with Air-Edel's composers producing and co-ordinating music recordings including Gosford Park, Bridget Jones' Diary, Gladiator, Hannibal, Calendar Girls, Beyond the Sea, Pride & Prejudice and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Sir Sydney Samuelson
David Thompson began his career at the BBC as a documentary maker. He began producing drama while working for the BBC's Everyman documentary series, where he produced the original Shadowlands, which won the British Academy Award for Best Drama and an International Emmy. Subsequent productions include Safe, The Firm and Road. He was appointed Head of BBC Films in May 1997, overseeing a slate of films for cinema and television. Past BBC Films productions include Mrs Brown; Billy Elliot; Iris; Dirty Pretty Things; The Mother; Sweet Sixteen; Sylvia; My Summer of Love; Match Point; A Cock and Bull Story; and Shooting Dogs. Recent releases include The History Boys, Red Road; Starter for 10, Miss Potter and Notes on a Scandal. As an executive producer, his numerous television credits include A Rather English Marriage, Stephen Poliakoff's Perfect Strangers, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Conspiracy; The Gathering Storm and This Little Life.