Stephen Woolley - Producer
Stephen Woolley's most recent producing credits include THE BUTCHER BOY, MICHAEL COLLINS and INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE for Warner Bros/Geffen Pictures and IN DREAMS for Dream Works SKG. His last released collaboration with Writer/Director Neil Jordan was an award-winning adaptation of Graham Greene's THE END OF THE AFFAIR for Columbia Pictures. In 1993 he won the Producer of the Year Award from the Producers' Guild of America, and an Academy Award nomination for THE CRYING GAME.
However, Woolley's career began in the Summer of 1976 at the Screen on the Green Theatre in London, where he tore tickets, sold ice-cream, projected films and helped manage the facility. He later owned his own theatre, The Scala, which won acclaim for its diverse, original and alternative programming. During this period he also wrote film criticism, helped edit a film journal and produced a TV series for Channel 4 entitled THE WORST OF HOLLYWOOD.
In 1982 Woolley launched Palace Video in partnership with Nik Powell, releasing such titles as ERASERHEAD and MEPHISTO. Establishing a theatrical arm one year later, Palace acquired, marketed and distributed some 250 independent and European movies from DIVA to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.
During this period, Woolley's producing career flourished and he established a long-term partnership with Neil Jordan, beginning with Angela Carter's fantasy fairy story compendium THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. He followed this with ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS directed by Julien Temple and starring David Bowie, the Oscar- nominated, Cannes prize-winning MONA LISA starring Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine, and then the US dance comedy SHAG starring Bridget Fonda. SCANDAL, starring Joanne Whalley, John Hurt and Bridget Fonda again, attracted phenomenal critical acclaim and box-office success on both sides of the Atlantic.
Other productions include THE BIG MAN starring Liam Neeson and Joanne Whalley, A RAGE IN HARLEM with Robin Givens and Forrest Whitaker and THE POPE MUST DIE starring Robbie Coltrane. Woolley also acted as Executive Producer on Richard Stanley's first and second features HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL, as well as on WATERLAND, starring Jeremy Irons, and Terence Davies' THE NEON BIBLE.
Woolley produced BACKBEAT, the story of the fifth Beatle, which was his first film with Scala Productions, of which he was Co-Chairman. For Scala Productions he has produced B. MONKEY directed by Michael Radford, and executive produced: THE HOLLOW REED directed by Angela Pope; FEVER PITCH directed by David Evans and starring Colin Firth; LITTLE VOICE directed by Mark Herman and starring Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks and Brenda Blethyn; Shane Meadow's debut feature TWENTYFOUR:SEVEN starring Bob Hoskins; Stephan Eliott's WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP and Chris Menges' THE LOST SON, starring Daniel Auteuil. Scala projects that Woolley plans to produce include the bio-pics BRIAN JONES, JONATHAN WILDE and FREDDIE MILLS. Most recently he was Executive Producer on Mark Herman's PURELY BELTER and producer of the prestigious Beckett short NOT I starring Julianne Moore.
In 1998 Stephen Woolley formed a film production company funded by Dream Works SKG, of which he is co-director with Neil Jordan. The outfit is called "Company of Wolves" after the first feature film they made together. Included among other projects Woolley is developing with Jordan are a comedy script "The Actors" by Conor McPherson (award-winning author of "The Weir"); BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, the Booker-nominated novel from THE BUTCHER BOY writer Patrick McCabe; THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG from the best-selling novel by Peter Carey and an original screenplay called NO MAN'S LAND which is to be Stephen Rea's directorial debut. Woolley is Chairman of the British Academy Film Committee, a member of the British Academy Council and an American Academy member.
Seaton McLean - Producer
Seaton McLean is President, Motion Picture Production, Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc, a leading broadcaster, creator and distributor of filmed entertainment with significant ownership in eight Canadian speciality television networks. The company's principal business activities are conducted through three operating groups: Broadcasting, Motion Pictures and Television.
In his current role, McLean oversees all aspects of the company's motion picture productions. His current projects as Producer include OWNING MAHOWNY starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver and John Hurt, directed by Richard Kwietniowski which filmed on location in Toronto, and THE 51ST STATE, starring Samuel L Jackson and Robert Carlyle. McLean is Executive Producer on Lynne Ramsay's MORVERN CALLER.
Prior to becoming President, Motion Picture Production, McLean oversaw the Television Production division's annual slate. TV productions that he produced or co-produced have won an Oscar (BOYS AND GIRLS), an Emmy (LOST IN THE BARRENS) and numerous Cable ACE (RAY BRADBURY THEATRE) and Gemini (TRADERS) awards.
McLean is also a member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc and on the Executive Committee, which oversees all aspects of the Company's operations. He was one of the founding partners of Atlantis Films Ltd which, in 1988, became Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. With its headquarters in Toronto, Alliance Atlantis operates offices in Los Angeles, Edmonton, Montreal, Shannon, London and Sydney. The company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange - trading symbols AAC. A, AAC. B and on NASDAQ - trading symbol AACB.
Born in Florida and raised in Montreal, Seaton McLean has scripted several award-winning films and has also worked as a female editor.
Chris Menges - Director of Photography
Chris Menges is an outstanding Oscar-winning Cinematographer who initially worked on documentaries in Africa, South East Asia and the Amazon Jungles. In the early 1970s he remained in Burma for a year and a half to shoot a film on the drug trade there, and had a price put on his head by the local government.
His feature film career began with Ken Loach's POOR COW (1967) and KES (1970) and Stephen Frears's first feature GUMSHOE (1971). He subsequently found major assignments on LOCAL HERO (1983 - Winner, Evening Standard Award, Best Technical Achievement), COMFORT & JOY (1984) and two films for Director Roland Joffe - THE KILLING FIELDS (1984) and THE MISSION (1986) - that won him Oscars for Cinematography. THE KILLING FIELDS also won him the BAFTA Award. He photographed four other films for Ken Loach: BLACK JACK (1979), THE GAMEKEEPER (1980), LOOKS AND SMILES (1981) and FATHERLAND (1986) as well as MARIE (1985) and SHY PEOPLE (1987).
Other film credits include: THE PLEDGE, directed by Sean Penn; Jim Sheridan's THE BOXER and Neil Jordan's MICHAEL COLLINS and ANGEL (Winner, Evening Standard Award Best Technical Achievement).
Menges made his own directorial debut with the critically acclaimed apartheid story A WORLD APART and followed this with the mainstream movie CRISS CROSS with Goldie Hawn.
Anthony Pratt - Production Designer
Anthony Pratt's film and television credits include: BAND OF BROTHERS with Tom Hanks for HBO; Neil Jordan's THE END OF THE AFFAIR with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore; GREY OWL; THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK with Leonardo di Caprio; Neil Jordan's' THE BUTCHER BOY and MICHAEL COLLINS; BEYOND RANGOON; YEAR OF THE COMET; SHINING THROUGH; NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER; NAKED TANGO; John Boorman's HOPE & GLORY (Winner, London Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement); David Hare's PARIS BY NIGHT; John Boorman's EXCALIBUR; SOLARBABIES; SANTA CLAUS - THE MOVIE; Peter Webb's GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADSTREET; John Boorman's ZARDOZ; DEATHWATCH; DEEP END and Boorman's HELL IN THE PACIFIC.
Penny Rose - Costume Designer
Penny Rose is a highly acclaimed British costume designers. Her credits include: SLEEPING DICTIONARY starring Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn and Noah Taylor, set in the 1930s and shot on location in Malaysia; Jean Marie Poire's JUST VISITING; ENTRAPMENT starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Nancy Meyers' remake of the classic comedy THE PARENT TRAP starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan and LOST IN SPACE. Penny received a BAFTA nomination for her work on Alan Parker's acclaimed EVITA starring Madonna. Other credits include: Brian de Palma's MISSION IMPOSSIBLE; Christopher Hampton's CARRINGTON; THE ROAD TO WELVILLE; Richard Attenborough's SHADOWLANDS and IN LOVE AND WAR; SPLITTING HEIRS; Vincent Ward's MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART; UNDER SUSPICION; THE COMMITMENTS; STRAPLESS; Pat O'Connor's CAL; Marek Kanievsak's ANOTHER COUNTRY; PINK FLOYD: THE WALL; Bill Forsythe's LOCAL HERO and Jean-Jacques Annaud's QUEST FOR FIRE.
Jenny Shircore - Make-Up/Hair Designer
Jenny Shircore received both an Oscar and a BAFTA award for Best Make-Up/Hair for ELIZABETH starring Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes. Other film credits include: THE FOUR FEATHERS; Michael Apted's ENIGMA starring Kate Winslet; BLOW DRY; GANGSTER NO 1; COMPLICITY starring Jonny Lee Miller; NOTTING HILL starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant; LAND GIRLS starring Rachel Weisz; PRAIRIE DOVES; COUSIN BETTE starring Jessica Lange; ROSEANNA'S GRAVE; RASPUTIN; Christopher Hampton's THE SECRET AGENT starring Robin Williams, Gerard Depardieu and Bob Hoskins; Kenneth Branagh's IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER; MARY REILLY starring Julia Roberts, John Malkovich and Glenn Close; SISTER MY SISTER and THE DWELLING PLACE starring James Fox.
Other film credits include: SECOND BEST starring William Hurt; SECRET RAPTURE; THE SECRET GARDEN; DOG BOY; THE BIG MAN starring Liam Neeson; DEMON IN MY VIEW starring Anthony Perkins; NORBERT SMITH: A LIFE; Terry Jones's ERIC THE VIKING starring Tim Robbins; LADDER OF SWORDS; TREE OF HANDS starring Lauren Bacall; PAPERHOUSE; ARIA; STORMY MONDAY starring Melanie Griffith; ON THE BLACK HILL; WISH YOU WERE HERE; A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY; PERSONAL SERVICES; BILLY THE KID AND THE GREEN BAIZE VAMPIRE; THE DRESS and Gavin Miller's THE DREAMCHILD.
Before going freelance, Jenny worked at the BBC in Drama Series, Plays, Operas and Films, where her credits included: THE WEATHER IN THE STREETS; 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE; PENNIES FROM HEAVEN; THE ORESTEIA with Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg; SOFT TARGETS; CAUGHT ON A TRAIN with Dame Peggy Ashcroft; THE AERODROME; MACBETH and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.