Number 9 Films was created in 2002 by award-winning producing partners Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley after a long collaboration at both Palace and Scala Productions. The company has established itself as one of the UK’s leading independent production companies forging relationships with a wide range of talent in the UK, across Europe and in the States.
Films produced under the Number 9 banner include: HBO single drama Mrs Harris starring Annette Bening and Ben Kinglsey nominated for 12 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Producer’s Guild of America Award. Made in Dagenham by Nigel Cole (Caldendar Girls, Saving Grace) starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins. This was nominated for 3 BAFTA’s, 4 BIFA’s, 2 Evening Standard Awards and a London Critics Circle Award. Made In Dagenham the Musical opened at the Adelphi in London’s West End in October 2014 starring Gemma Arterton.
Soon after was the BAFTA nominated Great Expectations, written by David Nicholls, directed by Mike Newell and starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Colltrane as well as Byzantium written by Moira Buffini, directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
Recent credits include: Hyena directed by Gerard Johnson and starring Peter Fernando. Hyena opened in the Edinburgh Festvial in the UK and screened at the Tribecca Film Festival in New York. Co-producer on Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keital, and Carol, an adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, adapted by award winning Mrs Harris scribe Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Both Youth and Carol screened in 2015 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Rooney Mara won Best Actress for Carol.
Forthcoming Number 9 productions include: an adaption of Peter Ackroyd’s _ Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem_ by Jane Goldman and directed by Juan Carlos Medina, an adaption of Lissa Evans’ Their Finest Hour and a Half by Gaby Chiappe, directed by Lone Scherfig- both of which began production this Autumn. An original project from Director Camera D’Or winner Anthony Chen and a new untitled project directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).
Carol releases in UK cinemas on 27 November 2015.