Brief history

Number 9 Films was established by award-winning producing partners Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen after a long collaboration at both Palace and Scala Productions. In 2005 the company was awarded one of the much sought after Slate Development Funding schemes by the UK Film Council. The company has quickly gone on to establish 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. The company aims to produce between 2 and 3 films a year with a young and vibrant production and development team.

2010 saw the release of Mark O’Rowe’s (Boy A, Intermission) Perrier’s Bounty directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and starring Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson and Made in Dagenham, a social comedy set during the 1968 Ford machinists strike, written by Billy Ivory (Common as Muck), directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, Saving Grace) starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough and Jaime Winstone. The film was recently nominated for four BIFA awards, won the Variety Best British Film award and the audience, jury and best screenplay awards as the Dinard Film Festival in France.

Past Number 9 Films releases include, Neil Jordan’s Breakfast on Pluto, starring Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson released by Pathe in the UK and Sony Pictures in the US; Phyllis Nagy’s multi Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Mrs Harris, starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley released by HBO; and, Woolley’s own directorial debut Stoned, a biopic of the ‘original Rolling Stone’ Brian Jones, starring David Morrissey, Paddy Considine and and Leo Gregory. More recently were the releases of the critically acclaimed And When Did You Last See Your Father?, an adaptation of Blake Morrison’s memoir scripted by David Nicholls and directed by Anand Tucker with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Juliet Stevenson leading a strong British cast. BVI handled the UK and Sony Classics the US; How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, an adaptation of Toby Young’s bestselling memoir, starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson and Megan Fox released by Paramount in the UK and MGM in the States; and Sounds Like Teen Spirit, a witty and heart-warming feature documentary taking a wry observation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest directed by BAFTA-nominated Jamie J Johnson released Spring ’09 by Warner Music Entertainment to rave reviews.

Future Number 9 projects include; an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations scripted by David Nicholls; Strangers, a chilling ghost story adapted by Conor McPherson with Oscar winner James Marsh attached to direct, The End of Sleep written by Mark O’Rowe, and Hyena a low budget feature by second time filmmaker Gerard Johnson.

For a full preview of all of Number 9 Films’ forthcoming films visit the In Production section of this site.

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