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Richard Holmes


Introduction

Richard produced The Ritual for US director David Bruckner in 2017, fully financed by eOne & produced by The Imaginarium.  Shot entirely in Romania. Sierra/Affinity/WME sold the film to Netflix at TIFF 2017 for RoW. The Ritual is now in profit.

From 2013 to March 2016 Richard managed the production funding for Creative England and, backing fourteen fiction films and nine feature docs. His investments include Andrew Haig’s 45 Years, winner of two Golden Bears at the Berlinale 2015 and an Oscar nomination for best actress.  He also invested in Girl With All The Gifts, Notes On Blindness, Adult Life Skills, Jawbone and God’s Own Country - the latter two both multi-BIFA nominated.

Before joining Creative England he produced Keeping Rosy (2013), starring Maxine Peake (Theory Of Everything) and Blake Harrison (Inbetweeners). Steve Reeves, its debut director, was nominated at Fantasporto 2015 where Maxine Peake won the best actress award. In 2012 Richard produced Jadoo, Amit Gupta’s second feature. Jadoo was the closing night film of the Kulinaris section of the Berlinale and San Sebastian 2013 and In 2011 he produced Amit Gupta’s Resistance, based on the award-winning novel by Welsh poet and writer Owen Sheers. The film stars Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and Sharon Morgan - who won the Best Actress prize at the BAFTA Cymru awards 2012.

Richard produced Eden Lake (2007) with Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire). The Weinstein Company released the film in the US and Pathe sold it worldwide.  Eden Lake won the audience award at Sitges, the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantasporto and the Best Horror award at the Empire Film Awards.

Earlier in his career, Richard co-wrote and produced Stefan Schwartz’s award-winning Shooting Fish, starring Kate Beckinsale. The film grossed over £4m in the UK alone. Richard then went on to produce Kirk Jones’ Waking Ned, which grossed $26m in the US and a further $25m+ worldwide. Waking Ned won Richard a nomination for a Producer’s Guild of America award and both Shooting Fish and Waking Ned are posting net profits. His first film Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, starred Peter Capaldi (Dr Who), as well as Jeremy Northam and Simon Callow. It won the London Film Festival Audience Award as well as Scottish BAFTA’s for Best Film and Best Actor.

Between 1999 - 2001 Richard managed Civilian Content Plc, a film production, sales and finance company listed on AIM. During that time Civilian acquired and/or financed approximately a dozen films, including 24 Hour Party People and Bend It Like Beckham. In addition Richard led the team that placed over a third of the company’s share capital with blue-chip City institutions. Richard was a co-founder of the trade body The New Producer’s Alliance, serving a year as its Co-Chairman. For three years he was the Vice-Chairman for Film at PACT, the UK’s Producers Alliance for Cinema and TV he also has lectured at the National Film & Television School, Ravensbourne College, European Film College, the Royal Holloway MA Screenwriting course and for his own AdvancedProducing.com.

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