Colin Vaines / Co-founder
Colin is an emmy winning producer with over thirty years experience. In one of his earliest roles in the industry he oversaw UK development for Columbia Pictures during David Puttnam's tenure at the studio, subsequently becoming head of development for Puttnam's own production company, Enigma, working on films including 'Memphis Belle'. He made his debut as a producer in 1992 with the Emmy-winning TV film ‘A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia’, which introduced Ralph Fiennes in the title role. He was appointed Executive Vice-President, Development for New York-based Miramax Films in 1999, becoming Executive Vice-President, European Production and Development in 2002. He was Co-executive producer of Martin Scorsese's ‘Gangs of New York’, and Executive in Charge of Production on Anthony Minghella's ‘Cold Mountain’. In October 2005, he was appointed Executive Vice-President, European Production and Development for The Weinstein Company. He was an executive producer of Anthony Minghella's ‘Breaking and Entering’, starring Jude Law, and Chris Noonan's ‘Miss Potter’, starring Renée Zellweger. He joined Graham King's GK Films in Los Angeles as Co-President of Production in 2007, where he became Executive Producer of ‘The Young Victoria’, ‘The Rum Diary’, starring Johnny Depp, and ‘London Boulevard’, starring Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell. Returning to freelance production in 2010 he produced the multi-award winning ‘Coriolanus’, which marks the directing debut of Ralph Fiennes. He was co-producer of ‘WE’, the directing debut of Madonna, which stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac, and James D’arcy. He was co-executive producer of ‘My Week with Marilyn’, starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, both of whom were Oscar nominated for their performances.
His latest movie ‘Film Stars Don’t die in Liverpool’, directed by Paul McGuigan, stars Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Regrave and Julie Walters. Vaines produced alongside Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. Matt Greenhalgh wrote the screenplay from the book by Peter Turner. The film was nominated for 3 BAFTAS, holding it's North American premier at Toronto International Film Festival, and it's European premier at the BFI London International Film Festival.
Jasper Graham / Co-founder
Jasper has worked in the film and media industry for the past 12 years in the UK, Canada, and the US. He started in the business as the North American partner with Fabien Rigall in the venture Future Shorts who went on to found Future Cinema, and then Secret Cinema. He has worked in Los Angeles as an executive, independent producer and management consultant for equity financiers and production houses. He began his producing career in Canada for digital camera innovation house Magnet film & Digital which then merged with REDLAB, Toronto, specializing in RED camera workflow producing and writing a series of made for TV films for The Bravo Channel. His production credits include the Canadian film 'Pontypool', which was nominated for three Genie awards, a Chlotrudis Award and received widespread critical acclaim, premiering at TIFF in 2008. Latest films include the award winning ‘Romans’, which premiered at EIFF in 2017, starring Orlando Bloom, Anne Reid, Janet Montgomery and Charlie Creed-Miles, written by Geoff Thompson, and Australian set film ‘Three Summers’ written and directed by UK comedy legend Ben Elton, which premiered at Melbourne International film festival 2017. Jasper is represented by Luke Speed, Curtis Brown.
Sarah-Jane Facer / Commercial Director
Sarah has provided legal and business affairs services to NBC Universal and Silver River Productions, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, for the last six years working on factual entertainment and entertainment programmes for all of the UK terrestrial broadcasters. Sarah-Jane's time at Silver River followed a successful stint at Talkback Thames where she worked as a senior lawyer, heading up the legal entertainment team on programmes such as 'The X Factor' and 'The Apprentice' and also on drama development. Prior to Talkback Thames, Sarah-Jane worked as a private practice lawyer at Lee & Thompson specialising in film and TV production on programmes such as 'Spooks', 'Life on Mars' and films such as 'Bright Young Things' and 'Bend it Like Beckham’. Sarah-Jane began her career at Avalon working across the management, public relations, live events and television sectors with comics such as Frank Skinner, David Baddiel, Al Murray, Harry Hill and Noel Fielding.
The folllowing productions are some of the films with which Colin and Jasper have been involved.