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the media lunch club was established in 1994, by producer Martin Cahill, as a non-profit making, and politically neutral, networking society and has grown to become the film, tv and media industry's premiere café du commerce.


Monthly lunches are held in London's West End (and a Brighton away-day lunch during the summer), with an invited guest speaker. Some of our previous speakers include:

Producers: Tim Bevan, Stephen Evans, Rebecca O'Brien, Richard Holmes, Jeremy Thomas, Duncan Kenworthy, Michael Kuhn, Nik Powell, Marc Samuelson, Richard Holmes, Michael Deeley, Simon Channing-Williams and Jeremy Bolt.


Directors: Sir Alan Parker, Waris Hussein, Roy Ward Baker, Vic Armstrong, Jack Cardiff, Ronnie Neame, Beban Kidron, Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Guy Hamilton and Ray Harryhausen.

Executives: Duncan Reid (Ingenious), Greg Dyke, Ian Hutchinson (Silver Reel) Amanda Nevill (BFI), Stewart Till, Lenny Crooks (formerly of New Cinema Fund, UK Film Council), David Thompson, Steve Christian (Pinewood Films), Peter Bennett-Jones, Hilary Davis (Bankside); Mike Goodridge (Protagonist) John Woodward (former CEO, UK Film Council), Jane Lighting (former CEO Channel 5) and Lorraine Heggesey, Sara Geater.


Plus: Sir Roger Moore; Dick Clement; Honor Blackman; Sir Ronald Harwood; Patsy Pollock, Jon Hubbard and Jeremy Zimmerman (Casting Directors); David Cooke (director of BBFC); Dr Kim Howells MP & Shaun Woodward MP (former Film Ministers); Victor Spinetti (Actor); Nina Myscow (Broadcaster); Richard 'Jaws' Kiel (Actor \ Writer); Simon George (Ealing Studios Productions); Simon Oakes (Hammer Films) & many, many more.

the media lunch club also hosts a networking evening each year, our prestigious ' Martin Cahill Memorial Lecture'.


In 2009, we started holding the additional and occasional 'Briefing Lunches', to focus on a more specialised subject in an intimate board-room setting such as, most recently, a "Brexit and the implications on film industry" . These lunches are free, and have proven very popular.


Membership is inexpensive and open to all in the media business.


On April 19th Sir Alan Parker joined us for our 200th lunch, and cut the special birthday cake!

On April 19th Sir Alan Parker joined us for our 200th lunch, and cut the special birthday cake!

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Keith Hamshere

Keith Hamshere
Stills Photographer
Friday March 22nd 2019




Keith Hamshere started out as a child actor, creating the lead in Lionel Bart's Oliver! musical, and went on to star in films opposite Hayley Mills in Disney's In Search Of The Castaways and in Michael Winner's first production Play It Cool - which was probably what made him realize he should maybe pursue another career!


Keith became a unit stills photographer, and started his movie career on Battle Of Britain in 1969, before going on to films such as: Young Winston, Juggernaut, Barry Lyndon, The Deep, Death On The Nile, Superman II & III, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ishtar, Willow, Patriot Games, Chaplin, Shdowlands, The Madness of King George, Stars Wars Episodes I, II & III, Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, eight James Bond films starting with For Your Eyes Only and concluding with Die Another Day ... to name but a handful. He last film was Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.


Keith has helped create some of the most iconic images and posters publicizing some of the biggest movies ever made. If ever the saying "A picture paints a thousand words" was ever true, then it certainly is with Keith's work as his photographic work has enabled studio PR machines to make a huge impact on billboards, buses, magazines, and cinema hoardings. He is legend of the business with much wisdom and great tales to share.

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