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Previous Lunches 2017
Date Speaker Topic

January 20th

Pete Johnson
CEO British Screen Advisory Council
The shape of things to come
February 24th Rebecca O’Brien
Producer
Making Movies
March 24th Dick Clement OBE
Writer

The Written Word

April 28th

Judy Cornwell
Actress

Make ‘em laugh

June 2nd

Virginia McKenna OBE
Actress and wildlife campaigner
A Life Born Free

June 30th

Yu-Fai Suen
MD, Pinewood Pictures
Studio financing - British style
August 8th
Brighton Away Day
Brian Capron
Actor
 
September 22nd Sanjeev Bhaskar
Actor
Playing it straight
October 20th David Arnold
Composer
Making Music: from James Bond to Little Britain

November 17th

Lord Michael GradeTV and Entertainment Industry Legend
A Life In Entertainment
     
Previous Lunches 2016
Date Speaker Topic
January 22nd John Graydon
Saffrey Champness
The new improved UK tax credit
February 19th Paul Hitchcock
Producer & Former Head of International Production for Warner Bros
From Pinewood to Hollywood
March 18th Martin Myers
Miracle Communications
Sales & Distribution in the Independent market place
April 22nd John P Gleeson
Head of Media, Grant Thornton
The new improved Irish tax incentive

May 27th

Sally Joynson
Screen Yorkshire
Free Money Up North!

June 24th

Jean Diamond
Talent agent

Everybody needs a name!

August 11th Brighton Away Day Lunch
Raymond Allen
Some Mothers Do Ave Em !

September 23rd

Dr. Jo Twist OBE
CEO of UKIE - The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment
The UK Games Industry -
The Billion Dollar Business!

October 21st

Brian Eastman
Film, TV and theatre producer
Crossing the genres and mediums
November 18th

Pauline Burt

Ffilm Cymru Wales The Film Agency for Wales

Production support and
finance in Wales

December 6th

Annual Christmas Buffet Lunch  
     
Previous Lunches 2015
Date Speaker Topic
January 23rd Andrew Loveday
CEO, Carnaby International Sales & Distribution
Finance, Sales & Distribution
February 20th Miranda Fleming
Head of UK Film, Indiegogo
The explosion in crowd funding
March 4th Briefing Lunch - Kirsty Bell
Head Of Media, Nyman Libson Paul
UK Film Tax Structuring and cash-flowing The Producer’s Tax Credit
March 27th Richard Holmes
Senior Film Executive, Creative England
What is Creative England?
April 24th Ian Cartwright & David Kapur
Co-founders, ourscreen
Cinema on demand
May 29th Alan Tomkins
Art Director
Recreating Sets For Stars And Wars
June 26th Terry Bamber
Production Manager and Assistant Director
From the front-line
August 13th Brighton Away Day Lunch
Guest: Paul Weston, Stuntman
Dodge the punches and hit the marks
September 18th Billy Williams, OBE, BSC
Oscar-winning Cinematographer
Through the viewfinder
October 16th Mike Goodridge
CEO, Protagonist Pictures
Film Sales
November 20th John Glen
Director
For My Eyes Only
3rd December Christmas Networking Lunch
No guest speaker
 
     
Previous Lunches 2014
Date Speaker Topic
24th January Stephen Margolis & Mick Pilsworth
Future Films
Film Finance
21st February David Grumbach
Juliette Films, Luxembourg
European Film Finance, Sales & Distribution
February 25th Briefing Lunch
Anna Mansi, BFI Certification Unit
The new, improved tax credit and qualification
March 14th Sara Geater
CEO, Fremantle UK
Being the UK’s biggest TV production house
April 11th Sally Geeson
Actress
Carry On Laughing
May 30th Emma Broughton
BBC Drama Production
Books Executive
BBC Drama
June 27th Andrew Hewitt
Composer
Scoring success
August 14th Ray Brooks
Actor
 
September 19th Annette Andre
Actress
A funny thing happened...
October 24th Andy Mayson
Altitude Film Entertainment

Financing, selling and distributing films

November 14th Robert Young
Director
A life in pictures
Tuesday December 2nd Christmas Buffet Lunch
No guests speaker
 
     
Previous Lunches 2013
Date Speaker Topic
25th January Steve Christian
Isle of Man Film & Pinewood Films
Film Finance
22nd February Francine Raveney
Eurimage Film Fund
European Co-Productions
& Financing
26th February Peter Owen & Christopher Jenkins
Tax Advisors, Wingrave Yeates
Briefing Lunch
The UK Tax Credit for High End Drama & Animation Briefing Lunch
22nd March Dave Mynard
Stepping Stone Media
Broadcasting On-line - A New Revenue Stream
19th April Sir Alan Parker Making Movies
31st May Debbie McWilliams
Casting Director
Credits Non Contractual
28th June Alex Stolz
BFI Film Fundsenior executive distribution and exhibition
Boosting UK film releases
August 15th Bruce Montague
Brighton Away Day Lunch
Actor
 
20th September Ian Hutchinson
Silver Reel LLP
Financing Films
18th October Hilary Davis
Bankside Films
Film Sales & Finance
15th November Anthony Waye
Executive Producer

Tales from behind the scenes

3rd December Christmas Buffet Lunch
No Speaker
 
     
Previous Lunches 2012
Date Speaker Topic
27th January Kevin Phelan
LipSync Productions
 
24th February Alex Hamilton
Director, eOne Films
Sales & Distribution
7th March Anna Mansi
BFI Certification Unit
Briefing Lunch
 
23rd March Jeremy Zimmerman
Casting Director
Star Value
20th April Maura Ford
Sales Agent, Seven & Seven
Helping Producers Profit
1st June (in lieu of May lunch) Agnieszka Moody
Director MEDIA Desk UK
Free European Money
29th June Jay Sanghrajka
Shipleys LLP
Innovative Film Financing
24th July Julian & Stuart Wilkins
Blue Pencil Set
(Publishing, media finance, and production Company)
Briefing Lunch
Film Finance
22nd August
(Shepperton Studios Away Day)
Onsight 3D Demo + Vera Day Film Memories
21st September Asha Wolstenholme
VoD Operations Manager
Channel 5
A Downloadable Revenue
19th October Darren Westlake Crowd funding - and its increasing importance in film making

16th November

Eunice Gayson
Actress
The First Lady of Bond
6th December Christmas Buffet Lunch No Speaker
     
Previous Lunches 2011
Date Speaker Topic
21st January Leonard White
& Honor Blackman

Producer & Star
50 Years On: the genesis of The Avengers
9th February Briefing Lunch-Christine Corner
Grant Thornton
 
18th February Rob Sprackling
Screenwriter
Cross the t and dot the i
25th March Beeban Kidron
Director
Calling Action!
15th April Gareth Neame
NBC-Universal / Carnival Films
The Man Behind Downton Abbey
27th May Pierre Assouline
WestEast Films Mumbai
Tapping money in Bollywood
24th June David Cooke
Director, BBFC
What the censor saw
21st July Ed Sharp
Film Tree
Briefing Lunch
Earning money from product placement
18th August Josephine Tewson
Actress
Brighton Away Day Lunch
 
16th September Duncan Reid
Ingenious Media
Backing Blockbusters
21st October Chris Tidman
Shorts International
How Short Films Can Pay
18th November Stephen Evans
Producer
Confessions of a not so dangerous mind
7th December Christmas Buffet Lunch No Speaker
     
Previous Lunches 2010
Date Speaker Topic
22nd January Simon George
Director of Finance and Operations
Ealing Film Studios
Film Finance
2nd February Briefing Lunch
with Rachel Jones
Of The London Book Fair
"The Book World Meets The Film World"
26th February Brian Murphy & Linda Regan
Comedy Legends
Where Has All The Fun Gone?
26th March Chris Jones
Guerilla Film Maker
Low And No Budget Film-making
16th April Lewis Gilbert CBE All My Flashbacks
28th May Max Howard
Animation Studio Head
An Animated Profession
25th June Neil Peplow
Film Producer
Who’d be a film producer?
19th August Sarah Douglas
Actress
Brighton Away Day Lunch
 
17th September Waris Hussein
Director
Adventures In Time Travel
15th October Iwona Sellers
U-Media
Free money in Belgium
(and how to get it) !
19th November Shane Rimmer
Actor
From Thunderbirds to James Bond and beyond.
7th December Annual Christmas Buffet Lunch
No speaker
 

Previous Lunches 2009
Date Speaker Topic
23rd January Mick Southworth
MD, The Works Distribution
Selling Films!
13th February Karl Dye
Coutts Bank
Briefing Lunch*
The Credit Crunch and the Banking Sector
20th February Pete Daly
Film Publicist
Hype, hype and more hype!
27th March Guy Hamilton
Director
Through the Viewfinder
24th April Jimmy Perry
Writer
Make 'em Laugh
29th May Lenny Crooks
Head of New Cinema Fund
UK Film Council
Show me the money!
26th June Brian Clemens
Screenwriter and producer
A Creative Art!
20th August Gywneth Powell
Actress
Brighton Away Day Lunch
 
18th September Jenny Hanley
Actress
From James Bond to Magpie
16th October Nina Myskow
Broadcaster & Writer
Has British TV lost the plot?
20th November Luke Randolph
Managing Director
International Film Guarantors
Adventures of a completion bonder – and why the heck do I need one?
15th December Christmas Networking gathering
No Speaker
 

Previous Lunches 2008
Date Speaker Topic
25th January Brian Robertson
Sony Pictures / Chairman FACT
Film Piracy – A Threat To Us All
22nd February Philip Knatchbull
Artificial Eye Film Company
The Growing Power of the Specialist Distributor
28th March Nick Varley
MD Park Circus Distribution
Putting films back where they belong
25th April Ronald Harwood
Screenwriter
"The Written Word"
30th May Luisa Bonello
Malta Film Commission
Filming, incentives, tax breaks and investment funds in Malta
27th June Simon Oakes
MD, Hammer Film Productions
From Beyond The Grave
21st August
(Away Day In Brighton)
Leonard White
Producer, Director and Actor
 
19th September Jeff Hyams
MediaEdge:cia
 
10th October Michael Deeley
Producer of The Italian Job, Bladerunner, The Deer Hunter
and many others!
Don't Shoot The Producer
21st November Ken Russell (POSTPONED)
Legendary Director
A British Picture
16th December Christmas Buffet Lunch No Guest Speaker

Previous Lunches 2007
Date Speaker Topic
19th January Jurian VanDerMeer
Endemol UK
Digital Media
The digital revolution - and its effects on film and broadcadcasting
16th February Jonathan Coad
SwanTurton Lawyers

Protecting your pitch - ensuring ideas and concepts you pitch to broacasters remain yours!
23rd March Tim Adler
Editor Screen Finance
"Hollywood and the Mob: the Secret History of the Mafia and the Movies"
27th April John Hubbard
Casting Director
The Value of Casting
1st June Tony Miller
CEO Odeon Sky Filmworks
Distribution, Exhibition and Broadcast - a one stop shop.
29th June Ossie Morris OBE
Oscar winning and legendary cinematographer
"Huston, we have a problem" -
70 years in the business, including
8 films with John Huston.
23rd August Brighton Away Day Lunch
Judy Cornwell
"Adventures Of A Jelly Baby"
26th October Duncan Kenworthy
Producer
A Producer's Lot
21st September Lamberto Mancini
Director General Cinecitta Studios
Roman holiday: filming and tax incentives in Italy
16th November Angela Allen MBE
Script Supervisor
"Keeping the Continuity"
12th December Christmas Networking gathering
No Speaker
 
     
Previous Lunches 2006
Date Speaker Topic
20th January
Lorraine Heggessey
CEO
TalkBack Thames
Being a Major TV Producer
17th February
Jane Cussons
Chief Executive
Women in Film & TV
The Powershift
16th March Jeremy Thomas
CEO
The Recorded Picture Company
Producing The Goods
26th April Jane Lighting
Chief Executive, five
The fifth tv network and you.
12th May
Nick O'Hagan
World Cinema On-Line
POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE
Distributing films via the internet - the future of the film business?
16th June Peter Fudakowski
Producer
"How I made an Oscar winning film - and modern day miracles"
July No Lunch  
17th August Madeline Smith
Actress
Brighton Away-Day Lunch
15th September
Raymond Allen
Writer
I Was Write All Along
27th October Parminder Vir OBE
Producer and Financier, Ingenious Media
Financing World Cinema Projects
17th November John Graydon
Head of Film
Tenon Media
Accessing and making the new UK Film Tax Breaks work for you!
13th December (No speaker - Christmas Buffet)  
     
Previous Lunches 2005
Date Speaker Topic
21st January
John McVay
Chief Executive
P.A.C.T.
Who Needs Producers?
18th February
Debbie Wiseman
Composer
Knowing The Score
19th March John Whittingdale OBE
MP Shadow Culture Secretary
The Opposition's View
22nd April Steve Christian
Isle of Man Film Commission
Film Funding and Production in the Isle of Man
27th May Simon Channing-Williams
Producer
So what is it a producer does?
24th June Tomas Krejci
Prague Studios
Filming and Funding in Prague
July No Lunch  
18th August Joe Robinson
Actor & Stuntman
Brighton Away Day Lunch
 
16th September
Olly Smith
Screenwriter
Earning a living as a screenwriter
21st October Claire Jennings
Producer, Wallace & Gromit Feature Film
The Hollywood Ticket
25th November Val Guest
Veteran writer, director and producer
70 years in the business, and still not out: from Will Hay to Hammer and Hollywood.
13th December (No speaker - Christmas Buffet)  
     
Previous Lunches 2004
Date Speaker Topic
23rd January
Patsy Pollock
Casting Director
The Casting Couch
20th February
Adrian Wooton
Film London
Filming & Finance in London
19th March Peter Lamont
Production Designer
The Art of Illusion
22nd April Michael Kuhn
Producer and former head of Polygram Filmed Entertainment
A British Movie Mogul
28th May Stewart Till
CEO United International Pictures
Apres Cannes - Distribution and the Majors
18th June Ronnie Maasz BSC
Director of Photography
A Cast of Shadows
9th July Gayle Gover
Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
The CTBF and You
19th August Carol Cleveland
Monty Python
Brighton Away Day Lunch
"And now for something a bit different"
17th September Julian Friedman
Literary Agent & Editor of Scriptwriter Magazine
Why British Films Aren't Working
15th October Ray Harryhausen
Stop Motion Animator \ Director
An Animated Life
19th November Richard Kiel
Actor \ Writer
Making It BIG In The Movies
16th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
   
Previous Lunches 2003
Date Speaker Topic
January
No Lunch  
20th February

Geraldine East
Lawyer
A&L Goodbody

Irish Financing - and not just Section 481

28th March

Robin Duval
Director The British Board Of Film Classification

The Censors Scissors

30th April

Dr Kim Howells MP
Minister For Film
The Man From The Ministry
30th May Neil Norman
Arts Editor & Film Critic
The Evening Standard
Critics - Can They Make Or Break A Film?
27th June Victor Spinetti
Actor
This Business We Call Show
18th July Vic Armstrong
Britain's foremost action director and stunt co-ordinator
Boom And Bang ... All Actors Intact
21st August Raymond Allen
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Brighton Away Day Lunch

 

19th September Don Starr
Grosvenor Park
Creative Film Financing
17th October Ronald Neame
Producer \ Director
A Life In Movies
21st November Elaine Bedell
Independent Executive
BBC
The BBC and independent writers & producers
19th December Christmas Social Event At BAFTA  
     
Previous Lunches 2002
Date Speaker Topic
18th January
Richard Holmes
Independent Producer
The Sequel
15th February
Mathias Schwarz
German Lawyer
German Tax Shelter Money and how to get it
15th March

Roy Ward Baker
Director

My early days in the film business - Gainsborough to Hitchcock

12th April

Michael Ryan
Sales Agent
Sales, Distribution, Finance and all that jazz
10th May Michael Foster
Theatrical Agent
Mr 10%
14th June Richard Reynolds
Publisher
Everything you wanted to know about publishing but were too polite to ask
19th July Jimmy Sangster
Screenwriter
From Hammer To Hollywood
15th August Victor Spinetti
Brighton
Brighton Away Day Lunch

 

20th September Gareth Jones
Formerly of Handmade Films
British Distribution And Sales
18th October Robert Strasser
DS Media, Germany - One of the financial administrators of
the Media Plus Programme
Free EU money - and how to get it
15th November Roger Moore C.B.E
Actor \ Director
From Simon Templar to James Bond and Unicef
19th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
     
Previous Lunches 2001
Date Speaker Topic
20th January

Gala Dinner Dance
Brittania Mayfair Hotel

Bi-annual Event

16th February

Cameron McCracken
Pathe Pictures

Pathe as a franchise

16th March

Paula Smith
Skillset

Whats SIF all about

27th April

David Thompson
Head of BBC Film
The Future of Film at the BBC
25th May Gerry Anderson
Producer \ Director
Thunderbirds and beyond...
15th June Nigel Smith
Head of Comedy Development
Carlton Television
SITCOM - Whats the point?
20th July Jenny Borgas
Head of Development Fund
The Film Council
Untitled - but sure to be interesting
21st September Peter Bennet-Jones
Chairman Tiger Aspect
Productions

Tiger Aspect as a major independent production player

19th October Bert Luxford
Mr Gadget
...and not one actor damaged!!!
16th November Jack Cardiff OBE
Director Of Photography \ Director
The changing character of movies in my lifetime 1918 - 2001
17th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
     
Previous Lunches 2000
Date Speaker Topic
21st January

Duncan Kenworthy
DNA Films Ltd

Ten things I learnt from “Notting Hill”
18th February

Mike Robinson
MRC Animation

New Technology-The Future and Finance of Animation
17th March

Alan Latham
Film Development Group

What a Circus!! First time filming in a US Studio

28th April

Michael Cowan
The Spice Factory
Independent Film Financing
26th May Simon Goldberg
Simons Muirhead Burton
Century
16th June Gill Henderson
London Film & Video
Development Agency
Close Encounters of a Cultural Kind or - I know its film but is it Art
23rd July Gareth Owen
Tranzaqua Developments
Lunch cancelled due to unforseen circumstances
Publish & be damned! Behind the scenes of his book “The Pinewood Story”
22nd September John Woodward
The Film Council
Public Service meets the Private Sector
20th October Paul Brett
BFI
Substitute speaker for Geraldine East
Carrotcake to Popcorn
17th November Ziggy Kamasa
Red Bus Film Distribution
The current state of the Film Distribution Market
18th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
     
Previous Lunches 1999
Date Speaker Topic
23rd January No Speaker The Annual Dinner Dance
25th February

Peter Ainsworth MP
Shadow Minister for Culture Media & Sport

The Opposition’s Policy on Film
26th March

Hugh Edwin Jones
North Wales Film Commission

The Opportunities & Benefits of Filming in Wales

24th April

Robert Reed
Deloitte & Touche
Saving.........Mr Brown!!
29th May Larry De Waay
Cinema Completions Int'l
"What th F.... is a Completion Bond?" And why do I want or need one anyway?
25th June Chris Auty
C.E.O The Film Consortium
The Film Consortium, a way forward?
23rd July Jason Petrie
Spice Works
From Film School to Reality
17th September Adrian Ward
Louis Horowitz Organisation
Lend me the Money! - Creative Financing for Independent Film
15th October Mike Palfreman
Royal National Institute for the Blind
The RNIB Talking Images Programme
19th November Heather Mansfield
Mansfield Associates
Insured Film & Television Gap Financing
20th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
     
Previous Lunches 1998
Date Speaker Topic
23rd January No Speaker The Annual Dinner Dance
20th February

Peter Naish
First Independent Films

Distribution is Easy.....Not
20th March

Ray Williams
Greg Rogers

Pollyanna Music Group

"Film & Music"

24th April

Ivan McTaggart
First Film Foundation
From Citizen Kane to the Full Monty" Why first time Film makers are worth a second look
29th May Larry De Waay
Cinema Completions Int'l
"What th F.... is a Completion Bond?" And why do I want or need one anyway?
19th June Peter Fudakowski
Matrix Film & Television PLC
Tax based private Equity Finance for British Films - The way ahead?
17th July No Speaker
Networking Lunch
18th September Richard Bridge
McDonald Bridge,Solicitors
The Next Best thing to FREE Copyright Advice
16th October Roy Scammell
Roy Scammell Productions
First Place Props
Dangerous?? Its Bloody Suicide!!
A Stuntmans view of the Industry today
17th November The Canadian Deputation
No speaker. A networking Lunch with a group of Producers Seeking Production Partners. A trip sponsored by the Ontario Film Development Development Commission and Telefilm Canada
18th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
     
Previous Lunches 1997
Date Speaker Topic
24th January

No Speaker

The Annual Dinner Dance
24th February

Philip R Day
Philip Day Publicity

The Alternative Disney !!
21st March

Roy Stevens
Independent Producer

David Lean Remembered

25th April

Danny Weinzweig
Mayfair Entertainment International
The Colonists Strike Back ! (A Canadian perspective)
23rd May Robin Vidgeon B.S.C
Past President B.S.C
A View from the Lens
20th June Peter Manley GFPE
Independent Producer
Pinewood Studios
A Personal Viewpoint
25th July Adam Page
APMedia Consulting
A New View of Film Financing
19th Sept Bernie Stampfer
E.M.D.A.
Film Development Finance Where it is and how to get it
17th October Steve Christian
Ernst & Young Isle of Man
Film Funding Opportunities from the Isle of Man
21st November Steve Read
First Place Props
Product Placement
19th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
     
Previous Lunches 1996
Date Speaker Topic
17th January No Speaker The Inaugural Dinner Dance
16th February

Paul D White
Dublin, Solicitor

Dublin, Solicitor
22nd March

Nic Powell
Scala Films

UNTITLED - But interesting!!!

12th April

Jane Lighting
Minotaur International
"My Cigar is Bigger than yours" - What ever happened to the "Good old days" of TV Distribution
24th May Marc Samuelson
Samuelson Productions
"Will the National Lottery make life easier for the Independent Producer
21st July Zakiya Powell
Mayfair Int'l Entertainment
Will the last British Producer turn the light out when leaving for L.A
14th June Paul Oliver
Shepperton Studios
Why have Film Studios become the flavour of the Month
19th July No Speaker
Networking Lunch
20th September Graham Bradstreet
Premier Media Ltd
Deficit Financing
18th October Barry Measure
Samuelson Film Services
Have you checked your Equipment??.
15th November Neil McCartney
Editor - F.T.Screen Finance
The Film Industry & The Press
6th December No Speaker Christmas Buffet Lunch
     
Previous Lunches 1995
Date Speaker Topic
20th January

Jon Baldachin
1st Information Group

Interactivity - Multimedia: Now & the Future
17th February

Michael Pilsworth
Chrysalis TV Productions

The Future of Visual Entertainment
17th March

Tom Guttridge
Mentorn Films

Don't Blame the Producer

21st April Dennis Selinger
I.C.M. Ltd
He Who Sells Flesh
2nd June Gary Concoff
U.S.Attorney
Avoiding the Alligators in U.S. Distribution & Co Financing Agreements
21st July Zakiya Powell
Mayfair Int'l Entertainment
Will the last British Producer turn the light out when leaving for L.A
22nd September Terry Ilott
Bridge Media
The Conspiracy against Film Producers in Europe
20th October John Glen
John Glen Films
Memories of Directing the "Bond Films"
17th November Mark Shivas
Head of BBC Film
The BBC - Films & Filming
15th December No Speaker Christmas Social event

Previous Lunches 1994
Date Speaker Topic
16th September

Jeremy Bolt
Producer

The Production of "Shopping
21st October

Richard Holmes
Stefan Schwartz

Gruber Brothers Ltd

Producer - Director Partnership
18th November

Bernie Stampfer
European Script Fund

Development Funding & Where To Find It

 
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