Griffin Pictures launched in 2018 as the brainchild of producer Anna Griffin, whose previous credits include Matt Palmer’s Netflix hit Calibre, and festival crowd pleaser Paa Joe & The Lion, by Benjamin Wigley.
Within its first year, Griffin Pictures was recognised in Creative England’s CE50 Report, a celebration of the UK’s most disruptive and progressive creative companies, and in 2020 became a recipient of the BFI’s Vision Awards. Its breakout film, The Tunnel by Arash Ashtiani, was BAFTA long-listed in 2022.
Nurturing writing and directing talent – as well as adapting stage plays and novels – Griffin Pictures specialises in finding and spotlighting stories from a different perspective; tales told with compassion, that delight, enlighten, move, subvert and have the potential to make positive change.
Partners include the Film4, Okre and BFI Young Audience Content Fund and the company is supported by the BFI’s Film Fund with a Vision Award.
Back in 2007, when the East Midlands film industry was thriving and screen agency EM Media was working on overdrive, I was lucky enough to land my first series of jobs as Runner, then 3rd AD and Director’s Assistant on brilliant productions that included BRONSON, THE UNLOVED and SKELETIONS. In 2010, I joined Wellington Films as Production Assistant, where I went on to produce CALIBRE. I also had the joy of making PAA JOE & THE LION with Artdocs, a festival favourite that premiered at SXSW.
In 2018 I launched Griffin Pictures. In the same year, I was named a Screen Star of Tomorrow and nominated as a BIFA Breakthrough Producer. In 2020 the company received backing from the BFI Vision Awards.
I’m still based in my beloved Nottingham, forever grateful for the creative funds and bursaries that – along with a stint on the dole and a slog of hard work – have allowed me to do what I love: helping people tell their stories.
Before finding a home at Griffin Pictures, I was part of the creative team at Film4. In my earlier days, I followed in Ruth Gordon's footsteps by training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, learned that it's ‘the attitude, not the altitude’ as an Associate at the Sundance Film Festival, and worked as an Assistant Director and Key Production Assistant in Vancouver on projects including The Revenant, War of the Planet of the Apes and Star Trek: Beyond.
Hailing from the wilds of Pudsey in West Yorkshire, I’m a big advocate of supporting regional talent and expanding cinematic representation of the UK.