Monday, February 17th, 2020
A 2019 recipient of a BAFTA for his Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema, Stephen Woolley is one the industry’s most respected independent film producers, having produced over 65 films during an esteemed three-decade long career, receiving numerous BAFTA awards, Academy Award nominations, and winning a Producer’s Guild of America Award.
His most recent productions include Colette (2019), Their Finest (2016), Carol (2015) and The Limehouse Golem (2016). Some of his earlier successes include The Company of Wolves (1984), Mona Lisa (1986), Interview with the Vampire (1994), The End of the Affair (1999) and Stoned (2005), which he directed.
Woolley began his career at The Screen On The Green, Islington in 1976. He went on to run and own both the infamous Scala Cinema in Kings Cross as well as distribution company Palace Pictures with Nik Powell, successfully distributing films from the likes of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach as well as international hits like Paris, Texas (1984), When Harry met Sally (1989) and The Evil Dead (1981).
Woolley currently runs Number 9 Films with his producing partner Elizabeth Karlsen – their upcoming projects include a TV adaptation of Portrait of a Lady, a biopic of Dusty Springfield directed by Phyllis Nagy and starring Gemma Arterton, a remake of Kurosawa’s 1952 classic Ikiru, and an adaptation of Graham Swift’s novella Mothering Sunday.
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