About Red & Black Films
Red and Black Films is a production and distribution company run by award-winning filmmakers Caradog James and John Giwa‐Amu.
Their films have won some of the top awards in the industry, including 6 British Academy Cymru Awards and a British Independent Film Award. They have also screened in ‘A’ list film festivals, including Moscow; garnered rave reviews in the national press, including The Independent and Guardian; and they have sold in over 35 countries.
Supernatural thriller DON’T KNOCK TWICE is currently in post production. The film stars Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick, Battlestar Galactica), Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter, Borgia) and Nick Moran (Lock Stock). The film was directed by Caradog James, produced by John Giwa-Amu, scripted by Emmy nominated writing duo Huckerby and Ostler and is co-produced with Seymour films.
Brit List winning Sci-Fi screenplay THE CALL UP will be be released in cinemas 2016. The film is being produced alongside Stigma Films and was directed by award winning commercials director, Charles Barker.
John co-produced THE SILENT STORM starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) with Neon Films, Barbara Broccoli’s Eon Films, New Sparta, The British Film Company and Ffilm Cymru Wales. THE SILENT STORM was selected for its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and is being distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
Cult hit Sci-Fi thriller of 2013, THE MACHINE, was directed and written by Caradog, produced by John and starred Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Black Sails), Caity Lotz (The Pact, Arrow) and Denis Lawson (Star Wars). Red and Black distributed the UK led by a cinema release in March 2014, hitting number 2 in the UK iTunes charts and number 5 in USA and Germany. The film had its’ world premiere in Tribeca, won a British Independent Film Award, Best Sci-Fi and Best Actress at Toronto After Dark, three BAFTAs Cymru including Best Film and Best UK Feature of the Raindance Film Festival. Red and Black’s direct distribution campaign for the UK, partnered with Content, won the Screen Award 2014. The Machine has been acquired by Universal/SyFy to be developed as a US TV series.
The company’s first feature LITTLE WHITE LIES saw Caradog nominated as best New Director at BIFA, Official Selection at Moscow and won two BAFTA Cymru Awards. John has been nominated for the Screen Nation Award twice and is an honouree of the BFI initiative, Breakthrough Brits. His short films have won The 48 Hour Film Challenge and the BBC New Filmmaker Award at Brief Encounters.
In 2014 Ffilm Cymru Wales selected Red and Black Films for a slate development award to further expand the business and they continue to develop a high-concept range of projects in film and television weighted towards elevated genre.
John is now a board member of BAFTA Cymru and Film Cymru Wales – he was listed as a Future Leader by Screen International during Cannes 2015.
Red & Black Films are currently developing a slate of films with support from private equity, The Film Agency for Wales and the BFI. Sci-fi thriller ‘The Machine’, was selected from over 6000 films to premiere in the Tribeca Film Festival. Reviews described it as:
‘Perfect, heartbreaking… The best film of Tribeca 2013′
– Sound on Sight
‘Slickly designed and beautiful… great prosthetics, VFX designs… a pro‐science, anti‐war fable.’
‘The Machine is a strange and gorgeously shot sci‐fi thriller with an intriguing thematic undercurrent about the ever‐blurring boundaries between people and machines.’
– The Week
‘Slick and thought‐provoking… James’ direction captures the feel of a still hopeful dystopia with flourishes of stark, foreboding imagery that shows an eye for what makes a particular shot look epic even when it’s just a close‐up. It’s Zen and the Art of Sci‐Fi’
– Dread Central
“We’re passionate about developing stories that ask uncomfortable questions as well as entertain; stories that will become thrilling and emotional films with a lasting value.”
John & Caradog