John Giwa-Amu (Producer)

John Giwa-Amu runs production, distribution and financing company Red and Black Films with writer/director Caradog James. John produced the company’s first feature, Little White Lies, which won two BAFTA Cymru Awards and was BIFA nominated. His follow up feature, sci-fi cult hit The Machine, was selected from over 6,000 films to premier in Tribeca and won three BAFTAs Cymru including Best Picture, a BIFA and the Screen Award for UK distribution also managed by John. The film was commissioned to be made into a TV Pilot by NBC Universal/SyFy which John Executive Produced in 2017. Brit List winning screenplay The Call Up premiered at BIFF 2016 and is released in cinemas by Altitude. Co Production, The Silent Storm, starring Damien Lewis and Andrea Riseborough was also released in cinemas in May 2016 by Sony. Don’t Knock Twice, by director Caradog James, has been sold internationally by Kew Media and was released in the UK by Red and Black Distribution and Kew Media during spring 2017 – the film generated almost $4m at the international box office. The Party, written and directed by Sally Potter stars Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall, Kristen Scott Thomas and Bruno Ganz – it won the Guild Prize at Berlin 2017, a BIFA for Patricia Clarkson and has grossed $3.5m theatrically winning Evening Standard Awards for best screenplay and leading actress in Feb 2018.

John has won the BBC talent Award, has been honoured as a Breakthrough Brit and a Future Leader by Screen International. He sits on the board of Film Cymru Wales, Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and graduated from the globally acclaimed international film/media business initiative, Inside Pictures.

Red and Black Films has close affiliations with William Morris Endeavour and LA management company Circle of Confusion. The company is in development on a varied range of genres in feature film, games, interactive and high end scripted television with slate deals running across Ingenious and Great Point Media. The company is based in Wales’ capital city, Cardiff.

This is Wales mini-documentary by Welsh Government on Red and Black Films.


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