HandMade Films, founded in 1979 by George Harrison, is best known for its association with the cream of British creative writing and directing talent during its hugely successful output of films in the 1980s, under the watchful eye of the company`s founder, and former Beatle, George Harrison. Amongst these films are "Withnail & I", the cult classic starring Richard E Grant and Paul McGann, written and directed by the creative genius Bruce Robinson; "The Long Good Friday", John Mackenzie`s acclaimed gangster saga starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren; "Mona Lisa", the gritty underworld drama directed by Neil Jordan which won Bob Hoskins a BAFTA for Best Actor; "Time Bandits", the time travelling epic created by visionary Terry Gilliam which was one of the world`s most commercially successful films in the year of its release and "A Private Function", the post-war social commentary comedy written by the incomparable Alan Bennett starring former Python, Michael Palin and the legendary Dame Maggie Smith.
There is a huge local and international following for these classic titles and HandMade Films continues to distribute the main film library which includes 17 other films such as "Privates on Parade" written by Georgie Girl scribe, Peter Nichols starring John Cleese and "Track 29" which features a young Gary Oldman in celebrated filmmaker Nicolas Roeg`s intriguing drama.
In total, there are 106 films in the HandMade library and recent distribution deals for video, television and online include Studio Canal (UK), Image Entertainment (USA), Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) and Alliance Films (CAN). HandMade titles continue to screen theatrically in festivals and cinemas on a regular basis.
Moving forward, HandMade is looking to exploit its existing IP and develop new projects in film, TV, music and online.