Wildgaze Films is one of the UK’s leading independent film production companies, with a track record of producing high quality films with internationally renowned talents, both in front of and behind the camera. It is a small company with a dedicated and passionate team, headed up by double Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-award-winning producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (for Brooklyn and An Education).
Wildgaze is currently in post-production on Our Souls At Night, a film for Netflix starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, directed by Ritesh Batra and produced with Redford’s Wildwood Productions.
Wildgaze Films’ most recent release is Their Finest, reuniting Finola and Amanda with director Lone Scherfig, and co-produced with Number 9 Films. The film premiered at TIFF in September 2016 followed by the Mayor of London’s Gala Screening at the London Film Festival 2016 and Sundance 2017. Set in the early 1940s, Their Finest was released Spring 2017 by STX in the US and Lionsgate in the UK, to brilliant reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. It is adapted for the screen by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evan’s novel ‘Their Finest Hour & A Half’ and features a stellar cast that is led by Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Sam Claflin.
Their previous film Brooklyn was released in 2015, and was a critical and box office success, taking $63m worldwide. It was nominated for three Oscars® – Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay – making Academy history with Finola and Amanda being the first female producing duo to have two Best Picture nominations, with their first being for An Education in 2010. The film also received six BAFTA nominations, winning the Outstanding British Film BAFTA. Based on Colm Toibin’s award-winning novel of the same name, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby and directed by John Crowley, the film stars Saoirse Ronan with Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.
Wildgaze’s feature documentary My Nazi Legacy (known as What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy in the US) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2015 to outstanding reviews. Made in association with the BFI and BBC Storyville, the documentary follows international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands as he explores the family background of two sons of senior Nazis and the legacy of their fathers’ actions in WW2. It is released by Altitude in the UK and Oscilloscope in the US in November 2015.
Among their other recent producing credits are An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Carey Mulligan in her breakout role, which was nominated for 3 Academy Awards (including Best Film), 9 BAFTAs (including Best Film and Best British Film, winning Best Actress), and winner of Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards; A Long Way Down based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby, adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by Pascal Chaumeil and starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul & Imogen Poots; and Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, written by Ronald Harwood, starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connelly & Pauline Collins. Quartet was produced by Finola under her Finola Dwyer Productions Ltd banner.
Earlier personal producing highlights for Finola include Backbeat (1994), Me Without You (2001), and Tsunami: The Aftermath (2005), and for Amanda, Fever Pitch (1997) starring Colin Firth, and the US remake (2005) starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.
In 2013, Wildgaze were among the select few companies to be awarded the first BFI Vision Award, giving the company creative autonomy to acquire and develop projects.
Finola and Amanda spearheaded The Story Works 2010/2011, an innovative screenwriting initiative for ten British writers to take their craft to the next level. Run in conjunction with script editor Kate Leys and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, supported by Skillset and Soho House, the scheme opened the writers up to filmmaking processes through mentors and master classes. Speakers and mentors included Jane Campion, Ronald Harwood, Paul Greengrass, David Mamet, Christopher Hampton, John Madden, Will Davies, John Mathieson and Pietro Scalia.
Wildgaze have a number of film and television projects in development, including two co-productions with Bennett McGhee (Silvertown Films): Vs., which is currently in production, and Reason of State, written by Screen Star of Tomorrow 2015, Matt Orton.