About Poisson Rouge Pictures

Poisson Rouge Pictures is a vibrant boutique film production company with its headquarters in London and strategic partners in Paris, Berlin, Beijing, Cape Town and New York. With over twenty years experience in the development, production and co-production of feature films, the company has an enviable track record in delivering first class films for a wide range of audiences.

Working from an eclectic slate of projects, across a wide range of genres, the company continues to enjoy working with prestigious writers, directors and filmmakers from around the world. Recent productions include the BFI-funded feature ‘Gone Too Far!’, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2013 and won an African Academy Award for Best First Feature film; the Berlinale Krystal Bear-winner ‘Arcadia’; and Marek Losey’s BIFA-nominated “macabre gem” ‘The Hide’.

The company is among the most experienced co-producers of international feature films in the UK, and have provided production services for filmmakers including Michael Haneke, Olivier Assayas, Julie Delpy, François Ozon, Luca Guadagnino and many others.

The company is currently developing a slate of feature projects with new and established filmmakers, working with original and diverse voices in Britain and beyond. Our partners include the BFI, Creative England and Lionsgate, among others.

Members of the team

CHRISTOPHER GRANIER-DEFERRE

Christopher has over twenty years experience working in film and television. As an assistant director he has worked for, amongst others, George Lucas, James Ivory and The Hughes Brothers. Work as a production manager includes Syriana starring George Clooney and Matt Damon. Credits as a producer include The Hide by Marek Losey and A Thousand Kisses Deep starring Jodie Whittaker and Dougray Scott. Christopher recently produced African Academy Award winner Gone Too Far! based on Bola Agbaje’s Olivier award winning play of the same name. He is currently the Executive Producer overseeing the production of the iFeatures 3 slate for Creative England, the BFI and the BBC. Most recent productions for Poisson Rouge Pictures include Demain Tout Commence starring Omar Sy, Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas and Prof 2 for UGC.

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SILENN THOMAS

Silenn heads up the US office of Poisson Rouge Pictures with whom she produced ARCADIA directed by Olivia Silver and starring Oscar(R)-nominated John Hawkes. The movie won the Crystal Bear for best film at the 2012 Berlinale. Silenn is a graduate of the prestigious UCLA film school directing programme. Since leaving she has worked alongside a number of industry heavyweights including Luc Besson, George Romero, Frank Miller, Zack Snyder, Kathleen Kennedy, Marc Canton, Mike Figgis and Robert Rodriguez. Silenn’s most recent producer role was on Sin City: Dame to Kill For and she is currently collaborating with Frank Miller on several projects including best selling serial Dark Knight 3.

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ROB WATSON

Rob has produced numerous successful short films, and is currently developing a series of feature film projects with new and established filmmakers. He produced Dan Sully’s The Ellington Kid, which has been seen by over 1 million people at vice.com; the BAFTA-shortlisted Strays directed by Robert McKillop; and Bertie Crisp, and animated short starring Kathy Burke that won the British Animation Award in 2014. He was associate producer the BFI-funded comedy feature Gone Too Far!, and is currently developing feature projects with Creative England and the BFI, alongside many others. He has also line produced UK shoots with world-famous filmmakers including Olivier Assayas and Luca Guadagnino.

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BERNADETTE THOMAS

With a background as a City lawyer specialising in film and media law, Bernadette joined Poisson Rouge Pictures in 2004 and acts as Executive Producer on all in-house productions. She has consulted to adidas on film investment and to the Royal Shakespeare Company on its Event Cinema business. Bernadette is co-founder of business affairs consultancy ArtsScape.

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ARESKI FERHAT

Areski trained at the prestigious Parisian film school ENS Louis Lumiere. After working on a variety of short films, music videos and feature films, Areski founded sister company Studio Lumini. Areski oversees all Poisson Rouge Pictures projects in filming in France.

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RIENKJE ATTOH

Rienkje started her professional career as a broadcast journalist at the BBC in 2006, moving on to work as a production journalist for ITN and voice artist for Euronews. Rienkje is a graduate of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), one of the three Prince William scholars supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros. Rienkje is currently developing A Man Died by Biyi Bandele, and has recently completed cross-media film A Moving Image written and directed by Shola Amoo.

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Past Employees

John Schwab

John Schwab produced the short film Out of Nowhere and the award winning short film Foster by Jonathan Newman, now a feature film starring Toni Colette and Ioan Gruffudd. John has directed several successful short films including Just Another Day (special screening at TCM 2002), A Solution to Writer’s Block (Official Selection Rivers Edge Film Festival 2002), and TheA Solution to Writer’s Block (Official Selection Rivers Edge Film Festival 2002), and The Applicant (Official Selection Palm Springs Festival of Short Films 2008). John produced The Hide and is developing several projects for PRP including Dead Famous and Stumped.

Helen Swanwick

Graduating from Bournemouth University, with an MA from the Broadcast & Film Management programme, Helen was selected for the Production Guild of Great Britain Assistant Coordinator course at Pinewood Studios – a 10 month, Skillset sponsored traineeship. She has since worked in production for several prestigious British and US feature films including Nine, The Iron Lady, In The Loop, Snow White and the Huntsman. Helen is key point of contact for the Poisson Rouge Pictures UK office and oversees all our current productions.

Fawzia Mahmood

Fawzia studied Economics at Brown University and worked in finance in New York for four years, before deciding to leave that industry to make her way into film. She completed a master’s degree focusing on South Asian history and cinema and has since worked in development and production on short and feature films. In February 2017, Fawzia graduated with an MA in Producing from the National Film and Television School, having been awarded a scholarship by producer Duncan Kenworthy and a John Brabourne Award. Her producing credits include short films Pipe Dreams with Bel Powley, The Light Refracts into the Shadows with David Bamber and documentary feature Acta Non Verba.

Soraya Sultana Rowley

Soraya studied French and German at the University of Manchester. Awarded an Advantage Scholarship for her year out, and armed with an EU Studies Grant, she joined Poisson Rouge and it’s sister company Studio Lumini for a one year work placement in the Paris office. On graduating, Soraya completed further work experience at RSA, Raw TV and Working Title. She is now a Junior Planner and Strategist in digital media at BigBalls Films.

Sian Habel-Aili

Sian is currently Project Manager on the Film and Arts programmes for Lighthouse in Brighton, previously holding the post of Development Co-ordinator since 2009, initially for the Uk Film Council’s First Feature Stream, and most recently for the BFI’s Film Fund.

She began her career at BBC Panorama, moving to Poisson Rouge Pictures in 2005, where she worked for four years as their in-house Production Co-ordinator and Creative Executive. She worked on several productions including Francois Ozon’s ‘Angel’, Luca Guadagnino’s ‘I Am Love’ and Marek Losey’s ‘The Hide’, and in development on Bola Agbaje’s ‘Gone Too Far’, and produced her first short film ‘The Holiday’ in 2010.

Thomas Reiter

Thomas, a graduate of one of the leading business schools in France, worked as an analyst for over 6 years for top tier international financial institutions. Thomas left the city to join Poisson Rouge Pictures where he worked on closing a slate of horror films for it’s Swampfish label. He now works for the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, as deputy head of Inspection, where he focuses on identifying and resolving conflicts between French cinemas and distributors.

Clarisse Potoky

On completing an MA in Cinema, Clarisse crossed the Channel in 2009 and worked in London with Poisson Rouge Pictures as a production assistant. On her return to Paris she joined I LOVE TELEVISION, a production company specialising in kids TV. Her short film script Les Anglais ont Débarqué won a prize at Estran Script Competition in 2011. Her next script “Aboudi Lao” took 3rd prize at the Film Festival of Lille. It has been selected for the European Short Pitch 2012 with Iloz Productions attached.

Collaborators

Poisson Rouge Pictures works with a wide range of partners from development through to distribution, both in the UK and around the world, including local distributors, European studios and international financiers.