TFS Appoints New Joint MDs

Twickenham Film Studios appoint Andrew Boswell and Superna Sethi as Joint Managing Directors.

TFS RETURN

Andrew previously worked at Twickenham as Commercial Director and then interim MD between 2016-2020, overseeing all commercial activities during a period of sustained growth for the studios. Boswell joins from Lip Sync Post, where he was Commercial Director. His new role will see him tasked with growing revenue across the company’s production, digital dailies, post-production and financing businesses. 

Andrew Boswell,
“I am thrilled to be returning to the much-loved and world-renowned Twickenham Film Studios with its fantastic blend of historic stages and world-class post-production facilities, and to be re-teaming with Sunny Vohra and Roger Sewell on the new board. I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues old and new to enhance the Twickenham client experience whilst improving the commerciality of the business.”     

Chairman of Twickenham Film Studios, Sunny Vohra,
“We are delighted to welcome Andrew back to Twickenham. He brings back a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry alongside Superna Sethi, a business partner and co-founder of Manhattan Properties, coming to Twickenham as Joint MD. Together, we are aiming to take the studio back to the forefront of UK film and TV production.”

Welcome to the #HomeForFilmmakers, Andrew and Superna.

 

Crossfire available on BBC iPlayer

Keeley Hawes‘ tense new thriller Crossfire is now streaming on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with Twickenham Film Studios having played a pivotal role in the show’s production.

CROSSFIRE

A story of survival and resilience, Crossfire is an edge-of-your-seat nail-biting thriller yet also emotional, intimate and relatable. With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.

TFS CONTRIBUTION

We’re proud to have been involved with the making of this TV mini series. Twickenham Film Studios production spaces were used for script read throughs and TFS Studio 2 was used for pick up shots. Our very own Runner, Bronwyn, also helped on set. Have you seen it yet? #HomeForFilmmakers

A Gaza Weekend Wins at TIFF

We are over the moon A Gaza Weekend won the International Film Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2022.

A GAZA WEEKEND

A Gaza Weekend is a British-Palestinian comedy film, directed by Basil Khalil, released in 2022. Stephen Mangan and Mouna Hawa star as Michael and Keren, a British-Israeli couple who are trying to take refuge in the Gaza Strip after the accidental release of a dangerous virus from a scientific research lab in Israel has ironically made Gaza the safest place to be due to the blockade of the region.

TFS COLLABORATION

Many of our team were involved with the making of the film including Tim Cavagin and Filipe Pereira (who worked on the mixing in Theatre 1), and Vanessa Taylor (who was a DI Colourist for the project). Twickenham Film Studios also provided the DI Grade, Mastering, QC and Final Deliverables. Be sure to watch it and let us know what you think.

Look Both Ways released on Netflix

Look Both Ways, the new romantic comedy drama, directed by Wanuri Kahiu with script by April Prosser, came out this month on Netflix.

LOOK BOTH WAYS

Lili Reinhart stars as Natalie, a young woman whose life diverges into two different paths on the night of her college graduation.

In one life, she becomes pregnant and must navigate motherhood as a young adult in her hometown and in the other she moves to LA to pursue her career.

In both journeys, Natalie experiences life-changing love, pursues her dream career as an artist, and rediscovers herself.

TFS SOUND HERITAGE

It was an absolute pleasure to work on this project, with Sound Mix by Craig Irving and Will Miller undertaken in Twickenham Film Studio’s very own Theatre 2.

Watch the trailer below!

Thirteen Lives trailer comes out

release announced

Directed by Ron Howard, Thirteen Lives is inspired by true events which took place in 2018. The story follows the rescue mission of a group of young boys and their football coach in Thailand, when they get trapped in an underground system of caves that are flooding.

The cast features Viggo Mortensen as Richard Stanton, Colin Farrell as John Volanthen, Joel Edgerton as Richard Harris, an anaesthetist, and Sukollawat Kanarot as Saman Kunan.

Thirteen Lives is being released in selected theatres on 29 July and on Prime Video on 5 August.

Work carried out from tfs

The feature is a project led by Oliver Tarney’s sound crew, based at Twickenham Film Studios, with Sound Supervisors Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate.

The FX mix was carried out in Theatre 1 and the Nearfield Mix was carried out in Theatre 4, with Will Miller as Mixer and Dan Turner as Mix Tech.

Foley was recorded in Theatre 3 with Adam Méndez as Foley Mixer and Oli Ferris and Sue Harding as Foley Artists.

Watch THIRTEEN LIVES Trailer

My Policeman trailer released

My Policeman, directed by Michael Grandage, is due to be released in selected theatres on 21 October and on Prime Video on 4 November.

My Policeman, starring Harry Styles

Starring Emma Corrin as Marion, David Dawson as Patrick Hazelwood, and Harry Styles as Tom Burgess, the story explores forbidden love and changing social conventions.

The film tells the tale of three young people – policeman Tom, teacher Marion and museum curator Patrick – as they embark on an emotional journey in 1950s Britain.

Flashing forward to the 1990s, the characters look back on regret, with one last chance to repair the damage of the past.

Based on the book by Bethan Roberts, My Policeman takes you on a visually transporting and heart-stopping journey of history, freedom and forgiveness.

Twickenham Film Studios, home to the production

The team used TFS as their headquarters for their production offices, art department, costume and props. TFS’s Supervising Sound Editor Dan Morgan was the Dialogue Editor on this feature release as well as Co-Supervising Sound Editor along with Ian Wilson.

Watch the trailer below!

TFS proudly sponsors Kingston Film Festival

Twickenham Film Studios is delighted to support the inaugural Kingston Film Festival and proud to be the Premiere Partner for the Awards Ceremony.

When is Kingston International Film Festival (KIFF)

Kingston Film Festival will be a three-day celebration of films made by local, national and international filmmakers. Expect talks, Q&As, children-friendly events, networking events, competitions and a gala awards ceremony on the closing night.

Join the celebration which will take place between 24 and 26 June 2022.

What is Kingston Film Festival

KIFF is a major part of Kingston’s culture-led revival – aiming to bring the community together for three days of screenings, workshops and events.

This year’s festival edition is supported by BAFTA award-winning film Director Mike Newell as well as Academy Award-winning actress Dame Vanessa Redgrave. The programme for the inaugural Kingston Film Festival is available on their website, including more than 50 events such as screenings, workshops and social events.

Piers Read joins panel at KIFF

Piers Read, Co-Owner of Twickenham Film Studios, will take part in the exciting industry-expert panel ‘The urgent need to fight for the survival of our small independent producers who are the bedrock of the industry’. 

The panel will take place on Saturday, the 25th of June, at 4pm, at The Rose Theatre. On the following day at 8 pm, Piers will present the Twickenham Film Studios Award for Best Feature at KIFF’s Awards Ceremony, also at Rose Theatre.

Piers has extensive experience of urban regeneration having curated and operated thriving creative neighbourhoods in London, Birmingham and Manchester, consisting of Film + TV production facilities, creative workspaces and hospitality destinations.

He has worked in Film and TV since his teenage years, resulting in producing credits on the world renowned and award-winning global hits The Inbetweeners and Peep Show.

Piers has since left his mark on the UK studio industry. Acquiring Wimbledon Studios from Thames Television in 2010 before founding The Creative District Company and TIME + SPACE Studios, which bought Twickenham Film Studios in 2020. Piers oversees growth strategies for the company, driving stakeholder engagement with a strong emphasis on enterprise initiatives for start-ups and SMEs based at our campuses.

Hear Piers Read and more industry experts speak at #KIFF2022: buy your tickets for the Festival and see the full programme.

Top Gun Maverick makes its Cannes Festival debut

Top Gun Maverick release date

Paramount Pictures has originally scheduled to release the film in July 2019. However, the date was moved several times to allow the re-filming of some flight sequences, but also due to the COVID-19 pandemic and tight schedules.

The film had its world premiere at CinemaCon on 28 April 2022 and a screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18 in an Official Selection Screening. It was one of the most awaited events of the festival with a star-studded premiere of the film. The Patrouille de France flew over the festival as the crew and actors were on the red carpet, and Tom Cruise received an Honorary Palme d’Or ahead of the screening.

Today is also the 72nd Royal Film Performance™ and UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in the UK. Every Royal Film Performance™ raises money for the Film and TV Charity, going towards supporting those behind-the-scenes.

Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released in the UK on 25 May 2022.

Top Gun Maverick Story

After 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs – pioneering as a brave test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

He finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a special mission and encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late friend.

Facing an uncertain future and confronting ghosts of the past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

all-star cast

The film features an all-star cast, including Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, test pilot and flight instructor, Jennifer Connelly as Penelope “Penny” Benjamin, Maverick’s new love interest and Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, a pilot in the mission training group.

HOLD MY HAND, top gun music

Lady Gaga released ‘Hold My Hand’, set to feature on the upcoming Tom Cruise film, due out in cinemas on 27 May.

top gun Maverick Sound mix at tfs

The final Sound Mix for Top Gun: Maverick was carried out in TFS Theatre 1 by Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor with Harry Jones, Will Miller and Tom Melling as Mix Techs.

Led by Oscar-nominated Sound Supervisor, James Mather, the Soundbyte Studios Editorial team used their base at the TFS creative campus to create a dynamic and epic Mix for this long-awaited summer blockbuster.

TFS Talent update

TFS is proud of its world-class Talent that creates our creative campus for Filmmakers. This week, we announce the promotion of three of our team members.

Dan Turner from Mix Technician to Senior Mix Technician

Dan Turner is smiling at the camera with a brick wall behind him.

Dan Turner first joined TFS in 2018 as a Junior Engineer, after graduating from Southampton Solent University and completing the Dolby Internship Scheme. He joined the Sound department in March 2020 as a Sound Mix Technician. Recently, he has worked on titles such as Army of Thieves, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Operation Mincemeat and Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night In Soho’.

“The TFS Sound department is a team i’m hugely proud to be a part of. We have an exciting team of talent, world class facilities and we are grateful for the incredible clients and projects we work with. This change in role will use my experience to support our sound department, with our constant aim of pushing our technology offering forward and creating a bespoke experience for each client”

Rob Davidson from Mix Technician to Foley Editor & Recordist

Rob joined the Sound department in 2019 after graduating from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Shortly after joining he began as a Mix Technician, working on titles such as Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile.

“Over the past three years as a Mix Technician, I’ve been lucky to have worked on a number of great projects with incredibly talented people. I’m excited to now be joining the excellent Foley team, where I’ll get to contribute to an earlier part of the Audio Post process in a creative role.”

Rob Davidson is smiling at the camera with a brick wall behind him.

Manav Kher from Junior Mix Technician to Mix Technician

Manav Kher is smiling at the camera with a brick wall behind him.

Manav joined TFS as a Sound Runner in 2020. He quickly became a crucial part of the team and received a promotion a year later to Junior Sound Mix Technician. Recently Manav has worked on The Outfit (2022) and Ten Percent (2022).

‘The promotion to Mix Technician is an exciting and new challenge within the Sound department. It’s an opportunity to not only further my technical ability but to get the chance to work on the high profile projects that TFS has to offer.’

TFS’s Mix Tech team is now formed of Dan Turner, Harry Jones, Filipe Pereira and Manav Kher, while the Foley team is made up of Adam Mendez, Oli Ferris, Rob Davidson.

The Media Production and Technology Show 2022 welcomes TFS to its exciting panels

The Media Production and Technology Show has established itself as a must-attend event for media and broadcast industries since its launch in 2016. Focused at first on the creativity of content production, the event now also explores the technological side of the industry.

The Media Production and Technology Show to welcome over 7,000 visitors

Part of MPTS since 2019, the show is holding its first in-person event since then with more than 7,000 attendees expected to join. This year, the programme is made up of interactive exhibitions and seminars covering broadcast content creation and technology, from pre-production and production to virtual production, post and distribution.

MPTS is organised by Media Business Insight (MBI) Ltd, publishers of Broadcast, Broadcast Sport, Broadcast Tech, KFTV, The Knowledge, and Screen International.

TFS invited to join two exciting panels

The Media Production and Technology Show panel featuring Cara Sheppard
Head of Technology and Engineering Tom Witkowski will join an exciting panel, featuring Muki Kulhan and Will Case from Creative Technology. They’ll discuss ‘TheVirtual New #Hollywood: Welcome the Golden Age of Production”. MD Cara Sheppard will speak at two panels, “The Evolution of Studios – what does a modern Film and TV Studio need to be?” and “Celebrating Women in Media”, alongside female industry leaders in a variety of media roles, including Kate Bellingham and Jennifer Mihalovic from Sky.
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