Indefinite Films was set up by multi-award winning film maker Bruce Goodison and producer Kate Cook to make an original feature film Leave to Remain and is one of the first independent drama production companies in Bristol, recently selected as one of Channel 4's Emerging Indies.
BAFTA - Best Male Lead Murdered by my Father
“I worked with Bruce on Murdered by my Father. I find that he is a director with incredibly good instincts and an astute understanding of what actors need. The subject matter of the drama could have been dealt with in a heavy-handed manner but with Bruce’s guidance through the project, I was able to approach it with confidence. I am keen to work with Bruce again. We’ve both gained more experience since 2017. It would be exciting to develop this tried and tested relationship further on a scaled up level. “
Our ambition is to make a range of original film and TV dramas that are both rooted in fact and genre bending.
“As an actor you hopefully get the opportunity to work with the most creative, hard working and ingenious talents this industry has to offer. I can safely say in Kate and Bruce the work we’ve embarked upon together was some of the most artistically fulfilling, rich, fun and challenging experiences I’ve had to date. The ethos of their work is to always take risks in the choices they make. They never shy away from asking the difficult questions society and history has to offer. Whether it be compelling drama or fascinating documentaries, they never fail to seek out the truth, keep us wildly entertained and always totally gripped to our seats.”
TOBY JONES OBE
“Bruce and his producer Kate are inspirational film makers. The urgent and immediate relevance of their subjects is matched by the dynamic, compelling narratives they have dramatised. The work I’ve done with them has been full of warmth, generosity, fun and determination: no matter what the circumstances"
MY MURDER Starring John Boyega, directed by Bruce Goodison for BBC Productions
MURDERED BY MY FATHER starring Adeel Akhtar who was the first non white man to win the best male lead BAFTA. Directed by Bruce Goodison for BBC Productions
“Bruce has great vision. Thorough and insightful. Fabulous to work with...”
“As an actor, it is always exciting to aim to meet Bruce’s high expectations of honesty, bravery, vulnerability and playfulness in the work. He creates an atmosphere where one feels absolutely safe to do so“
We want to build on our vast experience in the ‘fact-based’ world and make films that are distinct and tonally exciting with a range of writers, screen talent, directors and producers.
We are committed to supporting local talent and nurturing original voices from under represented sectors of society.
GLASGOW GIRLS Musical drama based on a real story Produced by Kate Cook for Minnow Films
THE CURE Directed by Bruce Goodison, Produced by Kate Cook for Story Films
THE WATCHMAN starring Stephen Graham. Produced by Kate Cook for Minnow Films
DOCTOR FOSTER Directed by Bruce Goodison
courtesy of Drama Republic
“The story is fiendishly complex, but this slick production did a
great job of bringing it to life.”
“A truly seedy tale of informants, police corruption, robbery and a goodold-fashioned axe to the head in the car park of a south London pub.”
“But director Bruce Goodison keeps the pace up, navigating the dizzying claims and counterclaims with an adept combination of reconstruction and interviews both current and archive.”
Written and created by Bruce Goodison. Building on the BAFTA success of Murdered by my Father Vinay and Bruce join forces once more to write an edgy and thrilling imagined biopic of Samantha Lewthwaite aka The White Widow. Currently at script stage with the BFI
After his impoverished mother suffers a breakdown, a young and naive Jehovah's Witness spends the summer with his estranged, good-for-nothing father. Inspired by an introduction to colourful 80s movies, he chases his first kiss, but is hindered by a street-wise local bully.
The Fledgling is a feature adaptation based upon the book BLOOD TIES by Ben Crane.
A lyrical true story about Ben's conflicted experience of becoming a father, heightened by his undiagnosed Asperger's.
Written by Amanda Duke.
A heart-warming British underdog comedy in the tradition of Full Monty, Kinky Boots and Made in Dagenham. Created by Andy Wells.
The rise and fall of Admiral, the world's first football kit manufacturers
(workers at a Leicester knickers factory who got very, very lucky). Based on real events.
Series in development with Paramount Pictures based on Indefinite Films partner Jim Nally book series.
When sensitive trainee cop Donal starts getting ghoulish visits from dead murder victims, he thinks he’s losing his mind. His doctor is convinced he’s hallucinating and his best mate thinks he’s a madman - until his “heavenly visitors” start helping him solve cases.
Written by Gillian Park and Rob Fraser.
Written by Simon Mansfield and John Salt.
Written by Jack Cheshire and Ryan Cull.
Two coppers are sent undercover with no training amid the sheep farms, horizontal rain and free love communes of 1970’s Wales, on a year-long trip to take down the hippies behind the biggest LSD ring in UK policing history.
An original series with BBC1, Sugar and EntertainmentOne written by John Donelly created by Bruce Goodison.
a series in development about the untold history of how Adolf Eichman was found in Argentina by a blind man and his daughter written by emerging talent Jeremiah Quinn.
Written by Paul Unwin. An original drama series about a top cop's breakdown and what it tells us about modern policing.
Bruce is one of the countries leading drama directors with BAFTA and TV awards attached to most of the films he makes. He tends to tackle subject matter where the characters at the centre of the story are not bad people but tend to do bad things. Morally ambiguous and challenging.
His first movie Leave to Remain was about a boy lieing to get his British status in the topical Leave to Remain that won awards globally and premiered at the London Film Festival.
Murdered by my Father won Adeel Akhtar his BAFTA for leading male – the first time a non-white actor had won in this category. Bruce cast a young John Boyega in My Murder which won best single film and soundtrack.
Recently Bruce directed Maxine Peake as a campaigner to get justice for the 96 killed at Hillsborough. His outstanding but unsettling Born to Kill series about a teenage psychopath saw his lead Jack Rowan voted in the Best Male lead at the BAFTA’s – the youngest ever. He also directed one of the most talked about series BBC1’s Doctor Foster season 1 for which Suranne Jones won best female lead. In 2012 he was Voted Broadcast magazine’s top 10 Mover and Shaker as one of the United Kingdom’s most exciting and successful documentary and drama Directors.
His 9/11 film Flight 93 was Emmy nominated and his documentary series about the Afgham conflict won a BAFTA.
OUR WORLD WAR written by a young Joe Barton also received a BAFTA nom and won a Grierson award for best series.
In 2008 Bruce directed Kenneth Branagh and Juliet Stevenson in the acclaimed series TEN DAYS TO WAR about the invasion of Iraq. BRINKS MAT: THE GREATEST HEIST was nominated for a BAFTA and SAS: IRANIAN EMBASSY SEIGE won the Grierson Award for the Best Historical Documentary in 2003.
No stranger to strong female led prodcutions Bruce is currently directing a mini serial starring Emily Watson entitled Too Close with JK Rowlings company for ITV.
Based in Bristol, she is a founding partner of the Bristol Screen Producers. She has produced cutting edge stories from the multi-award winning BBC musical drama “GLASGOW GIRLS” (Scottish BAFTA / RTS / Broadcast / CIVIS Media Prize) featuring Gary Lewis and an ensemble cast of young actors, to the political thriller “Julius Caesar” directed by Gregory Doran of the RSC.
In 2014 she saw the theatrical release of her first feature “Leave to Remain” – a coming of age drama about the lives of teenagers seeking asylum in the UK, featuring Toby Jones and a soundtrack by the multi-award winning band Alt-J.
Her most recent work includes Broadcast and RTS West winning The Interrogation of Tony Martin, played by Steve Pemberton, Unspeakable – starring Indira Varma and Luke Treadaway and Broadcast nominated THE WATCHMAN a Channel 4 thriller starring Stephen Graham. In Dec 2019 her critically acclaimed feature length drama, The Cure was broadcast on Channel 4 – the inspirational true story of Julie Bailey, an ordinary mother who exposed one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS, only to become a pariah in her own town.
She is currently developing a select slate of feature films and TV drama.
WRITER & DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Jim is an award-winning documentary maker, best-selling author and, currently, Development Producer with Indefinite Films.
Recently, he co-produced Indefinite Film’s drama documentary ‘Murder in the Car Park’ for Channel 4 and has written the three best-selling crime fiction novels that have been optioned for a TV series with Paramount through Indefinite Films.
Previous credits include directing drama documentaries ‘Madness in the Fast Lane’ for BBC One (included in Louis Theroux’s all-time top ten docs); ‘Breakout’ for National Geographic (CSC Award winner) and ‘Taking Fire’ for Discovery, (Real Screen Award nominee).
His passion is unearthing real stories that are stranger than fiction and turning them into drama or documentary drama. He is always searching for those subjects with powerful social, psychological and human elements, unforgettable characters and – where possible – unique User Generated Content.
Jim's strengths lie in writing, shaping narrative and identifying those stories, characters and events that tell us something new about the human condition and our world today.
DEVELOPMENT EXEC / EXEC PRODUCER
Jenny Evans is a journalist and filmmaker. Specialising in investigative work, she has produced and directed for all major documentary and current affairs strands in the UK, including Channel 4’s Unreported World, Dispatches and Cutting Edge, ITV’s Exposure and Panorama at the BBC.
Jenny has also produced multiple docu-dramas, in the US and UK, and has worked in many locations across the world, often securing contact with people considered difficult to access, such as to bereaved families, prisoners in Super-max prisons and to criminal gangs.
Outside of television, Jenny was for many years a researcher for The Guardian's Nick Davies. As such she was one of the team of people who helped expose the "phone hacking scandal” (as much a police corruption story as a press abuse one). She then produced both Dispatches documentaries on the subject, each time finding sources who had never spoken out before.
Jenny has a strong track record in developing compelling programme ideas that make it to television, the most recent being an undercover investigation in to The Priory hospital group for Channel 4. Prior to training as a journalist, her focus was drama and she has enjoyed moving back in to this area as a Development Executive.
Jenny also likes to write and has a comedy script in development about being a producer in current affairs TV. If it is commissioned she may never work again.
SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT EXEC
Julia Berg started her career in New York working for independent producer Anthony Bregman of Likely Story working with filmmakers including Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze.
On moving to the UK, Julia worked for producer Jim Wilson on his slate of projects with talent that includes Lynne Ramsay and Jonathan Glazer. Julia´s Untamed Stories banner has partnered with The Writers Lab NY supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah for women screenwriters who are 40+. Julia is joined by Cate Blanchett´s Dirty Films, Mia Bays´ Birds Eye View and the BFI Agencies to launch The Writers Lab in the UK + Ireland in 2021, with plans to launch in Europe for 2022.
At Untamed Stories, Julia develops projects with new and established talent across film and TV working with writers from Cheryl Dunye (´The Watermelon Woman´), to Emily Ballou (´The Slap´), with SVODs that include Stan in Australia and partners including Maven Pictures (Ámerican Honey´).
Julia is a voting member of the British Independent Film Awards and Women in Film and TV.
CORPORATE, COMMERCIAL AND CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Nicola Pearcey serves as CEO of Picnik Entertainment Ltd, a UK based media venture focused on bringing ambitious IP and great people together for commercial success.
Prior to forming Picnik, Nicola ran Lionsgate as President of UK & Europe, where she was responsible for the leadership of the company across its film and TV business. She helped shepherd blockbuster releases including The Hunger Games, The Expendables, La La Land and Knives Out in addition to acquisitions Military Wives, Fighting With My Family, Eddie The Eagle and Mcqueen amongst many other developments, acquisitions and management of film and TV libraries. She was a core member of the global content decision making team.
Nicola was also instrumental in growing the company’s TV business in the UK with shows like The Goes Wrong Show on BBC One, BBC2’s comedy series Motherland, and The Pact whilst also overseeing various TV production companies under the Lionsgate banner.
Nicola grew up in an entrepreneurial family and has an enviable creative and people focused drive for commercial success which fuelled her decision to set up Picnik Entertainment. Her people focused strategy recently led to her contributing to Matt Phelan’s Freedom To Be Happy book, published in 2020.
Angie Piera is a Bristol based, Franco-British, production assistant and filmmaker. Recent graduate, she has written, directed and produced multiple short films including her first funded short film in 2021.
She has worked for a few French short film production companies as a production assistant and assistant director and now works with Indefinite Films helping with various tasks relating to admin, research and development.
Eva Sinclair is a Production Assistant based in the Southwest with a background in script writing, reading and development.
First Class graduate with a Masters from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Eva has written, directed and produced plays that were shortlisted for the Bristol Old Vic Open Session and worked on films for the drama school.
Eva has experience working for Twofour Productions, she is a script reader for the London Playwrights' Blog and works as a Production Assistant at Indefinite Films where she assists with production and development.
LEAVE TO REMAIN
INTERROGATION OF TONY MARTIN courtesy of Story Films
MURDERED BY MY FATHER - courtesy of BBC Productions