With an unparalleled career championing over 450 independent films (first at William Morris and then as an independent producer) and an impeccable eye for talent and business, Cassian Elwes is arguably Hollywood’s leading independent film producer of our time. At the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, Cassian sold the movie Mudbound,
directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan, to Netflix for $12.5 million. It was Sundance’s biggest deal that year and an Oscar contender in 2018. Cassian began his producing career in 1983 with Oxford Blues, starring Rob Lowe, before going on to make films such as Men At Work and The Chase with Charlie Sheen. In the 90s, Cassian headed William Morris Independent, where he arranged finance and distribution for over 250 films including hits such as Slingblade, The Apostle and Monster’s Ball, which won the “Best Actress” Oscar for Halle Berry – the first African American woman to do so. Since leaving William Morris, Cassian has produced a diverse range of movies including Lawless, starring Tom Hardy, The Butler, starring Oprah Winfrey, All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford and Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey.
Marcus started life editing and publishing in-flight magazines. In his mid-20s he attended LAMDA and trained as an actor. In 2000, Marcus started Dynamis Ltd with his brother Andrew, an online publisher which owns and operates – the world’s largest website for buying and selling small businesses. He wrote two plays for the stage before he started making short films. In 2012 he completed Papadopoulos & Sons – a feature film that he wrote, directed, produced and successfully self-distributed in the UK in April 2013. It achieved the second highest screen average of any film in its opening weekend, with a marketing budget of just £40k. The film went on to be bought by Netflix, the BBC and ARTE. In 2014 he was nominated by the London Critics Circle Awards in the Breakthrough British Filmmaker category.
Having qualified as a chartered accountant, Matt joined the corporate finance department of Beeson Gregory (which became Evolution Securities and was later sold to Investec). Matt advised many Full List and AIM growth companies on a wide range of transactions including: IPOs, secondary fundraisings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and the Takeover Code. Matt co-founded ONE Advisory as a corporate advisor to small caps in order to provide direct advice to entrepreneurial management teams. Today, Matt is an experienced non-executive director of a number of AIM and private companies and is a member or chairman of AIM audit and remuneration committees.
Head of Development
Muireann studied Drama: Theatre, Film and Television at Bristol University. Upon graduating she worked on shows such as The Inbetweeners, The Morgana Show and Very Important People. In 2012 she co-wrote and co-produced her debut feature Love Me Till Monday. This premiered at the 2013 London Film Festival and saw her be nominated for the 2013 BFI Best British Newcomer Award as a producer. The film was released by Verve Pictures in 2014 to sell-out screenings and critical acclaim. Her second feature, Captain Webb, is being distributed worldwide by Miramax. It was nominated for Best Drama at the 2016 National Film Awards. Muireann has also worked extensively in casting on films such as Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin and Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King.
Head of Production
Evan studied Cinema and Media Arts with an emphasis in Media Management and Business at Biola University in Los Angeles. He has served as either an associate producer or co-producer on a handful of projects under Cassian Elwes, including as the four-time Oscar nominated Mudbound, Amazon’s Elvis & Nixon, and the upcoming film JT Leroy, starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Diane Kruger, and more. He is a self-proclaimed ‘jack of all trades’, utilising his skills to streamline the arrangement of financing, on-set production, delivery of films, and everything in between.
Milica has worked in and around movies her entire life. She started in marketing and publicity at EON for the James Bond Franchise before becoming head of development at REDBUS (now Lionsgate UK). It was while she was there that she discovered and helped develop one of the great breakout British indie hits – Bend It Like Beckham. She worked with Marcus Markou on Papadopoulos & Sons and Exec Produced his critically acclaimed short film Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times. She is currently producing the documentary Killing The Law with filmmaker Anton Califano and developing her own screenplays.