2015 was another great year for the British film industry. With The Theory of Everything scooping major awards at both the Golden Globes and Academy Award ceremonies, and British actors, particularly Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy, hugely in demand. It is great to see international and independent cinema continue to go from strength to strength.

In Borehamwood, film and TV financing company Red Rock Entertainment Ltd, based at Elstree Studios, is looking to carry on the great work it has already done into 2016. With new partnerships and collaborations already in place for this year Red Rock Entertainment is convinced it will surpass everything it has achieved in previous years.

In 2015 the company were ‘Executive Producers’ on no less than 9 movies, and 3 US TV series. All of which were with UK independent Film, and TV companies. Red Rock were particularly pleased with the support they gave to British filmmakers who worked in the United States, taking with them British talent to add to international casts.

2015 also saw Red Rock Entertainment become an ambassador of children’s charity ‘Rays of Sunshine’ which specialises in brightening the lives of children with serious and life debilitating illnesses. Red Rock organised set visits for the children so they could meet actors like Timothy Spall, and James Buckley, organised visits to ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and the ‘Big Brother House’ and arranged for children to meet their idol ‘Olly Murs’

This year, Red Rock Entertainment along with Stephen Cookson, who wrote and directed Red Rock’s ‘Eye Digress’ with Timothy Spall are producing a musical called ‘Tricky Times’ which will feature many of the choir from ‘Rays of Sunshine’ and also a documentary following the path of some of the children who will be auditioning for parts in the film. It is also hoped that some of the investors will be able to see their own children as extras, as part of the film is set in a school.

The music and songs have been written by the team behind some of Monty Python’s biggest hits, Dave Howman and Andre Jacquemin.

Gary Collins, director at Red Rock Entertainment said: “Last year was a big year in our industry and we’re involved with more productions than ever before. In the last few weeks we have had screenings for the investors of ‘London Heist’ and ‘Dusty and Me’ held seminars at Elstree studios for investors, and even held a seminar for film makers at ‘The Century Club’ in Shaftsbury Avenue. We finished shooting two Films last month and are currently due to finish another Film and TV series before the end of this month. With three new film projects on board which includes Paul Hyatt’s new film ‘Heretiks’ and ‘The Stolen’ starring Jack Davenport and Ashley Greene, along with the second lot of episodes being shot in America for the TV series ‘Boats & Bikes’ 2016 is already looking very busy”.

Red Rock Entertainment are also keen to encourage young British film makers, and are currently running a competition through its association with ‘The Century Club’ and ‘Elstree Studios’ for the best short film project. The competition closes for submissions at the end of January, and will be judged in February by a panel including Linda Robson (Birds of a Feather), Roger Morris (Managing Director of Elstree Studios) and Phillip Ilson (Director of the London Short Film Festival, shorts programmer for the BFI London Film Festival). The winner will receive a cash prize from Red Rock Entertainment, enabling them to make their short movie.

For details of latest film screenings and productions, visit the: Red Rock Blog.

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