Fly Film is a UK-based production company formed in 2009 by Bafta and Emmy award winning producers Kate Ogborn and Lisa Marie Russo. We produce talent-driven, inventive work that appeals to both UK and international audiences. We are excited by imaginative projects with a distinct vision and have a wide-ranging slate including drama, comedy and documentary.

In 2013, Fly Film received a Vision Award from the BFI Film Fund and was part of Nesta’s Creative Business Mentoring Network in 2014.

We are currently developing film and television projects with Marc Munden, Harry Wootliffe, Catherine Shepherd, Ben Lewis, Samantha Morton and Marc Isaacs.

Fly Film is the Executive Producer for Screen South Ignition Random Acts Network, an exciting initiative supported by the Arts Council of England and Channel 4 who have the opportunity to select the films for online or broadcast. We are executive producing 72 × 3 minute films between 2016-2018. The Ignition Network Random Acts Centre is looking for young people aged 16-24 who have strong creative ideas, dedication to their craft and the drive to create and deliver their film production. To apply to the scheme or for more information please go to the Screen South website.

Fly Film does not accept unsolicited material or CVs for individual productions.

Kate Ogborn

Producer

Kate produced Randall Wright’s documentary Hockney in 2014. Previously Kate produced, with Lisa Marie Russo, Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson’s Abandoned Goods, which won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at Locarno; Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ’45 with Lisa Marie Russo and Rebecca O’Brien of Sixteen Films; and Terence Davies’ adaptation of The Deep Blue Sea, by Terence Rattigan, with Sean O’Connor of Camberwell Films. The film stars Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston. Kate was also an executive producer on Self Made and Swandown.

Prior to setting up Fly, Kate was Head of Television at Revolution Films. She co-produced Tony Grisoni’s adaptation of David Peace’s crime novels, The Red Riding Trilogy, and Samantha Morton’s directorial debut, The Unloved, which won a Bafta for Best Single Drama in 2010.

Kate’s other producer and executive producer credits include the multi award winning Under the Skin (starring Samantha Morton), This is England, Bronson, A Cock and Bull Story, Brothers of the Head, This is Not A Love Song and One for the Road. Kate was the executive producer for the Cinema Extreme short film scheme for the UK Film Council and Film4 and ran the BFI’s New Director’s short film scheme, executive producing over 60 short films.

Kate Ogborn

Lisa Marie Russo

Producer

Lisa Marie produced Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson’s Abandoned Goods with Kate Ogborn, which won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at Locarno. Previously Lisa Marie produced Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ’45 with Kate Ogborn and Rebecca O’Brien of Sixteen Films; and Swandown, a feature documentary by artist Andrew Kotting and writer Iain Sinclair. She also produced Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s feature debut, Self Made and was an executive producer on The Deep Blue Sea and Hockney.

Prior to creating Fly Film, she executive produced Terence Davies’ documentary Of Time and the City as well as the films Salvage and Kicks as part of Digital Departures, a scheme to celebrate the Capital of Culture in Liverpool ‘08. Of Time and the City was critically acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, and was nominated for a Bafta, Bifa and Grierson Award. The film was on Time Magazine’s list of Top Ten Movies for 2009, and was the winner of the New York Film Critics’ Circle for Best Documentary, 2009. Lisa Marie produced the BBC2 film Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart, directed by Marc Munden and starring Sally Hawkins. She co-produced the feature film Brothers of the Head, starring Luke and Harry Treadaway and winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Prior to moving to the UK, she directed documentaries for PBS in Philadelphia, and won an Emmy for Peace about the Gulf War.

Lisa Marie Russo

The Animation Team

Animators

Fly Film executive produced the animation short Hiveminds, by Farnham graduates Tom Willis, Oliver Pendle and Gabriella Ditton. The team trained at Fly with the support of Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund.

They also created the trailer for Lollipop, an an adult animated feature film in development at Fly Film.

Watch Hiveminds here

Hiveminds is an animated short film about social media that explores individuality, conformity and addiction. It asks the question: Are we in control of the information we access online, or is it in control of us?

Located in real time in an urban hipster coffee shop a teenage girl begins to question the freedom she has online and voices her frustration with the trivial information that is constantly being pushed to her to gain her attention online, often against her will. Her internal monologue and the visuals takes a turn into an abstract virtual reality, illustrating what it feels like to use Social Media in the 21st century.

Hiveminds engages the viewer with striking visual images and disconnected sounds creating a visceral experience that leads the audience to question their own relationship to social media and their disconnection from the real world.

Hiveminds is voiced by Ruby Ashbourne Serkis whose credits include National Treasure, Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll and Cider with Rosie.

The Animation Team

Elmaz Ekrem

animator

Fly Film executive produced the animation short The Law of the Sea, by Farnham graduates Elmaz Ekrem and Dominika Ożyńska: https://vimeo.com/183297806

The Law of the Sea – An incredibly insightful animation provides a personal telling of a very important story from an often unheard perspective of the refugee crisis. Over the months preceding the film’s inception, the steady stream of refugees fleeing Syria was gaining momentum, gradually turning from a trickle into a torrent. Fisherman on the island of Lesvos, Greece worked tirelessly to help the arriving refugees to shore, to the point they now discuss it in the same weary, offhand manner as they do their daily fishing routine.

The short from Screen South’s Elmaz Ekrem and Dominika Ożyńska seeks to remove itself from the usual disconnected reporting of the mainstream media. The Law of the Sea tells the story of these men and their lives, from the mundane to the shocking, as they give their very human account of a great tragedy of our time.

Elmaz Ekrem

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