Passion Pictures John Battsek

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John Battsek

Need to know: John Battsek’s documentary powerhouse Passion Pictures has credits including Oscar winners One Day In September and Searching For Sugar Man as well as a diverse crop of films including The Tillman Story, The Imposter, Listen To Me Marlon, Restrepo and Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom. The company is steady and prolific — for example it has had a film selected for Sundance for a record 13 consecutive years. Passion has sister companies working in animation, TV factual and VR.

Key personnel: John Battsek, managing director; Andrew Ruhemann, executive producer; Jess Ludgrove, head of production; Lizzie Gillett, head of develop-ment; Sarah Thomson, producer.

Incoming: Now in production are RJ Cutler’s untitled John Belushi doc; Jason Ferguson’s Alex Ferguson doc with DNA Films; and a Charlie Chaplin doc by James Spinney and Peter Middleton. An untitled Jackie Collins doc, to be directed by Laura Fairrie, is in development.

John Battsek says: “In the documentary landscape, producers need to be quick on their feet, adaptable and open to consider whether a subject has the legs to be a multi-part series or is best served within the feature format. We need to be open and encouraging of event theatrical. Now is also a time when experienced producers can open doors for young filmmakers, especially female filmmakers.”