Good chaos

Source: Good Chaoos

Mike Goodridge and James Bowsher

Need to know: Mike Goodridge, former Screen International editor who has also headed Protagonist Pictures and Macao film festival, has crafted a feature slate jam-packed with European directors and partners for his production outfit Good Chaos, which he founded in 2017. He has worked on two titles in this year’s Cannes line-up: as co-producer on Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s Triangle Of Sadness, produced by Sweden’s Erik Hemmendorff and France’s Philippe Bober; and as an executive producer on Russian dissident Kirill Serebrennikov’s Tchaikovsky’s Wife. Goodridge is also part of The Creatives, a creative and development partnership comprised of 10 international co-production companies, backed by Fremantle, and he has partnered with Bober for the UK wing of Coproduction Office.

Key personnel: Mike Goodridge, founder; James Bowsher, producer.

Incoming: Good Chaos is co-producing Northern Comfort, a comedy directed by Iceland’s Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, produced with Netop Films (Iceland) and co-produced by One Two Films (Germany), starring Lydia Leonard and Timothy Spall. Goodridge is producing Club Zero, an Austria-Germany-France-UK co-production that is set to shoot in July, directed by Jessica Hausner and produced through her Vienna-based outfit Coop99. He is also an executive producer on Jalmari Helander’s Immortal, which shot in Finland last year.

Mike Goodridge says: “The UK is in a very healthy position because there is so much money being spent here, but it’s becoming increasingly US-facing. The UK was never enormously embracing of Europe in film terms, but as long as there are people like me and several others working across Europe, we’ll remain European. Money from the BFI Global Screen Fund has been an amazing support.”