Based in London, Bankside is a leading international sales and film finance company for independent films. Founded in January 2007 by Phil Hunt, Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher, Greg Cruttwell and Compton Ross, the company offers a bespoke sales and executive producer service to production companies, representing between eight and ten films a year. Bankside¹s principals have built up strong relationships with international distributors and offer a consistent approach to the market with a wide range of genres and budgets. Since its inception, Bankside cash-flows pre-sales, tax credits and finances gap using its knowledge and extensive relationships with international financiers and distributors.
Hilary Davis is Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, an international sales, production and financing company founded in January 2007.
A modern languages graduate fluent in French and Italian, Hilary started her film career almost 30 years ago at Warner Bros’ European head office in London and subsequently worked at HandMade Films for fifteen years (under the ownership of George Harrison until 1984 and then under the ownership of Paragon Entertainment Corporation until 1998) prior to becoming one of the founding partners of Alibi Communications plc which floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange on 1 June 1999.
Between July 2002 and December 2006 Hilary was Head of Sales & Acquisitions for Beyond Films (an Australian public company quoted on the Sydney stock exchange) based in their London office.
Over the years Hilary has been involved in selling a number of feature films including: LOU, OUTCAST, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, COFFIN ROCK, BLESSED, BRAN NUE DAE, IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS, HOW ABOUT YOU, NORMAL, THE BAKER, THE SITUATION, TRUE NORTH, LIFE & LYRICS, ALMOST ADULT, SPARKLE, A GOOD WOMAN, OYSTER FARMER, TEMPESTA, THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 30, COLD & DARK, CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE, SECRETARY, ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN, ONE MORE KISS, THE MAN WITH RAIN IN HIS SHOES, THE JAMES GANG and INTIMATE RELATIONS.
From a background of working as an advertising and music photographer, Phil is Co-Managing Director of Head Gear Films, a feature film production and financing organization. 2007 saw the launch of Bankside Films, an international film sales agency, which Phil is also Co-Managing Director of and co-founded with Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher, formerly of Beyond Films.
Phil began producing feature films in the mid 1990’s with FAST FOOD (Douglas Henshall and Emily Woof), sold internationally by Vine International Pictures and released in the UK early 2000 by Optimum Releasing. This was followed by CHUNKY MONKEY directed by Greg Cruttwell, (Alison Steadman and David Threlfall), it has been termed a punk ‘Abigail’s Party’ and ‘An Edward Hopper painting commissioned by Monty Python’. Head Gear’s first investment that Phil also produced was a Mexican UK political thriller RABBIT ON THE MOON directed by Jorge Ramirez Saurez, which played in competition at amongst others, the Berlin, AFI and Toulouse festivals. It has had 11 award nominations. International sales by Capitol Films.
Head Gear Films and Bankside Films now provides finance for other producers as well as producing and executive producing and international sales. Four additional films have been financed via Head Gear Films: THE ALL TOGETHER starring Martin Freeman, GHOSTS directed by Nick Broomfiels (opening film in competition at San Sebastian ’06), SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL directed by Roger Spottiswoode, HOW ABOUT YOU, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Imelda Staunton and NORMAL, directed by Carl Besai and starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Kevin Zegers.
Stephen Kelliher currently holds the position of Director at Bankside Films, the international sales company he co-founded with Phil Hunt, Hilary Davis, Greg Cruttwell and Compton Ross in January 2007.
Prior to Bankside Films, Kelliher held the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at the leading Australian international sales company, Beyond Films, for ten years. Working from the London office, Stephen was involved in the sales and marketing of a wide range of internationally successful films including LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, CUBBY HOUSE, CUT, MY MOTHER FRANK, ORPHANS, OTHER VOICES, CHOPPER, TWO HANDS, LANTANA, TAKING SIDES, THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS, STRANGE PLANET, SUSPICIOUS RIVER, THE HARD WORD, THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 30, COLD & DARK, OYSTER FARMER and A GOOD WOMAN, starring Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson. In 2006, he was involved in the international distribution of TRUE NORTH, starring Peter Mullan, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and GHOSTS by Nick Broomfield which premiered as the opening film at the San Sebastian Film Festival and was in dramatic competition in Sundance the following year. Other titles worked on in 2006 include ALMOST ADULT, LIFE & LYRICS and SPARKLE.
Prior to his appointment at Beyond Films, Kelliher spent two years working in sales & acquisitions at London based film sales company, Vine International Pictures., where he worked on THE PILLOW BOOK by Peter Greenaway and PERDITA DURANGO by Alex De La Iglesia, amongst others.
Stephen is the current chair of Film Export UK, the association which represents the interest of UK based international sales companies.
Head of Finance
Tom manages Bankside’s film investment funds, and oversees the administration of financing to the feature film productions that they support around the world.
Previously, Tom worked in the Middle East for three years, representing the Qatar Foundation’s feature film interests, advising on a portfolio of film projects, and managing the development of corporate strategy for a proposed international production company.
Before relocating to Qatar, Tom was part of the Film Finance team at BMS Finance in London, where he participated in financing independent British feature films such as Made in Dagenham and Moon. Over the past eight years he has also provided strategic consulting and financial advisory services to film production companies and investment funds in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Tom has extensive production experience as an Assistant Director on commercials and music videos; more recently he has produced a series of short films that have been exhibited at international festivals, as well as the London Film Festival.
Tom holds a distinction-grade Film Business MBA, an MA in Film & TV Production, and a 1st class BA (hons) in English & Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.
Patrick Howson started his career producing plays in Edinburgh and London, before becoming a project manager at the British Council where he worked on several large scale international arts projects. In 2010 he joined Kudos Film & Television as assistant to producer Paul Webster where he worked on films including SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN and BRIGHTON ROCK, and was later promoted to Creative Executive at the same company (under its new banner Shine Pictures). Just before joining Bankside Films in March 2013, Patrick produced a short film entitled TITS (directed by BAFTA nominee Alex Winckler) as part of the prestigious BFI/Lighthouse shorts scheme. The film will be completed and released later this year.
Sales and Aqusitions Coordinator
In 2013 Racheal relocated to the UK from Sydney where she has worked for 4+ years in film and television. Based at Fox Studios for over 2 years, Racheal was Production Coordinator on several projects including many large-scale Bollywood films. Racheal also worked for the Seven Network in the Programming Head Office coordinating materials and liaising with international distributors.
Upon relocating to the UK Racheal worked in the Commissioning department at Channel 4 and on various productions for Studio Lambert. Racheal entered the industry with a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, majoring in Screen Studies and for her thesis on Arthurian film and gender she obtained First Class Honours. As a hobby Racheal has a blog where she does film/tv reviews.