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In Conversation with Alison Thompson, Sunray Films
Get the inside story on the world of international film sales and independent cinema.
Presented in collaboration with Screen Australia.
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In January this year, Alison formed Sunray Films whose aim is to cultivate a diverse range of films from a wealth of sources and to present bold works that deliver global commercial and critical success. The London based sales and production company titles currently include seven time Academy Award Nominee, Mike Leigh’s Cannes 2014 Competition title, MR TURNER for which Timothy Spall won Best Actor; The AMY WINEHOUSE documentary from the multiple BAFTA-winning team behind the acclaimed SENNA; and ALONE IN BERLIN, based on the best-selling novel by Hans Fallada, directed by Vincent Perez and starring Emma Thompson and Daniel Bruhl.
Prior to launching Sunray Films, Alison was co-president of Focus Features International (FFI), the international arm of US based Focus Features and one of the world’s leading international sales agents and financiers with high profile titles such as Brokeback Mountain, The Motorcycle Diaries, Moonrise Kingdom and Blue Jasmine. In 2005, Alison came to FFI from Pathe Pictures International whose films included Jane Campion’s In The Cut, The Motorcycle Diaries and Girl With A Pearl Earring. Before joining Pathe in 2000, Alison was Chief Executive of The Sales Company, one of the UK’s top sales agencies where she represented more than 100 films from the world’s most celebrated directors. During her 14 years there, Alison worked in every department before eventually running the company. Alison began her career with the Rank Organisation and Channel Four.
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