M J W PRODUCTIONS has a long and distinguished record of producing award-winning film and television, particularly in the area of music and arts, but increasingly moving into drama and feature film. Many of their films have involved international co-productions and collaborations, and they have worked extensively with new talent.
In feature film, they are currently developing: THRILL (working title), a UK-FINNISH co-production, produced by Anne Beresford, directed by Margaret Williams and TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, also to be produced by Anne and directed by Margaret.
MOUTH TO MOUTH, starring Ellen Page, produced by Anne, has been released in Canada, the UK, USA, and France. Directed by Alison Murray, MOUTH TO MOUTH was executive produced by Atom Egoyan and won the Britspotting award in Berlin and Best Film at Annonay and the Brooklyn International Film Festival.
MJW have made many short films for television, often exploring the relationship between choreography and the camera. Their four seasons of 4DANCE: DANCE4FILM for Channel 4 involved commissioning short films from over 20 different directors, some of them very experienced film-makers but many of them new to television. MJW have also made films with leading choreographers such as David
Bintley/Birmingham Royal Ballet, Jiri Kylian/ Nederlands Dans Theater, Maria
Muņoz and Pep Ramis of Catalan-based company Mal Pelo and Cathy Marston/Danza Contemporeana de Cuba.
MJW have a particular reputation for music-dramas. Margaret Williams' film version of Benjamin Britten's OWEN WINGRAVE was received with great critical acclaim. ARMIDA, a specially commissioned work by composer Judith Weir, also directed by Margaret, was shown on Christmas Day on Channel 4.
As well as their feature film projects, MJW are currently in development on a number of new arts programmes for television. They recently completed ONE MAN WALKING, a dance film specially commissioned by Channel 4 Television and Margaret has just filmed three ballets from the Royal Opera House transmitted live to screens across the UK including Trafalgar Square.