Published on 17 Mar 2006 at
11:51 am. By Lee Thomas.
Filed under Lunar Films, Fake!, Johnny Mad Dog, Hallam Foe, Black Box, Les Poupées Russes, The Russian Dolls, Klimt, Boy Eats Girl.
For it’s inaugural post here’s a little information regarding the company’s history and a glimpse at our upcoming projects.
Matthew Justice launched Lunar Films in May 2004. That year Lunar co-produced Cédric Klapisch’s “Les Poupées Russes” (The Russian Dolls), starring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Kelly Reilly. The film opened in France on June 15th 2005 and scooped 3,000,000 admissions during it’s theatrical debut. It is currently playing across Europe, Japan and the US.
Lunar has just completed multiple Palm D’Or nominee Raoul Ruiz’s “Klimt” starring John Malkovich, Veronika Ferres, Saffron Burrows and Stephen Dillane, which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival in January 2006. The film is scheduled for Theatrical release soon.
Lunar also completed its co-production of Stephen Bradley’s Boy Eats Girl in April 2005, an Anglo Irish teen horror picture starring Samantha Mumba that released in Ireland in September 2005.
Lunar Films was created from the production subsidiary that Matthew set up for leading UK financier: Invicta Capital.
Prior to joining Invicta, Matthew was Stephen Norrington’s producing partner for seven years. Starting with “Death Machine” at Pinewood Studios in 1993, the film was a $3m tongue in cheek robot romp that got the two of them noticed. As a result Stephen was hired to direct “Blade” starring Wesley Snipes, which Matthew joined him on as a Producer. “Blade” has gone on to gross over $200m. After this Matthew produced Norrington’s award winning “The Last Minute” starring Max Beesley, Jason Isaacs, Kate Ashfield and Tom Bell.
Between Norrington pictures, Matthew won several awards for producing duties on Michel Gondry’s commercials for Levi’s and Smirnoff.
Matthew is currently Executive Producing David Mackenzie’s new film “Hallam Foe” and also preparing a number of new films, including “Black Box” with Studio Canal, “Johnny Mad Dog” with Mathieu Kassovitz’s company MNP, which he is producing in collaboration with Will Clarke from Optimum, and “FAKE!” with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor from F&ME.
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