WE ARE MAD AS BIRDS
Mad as Birds is an independent film & television production company based in the North West of England and North Wales. From within the MAB team there's a unique blend of expertise and experience that covers all aspects of filmmaking - from writing & development to finance, production to performance and post-production to sales.
MAB's debut feature was the critically acclaimed and award winning SET FIRE TO THE STARS, starring Elijah Wood and directed by Andy Goddard. Their next feature is the psychological thriller THE VANISHING (formally known as KEEPERS) which releases early 2019, starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm.
The comedy POMS starring Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver (with Sierra Pictures) and the period thriller SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT starring Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Eddie Izzard have both recently completed filming and into post-production for release in 2020.
Pre-production is now set on the moving drama THE ALMOND AND THE SEAHORSE which will be directed by Guillaume Gallienne, on his first English language film.
Mad as Birds Films first TV series, MINOTAUR, is currently casting alongside its international production and sales partners Federation Entertainment, WME and The Welsh Government.
Mad As Birds is made up of Andy Evans, Celyn Jones, Ade Shannon, Alex Ashworth and Sean Marley. Working as one, each member of the team is heavily involved in every project. The company mantra is to be the place where artists can thrive, helping them fulfil their vision and make the films they set out to make. As a company we love alternative, surprising and different - we gravitate to material that tells a story in an unconventional way.
Celyn Jones is the Creative Director of MAB, a critically acclaimed, award winning actor and BAFTA nominated writer from Wales. The Times referred to him as ”the powerhouse writer/performer behind the greatest Dylan Thomas biopic yet”.
Andy founded Mad as Birds with Celyn Jones after 20 years as a Producer in the digital and music industry of cross-platform content of world renowned artistic talent including Pink Floyd and U2.
Ade came to the industry late, having built up and exited two businesses in the digital space. He fulfilled a lifelong dream aged 40 when he joined Mad As Birds, a vehicle to make Set Fire to the Stars. In his role he is focused on the early stages of development across the whole slate.
Sean was MD of Lime Pictures, the biggest independent TV Producer outside of London. He was responsible for their commercial growth and oversaw the diversification of Lime’s production slate across drama, children’s and reality output.
Alex was Associate Producer at GSP Studios for 3 years and managed the process from development to delivery on over 7 feature films. Alex will focus on advancing all projects from development into production, as well as leading 20th Century Boy.
Director Zara Hayes
Writers Shane Atkinson
Cast Diane Keaton, Jackie Weaver, Pam Grier,
Sales Sierra Affinity
Release. Spring 2019
POMS is a comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community, proving that you're never too old to 'bring it!'
STATUS: Released 2019
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