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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 and production to performance and post-production and 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 released in 2019, starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm.

The feel-goodcomedy POMS starring Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver (with Sierra Pictures) had a wide release in the US via STX Entertainment in 2019, and due for UK 2020. The period thriller SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT starring Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Eddie Izzard is releasing in March 2021 across the UK with Lionsgate and IFC in the US.

Pre-production is now set in the UK, on the moving drama THE ALMOND AND THE SEAHORSE with yet another incredible and exciting cast including Rebel Wilson and Janet McTeer scheduled for March 2021

Mad as Birds Films first TV series, MINOTAUR, is currently casting alongside its international sales and production partners Endeavour Content and The Welsh Government.

Mad As Birds is made up of Andy Evans, Celyn Jones, Sean Marley and Alex Ashworth. 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. As a company we love alternative, surprising and different - we gravitate to material that tells a story in an unconventional way. 



Celyn Jones

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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 Evans

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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. 

Sean Marley

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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 Ashworth 

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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 USA 2019, UK Winter 2020



Ryan Reynolds’ Soccer Club Subject of ‘The Vanishing’ Producer Mad As Birds’ ‘A League Apart’

Wrexham AFC, the Welsh soccer club recently taken over by Ryan Reynoldsand Rob McElhenney, is to be the subject of “A League Apart,” a British romantic comedy from Mad As Birds, producers of “The Vanishing,” starring Gerard Butler.


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20th November 2020

Rebel Wilson & Janet McTeer Join ‘The Almond And The Seahorse’

We are over the moon to announce that #AlmondandtheSeahorse will be our next film into production... the next one to leave the nest. Shooting in Liverpool and North Wales March 2021. Amazing to have Rebel Wilson and Janet McTeer on board with us.


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21st October 2020

Celyn Jones Wins Best Actor at BAFTA Cymru Awards 2019

Celyn Jones wins Best Actor award at the BAFTA CYMRU AWARDS 2019 for his role in MANHUNT.

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13th October 2019

Celyn Jones - Best Actor Nomination

MAB's very own Celyn Jones has been nominated for BAFTA Cymru 2019 Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Levi Bellfied in ITV's MANHUNT.  He lines up alongside Anthony Hopkins, Micheal Sheen and Matthew Rhys - not bad company to be in.

The BAFTA CYMRU Awards take place in Cardiff on 13th October 2020.  More details can be found here:



5th September 2019

'Sonny Liston' feature film - Announced

Based upon the book 'The Murder of Sonny Liston: A Story of Fame, Heroin, Boxing & Las Vegas' by Shaun Assael, Mad As Birds’ Celyn Jones (The Vanishing) will script the project. Sean Marley and Andy Evans will produce for the company. Trevor Beattie (Moon) will act as an executive producer, having held the same position on Mad As Bird’s upcoming Six Minutes To Minute. Author Assael will also serve as an exec producer.


25th September 2019

Top 5 Gerard Butler Movies

THE VANISHING has made it into The Hollywood News's all time TOP 5 Gerard Butler films.

"The Vanishing (previously known as Keepers) is arguably his best feature"

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