Janine Marmot: Producer
Hot Property was set up in 1995 by the critically acclaimed award-winning producer Janine Marmot. Two films produced by Janine have won a BAFTA, Bodysong, (Simon Pummell), and most recently Kelly + Victor, (Kieran Evans).
The company specialises in films and transmedia projects where the narrative content is strengthened by a strong visual realisation.
Films produced by Janine Marmot have won awards at festivals around the world. She is a visiting tutor for M.A. students at the London Film School and other Universities and was Director of Film at Skillset from 2007 until March 2009, key in developing Training Strategies for UK Film and responsible for an annual budget of £7million.
Her feature credits as Producer include Simon Pummell’s IDENTICALS (previously known as Brand New-U) and BAFTA and BIFA winning feature documentary BODYSONG, and SHOCK HEAD SOUL; Michael Whyte’s NO GREATER LOVE and LOOKING FOR LIGHT, INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA by The Brothers Quay; I COULD READ THE SKY by Nichola Bruce; and the multi directed film MADE IN HEAVEN for the rock band QUEEN and the BFI. She has also produced documentaries and short drama working with directors including Tom Shankland, Jim Gillespie, Chantal Akerman and Christopher Petit and produced the workshop with Palme d’Or winning director Abbas Kiarostami with Channel Four.
Marmot has recently completed the feature documentary INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES, filmed in Istanbul and directed by Grant Gee, with original narration written by nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. Hot Property has a slate of films in development including an adaptation of William Gibson’s DOFIGHT with Simon Pummell, Ned Beauman’s original screenplay The Price On Your Head and an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s THE EDIBLE WOMAN.
Emily Morgan: Producer
Emily began working for Hot Property Films as the Infomercials Producer on BRAND NEW-U and continues to work for the company as a Producer. Previously, Emily spent time in distribution for Optimum Releasing and has also worked for The Bureau, Steel Mill Pictures and Partizan. She is the Production Executive on Film London’s Shorts Scheme and has produced award-winning short films including Gabriel Gauchet’s THE MASS OF MEN and Claire Oakley’s PHYSICS. In 2012 Emily received a John Brabourne Award. She is a graduate of the National Film and Television School Producing MA and has taken part in schemes such as the Berlinale Talent Campus, Think-Shoot-Distribute, SOS and MEDIA Four Corners.
Simon Pummell: Writer Director
Identicals (previously known as Brand New-U) is Simon Pummell’s first narrative feature film. Identicals has been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films in the US, New Select in Japan and Arrow in the UK.
Simon is best known for directing the BAFTA and BIFA winning documentary feature film Bodysong (2003) that Time magazine described as “an utterly mesmerizing and humbling portrait of humanity.” It was the first film to be scored by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and in 2010 was re-released as a British Film Institute Collectors Edition DVD & book.
Simon’s second feature documentary Shock Head Soul premiered in the Orizzonti Competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. The partner suite of animation films The Sputnik Effect showed as installations in galleries in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Antwerp. The project forms a portrait of Daniel Paul Schreber the 19th Century outsider artist who elaborated a steam-punk vision of a machine universe penetrated by networks of ‘nerve-rays’, with himself at the very centre as God’s chosen bride.
Earlier in his career he made numerous award-winning animated films for UK television exploring various interpenetrations of technology and bodies. More recently an on-going series of animation films Atlas For Animate Bodies showed as an installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum London in Sept 2013, and KASK Ghent in 2015
In 2007/9 he was a Harvard University Film Study Center Fellow. Since 2010 he is Research Professor and Director of the Media Design Program at the Piet Zwart Institute for Graduate Research and Study.
He is currently developing two new science-fiction feature-film screenplays with Hot Property Films: an adaptation of William Gibson’s Dogfight and PIPER.
Overview of past & current work is on www.pummell.com.
Michael Whyte: Producer & Director
Michael Whyte is a film and television director whose work includes documentary and drama. As well as directing films he has written several screenplays, notably Catherine, winner of two international awards. His CV is distinguished for its range and quality. Apart from producing and directing some of the most innovative documentaries on television he has worked with the best writers in their field including Kazuo Ishiguro, Stephen Poliakoff, John Byrne, Lynda La Plante, Shelagh Delaney, Peter Flannery and Deborah Moggach.
His awards include the Prix Italia and Press Guild Winner for ‘Creggan’, Chicago International Film Festival Gold Medal for ‘A Profile of Arthur J. Mason’, Special Jury Award, San Francisco Film Festival and winner of Prix Europa award for ‘Catherine’, Bafta nomination and winner of The Royal Television Society Award best series for ‘Blind Justice’, Winner Umbria Festival, Best film, Best Actor, Best Music for ‘The Railway Station Man’. He directed the acclaimed six episode Your Cheatin’ Heart by John Byrne which was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival as a one day event.
No Greater Love, a feature documentary about a Carmelite Monastery in London’s Notting Hill, and the first of a trilogy about Faith, won several awards, including the Audience Award at Britspotting Berlin, Award of Excellence at the Canada Film Festival and the Grand Prix Prize at Religion Today Festival in Trento. The film was first screened at the 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival followed by a cinema release from Soda Pictures. Relics and Roses the second film in the trilogy followed the Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux on their visit to England. A third film is in development. Looking For Light, a feature documentary about Jane Bown the celebrated portait photographer was released by Soda Pictures in 2014.