F&ME Company Profile

Sam Taylor and Mike Downey founded the UK-based independent production house Film and Music Entertainment as part of an IPO on the Frankfurt DAX. Film & Music Entertainment films have been screened at Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian and Toronto Film festivals.

F&ME produced Deathwatch (2002) (starring Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis), Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's films Niceland and Falcons, and co-produced Anders Ronnow Klarlund's puppet epic Strings, and Loving Glances, which was selected for competition in Venice 2003. Other films include Call of the Toad (Gunter Grass), Saul Metzstein's Guy X (starring Jason 'American Pie' Biggs, Jeremy Northam), and Quest for a Heart - the company's first animation film with songs by Billy Elliot's Lee Hall. In addition F&ME co-produced Mark Dornford-May's South African Son Of Man which premiered at Sundance 2007.

In 2009 F&ME produced White Lightnin, debut film maker Dominic Murphy's first feature which was screened in Sundance and Berlin Panorama. It also produced the feature documentary, Turtle: The Incredible Journey as well as Julius Kemp's Icelandic horror romp Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre. In 2011/2012 completed films included F&ME's second feature documentary StreetKids United by Tim Pritchard (Berlinale) and Srdjan Dragojevic' Berlin Film Festival Audience Award winner The Parade.

Recent productions include Julien’s Temple’s documentary Rio 50 Degrees, which aired on BBC One in May 2014 to rave reviews and Ben Hopkin’s comedy Lost in Karastan, starring Matthew MacFadyen, as well as Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President, which opened Venice in 2014 and was shown at the Chicago Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.
2014 productions included Julien’s Temple’s documentary Rio 50 Degrees, which aired on BBC One in May 2014 to rave reviews and Ben Hopkin’s comedy Lost in Karastan, starring Matthew MacFadyen, as well as Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President, which opened Venice in 2014 and won the Grand Prix at the  at the Chicago Film Festival, and Filmex in Tokyo and the audience prize at the Beirut Festival as well as the BFI London Film Festival.

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has consolidated its position as one of the key players on the European independent production scene, expanding its 2016/2017 active production slate to 12 pictures including debuts from such major international talents as German documentarist and author Rudolph Herzog, Gomorrah scribe Maurizio Braucci and writer of the Academy Award winning feature IDA, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Shooting plans for 2017 include The Dream Girl written and directed by Maurizio Braucci, best known for his award winning screenplays of Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra and Reality.  This time Braucci has teamed up with Ida scribe Rebecca Lenckiewicz and the film will shoot in September 2017 as a UK-Ireland co-production.  Post production services will be by Windmill Lane and the film will benefit from the section 481 tax credit.  F&ME are working exclusively with accountants Grant Thornton in Ireland to access the tax credit.
F&ME are also continuing their working relationship with Rebecca Lenkiewicz on, The Disciple directed by Koza helmer Ivan Ostrochovsky and written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Marek Lescak and Ostrochovsky. The film handles the delicate subject of the Catholic church in Communist Slovakia and two initiate friends who sign up for the Roman-Catholic Theological Seminary, so they can escape the moral devastation of society caused by the "Normalisation Era", the period that ensued after the 1968 invasion of Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia.

The Streetkids United documentary franchise, which follows the Street Child World Cup event as it travels across the globe following soccer’s FIFA World Cup is about to launch the third part in its series, after Durban and Rio, Streetkids United III - The Road to Moscow will get underway before the end of the year.  As with the previous instalment, F&ME will team with Jamillah van der Hulst and Conrad Alleblas at JaJa productions to take on the Moscow event.

And finally How To Sell a War, by Rudolph Herzog is just completing its financing and aims to begin shooting in Georgia in the late spring/early summer and full details of the production will be announced as soon as the financing is closed.