For over a decade Hurricane Films have been telling great stories – fact and fiction – for both the big and small screen. The Company is owned and run by Solon Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter, with each partner bringing a wealth of experience from their highly successful individual careers.
After a short spell in the Merchant Navy as a marine engineer, Sol began his creative career as a stills photographer working in editorial, fashion and portraiture before moving into film via a 16mm course at the National Film School. He produced and directed a number of social documentaries as a self shooter, collecting numerous awards along the way. Amongst his factual output, he conceived and directed two landmark series for Granada and PBS America - ‘Warship’ – and the winner of the 2007 CINE Golden Eagle Award – ‘Warplane’. Sol’s work has been commissioned and screened on The BBC, Channel Four, ITV and internationally in the USA on National Geographic Channel and PBS – as well as in over forty other countries.
Roy enjoyed a successful music career as a member of The Farm, enjoying nine top-forty hits including the ‘Groovy Train’ and ‘Altogether Now’ from the Number One album ‘Spartacus’. After an amicable split in 1994, Roy turned to scriptwriting, gaining over a hundred and forty television writing credits on shows including Brookside, Hollyoaks, the Bill and the second – BAFTA winning – series of Jimmy McGovern’s ‘The Street’ for BBC One. Roy has also written several plays for Radio Four and has been involved in numerous prestigious writing initiatives. He became a company director of Hurricane Films in 2001; writing, producing and directing projects for the company as well continuing with his freelance writing work.
Hurricane Films have picked up numerous awards for a diverse range of projects since March 2000, including two BAFTA nominations and six RTS documentary awards. The first BAFTA nomination came in 2004 for the BBC drama ‘I’m A Juvenile Delinquent: Jail Me!’ directed by Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy).
A ‘community’ feature film, ‘Under The Mud’ – written in collaboration with a group of Liverpool teenagers – won Hurricane a European mentoring award for their work developing the film, which was went on to be well received at film festivals across the world.
Sol and Roy received their second BAFTA nomination (The Carl Foreman Award for producing) for the feature documentary ‘Of Time & The City’, directed by Terence Davies. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2008 and went on win numerous prizes including the 2009 New York Film Critics Circle prize for Best Documentary Feature – as well as featuring in Time Magazine’s top ten films of the year.
In 2014 they produced Terence Davies intimate epic on 65mm film, titled ‘Sunset Song’. The feature will have its international premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015, with its European Premiere falling at San Sebastian Film Festival later that month. The film stars Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan and Kevin Guthrie and is based on the iconic Scottish book by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
Spring 2015 saw production begin on Terence Davies’ next film, ‘A Quiet Passion’; a biographical drama based on the life of Emily Dickinson. The film premiered at Berlinale 2016; Richard Brody of the New Yorker called it an “absolute, drop dead masterwork”.
In 2016 Hurricane Films saw their true life story A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN go before cameras, ultimately finding it’s world stage in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Midnight Screenings 2017. Release is due in mid 2018.
In December 2017 Hurricane wrapped production on their Bill Nighy starrer ‘Sometimes. Always. Never.’ aka Triple Word Score.
Head of Development Ali Coulson is across all the development projects at HF, from assessing scripts to managing the front office. First enquiries land on her desk.
Co Exec Producer Mary MacLeod, credited for A Quiet Passion and Sometimes Always Never, Executive Producer for My Letter to the World. The majority of Hurricane Film’s features have benefited from MacLeod’s involvement with her guidance and input from community feature Under the Mud to the glorious sweeping epic of Sunset Song. MacLeod’s track record has been exemplary.