Warp Films is one of the UK's most critically acclaimed independent film production companies, and is based in Sheffield & London, UK, with a further office in Melbourne, Australia. Warp Films have been behind an array of critically acclaimed and award winning films, including several BAFTAs.
Warp Films was established by Warp Records' founding partners, Rob Mitchell and Steve Beckett and is run by Mark Herbert & Robin Gutch. The first film, shot in 2002, was Chris Morris' BAFTA winning short My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117. Soon after, Warp Films' debut feature Dead Man's Shoes was released to critical acclaim, awards included the Hitchcock D'or (Dinard Festival) and the Southbank award for Best Film. Warp Films expanded in 2006 with Warp X, the low budget digital 'studio' backed by Film4, UK Film Council, Optimum Releasing, Screen Yorkshire and EM Media. A number of projects were created under the new label, including A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, Donkey Punch, Hush, Bunny & the Bull, She A Chinese and All Tomorrow's Parties. The company's breakthrough came in 2007 with Shane Meadows' This Is England which won a flurry of awards including Best Film at the British Independent Films Awards, the Special Jury Prize at Rome Film Festival and Best British Film at the BAFTAs. At the same ceremony Paddy Considine's Dog Altogether won the best short film BAFTA. Also released in 2007 was Grow Your Own, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This Is England was such a success that in 2010 and 2011, Warp Films broke through into television with the sequels This Is England '86 & '88 for Channel 4.
In the last five years the company has gone from strength to strength, other films to receive awards and critical acclaim include Chris Morris' debut feature Four Lions, which won the 'Outstanding Debut' BAFTA award, Richard Ayoade's debut feature Submarine (BIFA for Best Screenplay), the 2011 Warp X productions Kill List, written and directed by Ben Wheatley, Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur (BAFTA for Outstanding Debut) and from Warp Films Australia, Justin Kurzel's Snowtown (4 Australian Academy Awards)
In 2012 Warp Films produced three 30-minute television dramas for the Sky Arts Playhouse Presents season; The Minor Character (written by Will Self and starring David Tennant), The Snipist (directed by Matthew Holness) and Care (starring Gina McKee). A new comedy series The Midnight Beast, recently aired on E4 and Peter Strickland's highly acclaimed Berberian Sound Studio has just been released in cinemas in the UK. Warp Films currently have two films in production: Paul Wright's Seaside Stories and Shane Meadow's contemporary documentary about the reformed The Stone Roses.
Upcoming projects include Southcliffe directed by Sean Durkin & written by Tony Grisoni and produced for Channel 4, and Jim Hosking's Privado for Channel 4 comedy.