Brief history

Number 9 Films was created in 2002 by award-winning producing partners Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley after a long collaboration at both Palace and Scala Productions. The company has established itself as one of the UK’s leading independent production companies, forging relationships with a wide range of talent in the UK, across Europe and in the States. Karlsen and Woolley have been jointly awarded the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards.

Films produced by Number 9 include the six-time Oscar-nominated CAROL (2015) starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, directed by Todd Haynes; HBO single drama MRS HARRIS (2005) starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley – nominated for 12 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Producer’s Guild of America Award; MADE IN DAGENHAM (2010) by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, Saving Grace) starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins, nominated for 3 BAFTAs, 4 BIFAs, 2 Evening Standard Awards and a London Critics Circle Award, with Made In Dagenham the Musical opening at the Adelphi in London’s West End in October 2014, and starring Gemma Arterton.

Soon after came the BAFTA-nominated GREAT EXPECTATIONS (2012), written by David Nicholls, directed by Mike Newell and starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane; BYZANTIUM (2012) written by Moira Buffini, directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan; HYENA (2014) directed by Gerard Johnson and starring Peter Fernando, which opened the Edinburgh Festival in the UK and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York; Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-nominated YOUTH (2015) starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Both YOUTH and CAROL screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim – where Rooney Mara won Best Actress, and CAROL was awarded the Queer Palm.

Recent Number 9 productions include THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2016) starring Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth; THEIR FINEST (2016) starring Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin.

COLETTE (2018) directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice), and starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West and Denise Gough is in UK cinemas nationwide.

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