August 2019 Variety

Shochiku Backs U.K.’s Number 9 Films With First-Look Deal

Number 9 Films has signed a first-look distribution deal for its films in Japan with Japanese studio Shochiku, the British independent announced Wednesday. As part of the multi-year deal, which will focus on Number 9’s slate of theatrical films, Shochiku will contribute to the production company’s overhead as well as development funding.

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February 2019 BAFTA

Elizabeth Karlsen & Stephen Woolley – Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

With one win and nine nominations between them, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen are certainly no strangers to BAFTA voters. Yet that’s only a part of the story. From The Company of Wolves (1984) and Mona Lisa (1986) to Little Voice (1998) and Carol (2015), the producing partners have shown a staunch commitment to independent cinema that has been celebrated by audiences, critics and awards bodies alike. Despite this, the news they had been chosen to receive BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award came as a shock. “We were thrilled, honoured and pleased for everybody who’s been associated with our films and us,” says Woolley. “Our career has been about making films without money under a kind of duress, and yet through that process we’ve been able to make some good movies.”

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December 2018 The Hollywood Reporter

‘Carol’ Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor

“Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the powerhouse production duo behind Number 9 Films, are set to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the BAFTA ceremony on Feb. 10.

“Previous recipients of the prize, presented annually in honor of British producer Michael Balcon, include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross, BBC Films, Angels Costumes and Curzon. The National Film and Television School was the recipient at this year’s awards gala…”

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December 2018 The Guardian

From Crying Game to Carol and Colette: Bafta hails inspiring double act

“Thirty years of bringing compelling stories to the screen have earned Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen the ultimate recognition, the Observer can reveal.

“It is hard to imagine what students would have put up on their bedroom walls over the past 30 years without the work of Stephen Woolley and his wife and fellow producer, Elizabeth Karlsen. The posters for all the films they have either produced or distributed tell the story of independent cinema…”

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