Emily Morgan • Producer, Quiddity Films
"Co-producing is often seen as a challenge with the UK"
- British producer Emily Morgan, selected as one of the 2019 Producers on the Move, discusses her work for her outfit Quiddity Films
A graduate of the National Film and Television School, Emily Morgan worked in distribution and as a production freelancer for various companies before setting up her own production outfit Quiddity Films which is supported by a BFI Vision Award. In 2018, she won a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut Producer for Rungano Nyoni's I Am Not A Witch [+see also:
interview: Rungano Nyoni
film profile], following on from a British Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Producer. Emily has since produced Claire Oakley's feature debut Make Up and has a development slate that currently includes feature projects by Harry Macqueen, Maxime Giroux and Emily Young. She has been selected as one of the 2019 Producers on the Move by European Film Promotion.
European Film Promotion: Which is the film you are most proud of and why?
Emily Morgan: I'm very proud of the feature I've just finished, Make Up, written and directed by Claire Oakley. We worked on shorts and feature ideas for 6 years until we got the green light for this feature from iFeatures in 2017. Our working relationship grew after we met as assistants and realised we had a similar taste in film, which led us to start developing ideas together. I'm thrilled with how the film has turned out and we had a great time making it, so I can't wait to get going on our next one!
What are the challenges and merits of producing in your country?
I'm very drawn towards co-producing, which is often seen as a challenge with the UK. Brexit has felt like a huge hit, not only because of the European funding and schemes that the UK could be excluded from, but also because of the isolationist principles behind it, which go against everything I stand for.
A merit of producing in the UK that I've experienced is the support on offer to first time film makers by the country's screen agencies and broadcasters. For example, I couldn't have expanded my company and slate of projects so extensively over the past few years without the support of the BFI Vision Award.
What are your expectations in Cannes as one of the Producers on the Move?
I'm looking forward to meeting my fellow participants on Producers on the Move and hope I can forge relationships for future co-productions. It'll also be a great opportunity to pitch my slate of projects, as I'm currently financing a number of projects.
What are your next projects?
Make Up has just been picked up for sales by Protagonist Pictures and we're aiming for a festival premiere over the coming year. My next production is acclaimed Dutch-Venezuelan director Shariff Korver's second feature. It's a taut psychological thriller called Do Not Hesitate about a group of soldiers trapped in the desert. I'm producing for Holland's Lemming Film, in co-production with Heretic in Greece and we'll be shooting on the island of Crete this summer. In the works after that is a moving love-story, Supernova, which will be Harry Maqueen's follow up to his beautiful debut, Hinterland.
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