HanWay Films

HanWay Films is an independent British international sales, distribution and marketing company specializing in theatrical feature films.

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In 1999, Jeremy Thomas founded international sales company HanWay Films with his colleagues Peter Watson (Deputy Chairman) and Stephan Mallmann, and continues to Chair the board. Two new members joined the board in 2011, Thorsten Schumacher, previously Head of Sales, was appointed Managing Director, and former Head of Business Affairs Jan Spielhoff took up the reins as Chief Operating Officer.

HanWay has established itself as leading international sales, distribution and marketing company specialising in high-profile quality films from worldwide talent. HanWay arranges financing, sales and distribution for all films from Recorded Picture Company, along with projects from third party producers.

HanWay also represents an extensive film catalogue of over 500 features including films from Thomas's Recorded Picture Company, and the British Film Institute. Representing the very best in film-making talent, these include productions by Woody Allen, Takeshi Kitano, Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Terry Gilliam, David Cronenberg, Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard, David Mamet, Miloš Forman, Stephen Frears, Phillip Noyce and Nagisa Ōshima.


HanWay's productions include Thomas' production of David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel, in the true-life story of the young Dr. Jung, his mentor Freud and the beautiful patient that came between them; Lone Scherfig’s coming-of-age drama An Education, which won Carey Mulligan a BAFTA award for Best Actress;[1] James Gunn’s pop-culture actioner Super starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler, from producer Ted Hope; Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham starring Golden Globe nominee Sally Hawkins from producer Stephen Woolley, and Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of the romantic classic Wuthering Heights.[2]

Other films handled include Nowhere Boy, a film by artist Sam Taylor-Wood based on John Lennon’s teenage years starring Aaron Johnson; Gurinder Chadha’s culinary black comedy It's a Wonderful Afterlife which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival,[3] Harry Brown starring Academy Award winner Michael Caine; Scott Hicks’ Australian-set drama The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen; Irish comedy Perrier's Bounty, starring Cillian Murphy and Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent; and Danis Tanović’s Triage, with Colin Farrell in the lead. Theatrical documentary releases include Julien Temple’s Oil City Confidential, and Mugabe and the White African.[4]

Other releases include Jon Amiel's Creation starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly (produced by Thomas), which opened the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival,[5] Sunshine Cleaning starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt; Gerald McMorrow’s Franklyn starring Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe and Sam Riley (produced by Thomas), Christopher Smith’s period thriller Black Death starring Sean Bean, and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova starring Colin Firth.

The company also handled Takashi Miike’s samurai epic Thirteen Assassins, and Jerzy Skolimowski's political thriller Essential Killing, both executive-produced by Thomas. Both films premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, and Essential Killing went on to win the Special Jury Prize, Best Actor for Vincent Gallo (the Volpi Cup), and the Cinemavenniere Award for Best Film in Competition (voted by a youth jury). Upcoming productions include films by David Cronenberg, Terry Gilliam and Phillip Noyce.

The company has previously handled such titles as Woody Allen’s Match Point, starring Scarlett Johansson, Julian Jarrold’s Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, and Sarah Polley’s multi-Academy Award nominated Away from Her starring Julie Christie.[6][7]

In its capacity as international sales agent, HanWay works closely with Ecosse Films.

HanWay Films represents collections from the British Film Institute,[8] Merchant Ivory,[9] Peter Weir, Wim Wenders, Phillip Noyce, Jean Doumanian, Alex Cox, Paul Cox, New Zealand Film Commission, Manoel de Oliveira and Recorded Picture Company, comprising some 500 feature films, documentaries and animations. This collection includes films from noted world cinema figures, including Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg, Clint Eastwood, Miloš Forman, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Alfred Hitchcock, James Ivory, Takeshi Kitano, Bob Rafelson, Terence Davies, David Mamet, Martin Scorsese, and Ridley Scott.

With Carol,[10] Brooklyn[11] and Anomalisa,[12] managing director Thorsten Schumacher announced 2015 as "the most successful year for [HanWay Films] to date."[13]


Executive BoardEdit

  • Jeremy Thomas - Chairman
  • Peter Watson - Vice Chairman
  • Joseph Jeffreys - Executive Assistant
  • Marie-Gabrielle Stewart - Managing Director

Marketing and PublicityEdit

  • Tom Grievson - Head of Marketing and Distribution
  • Tejinder Jouhal - Director of Marketing and Distribution
  • Joseph Hewitt - Marketing Manager


  • Nicole Mackey - Head of Sales
  • Mark Lane - Director of Sales
  • Marta Ravani - Director of Sales, HanWay The Collections


  • Matthew Baker - Director of Acquisitions

Business Affairs & FinanceEdit

  • Justin Kelly - Head of Business & Legal Affairs
  • Beverley Cullen - Contracts Manager
  • Elizabeth Kormanova - Director of Business Affairs
  • Ivan Kelava - Senior Business Affairs Manager
  • Rachel Barbut - Financial Controller
  • Siu Lee - Assistant Accountant
  • Gareth Melia - Assistant Accountant



























  1. ^ "BAFTA Wins for Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth". BBC News. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  2. ^ Turner, Mimi (2010-03-01). "HanWay makes presales on 'Wuthering Heights'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  3. ^ "It's A Wonderful Afterlife to have Sundance Premiere". The Asian News. 2010-11-01. Archived from the original on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  4. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2008-10-31). "List of upcoming HanWay titles". Variety. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  5. ^ Tourtellotte, Bob (2009-09-11). "Toronto Film Festival Raises Curtain on Creation". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  6. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2008-10-31). "Selected HanWay films of the past decade". Variety. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2005-11-04). "HanWay takes on Polley, Jarrold projects to sell". Screen International. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  8. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2008-03-17). "HanWay takes on Library Sales for British Film Institute". Screen International. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2006-11-03). "HanWay takes on Merchant Ivory Library". Screen International. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  10. ^ "Carol". HanWay Films. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Brooklyn". HanWay Films. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Anomalisa". HanWay Films. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (February 13, 2016). "HanWay Films: a year to remember". Screen International. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  14. ^ Jaafar, Ali (February 17, 2016). "Keira Knightley Pic 'Colette' Sells Out For Hanway Films – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  15. ^ White, Peter (February 7, 2018). "Hanway Films Boards Reinaldo Marcus Green's Police Shooting Drama 'Monsters and Men' – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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