Featuring Elizabeth Gilbert (‘Eat Pray Love’) and her Syrian-American partner Rayya Elias, this deeply intimate film is a no holds barred portrait of a couple in love, who confront the inevitable truth of time running out, after Rayya is diagnosed with inoperable cancer.
Director: Marc J Francis
Executive Producer: Nick Francis
This film tells the story of how the English National Opera re-imagined Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem – one of the greatest choral works of the 20th century.
With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, Speakit Films follows the Turner-prize winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans as he collaborates with the ENO to turn Britten’s passionate statement about the impact of war, into a critically-acclaimed performance at the London Coliseum.
Director: Tanya Stephan
Producer: Stephanie Collins
Editor Alexander Fry
Executive Producer: Nick Francis
A Speakit Films production for the BBC
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years and with unprecedented access, this visceral film is a meditation on a community who have given up all their possessions for a monastic life in rural France.
Directors / Producers: Marc J. Francis & Max Pugh
Exec Producer: Nick Francis
Co-Exec Producers: Himesh Kar, Chade Meng Tan, Will Moore
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Thich Nhat Hanh
“Cooling to the mind and soothing to the spirit”
NEW YORK TIMES
“A unique spectacle.”
“Sublime and uplifiting”
“A moving examination of mortality and life choices.”
“Fascinating and profound.”
SXSW Official Selection 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
The story about one man’s struggle to save his Ethiopian coffee farmers from bankruptcy.
‘Black Gold’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to be screened in over 60 international film festivals and was released in over 40 countries around the world. It was the first film to send shockwaves through the global coffee industry, stirring consumers into unprecedented action, and changing the way millions of people and companies think about coffee.
A Speakit Films production in association with Fulcrum Productions and DocFactory.
Directed and Produced by: Marc J. Francis & Nick Francis
Executive Producer: Christopher Hird
Editor: Hugh Williams | Music: Andreas Kapsalis
Supported by: The Sundance Institute, The UK Film Council, Screen South, Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation
“Excellent – angry, good-humoured and essential.”
“Riveting and jaw dropping.”
Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
Seattle International Film Festival
Hotdocs Documentary Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
British Independent Film Awards 2007
On the front line of China’s foray into Africa, this landmark observational film tells the story of a Chinese farmer, a road builder and the Zambia’s minister of trade to reveal the expanding footprint of a rising global power.
‘When China Met Africa’ is a multi-broadcast and theatrical project with BBC Storyville, Arte France, VPRO and the Sundance Institute.
A Speakit Films & Zeta Productions co-production
Written, directed and produced by: Marc Francis and Nick Francis
Executive Producer: Miriana Bojic Walter
Editor: Hugh Williams
Music: Florencia Di Concilio
Executive Producer for Arte: Christilla Huillard Kann and Pierrette Ominetti
Executive Producer for BBC: Nick Fraser
Executive Producer for VPRO: Barbara Truyen
“A rare grass-roots view into one of the
most important economic challenges of our age.”
Full Frame Official Selection 2010
Munich Interntational Film Festival Official Selection 2010
Goteburg Interntational Film Festival Official Selection 2010
Rotterdam Interntational Film Festival Official Selection 2010
Sheffield DocFest Official Selection 2010
IDFA Official Selection 2010
Best Filmmaker Award Margaret Mead International Film Festival
Best Film The Observer Ethical Awards
A short film in collaboration with the team behind “Letters Live”, drawing attention to the hundreds of unaccompanied children living in the Calais refugee camp , many of whom have family in the UK.
Directors: Nick Francis and Marc J Francis
Producer: Max Pugh
Editor: Whetham Allpress
Music: Tandis Jenhudson
Executive Producer: Adam Ackland, Jamie Byng
Part of series of films for The Guardian about women’s equality, ‘Being Laxmi’ profiles the transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi who fights for equal rights on behalf of India’s hijra community, many of whom have been victimised or forced into begging or sex work.
A Speakit Films production in association with The Guardian
Directed by Nick Francis
Producer Jessica Edwards
Executive Producer for The Guardian Lucy Lamble
Published by The Guardian and produced in association with Amnesty International, this two part series, is an intimate portrait of Omar, a 17 year old, stranded in a refugee camp following the 2011 war in Libya.
A Life on Hold offers a unique perspective of one person amongst thousands waiting for a chance to start their life again in a safe country. When war broke in Libya, thousands of refugees from countries such as Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea, who were living in or transiting through the country at the time, were forced to flee for their lives yet again. Omar was one of thousands of refugees waiting in refugee camps along the Tunisian and Egyptian borders unable to return home.
Rain is Beautiful (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2012/aug/16/somali-refugee-sweden-video) begins on Omar’s final day in the refugee camp his last day in the camp and we follow up through to his first few days in Sandviken in northern Sweden where he starts a new life.
Directed by Nick Francis and Marc Silver
An exclusive portrait of Malawi’s first female President Joyce Banda, as she tries to steer her country out of an economic crisis. Undaunted by the challenge, claiming ‘all African women carry heavy loads’, Banda, an award-winning gender activist, wants the Malawian people to be living better lives by the end of her term.
Directed, Produced, Edited by: Nick Francis and Marc Francis
Music: Nikki French
Executive Producer for the Guardian: Lucy Lamble