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Issue 3 - May 2014



'DOT' Filming is now complete on 'A Small Dot On The Western Front' which is currently in the final stages of post production. This Hurcheon Films presentation of an A D Cooper film is a World War One period drama based on a true story and shot at Three Mills Studio.

Editing is underway, then with the addition of music and other final features we will be ready to go. The first stop for the film is a sneak preview at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Mum's the Word! I recently shot a Tesco commercial for Mothers’ Day which was shown on national TV in March. Playing Mum of course.

'Miriam', I am delighted to say, has been accepted into the Palm Springs Film Festival.



Film Producer Walli Ullah tells his story

WALLI ULLAH is a successful media entrepreneur who was most recently responsible for the multi-million pound growth and sale of IFE Services, a global content production and distribution company.

IFE Services began by producing bespoke packages for non-theatrical markets including airlines, cruise ships and train operators world-wide.

He steered the company through its early development, securing and repaying 3i’s initial investment. With IFE’s success Walli oversaw the acquisition of major foreign competitors and the opening of offices worldwide.

After the sale of IFE Walli went on to set up Emu Films along with Jim and Mike in Manchester in 2008 and then opened up its second office in London in 2010.

In 2013 EMU completed principal photography on two feature films; Daniel Wolfe's CATCH ME DADDY (BFI, Film4, Studio Canal, Screen Yorkshire) & Guy Myhill's THE GOOB (Creative England, BFI, BBC).

Both films are now under consideration by the Cannes Film Festival committee and we are hopeful of one or both being accepted.

In addition EMU produced, under the highly regarded Sky Playhouse banner, THE CRUISE (Jane Horrocks), and Jason Wingard’s short film GOING TO MECCA (Virgin, BFI).

EMU has a vibrant slate of television and film projects in active development with the BFI & Film4 and a number of projects being developed in-house with a view to being taken to the market at a later stage.

EMU Films began by acquiring intellectual property and fostering relationships. A workable infrastructure arose from Jim & Walli's initial capital investment alongside Mike’s project management. 2012 provided a tipping point as development funding, moved into production funding, establishing EMU as a production house.

Over this time our slate of future projects has been put together with a view to building a sustainable company that supports new talent with an authored vision.

2014 is the second tipping point for EMU where we look to invest and supplement our current revenue streams with new opportunities. TV will become fundamental to our core business as we look to build a drama slate that works in tandem with our film slate.

Walli oversee's EMU's legal requirements, including the acquisition of intellectual property, establishment of SPV's and links with the tax credit facility through Coutts.

He is also tasked with maintaining links to private finance with a view to maximising investment for future commercial and ambitious productions, such as SKIN FLICK, which require a combination of private equity and public funding.

Walli understands the value of content and his background places him perfectly to maximise EMU's future content revenue in all aspects of distribution and International sales.

During his time at IFE, Walli forged close relationships with a number of international buyers and distributors (for which IFE still generates significant profit). Walli's role looped him through the whole process of content financing, licensing and distribution - building a network of contacts, which will prove to be an invaluable asset to EMU.