Producer David Thompson has won numerous international awards including three Baftas, two Emmys and several Golden Globes. Having run BBC Films for over a decade, he commissioned a range of award-winning films including BILLY ELLIOT, AN EDUCATION, FISH TANK, THE DUCHESS, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, IN THE LOOP, EASTERN PROMISES, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, BRIGHT STAR, MY SUMMER OF LOVE, A COCK AND BULL STORY, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, SHOOTING DOGS, RED ROAD, IRIS and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS.
He left the BBC in 2008 to set up independent production company Origin Pictures. Origin produces both film and television through their development deal with BBC Fiction, Fremantle Media and Distant Horizon. Their first film for the BBC, FREEFALL by Dominic Savage, was the first drama to explore the financial crisis. Their feature, THE FIRST GRADER, set in Kenya, will come out later in the year and this summer they will shoot a four-part adaptation of Michel Faber’s bestselling novel THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE for the BBC, as well as Edwardian ghost story, THE AWAKENING, starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton.
Whilst at the BBC, Thompson made a special contribution to introducing the work of new directors such as Pawel Pawlikowski, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, Saul Dibb, Dominic Savage, Sarah Gavron and Francesca Joseph. His TV credits as producer include several Alan Clarke films such as THE FIRM and ROAD, as well as the first SHADOWLANDS and numerous award-winning television dramas which he executive produced / produced such as INTO THE STORM, THE GATHERING STORM, CONSPIRACY, THE LOST PRINCE and EINSTEIN & EDDINGTON for the BBC.