Violet Pictures was founded by James Collie and Jan Dunn in 2012. Since then Violet Pictures has gained a reputation for releasing a wide array of ground-breaking documentaries such as Jessica Oreck’s Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, Andy Heathcote’s The Moo Man and Lana Wilson, Martha Shane’s Emmy award winning After Tiller.
Each year we release two acclaimed feature documentaries and in 2015, we also began distributing the documentary catalogue of November Films. In 2014/15 this included No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers and Galapagos Affair: When Satan Came To Eden.
James Collie – Producer/Distributor
James’s debut documentary, Beyond Biba, premiered at the Victoria and Albert Museum followed by a profitable UK cinema release to over fifty cinemas. It was then released as a special edition DVD exceeding expectations, culminating in worldwide TV sales to broadcasters including The Sundance Channel, Sky and SBS. As an innovative distributor he has released twelve documentaries in UK cinemas and on home entertainment.
He has worked in conjunction with the BFI Academy as a producer and also as a distribution consultant for a number of filmmakers and production companies. In 2013 he launched the Sheffield Doc Fest Collection on DVD and VOD in partnership with the festival.
Jan Dunn – Writer/Director/Producer
Jan began as an actress working mostly in classical roles in theatre. Her acclaimed first feature film Gypo was released by Lionsgate and won multiple awards including a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Production. Jan went onto direct Bob Hoskins in Ruby Blue and Brenda Blethyn in the award-winning The Calling.
For Violet Pictures she is currently developing a number of television factual and fiction projects including The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, based on the controversial novel and its infamous trial. She is also set to direct her adaptation of the Rose Tremain best-seller, Sacred Country for Cross Day Productions.