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.
We release acclaimed feature documentaries and in 2015, we also began distributing the documentary catalogue of November Films. 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 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 mentor and is currently the Distribution Coordinator for Random Acts at Screen South in Folkestone.
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.
She is currently developing a number of television and fiction projects including an adaptation of the Rose Tremain best-seller, Sacred Country for Cross Day Productions.