Open Palm Films was established in July 2016 by director and writer Dominic Dromgoole (following a decade as artistic director of the Globe Theatre). It has produced six films: Benjamin, Pond Life, Making Noise Quietly, Undercliffe,The Thin Man and Tides. Its mission is to produce chamber epics which with honest story-telling touch on themes that resonate.
They completed their first feature, Making Noise Quietly, in February 2018. The film, an adaptation of Robert Holman’s play of the same name, was directed by Dominic Dromgoole, starring Deborah Findlay, Barbara Marten, Trystan Gravelle and Matthew Tennyson, and filmed on location in Kent, Yorkshire and Germany. It will be released by Verve in 2019.
Undercliffe, written by Bruce Macleod and directed by Lisa Mulcahy, and starring Laurie Kynaston, Mark Addy and Esme Creed-Miles, completed principal photography in 2017. Set and shot in Bradford, the film follows a young man who awakes with severe memory loss after a brutal attack. Shown at the Austin Festival in 2018, the film is being represented by Concourse Film Trade out of LA.
Pond Life, directed by Bill Buckhurst and adapted by playwright Richard Cameron from his play of the same name, also completed principal photography in summer of 2017. It stars Esme Creed-Miles, Angus Imrie, Tom Varey, Daisy Edgar Jones, Siobhan Finneran and Sian Brooke. Set in a quiet mining village near Doncaster in 1994, the story follows a group of young friends who embark on a night-time fishing expedition that none of them will ever forget. It was screened to great acclaim at the Leeds Film Festival in 2018, and was released the UK by Verve in April 2019, supported by the BFI.
Benjamin, written and directed by actor and comedian Simon Amstell was finished in Autumn of 2017. Starring Colin Morgan, Jessica Raine, Joel Fry and Anna Chancellor, it is a delicate comedy about intimacy and despair, and is Amstell's second feature after making his debut with the mockumentary Carnage. Shown to great acclaim at the London Film Festival in 2018, Benjamin was released by Verve in March 2019.
Open Palm partnered with Elation Pictures to offer completion finance for Tides, a film written and directed by Tupac Felber. Screened at the London Film Festival in 2017, Tides was released by Ax1 at the end of 2018.
Their sixth feature, The Man in the Hat, written and directed by Stephen Warbeck and John-Paul Davidson, and starring Ciaran Hinds and Stephen Dillane, was shot on location in Marseilles, the Camargue and the Cevennes in the summer of 2018, and will be completed by the spring of 2019. A road musical, the film is largely silent, with three stories told along the way, and much music heard.
With each of these stories, Open Palm is thrilled to celebrate the scope of the chamber epic, and the sharp edge of human truth. They are delighted to be working with a host of great storytellers, all interested in the stuff of life.
Dominic Dromgoole - Director
Dominic Dromgoole was the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe from 2006 to 2016, directing several productions including a world tour of Hamlet (2014-16) which was performed in 197 countries. Dominic created a new VOD platform for the Globe to Screen films, and produced and edited ‘The Complete Walk’, 37 short films celebrating Shakespeare.
Dominic recently founded a new theatre company, Classic Spring, which is currently producing a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde opening in October 2017 that aims to offer a fuller picture of the man and the artist, and reveal this much-loved playwright as the brilliant renegade he was in his own time. Dominic has directed the first play in the season ‘A Woman of No Importance’ which is currently playing at the Vaudeville theatre in the West End. Dominic’s latest book, ‘Hamlet: Globe to Globe’, was published by Canongate earlier this year.