About Us

Origin Pictures is an independent production company making bold and ambitious drama for both film and television. As well as working with established voices, we place a strong focus on nurturing emerging talent to bring powerful and distinctive stories to the screen. The company was launched in 2008 by David Thompson, having run BBC Films for over a decade.


David Thompson

David Thompson, former head of BBC Films, has been the recipient of multiple awards, including three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and three Emmys. He has produced/executive produced over 100 films. His feature credits include Billy Elliot, Iris, Dirty Pretty Things, Notes on a Scandal, Revolutionary Road, Fish Tank, Eastern Promises, In The Loop, My Summer of Love, An Education, Bright Star and Men Who Stare at Goats.

Over his career, 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, Francesca Joseph, Justin Chadwick and Nick Murphy. 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.

Hannah Farrell

As Head of Film and Television, Hannah is across all of Origin's productions and manages the television and film slates.

Joanie Blaikie

Head of Production

Alex Gordon

Alex’s experience in film and television began at talent agency ICM in Los Angeles, working in the Motion Picture Talent and Literary departments. Since then Alex spent time at BBC Films before joining Origin as assistant to David Thompson.

Alex is now Production Executive acting in several capacities across Origin’s productions and developments.

Kate Leadbetter

Development Executive



+44 (0)20 3773 4960


4 Denmark Street
United Kingdom



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