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.

Ed Rubin

Ed Rubin has worked in the film industry across development and production since 2000. He began in the independent sector working for Mission Pictures across a number of films, including Danny Boyle's Millions, before going on to work for companies including Working Title, Ealing Studios and the UK Film Council. He joined BBC Films in 2005 as Development Executive and became Head of Development at Origin Pictures at its launch in 2008.

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

Claire Marshall

Claire started as a script reader and intern at EUE Screen Gems studios in the US after winning a scholarship to UNCW film school. After graduation she worked for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, edited The Film UK Guide to British Film 2007 and then joined Film4 as a junior script reader.

Claire moved over to Channel 4 drama where she became a development editor working across shows including ‘Skins’ and ‘Coming Up’. She launched the Channel’s first new writing initiative, 4Screenwriting, as well as a collaboration with Paines Plough theatre company to support new playwrights. She left Channel 4 to produce 'Coming Up' for Touchpaper Television and joined Origin in 2013 after script editing 'Case Histories' for Ruby Film and Television.

Claire is Head of Development and works across both film and television.

Neeral Patel

Neeral began his career in 2009 working on various feature films and television dramas. He joined Origin Pictures in 2010 as assistant to director Marc Munden on The Crimson Petal and the White and then assistant to David Thompson before taking up the role of Production Manager.

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 working in many capacities across all of Origin’s productions and developments.



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