Magazine article Screen International

'45 Years' Producer Tristan Goligher Talks Indie Movie Challenges Ahead of Film Summit

Magazine article Screen International

'45 Years' Producer Tristan Goligher Talks Indie Movie Challenges Ahead of Film Summit

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In an interview with Screen ahead of this week's Screen Film Summit, The Bureau's Tristan Goligher has discussed some of the key challenges facing UK producers today.

With credits including 45 Years, Weekend and the forthcoming Lean On Pete and Daphne, Goligher is considered one of the UK industry's rising stars, and will speak at Thursday's Summit alongside fellow rising UK producers Julia Nottingham of Pulse Films and Uzma Hasan of Little House Productions.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Goligher highlighted that the biggest challenge facing The Bureau was "convincing people to get behind the types of films that we're making", often because they did not have similar market comparisons.

"That inevitably poses a challenge because everyone bases their decision making on trying to make an educated guess," he explained.

"It's a real challenge for independent cinema at the minute, if we're constantly pressed into recreating models of films that have already worked, ultimately that will fail as the whole point of an independent audience is that they want to come and find fresh stories."

"That structure quickly becomes self-defeating. When we speak to financiers they're always nervous about projects because there's little hard data to back up the idea that the film will perform or sell in a certain way," he added.

Goligher has seen breakout successes in gay romantic drama Weekend, which grossed more than $1.5m worldwide from a production budget of around $150,000 (£120,000), and Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling-starring drama 45 Years, which grossed more than $14m globally.

He said that the reason those projects performed so well was that they offered audiences something different, but said financing them was "a battle" because they were targeting under-served demographics.

Budgets

Goligher adds that setting the appropriate budget for a film is crucial.

"We approach projects so that we get the budget at the right level and then make a finance plan that allows people to genuinely see their money back, but doesn't put too many creative constraints on the filmmaker."

"You have to find the right price point for films in order to allow them to have the creative freedom to create the best versions of that project," he emphasised, "Success is relative. …

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