Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor is the founder/owner of Film and Music Entertainment. She co-founded the company with Mike Downey in 2000.

The first feature film that she produced was Milcho Manchevski's Academy Award nominee Before the Rain (1994) which won the Golden Lion in Venice. Following this success, Sam produced Benjamin Ross' feature debut The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995) and then Sweet Angel Mine (1996). After a brief excursion into the art world working with Sam Taylor-Wood on her video installation ‘Pent-Up’ she produced ‘Under the Stars’ before forming F&ME.

Since then Sam has produced Deathwatch (2002) (starring Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis), Hilmar Oddson’s ‘Cold Light’, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s films ‘Niceland’ and ‘Falcons’, and co-produced Anders Ronnow Klarlund’s puppet epic ‘Strings’, ‘Loving Glances’, which was selected for competition in Venice 2003, ‘My Brother is a Dog’, and Jannik Johansen’s Murk. Other films include ‘Call of the Toad’ (Gunter Grass), and Simon Aeby’s ‘The Headsman’.
Other credits include Saul Metzstein’s ‘Guy X’ (starring Jason ‘American Pie’ Biggs, Jeremy Northam), ‘Eleven Men Out’, ‘Anastezi’, ‘The Border Post’ by Rajko Grlic, ‘Projecto Dos’, ‘Quest for a Heart’ - the company’s first animation film with songs by Billy Elliot’s Lee Hall, ‘Mystery of the Wolf’ and Juraj Jakubisko’s ‘Bathory’. In addition she co-produced Mark Dornford-May’s South African ‘Son Of Man’ which premiere at Sundance 2007.

In 2009 she produced White Lightnin, debut film maker Dominic Murphy’s first feature which was screened in Sundance and Berlin Panorama and won the Le Hitchcock d’Or (Grand Jury Prize) at the 2009 Dinard British Film Festival. She also produced the feature documentary, ‘Turtle: The Incredible Journey’ as well as Julius Kemp’s Icelandic horror romp ‘Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre’.

Recently completed films include ‘The Mortician’, F&ME’s second feature documentary, ‘StreetKids United’ by Tim Pritchard (Berlinale) and Srdjan Dragojevic’ Berlin Film Festival Audience Award winner ‘The Parade’.

In November 2012 F&ME shot Julien Temple’s documentary Children of the Revolution, while Epic - directed by Ben Hopkins, financed by the BFI, Georgian Film Fund, Russian Film Fund and Eurimages is currently in post production.

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