Set up in 2008 Cuba Pictures has an impressive history of producing quality Film and Television.
Past projects include Boy A, starring Andrew Garfield as a young man with a large secret. A Mark O’Rowe script directed by John Crowley, the film went on to win 5 BAFTAs. Broken, the directorial debut of Rufus Norris was adapted by Mark O’Rowe from Daniel Clay’s novel. The film starred Tim Roth, Rory Kinnear, Cillian Murphy and the rising star Eloise Lawrence. It won Best British Film and Best Supporting Actor for Rory Kinnear at the 2012 BIFAs.
Norris collaborated once more with Cuba on the adaptation of Alecky Blythe’s play for the the National Theatre, London Road, starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy. The film has enjoyed great critical success garnering 5 star reviews and have shown at both Toronto and San Sebastian film festivals.
James Graham’s Coalition aired in March 2015, on Channel 4. Directed by Alex Holmes, Coalition is a stark and often humorous look at the five days that led to the formation of the Coalition government.
2015 saw the release of the major 7 part series for BBC One, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Adapted from the bestselling Susanna Clarke novel, by Peter Harness with direction from Toby Haynes. The series tells the story of magic in England as a long and honorable tradition. Set in the early nineteenth century, ‘theoretical magicians’ study magical texts but no one actually still practices – until Strange & Norrell.
The Ones Below premiered at Toronto Film festival in 2015. A haunting thriller directed and written by David Farr, with Clémence Poésy, Stephen Campbell Moore, David Morrissey and Laura Birn starring.
Conor McPherson’s Paula, a chilling 3 parter for BBC Two aired in May 2017, directed by Alex Holmes and starring Denise Gough the show received 4 star reviews from The Telegraph.
The company teamed with Parallel Films to produce Mark O’Rowe’s Delinquent Season. Starring Cillian Murphy, Andrew Scott, Catherine Walker and Eva Birthistle the film is a exploration of relationship and their breakdowns.
This year the 8 part series for BBC One, McMafia was aired on New Years Day. Based on the book by Misha Glenny the project is set in the world of international crime. It was created and written by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, directed by James Watkins. The writing team was made up of David Farr, Laurence Coriat and Peter Harness. The show will air on AMC in the United States and is available on Amazon Prime globally.
The company is part of the Original Talent Group and has a first look deal with BBC Worldwide.
Nick Marston joined Curtis Brown in 1997 and throughout his years of being an agent has built a list comprising of some of the UKs biggest talent. In 2008 he became the CEO and Executive Producer at Cuba Pictures, the aim of the company being to utilise the strength of Curtis Brown’s talent to create high quality film and television.
Since its inception Nick has produced Boy A starring Andrew Garfield, adapted by Mark O’Rowe and directed by John Crowley and Broken, Rufus Norris’ directorial debut, written by Mark O’Rowe and featuring Tim Roth, Rory Kinnear and Cillian Murphy.
2015 saw the release of Coalition by James Graham and directed by Alex Holmes for Channel 4, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for BBC One, adapted by Peter Harness from the Susanna Clarke novel and directed by Toby Haynes, London Road the film adaptation of the National Theatre show directed by Rufus Norris and David Farr’s directorial debut with his script The Ones Below. Nick was an Executive Producer on all these projects and he remains committed to developing material for film and television.
Dixie Linder joined Cuba Pictures in 2012 as the Head of Film and Television.
During this time she has produced Broken directed by Rufus Norris. The feature went on to win two of the nine BIFAs for which it was nominated, for Best Independent Film and Best Supporting Actor going to Rory Kinnear.
Linder executive produced the major BBC adaptation of the bestselling Susanna Clarke novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the magical drama aired in the Spring of 2015.
Dixie also produced James Graham’s honest and comedic Coalition, which looks at the formation of the 2010 government. Directed by Alex Holmes, the programme aired in 2015 on Channel 4.
2015 saw the release of London Road. Based on the National Theatre’s acclaimed verbatim musical, produced by Linder, the film focuses on the Ipswich community that become the epicentre of tragedy, when 5 women’s bodies were discovered in 2006.
In 2015 Linder also executive produced David Farr’s gripping thriller The Ones Below. Set against the backdrop of leafy North London, it follows the story of neighbours who are struck by a cruel tragedy, which soon turns even crueller.
Past credits also include; Bent with Clive Owen, the multi-award winning The War Zone directed by Tim Roth, starring Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton, The Martins with Kathy Burke and Lee Evans, In My Father’s Den starring Matthew Macfadyen, which garnered numerous awards, Churchill the Hollywood Years starring Christian Slater and Iain Softley’s Trap for Cinderella. Dixie is also credited as a Production Executive on Trauma starring Colin Firth and worked with Sam Taylor-Johnson on numerous projects, including the BRIT nominated Elton John video I Want Love, starring Robert Downey Junior.
Ben Hall is joint CEO of Cuba Pictures and parent company Original Talent Group.
Recently, he has acted as an executive producer on the Royal Television winner for Single Drama Coalition, written by James Graham and directed by Alex Holmes and on David Farr’s directorial debut The Ones Below which starred Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.