Ken and Paul formed the production company Steel Mill Pictures in 2005 when they produced their first feature film, the Award-winning, critically-acclaimed thriller “London to Brighton”. Financed with private equity and completion money from the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, the film screened in competition at several prestigious film festivals around the world, winning many awards and accolades. These awards included BIFA’s Best Achievement in Production Award, Edinburgh International Film Festival New Director’s Award, Evening Standard British Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer, Dinard British Film Festival The Golden Hitchcock Award, Foyle Film Festival for Best Feature Film and Raindance Film Festival Best UK Feature. The film played in competition in the Discovery Section at Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, and went on to play many other prestigious festivals worldwide. It was theatrically released in the UK by Vertigo, and international sales are handled by Independent Sales.
In early 2008 they completed their second feature film, dark comedy-horror “The Cottage”, starring Andy Serkis and Reece Shearsmith, which was shot on location in the Isle of Man and Yorkshire. Pathe UK theatrically released the film and Pathe International handled worldwide sales. Sony Pictures picked up the film for North America and many other territories. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and played in many film festivals worldwide.
Steel Mill Pictures developed and completed their third feature film, home-invasion terror “Cherry Tree Lane” in 2010. It had a UK theatrical release through Metrodome Distribution with Salt International handling international sales.
“Song for Marion” is Steel Mill’s fourth theatrical release, starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston. The film has successfully been sold by eOne International and eOne are distributing in the UK. The Weinstein Company picked up US rights and are theatrically releasing 21st June 2013. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival as the Closing Night Gala, was a Gala Screening at London Film Festival in Oct 2012, and was the Closing Night Gala at Palm Springs Film Festival in Jan 2013.
All four of Steel Mill Pictures first projects were primarily a joint collaboration between writer/director Paul Andrew Williams and Ken Marshall.
Steel Mill Pictures’ fifth feature film, “Filth”, was developed on spec by Ken Marshall and writer/director Jon Baird (“Cass”). An adaptation of the Irvine Welsh (“Trainspotting”) novel, it has been bought by Lionsgate UK and Icon Australia. Sierra Affinity are handling international sales and it has been sold to most major territories. “Filth” stars James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Joanne Froggatt, Imogen Poots and Eddie Marsan, and is scheduled for a UK theatrical release at the end of September 2013.