Gail Egan and Simon Channing Williams formed Potboiler Productions in 2000 and since then has produced over 20 films including Doug McGrath’s Nicholas Nickleby, De-Lovely with Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd, Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness, starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, Man About Dog with director, Paddy Breathnach, Brothers of the Head with directors. Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, and Fernando Meirelles’ award winning film, The Constant Gardener, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, who won an Oscar for her performance in the film. More recently she has produced the adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams and also the adaptation of John le Carré novel, Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White starring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgaard, Naomie Harris and Damien Lewis. She produced Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, and in 2014 Trespass Against Us starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. She produced Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer and last year produced an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel The Little Stranger, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which was written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Gail also works with Mike Leigh and has executive produced Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year , Mr Turner and most recently, Peterloo.
As an independent producer and partner in Potboiler Productions with producing partner Gail Egan, Andrea was previously Head of Drama at BBC Scotland and Head of Production at Pathé Pictures, and has produced and executive produced over 30 award-winning feature films and TV series.
These credits include Jed Mercurio’s Cardiac Arrest; the adaptations of Iain Banks’s The Crow Road and Stonemouth for BBC; Lynne Ramsay’s debut feature Ratcatcher; Kevin Macdonald’s BAFTA and Oscar-winning The Last King of Scotland; David Simon & Ed Burns’ Emmy-winning series Generation Kill for HBO; I am Slave, directed by Gabriel Range and written by Jeremy Brock; Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the Orange prize winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton; Andrew Bovell’s adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man; A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts; Trespass Against Us, starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson; Woman Walks Ahead written by Steven Knight and directed by Susanna White starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes and Sam Rockwell; and last year, an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel The Little Stranger, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Yuli, inspired by the life of Carlos Acosta written by Paul Laverty and directed by Iciar Bollain and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The longest serving member of Potboiler, Bek started her film career in 1995, working for Thin Man Films as a runner on the set of Mike Leigh’s Career Girls and post production of Secrets and Lies.
She soon became Simon Channing Williams’ assistant at Imagine Films and somehow, whilst continuing to look after Simon’s personal life, found herself looking after both Thin Man Films’ and, by then, Potboiler Productions’ finances.
Nowadays there’s not much Bek hasn’t experienced when it comes to films and finances. She also oversees the welfare of the Potboiler team and is reasonably approachable – even though she is actually quite scary when asked for money.
After studying French and EU Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Lucy spent a year in Brussels working for the Scottish Government. Following that, she joined the BAFTA Scotland team in Glasgow, and then spent a year with the Creative Diversity department of Channel 4. Lucy was then assistant to the Director of the BFI Lottery Film Fund for 2 years before joining the Potboiler team in May 2017.