• Cool Hand International is an independent film and television production company with offices in Los Angeles and London. Cool Hand International aims to make studio quality films with an independent price tag.

  • What We Do

    Cool Hand is an independent production company with offices in London and Los Angeles.

    With two completed feature films, two more in pre-production, and a slate of over twenty projects in development, Cool Hand aims to become a consistent provider of high quality, commercial content for the British, American and international markets. Cool Hand’s founding partners have long-standing relationships with key talent agents and casting directors in both the US and UK as well as strong personal relationships with some of the world’s most renowned writers, directors, and actors. While Cool Hand specializes in finding and developing material that can be financed in Britain and Europe, its founders also have extensive experience of working with the US majors. Collaborating with institutional film financiers, investors and studios, Cool Hand’s aim is to deliver profitable films at the right price for a strong identifiable audience or, as we like to say, to make studio level pictures for an independent price tag.

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  • JEFF LOWE'S METaNOIA

    Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia is the story of a legendary athlete’s rise to the top of his sport before a devastating fall from grace that precipitates perhaps the boldest solo mountain climb in history: Metanoia, on the North Face of the Eiger. Twenty years later, Jeff faces a terminal disease with the same courage and grace that characterized his career as a climber.

     

  • SURVIVING EVIL

    A British documentary crew ventures onto a remote Philippine island to shoot a survival special about the fabled Aswang, terrifying, mythical creatures believed by the locals to live in the canopy of an ancient rainforest. After discovering dozens of half-eaten corpses, the terrified crew are stranded on the island, surrounded by demonic monsters. In a deadly game of cat and mouse, the crew battles to survive against a horrifying evil that is all around them.

     

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  • FAKERS

    Fakers is an off-beat British crime caper set in the London art world. Nick Blake owes £50,000 and has no way off paying off wannabe crime boss Foster Wright until he stumbles across a lost sketch by legendary Italian artist Antonio Fraccini. The problem is it's only worth £15,000. A plan is hatched to forge the drawing and sell it to five Mayfair galleries within an hour before anyone cottons on to Nick’s outrageous scam.

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    • RING OF BRIGHT WATER
    • BRONTE
    • BUTLER RHYMES
    • THE DANDY ROLL
    • THE LOST TRIBE
    • DYING BRAVE

    RING OF BRIGHT WATER

    Financing / Packaging / Casting

     

    Based on Gavin Maxwell’s classic British book, this modern re-visioning tells the story of Graham, a depressed stockbroker, who adopts Max, an adorable otter. When Max destroys the company’s main servers, Graham is sacked and decided to move to his parents old house on the Isle of Skye. Through Max’s wonderful, mischievous personality, Graham is able to get back in touch with nature and rediscover his love of life.

     

     

    BRONTE

    Development

     

    Based on Syrie James’s acclaimed novel The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, this romantic drama, set on the wild and windy Yorkshire moors, thrillingly recounts the true story of Charlotte Brontë’s turbulent relationship with handsome Irishman Arthur Bell Nicholls, and her journey to becoming the famous author of Jane Eyre. As Charlotte and her sisters Anne and Emily (Wuthering Heights) overcome grave obstacles to become published novelists, Charlotte must also come to terms with an unrequited longing, before she can recognize in Mr. Nicholls the love of her life—a love story which is every bit as fiery as the ones she creates.

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    BUTLER RHYMES

    Financing / Packaging

     

    When a charming, but foolish British aristocrat loses a fortune in a casino one night, he is forced to become a butler to a rap diva with writer's block in order to earn back his inheritance. In doing so he learns the value of hard work and finds true love in the most unexpected of places - Beverly Hills.

    THE DANDY ROLL

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    When Sam discovers his father's paper mill is going bankrupt, he agrees to "borrow" a dandy roll from another mill for his wide-boy friend Ray to print some watermarked paper over the weekend. Not realizing that Ray is working for a major London crime syndicate and that the watermarked paper is going to be used for an international counterfeiting scheme, Sam and his friends embark on an hysterical caper that will change all their lives forever.

    THE LOST TRIBE

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    Lost Tribe is based on the extraordinary true story of English journalist Edward Marriott's trip to Papua New Guinea to discover the Liawep, the last lost tribe on earth. After a woman and two children are found mysteriously dead during a massive thunderstorm, Marriott is forced to flee for his life through impenetrable jungle with a war party of vengeful Liawep cannibal headhunters on his tail..

    DYING BRAVE

    Script / Packaging

     

    Maurice Rearden knows two things for certain; he's going to die and he doesn't want an undignified death.

    With one final wish to fulfil, he travels to Indian Territory in the California desert; things take a surprising turn with the arrival of an unexpected yet familiar guest. As hidden truths emerge Maurice starts to understand that the biggest event in his life is unfolding before him.

  • PEOPLE

    CEO

    Luke started his film career at Working Title Films in the early 1990's and then went on to work for other reputable film companies including Miramax, Sarah Radclyffe Productions, WAVEpictures and Future Film Group. In 2006 he was hired to head up the finance and co-productions division of a Beverly Hills based Sales and Distribution company, New Films International, and during this time he also Executive Produced 'Fakers', which was released theatrically in both the USA and internationally. (more)

    Chief Creative Officer

    After receiving degrees from Oxford and Stanford Universities, Simon attended UCLA Film School, where he earned an MFA in Screenwriting and won a Samuel Goldwyn Award, the Harmony Gold Award of Excellence, and the first BAFTA/LA Scholarship. He was mentored by Don Stewart (HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER) and reached the finals of the Disney Fellowship and the semifinals of the Nicholl Fellowship. (more)

    Head of Production

    Matthew Wolf has been working in the film and television industry for over fifteen years. He worked at Fox Kids (later Disney’s Jetix) for four years, where he produced a number of award-winning animated and live action spots. Later he moved to Cartoon Network continuing to produce children’s television. He has worked as an Assistant Director on a number of large-scale features, including 101 DALMATIONS, TOMORROW NEVER DIES and BULLET TO BEIJING. (more)

    Head of Television

    Anna Gardner spearheads our TV division and is responsible for the creation, development and production of unscripted programming.

     

    Anna’s experience is broad, having worked for the BBC, Channel 5, independent film companies, GIG (worldwide leader in sports gaming software) and most recently ESPN – the worldwide leader in sports. Joining ESPN in 2004, Anna worked across ESPN's European businesses and was instrumental in the launch of their first channel in the United Kingdom in March 2006. (more)

  • Luke G-Jones

    Luke started his film career at Working Title Films in the early 1990's and then went on to work for other reputable film companies including Miramax, Sarah Radclyffe Productions, WAVEpictures and Future Film Group. In 2006 he was hired to head up the finance and co-productions division of a Beverly Hills based Sales and Distribution company, New Films International, and during this time he also Executive Produced 'Fakers', which was released theatrically in both the USA and internationally.

     

    Soon after, he launched Cool Hand International along with Simon Kelton and within a few months of setting up shop, they were in production with their first film, a horror starring Billy Zane and Natalie Mendoza called 'Surviving Evil'. This film was released theatrically worldwide and recently received it's VOD release in the United States. As well as being in active development across a broad slate of feature films, Luke also provides financing and executive production services to a host of production partners including major broadcasters, studios and independent film companies.

     

    Luke is a frequent speaker on film industry panels, has contributed to numerous industry publications and has been invited to teach at USC, SouthWestern and Boston University. Luke has talent representation from WME in the USA and maintains close ties with all the major talent agencies in the UK.

     

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  • Simon Kelton

    After completing Master's degrees in English Literature at Oxford and Stanford, Simon was awarded a Rotary International Scholarship to study at UCLA Film School where he earned an MFA in screenwriting. He also won the first BAFTA Scholarship, a Samuel Goldwyn Award, the Harmony Gold Award of Excellence, was a Finalist in the Disney Fellowship and twice a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship.

    Since then Simon has written scripts for numerous production companies as well as having directors like Nigel Cole, Andy Fickman, Ash Brannon, John Stevenson, Kirk Jones, James Honeyborne, and Declan Lowney attached to various projects.

    As a producer at Cool Hand International, Simon's role encompasses all aspects of the business from the initial development of ideas, optioning of properties, screenwriting, editing, foreign sales, finance models and fundraising, to managing talent, agency and studio relationships.

    Most recently, Simon has been an Executive Producer on Jeff Lowe's remarkable true life story "Metanoia," which won best Mountaineering Film at the Kendal Festival and is a Finalist at the Banff, Boulder and Sheffield Film Festivals. He also wrote the original screenplay for "Eddie the Eagle," produced by Matthew Vaughn, directed by Dexter Fletcher and starring Hugh Jackman. The film recently enjoyed a worldwide release through Twentieth Century Fox and Lionsgate in the UK.

    Simon has been the Co-Chair the BAFTA LA Scholarship Committee and has also performed as voice talent in movies such as "Polar Express," "Beowulf," and "A Christmas Carol."

     

     

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  • Matt Wolf

    Matthew Wolf has been working in the film and television industry for over fifteen years. He worked at Fox Kids (later Disney’s Jetix) for four years, where he produced a number of award-winning animated and live action spots. Later he moved to Cartoon Network continuing to produce children’s television. He has worked as an Assistant Director on a number of large-scale features, including 101 DALMATIONS, TOMORROW NEVER DIES and BULLET TO BEIJING. As an independent producer Wolf also produced the powerful short drama THE CAVENDISH PROFILE which received a nomination at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Matthew Wolf is also a highly successful actor.

     

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  • Anna Gardner

    Anna Gardner spearheads our TV division and is responsible for the creation, development and production of unscripted programming.

     

    Anna’s experience is broad, having worked for the BBC, Channel 5, independent film companies, GIG (worldwide leader in sports gaming software) and most recently ESPN – the worldwide leader in sports. Joining ESPN in 2004, Anna worked across ESPN's European businesses and was instrumental in the launch of their first channel in the United Kingdom in March 2006.

     

    Anna produces programming of exceptionally high quality within a wide range of budgetary remits. Her achievements in production have received extensive praise, both from the business and sporting communities. A recent project for ESPN was short-listed for an industry award and she is an award winning series producer attracted much national press attention. Anna has also interviewed some of the biggest names in world sport including Rugby World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson, and Soccer World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst. From program commissioning to full broadcast delivery Anna is an all round producer in the creative landscape and proficient in all technical areas including cameras; lighting and editing.

     

    Anna can be reached at anna@coolhandinternational.com :: YouTube :: back to top

  • PRESS

    — by Movies News Desk

    — By Avery Stonich, National Geographic

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  • CONTACT US

    You can contact us at: Tel: +44 (0)207 602 4110 (UK) or +1 310 776 5743 (US)

  • Cool Hand Entertainment Ltd is a UK registered company headquartered at 24 Durrels House, Warwick Gardens, London W14 8QB

    Cool Hand International LLC is a California registered company headquartered at 567 Brooks Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

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