Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Academy and BAFTA Award-Winning Producer and CEO – BEDLAM FILM PRODUCTIONS

Academy and BAFTA Award-winning Producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin is the CEO of the London-based Bedlam Film Productions.

After 13 years as a 1st AD and Line Producer, racking up dozens of film and TV credits, Gareth decided to move into Producing and formed Bedlam Productions in 2006 with partner Simon Egan.

In 2009, Gareth produced the British thriller Exam, which was nominated for a BAFTA and won Spirit and Dinard awards. International recognition followed soon after with the record-breaking, critically acclaimed 2010 film The King’s Speech. It went on to become the highest grossing British independent film of all time. It debuted at Toronto International Film Festival where it took home the celebrated Audience Award before winning seven BAFTAs (including Best Film and Outstanding British Film) and four Academy awards, including Best Film, presented to Gareth by Steven Spielberg. The film would eventually win in excess of 80 internationally recognized film awards and gross over $450m worldwide in theatrical receipts alone. He would go on to produce a further 6 feature films.

Now acting as Head of Film & Animation at Screenskills, the national charity in the UK for workforce development and those wishing to join the screen industries, Gareth leads on the delivery of the BFI Future Film Skills 10-point action plan and sets the overall strategic direction for the Film Skills Fund. He was closely involved in the development of the COVID-19 Safe Return To Production guidance and has won PGGB awards for his career film, First Day; On Set.

Gareth is a voting member of AMPAS, BAFTA, PGA and PGGB. He is also Honoree Fellow Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication where he lectures.