Scala was formed by Nik Powell and Stephen Woolley in 1992. In the early 2000s, Stephen set up his own shingle Number 9 Films with producer Elizabeth Karlsen and Ian Prior joined Scala as Nik’s partner.
Academy Award-nominee Milcho Manchevski’s WILLOW, on which both Powell and Prior are executive producers, premiered to acclaim at the Rome Film Festival before a host of screenings and awards on the festival circuit. Variety called the film “powerful, evocative, beautifully played” while Screen International described it as “poignant and profound”, The Hollywood Reporter “riveting..dazzling..illuminating”. WILLOW was long-listed for 2020 European Film Awards and selected as North Macedonia’s entry for the Academy Awards.
Amongst Scala’s earlier credits is LADIES IN LAVENDER, starring Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith which premiered as the UK’s Royal Film Performance in the presence of HRM Queen Elizabeth II before grossing US$25million worldwide. LITTLE VOICE with Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn was Oscar-nominated while Shane Meadows’ debut feature TWENTY FOUR SEVEN won the FIPRESCI Prize in Venice and Iain Softley’s BACKBEAT was adapted into a hit West End musical. Nik was also an executive producer of Martin Koolhoven’s Venice Premiere BRIMSTONE starring Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington and Guy Pearce.
Forthcoming Scala projects include THE OLD MAN & THE PRINCESS supported by Screen Ireland, Manchevski’s absurdist comedy KAYMAK and UK/Netherlands co-production TRULY NAKED with BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Muriel d’Ansembourg.
Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Cast: Sara Klimoska, Nikola Risteski, Natalija Teodosieva
WILLOW tells two stories - one medieval, the other contemporary – which mirror and contrast one another. Although separated by centuries, the characters in each have similar worries, joys and dreams - and through them the film explores and illuminates themes of family, love, trust, procreation and motherhood.
Rome Film Festival, Black Nights, Taipei Golden Horse, Sarajevo, Sofia, Beijing, Tirana, Istanbul - Cinequest (Best Drama), Fantasporto (Director’s Week Prize), Raindance (Best Director)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Western
Director: Martin Koolhoven
Screenplay: Martin Koolhoven
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington, Guy Pearce
A triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz, carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher - a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s no victim - a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve. Retribution is coming.
London FF Stiges
Nederlands FF (Golden Calf Winner - Best Film, Best Director & Best Cinematography)