Wheelhouse Productions is a Paris-based company, specializing in European Feature films and TV and run by a very experienced producer, Matthew Gledhill. The company reflects the unique set of skills and contacts of its head producer. Until recently Matthew was Senior Vice President, International Production, at Studiocanal. Prior to that he was co-director of One World Films, where he produced films such as LOIN DES HOMMES (Far From Men), starring Viggo Mortensen, THE WAR OF THE BUTTONS, and GAINSBOURG, (VIE HÉROÏQUE), by Joann Sfar. Wheelhouse productions prides itself on high-level hands on film-making. Matthew began his career as 1st A.D. for the likes of Olivier Assayas and Michel Hazanavicius. The company also boasts strong relationships with talent based in Los Angeles and London due to its head producer’s studio experience.
Matthew is supervising producer on Benjamin Millepied’s CARMEN. Wheelhouse is currently financing as head coproducer a number of feature films including the de Beauvoir-Algren love story. Two English-language European features are in development as well as two television series, one in coproduction with Capa TV.
LOIN DES HOMMES 2015
Genre: Historical Drama
Director: David Oelhoffen
Screenplay: David Oelhoffen
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb
Algeria, 1954. When rebellion breaks out in the valley, high in the Atlas mountains, two very different men are thrown together by fate and forced to flee. Daru, a reclusive teacher, is ordered to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder, to the nearest prison. Pursed by Arab horsemen seeking summary justice, and by vengeful settlers, the two men are driven into the highlands in the midst of an icy winter. They must join forces in their fight for freedom.
Official Selection Mostra, Tiff, Tribeca
THE WAR OF THE BUTTONS 2011
Genre: Adventure / Family
Director: Yann Samuel
Screenplay: Yann Samuel
Cast: Alan Chabat, Mathilde Seigner, Eric Elmosnino
1964, In the French countryside, two groups of boys from the rural villages of Longeverne and Velran are constantly waging war against each other. It is a tradition that passes from father to son, although the origins of the conflict have been forgotten. During the Second World War, the Longeverne boys are led by the charismatic William Lebrac,the “man“ in his family since his father died. The Velrans are led by the wicked Aztec. The boys are frequently fighting with their wooden swords, throwing rotten fruits or building traps in the woods. The ultimate prize is removing the buttons from the enemies’ clothes. But Lebrac is coming of age, and he has a crush on classmatel Lanterne while his teacher, Merlin offers him the chance to join a well-respected school in the big city.
GAINSBOURG (VIE HÉROÏQUE) 2010
Director: Joann Sfar
Screenplay: Joann Sfar
Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Laetitia Casta, Lucy Gordon
A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62. A fantastic take on the biopic genre in which Gainsbourg talks to his alter-ego, represented by a Lifesize Monster.
César Awards - Best First Film, Best Actor
Tribeca - Best Actor