Hereford Films is an established and prolific independent film production company based in London with a reputation for ambitious, unapologetically commercial genre movies which excite audiences all over the world. Hereford Films is a market leader at the forefront of a new creative renaissance in the British film industry. Having embraced the recent advances in distribution platforms, our films are popular staples of television, digital and VOD programming. Our ethos is to make commercial films without creative compromise: we make movies that audiences want to see. Our model combines creativity with commerciality.
Recent successes include gangster caper We Still Steal the Old Way, gritty true crime drama Bonded by Blood 2, and supernatural chiller The Exorcism of Karen Walker.
CEO Jonathan Sothcott, a film industry veteran who has produced more than 30 movies, working with the likes of Mark Hamill, Jason Statham, Ray Winstone and Sir Roger Moore, is recognised as a successful entrepreneur both in the film industry and the wider business community. Referred to as "the DVD king" by trade paper The Raygun, his films have sold well in excess of a million DVDs. In 2019, he won the prestigious CEO Monthly ‘Best Commercial Film Production CEO’ award at the Global CEO Excellence Awards.
Between them, the Hereford Films team has over six decades of experience in the sectors of film production, financing, press and publicity, law, accountancy, licensing and marketing. We work with the very best names in the business while always encouraging and supporting new talent. Household names appearing in high quality films that are made on sensible budgets are indicative of the family atmosphere inherent in the company's filmmaking philosophy, with actors, directors and writers working together fluidly to create the very best movies possible.
Released in 2018, Hereford Films' The Krays: Dead Man Walking was the biggest non-theatrical British film on DVD of the year, outselling the likes of Black Panther and Ready Player One in its opening week. Critically acclaimed as well as a significant commercial success, it went on to sweep the board at the inaugural Britflix awards, winning Best Producer, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Rising Star (male and female).
There is more to Hereford Films than the London-set action films for which we are best known. A small screen division, Hereford TV, will bring our original content to television and digital platforms. Meanwhile, Hereford Books will explore the company's underlying intellectual property, publishing novelisations of our films, as well as origins stories and expanded universe material, while Hereford Records makes our soundtracks available digitally and on physical media as limited edition collector's items.
Looking to the future, Hereford Films aims to produce and/or co-produce six to eight movies each year across a range of budget levels and largely - though not solely - in the evergreen action, thriller and crime genres. We are committed to working with the best talent to bring the most commercial projects to fruition, and the team is constantly seeking new material and opportunities to expand the company's reach. Hereford Films represents the very best of British film, celebrating the rich heritage of one of the UK’s great industries while constantly pushing the boundaries of independent cinema.