Shogun Films is a new independent production company headquartered in London which is dedicated to making outstanding, high-octane, filmmaker-driven commercial movies in the action/thriller/crime space. The company was founded by industry veteran Jonathan Sothcott.
Shogun Films is a start-up business with huge aspirations and significant long-term growth prospects. We have a formula that works, the absolute cream of the crop of talent, and our timing is right. At Shogun, we love film. We are passionate about our industry and the people in it and are proud of our incredible British film heritage. We want Shogun to be a new breed of film company, one that builds and fosters long-term relationships creatively as well as commercially; that becomes an incubator to the very best creative talent, and a brand that gives its audience that little bit more. To this end, we will be launching the Shogun Films Podcast, taking you behind the scenes of the movies you love.
At the dawn of a new decade, the British film industry is in a stronger position than it has been in nearly half a century. In October 2019, the Office of National Statistics announced that the UK is expected to avoid a recession after showing better-than-expected growth in the three months to the end of August. In three months, the economy grew by 0.3% as weak manufacturing was offset by buoyant film and television production. A flurry of headlines announcing the British film industry as a recession-slaying economic saviour belied a clear truth: it is a growing sector and one which will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.
In the emerging post-coronavirus world, there is a genuine, significant gap in the market for high volumes of low-cost entertainment which can be produced and delivered expediently, and Shogun is well placed to fill it.
And we’re just getting started.
Our philosophy is to give audiences what they want. We make world class British films using the very best talent and facilities the UK has to offer. We make films people want to see, not for ourselves.
We believe in independence. In an industry overshadowed by billion-dollar behemoths, we offer a counter point of true independence, authenticity and craftsmanship.
Shogun is dedicated to nurturing new and emerging talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Their start is our future. We work with the My First Job in Film scheme, a network for aspiring filmmakers offering them entry-level roles in the film industry.
We are not afraid of success or populism. There is no shame in entertaining people and we are in the entertainment business. We are here to win audiences, not awards.
A report from the Work Foundation found that only 3% of employees in production are from a minority ethnic background, while just one in five key production personnel are women. Ratios on Shogun Films will be far more balanced than this representing our commitment to cultural diversity.