ABOUT GENESIUS

About Genesius

Award-winning producer Debbie Gray and Executive Producer Julian Gleek founded Genesius Pictures in 2014. With offices in London, Norfolk and Sydney, Genesius specialises in international film and television production.

Genesius produced BAFTA nominated and award-winning Northern Soul, starring Josh Whitehouse and Steve Coogan as well as, The More You Ignore Me written by Jo Brand which won Best Comedy Film at the National Film Awards in 2019. Genesiuslatest film includes Mrs Lowry & Son starring Academy Award Winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall which was one of the highest grossing Box Office independent films in the UK in 2019.

Genesius are currently in production of a feature documentary on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military directed by the BAFTA and Emmy Award winning Director Kate Blewett and will be heading into production on their next feature film in early 2021 with Good Luck To You, Leo Grande starring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack, to be directed by Sophie Hyde.

The upcoming film slate also includes The Iceman written by Oscar nominated Jeff Pope and starring Joseph Fiennes; An adaptation of Matt Haigs novel The Radleys, adapted for the screen by Jo Brand, and Late in Summer starring Emily Watson from debut writer/director Talitha Stevenson.

Genesiustelevision division formally started in 2019 and is now developing several titles with multi award winning talent to produce high end television for 2022.

THE RESET COLLECTIVE

Genesius Pictures and Cornerstone Films have also teamed up with distribution executive Lisa Garner to launch The Reset Collective, an Australian development, production and distribution company. The company will be based in Sydney and is fully-financed by London-based Genesius.

An immediate focus will be on acquisitions and distribution, with plans to unfold the development and production arm at a later stage.

MEET THE TEAM

Meet the Team

Julian Gleek

Chairman

Julian brings a wealth of business knowledge to the team, with a very successful background in property. He has been the Finance Director, and then Managing Director, of the Burford Group of Companies for over 25 years.

Julian was also executive producer of the feature film Effie Gray starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane, the BAFTA nominated and NME Best Film Award winning Northern Soul, and is the Executive Producer across all Genesius projects.

Julian’s commercial experience is a valuable asset to the team and ensures a consistent, analytical approach to deals and oversees the investment of our funds.

Debbie gray

Managing Director

Debbie is a Producer and Executive Producer with over 20 year’s experience in Film, Television and Music, having produced for the BBC, ITV, SKY and C4. Debbie produced the BAFTA nominated and award-winning film Northern Soul and has produced the 8 films Genesius have produced in the last four years to include critically acclaimed, The More You Ignore Me; written by BAFTA winner Jo Brand and Mrs Lowry & Son starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

Kate Blewett

Director, Documentary

Kate is a multi EMMY and BAFTA award winning journalist and documentary director who has been making films for over twenty-five years, focusing on social issues, child exploitation, abuse, neglect and contemporary slavery.  She has filmed in over seventy countries including China, Philippines, Thailand, Africa, USA, India, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the UK. Amongst her 125 awards are the BAFTA for Best Documentary, 6 US Emmys for Outstanding Achievement, the Monte Carlo UNESCO Special Jury Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Amongst her most highly regarded films are: The Dying Rooms, Chinas Stolen Children, Slavery, Undercover in Tibet and Bulgarias Abandoned Children. Kates films have created media chaos, instigated global political debate and have led to the closure of institutes, orphanages, prisons, changed laws, released slaves from their slave masters and halted the US from receiving cocoa beans from the Ivory Coast, as slaves had been used in the process. More recently Kate has been developing feature documentaries and dramas based on subjects that draw viewers to mental health issues, our environment and to the values of our landscape and the importance of respecting our planet.

Sam Cornish

Associate Producer, Drama

Sam graduated in 2014 with an Honours Degree in Film Production from the Cambridge School of Art. Prior to joining Genesius, Sam freelanced within the industry for two years working mainly in production on TV, film & commercials. With a strong interest in drama and narrative film making, Sam assists with all major projects and releases on the Genesius slate.

Alice Rowsome

Associate Producer, Factual

Alice Rowsome is a documentary filmmaker who has made films for the BBC, Channel 4 and VICE. Before joining Genesius Pictures, Alice filmed and produced the BAFTA-nominated film ‘Growing Up Poor: Britains Breadline Kids’ for C4 Dispatches. As an experienced investigative journalist, Alice has won competitive reporting grants from National Geographic, the International Women in Media Foundation and One World Media. In 2018, Alice was named a Rising Directorby the Indie Training Fund and given funding to make a short film about debt-bondage in the UK, which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2018. Alice graduated with an MA in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in 2016.