Team

MICHAEL KNOWLES

PRODUCER

Michael Knowles’ 9th feature, Book of Love starring Sam Claflin and Veronica Echugui  will be released in Feb 2022 worldwide as an Amazon and SKY original.

The Pebble and the Boy starring Patsy Kensit was released in the UK cinemas in 2021.  Running Naked (2021) starring Mathew McNulty, Andrew Gower, Rahkee Thakrar and Tamzin Merchant was directed by Emmy and Oscar nominated Victor Buhler. Victor and Michael co wrote the script with Jennifer Knowles.

Away (2017) starring Timothy Spall & Juno Temple premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, was nominated for the Michael Powell Award & selected for Best of the Fest. Away won a ‘Hitchcock’ Award in October 2016 at the Dinard Film Festival.

The Messenger starring Robert Sheehan, Lily Cole and Joely Richardson was released through Metrodome in the UK.

Michael’s prior producing projects include Birthday, starring Stephen Mangan, written by Joe Penhall (The Road) & directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) that aired on Sky Arts in 2015 and won the FIPA d’Or; Best Laid Plans starring Stephen Graham & Maxine Peake was released through Sony Pictures in 2012 and A Boy Called Dad (2009) starring Ian Hart was selected for the Rome Film Festival & sold to the BBC.

Snodgrass (aka John Lives) starring Ian Hart imagines a 50 year-old John Lennon on the dole having left the Beatles in 1963. Aired as part of Sky’s 2013 Playhouse series. Time Out Hailed it as a ‘mini masterpiece’.

He is proud to acknowledge his early mentorship from Andrew Eaton through the UK’s Guiding Lights scheme & is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with actor Pete Postlethwaite on one of his last films, Waving at Trains.

Michael was nominated for a BAFTA for ‘Talking with Angels’.

Michael is also a songwriter & has contributed songs to several films. He also Exec’d Elbow’s  video ‘Lost Worker Bee’ and produced ‘Second’ by the Sleaford Mods. His current band is Wintergreen.

RAY BOUCHER

FINANCE

Ray Boucher has worked in financial services for more than 20 years, initially for a high street bank providing financial solutions to High Net Worth clients. In 2000 Ray set up his own firm of Independent Financial Advisers and became Platinum (SRI) Financial Services to concentrate on Socially Responsible Investments for both retail and corporate clients. Ray started his journey in film funding and finance with “A Boy Called Dad” and was very pleased and proud to be involved with a project that created a quality British Film. This was about 6 years ago and since then has been able to supported Michael Knowles in several film projects, eventually to become co director of Now-Films. Ray’s role is to support Now-Films in the raising of investment capital from Private Equity investors via the use of appropriate investment vehicles. Platinum (SRI) Financial Services Ltd is directly regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority number 710768.

ANDY PATON

PRODUCER

Andy has worked in many areas of film and is experienced in all areas from pre-production to production and post production. His first break was the UK film council funded “The Gloaming” since then he has worked across the genres and styles from experimental film to shorts to music video production and of course feature films.

Andy’s last feature Running Naked has screened on streaming services across the UK, USA and the world.

“We are all super excited about the future of NoW, we have some amazing projects coming. Watch this space.”