MICHAEL RILEY CEO/COMPANY DIRECTOR

Michael directed and produced a number of short films and TV dramas before settling into feature film production. He established Sterling Pictures in 1995.

 

His fiction work includes twenty+ feature films, many of which have won prizes at international film festivals. He was one of the youngest ever producers of a major BBC drama serial (the epic family saga “IN A LAND OF PLENTY”, nominated for a RTS award and Top Ten Fiction at the Koln Conference). His film for artist Zarina Bhimji was nominated for the Turner Prize, his documentary "CHINA'S WILD WEST" premiered at Sundance Film Festival and he won Best Film at the Milan International Film Festival for “VAMPIRE DIARY”. His controversial and highly acclaimed “THE SEASONING HOUSE” won the Critics’ Award at Fantasporto and Best Film at Mile High in Colorado. His most recent films include the WW2 action/drama “CHOSEN” starring Harvey Keitel, the critically-acclaimed sailing drama/biopic “CROWHURST” for StudioCanal and the recently completed period horror/thriller “HERETIKS” (world premier FrightFest 2018). He is currently in post-production on black comedy "SIDESHOW" and noir/drama "INTO THE VALLEY".

 

He sits on numerous film festival juries, is a voting member of BAFTA and The European Film Academy, and is an alumni of the MEDIA II Film Business School in Ronda.

SIDESHOW
2019

Producer: Michael Riley

Black comedy / Feature film.

Currently in post production.

CROWHURST
2018

Producer: Michael Riley

Drama biopic / Feature film.

"Tremendously moving. Salinger is absolutely superb" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Glorious. A timely, tragic myth"

Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound

"A devastating portrait of a fractured mind" Owen Williams, Empire 

SOULMATE
2014

Executive Producer: Michael Riley

Supernatural horror / Feature film.

"Dark, gothic, hauntingly romantic and, in a word, fantastic" Melissa Zaroski, The Examiner

"Refreshing and intelligent. Excels with a remarkable sense of timing and atmosphere"

Chelsey Burdon, Zombie Hamster

THE SEASONING HOUSE
2012

Producer: Michael Riley

Balkans-set thriller / Feature film

"A masterpiece of bleak and savage storytelling" Ian White, Movieramblings

"A superb piece of art. A tragic tale of love, loss and death, this is one film you won't forget in a hurry." Damon Rickard, Screenjabber

HARD BOILED SWEETS
2012

Producer: Michael Riley

Crime thriller / Feature film

"The best British crime film in years. The stylish realisation of a sharp, darkly-humorous script" Britgeek, Aint-It-Cool

"Enjoyable. Entertaining. The witty writing never dips" Sophie Kaufman, Eye For Film

ZERO
2011

Producer: Michael Riley

Satirical drama / Feature film

A seriously weird, controversial and visually inventive modern day fable featuring director Ken Russell and Executive Produced by Nicolas Roeg.

THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME
2009

UK Producer: Michael Riley

Drama thriller / TV movie

A successful lawyer finds herself in rehab where she befriends a couple of oddballs who help her crack an important case.

OUTLANDERS
2007

Producer: Michael Riley

Drama thriller / Feature film

“A compelling social realist drama that excels” Ben Hopkins, Clash Magazine

“Speaks volumes about the iniquitous treatment of illegal foreign workers in Britain” 

Trevor Johnston, Sight and Sound

“A thoughtful thriller with a strong social conscience” Allan Hunter, Daily Express

WAITING
2007

Producer: Michael Riley

Turner Prize / Art installation film

"Full of atmosphere and formal beauty" 

Richard Dorment. The Telegraph

 

"Visually Gripping" 

Mark Hudson, The Mail On Sunday

A GIRL AND A GUN
2006

Producer: Michael Riley

Crime thriller / Short film

“A crazy action thriller” 

BT Vision Download Store

“Excellent, yet explicit. Sexy and violent” 

i-Tunes Store Review

LAVA
2001

Producer: Michael Riley

Black comedy / Feature film

“Hilarious, unique and uncompromising” 

Ryan Gilbey, The Independent

“Superb. Daring, dangerous, darkly hilarious” Nick Briggs, Film Review

“An extraordinary movie, determinedly original” Derek Malcolm, Midweek

OUT OF DEPTH
2000

Associate Producer: Michael Riley

Crime thriller / Feature film

“Touching, impressive, shocking.  Truly a tragic tale”Liz Beardsworth, Empire

 

“Inevitably a classic. Remember where you were when you clapped eyes on it” 

Bill Borrows, Maxim

LOOP
1997

Producer: Michael Riley

Romantic comedy / Feature film

“Witty and unpredictable, executed with style and confidence” Raindance FF

“Heartening... luminously photographed, rich and instinctive, a rare and mysterious excursion into Britain's unvisited corners"

Jonathan Coe, The New Statesman

BOSTON KICKOUT
1995

Line Producer: Michael Riley

Rites of passage drama / Feature film

“Resonates with painful truthfulness throughout” Screen International

 

“An electrifying British debut. Hard-nosed, cocky, vibrant and full of lip” Jake Hamilton, Empire

THE CONVENT
2018

Producer: Michael Riley

Period horror / Feature film.

"Gripping, eerie and permeated with dread" Kim Newman

"Vicious physical horror reminiscent of The Evil Dead" Matthew Hammond, Movie Ramblings

CHOSEN
2017

Producer: Michael Riley

WW2 drama / Feature film.

"Delightfully refreshing. I love this kind of story" Headgeek, Aint-It-Cool

"Satisfying and accomplished. Effectively portrays the brutality heaped upon the Hungarian Jews" Isabelle Milton, The Upcoming

SCAR TISSUE
2013

Producer: Michael Riley

Genetics thriller / Feature film.

"Gripping. Genuinely an unexpected and welcomed surprise" Dominic Cuthbert, Starburst

"A dark, edgy, risk-taking endeavour delivering a couple of hundred volts to the genre" Dave Wain, Zombie Hamster

THE THOMPSONS
2012

Executive Producer: Michael Riley

Horror thriller / Feature film

"Handled extremely well; fast and fun, there is no pretence here for anything other than a bloody ride" Naila Scargill, Exquisite Terror

"Spectacular. A sequel that surpasses its source material in every way" Horror Honeys

DEVIATION
2011

Co-producer: Michael Riley

Drama thriller / Feature film

"An atmospheric and claustrophobic thriller, dealing with all sorts of fears" Cine7

"Interesting and atmospheric" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

FRENCH FILM
2009

Co-producer: Michael Riley

Romantic comedy / Feature film

"A sweet film. Will leave you with a warm glow inside" Coco Banjo, Blueprint Review

The homage to wry French movies is nicely done. The four leads are very good, all believable and personable, and Cantona makes one smile" Stuart O'Connor, Screenjabber

CHINA'S WILD WEST
2008

Producer: Michael Riley

Short documentary

“Visually compelling” One World Int. FF

“Austerely beautiful” True/False Int. FF

 

"Mesmerizing" Full Frame Int. FF

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN
2007

Co-producer: Michael Riley

Romantic comedy / Feature film

“Confidently directed and featuring the talents of some of the best UK actors around this smart British comedy will deliver more than a few guilty pleasures” Raindance FF

SUGARHOUSE
2007

Producer: Michael Riley

Drama thriller / Feature film

“A funny, furious, frightening film with magnetic performances” 

Jason Solomons, The Observer

 

“Intense and unflinching. Fast-paced and menacing, be sure to catch it” 

Angie Errigo, News Of The World

VAMPIRE DIARY
2005

Producer: Michael Riley

Experimental horror / Feature film

"Terrific. Loads of attitude. An artful epic" 

Rich Cline, Shadows On The Wall

"Stunning. Devilishly feral” 

Tirad Derak, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Moving, thought-provoking and gruesome” 

MJ Simpson

IN A LAND OF PLENTY
2001

Series Producer: Michael Riley

Family saga / TV drama serial

“One of the most acclaimed television series of all time” David Chater, The Sunday Times

“A breathtaking work of art” Jaci Stephen. The Mail on Sunday

"A remarkable production. Not, under any circumstances, to be missed" 

Paul Hoggart, The Times

RESPECT
1998

Line Producer: Michael Riley

Love story / Feature film

A love story set during a hot summer in London’s Portobello district.

HARD MEN
1996

Line Producer: Michael Riley

Crime thriller / Feature film

“Impressive. Stylistic. Mixes black comedy, off-the-wall fantasy elements and 

striking photography” Derek Elley, Variety

“Compelling and disgustingly funny” 

Film Review

MOTHER'S DAY
1992

Producer/Director: Michael Riley

Drama / TV drama

"Influenced by Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads', an elderly lady reflects on the changing relationships with her two sons"  

Leeds International FF

FANTASPORTO

2013

CRITICS AWARD

THE SEASONING HOUSE

Producer: Michael Riley

Director: Paul Hyett

CINEBRAGA

2013

BEST FILM

THE SEASONING HOUSE

Producer: Michael Riley

Director: Paul Hyett

MILE HIGH

HORROR FF

2013

CRITICS PRIZE

THE SEASONING HOUSE

Producer: Michael Riley

Director: Paul Hyett

IN A LAND OF PLENTY

Series Producer: Michael Riley

Directors: Dave Moore/Hettie Macdonald

GIBARA IFF

2008

GRAND PRIZE

OUTLANDERS

Producer: Michael Riley

Director: Dominic Lees

MILAN IFF

2008

VAMPIRE DIARY

Producer: Michael Riley

Directors: Phil O'Shea/Mark James

BEST FILM

CINEPOBRE IFF

2008

BEST FILM

OUTLANDERS

Producer: Michael Riley

Director: Dominic Lees

KOLN CONFERENCE

2001

TOP 10 FICTION

CINEBRAGA

2007

BEST FILM

OUTLANDERS

Producer: Michael Riley

Director: Dominic Lees

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

2001

IN COMPETITION

CHINA'S WILD WEST

Producer: Michael Riley

Director: Urszula Pontikos

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