Document Production Ltd is a versatile music production company that produces films and concerts for both TV and Radio. Led by Danny O'Connor whose CV includes working for Radio 1 & Channel 4 and Karen Craig who has worked for Ant n Dec's SMTV Live and the Reading & V Festivals - this year have launched their largest film production - Upside Down, the definitive story of Creation Records. Released earlier this year in cinemas and now on DVD and Blu Ray, the film charts the history of the record label that was behind some of the largest names in the Brit Pop phenomenon of the 1990s.
Following the successful reception to the film in the UK, which has recently seen them pick up an award for the film from MOJO magazine, the company is looking to distribute the film worldwide. To enable them to take the film to 38 countries around the world, Document Productions have agreed funding with NatWest under the government's enterprise finance guarantee scheme.
The £144,000 loan allows the company to purchase the music rights for the global release and also provides additional working capital to support the distribution of the movie around the world.
Speaking about the prospects of taking the movie around the world, Danny O'Connor, director of Document Productions Ltd said: "When we had the original idea for making the film we were attracted by the colourful history of the label and the interesting individuals that were part of the music that really defined a generation. We felt it was a compelling story to tell. The reaction to the film has been good, both from a critical and a commercial perspective. There is a desire to take the film to a wider audience, and we believe there is a healthy demand and interest in hearing about this important period of UK music history. Now we have the funding in place, we can take forward our plans to distribute to a global audience."
Gary Spinner, relationship manager, business banking at NatWest who arranged the loan added: "Document Production have made a number of successful documentaries for both TV and radio about the UK music industry. This is their biggest project to date and so to take advantage of the interest in the film, we have advanced funds to allow them to maximise the commercial opportunities available to them."