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Speakit Films was established by film director and producer team Nick Francis and Marc Francis to make compelling and thought-provoking films for audiences across the world.
The company is best known for the award-winning Sundance hit ‘’Black Gold’’ which was released internationally and changed the way millions of people thought about coffee.
Speakit’s second feature was the highly acclaimed BBC, ARTE co-production When China Met Africa. – described by the Times “as a rare grass roots view into one of the most important economic challenges of our age”.
Films produced by Speakit have been by the Sundance Institute, the British Documentary Film Foundation, the UK Film Council, CNC and EU Media Fund.
Speakit’s films have been released in cinemas and on television in over 40 countries and on major TV networks such as BBC Channel 4, Arte France, PBS, NHK, Al-Jazeera, NRK, SVT, VPRO, YLE, National Geographic and SABC.
Speakit are currently in development on a slate of feature projects and are always open hearing from other producers and directors for potential collaborations.
Who We Work With
- Black Gold An award-winning feature-documentary about one man’s struggle to save his Ethiopian coffee farmers from bankruptcy. 'Black Gold' premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to be screened in over 60 international film festivals and was released in over 40 countries around the world. Read more.
- When China Met Africa Described by The Times as ‘a rare grass-roots view into one of most important economic challenges of our age” this landmark BBC/ARTE co-production tells the story of China’s foray into Africa through the lives of a Chinese farmer, road builder and the Zambian Minister of trade. Read more.
- Walk With Me A portrait of Buddhist community whose search for happiness takes them on the road with world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Read more.
- Madam President Made in partnership with The Guardian, this exclusive behind-the- scenes short film follows Malawi’s first female President Joyce Banda, as she tries to steer her country out of an economic crisis. Read more.
- A Life On Hold An intimate portrait of Omar, a 17 year old boy stranded in a Tunisian refugee camp following the 2011 war in Libya. Supported by Amnesty International, UNHCR and published by The Guardian. Read more.
- Rain Is Beautiful A follow to Life On Hold, this film follows Omar’s journey from the refugee camp in Tunisia to his new home in the north of Sweden. Read more.