Wingbeat Pictures is a Film and TV production company set up by Producer James Levison.
James was chosen as an up-coming producer by the British Council and Script Factory for their 2009/2010 European Creative Collaboration Scheme as well as being selected for the 2010/2011 London Film Festival Think Shoot Distribute scheme and the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab for promising up coming talent. James took part in Film London’s Audience on Demand exploring new distribution models and the first ever Micro Market at the London Film Festival as well as a Q&A at BAFTA on behalf of the British Council during the LFF on crowd funding for film
In 2009 James produced the short film Knock Off by Rosanne Flynn which was shown in film festivals around the world, premiering at the Oscar eligible Athens International Film Festival and winning at the Harlem Film Festival and Underwire Film Festival, amongst others.
Through Wingbeat Pictures James then completed Rosanne’s second short film, Meconium, which premiered at the 2011 BFI London Film Festival. It has gone on to screen at Film Festivals around the world, including the Oscar eligible and reputed Hamptons International Film Festival.
James went on to producer the short film Pieces by Jack Weatherley starring an ensemble of award winning actors - Paul Kaye, Alice Lowe, Michael Smiley, Tanya Franks and George MacKay. Cinematographer Laurie Rose (Kill List, Made of Stone, A Field in England) shot the film with music by Pablo Clements & James Griffith of Toydrum. The film premiered at the 2013 International BFI London Film Festival and has gone on to screen at festivals around the world including Glasgow and Seattle. James has recently completed the short film Hollow Road by Drew Pautz, which is supported by Film London and Working Title and stars Alice Lowe, Oliver Milburn and Jack Roth.
As a freelancer James produced, alongside Kate Cook, Bruce Goodison’s (2012 BAFTA winner for ‘Our War’) first feature film Leave to Remain starring Toby Jones (‘Infamous’, ‘Frost/Nixon’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ as well as ‘Berberian Sound Studio’) with music by Alt-J. The film premiered at the 2013 International BFI London Film Festival and was released in cinemas in June 2014 and will be televised on the BBC later in 2014.
Previously James worked at Daybreak Pictures, alongside David Aukin & Hal Vogel, as an Associate Producer. Whilst there James helped produce high profile political dramas on television and film such as the BAFTA winning Britz, The Trial of Tony Blair and the Peabody Award winning and Emmy & Golden Globe nominated Endgame, which premiered at Sundance and starred William Hurt and Chiwetel Ejiofor . Before leaving Daybreak James was Associate Producer on the 4 part serial The Promise by Peter Kosminsky which filmed on location in Israel.
Wingbeat Pictures continues to develop and produce a small slate of film and television dramas.