Living Spirit Timeline


1989-07-04 00:00:00

Living Spirit Incorporated

Living Spirit Pictures Ltd. is founded by its two co-directors, Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe. Their business idea is simple - to run a company solely for the production of commercial independent feature films. Educated in the fine arts of film making and business at the renowned Bournemouth Film School, Chris and Genevieve leave to produce a short film, "The Thing From Beneath The Bed". This film is an instant success and goes on to win the London International IC Film Festival, The Daily Mail Challnge Trophy, The BBC Showcase, the Algarve and Barcelona Film Festivals...

1991-03-04 00:26:25

The Runner SHOOTS

Armed with a list of awards, Chris and Genevieve approach the Prince’s Youth Business trust and a ‘seed‘ grant is awarded to set up Living Spirit. Six months later, Living Spirit secure the finance to make their maiden project, The Runner - an action thriller starring Terence Ford, the brother of Hollywood superstar, Harrison Ford. Top British Stunt men, technicians, sound studios, labs (from films as diverse as Star Wars, The Killing Fields and the Indiana Jones Movies etc.), all agree to lend their names to the project and the film is shot.

1991-10-10 00:00:00

The Runner Premiere

After a long and tortuous post production, The Runner is premiered to a capacity audience at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts theatre in Piccadilly in October 1991.

1992-02-16 00:00:00

White Angel shoots

Living Spirit begin work on their second feature film, a tense psychological thriller called White Angel. It is about a writer who is blackmailed by a serial killer to write his biography. The film stars Oscar nominee Peter Firth as Steckler the mild mannered serial killer, the late great TV star Don Henderson as Inspector Taylor and American actress Harriet Robinson as Ellen Carter, as the writer trapped between the law and a psychopath. It is shot in West London and Gloucester.

1993-11-20 00:00:00

White Angel Premiere

White Angel premieres as the Centrepiece of the 37th London International Film Festival at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square in 1993. The screening was sold out within hours of the box office opening!

1994-04-14 00:00:00

White Angel UK Release

April ’94 sees the UK theatrical release of White Angel - the film opens across the country in UCI multiplexes and MGM theatres (London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and the provinces). White Angel is also screened at many international festivals including Montreal, Rome, Sao Paulo and Puerto Rico where it has picked up three prestigious awards.

1995-09-01 00:00:00

First Guerrilla Book

Living Spirit's invaluable experiences making low budget feature films in the UK is committed to paper in the form of the ‘ultimate book for low budget film makers’, The Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook, first edition. A cross between anecdotal experiences and hard factual interviews with industry experts, the book promises to be the definitive guide to UK film production. The book is an immediate hit with new film makers.

1997-01-31 08:32:34


Living Spirit move into offices at the historic Ealing Studios.

1997-08-10 00:00:00

Urban Ghost Story Shoots

Living Spirit Pictures third feature Urban Ghost Story is produced. It is the story of a little girl who survives a car accident in which her best friend is killed and is haunted by the past and paranormal demons. It stars Jason Connery, Stephanie Buttle, Billy Boyd and introduces Heather Anne Foster. While set in Scotland, it is shot at Ealing Film Studios and West London over the summer of '97.

1998-10-29 00:00:00

Urban Ghost Story at BIFA

Urban Ghost Story receives two nominations in the British Independent Film Awards, Best First Time Direction for Genevieve Jolliffe, and Best achievement in Production for Chris Jones. The movie attends many film festivals, including Vancouver, Edinburgh and Copenhagen and begins to collect awards.

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