Production companies MTP and Bombito have created new indie, Randan.

The move follows news in January that the two companies would receive funding from the BFI Global Screen Fund. With this funding, they are creating the new production company.

Producers Reece Cargan and James Heath will now run projects through Randan as a shared vehicle to develop, produce and distribute content with a global reach. The new label was created “with a shared vision to champion new storytelling and a desire to tap into the well of talented writers/directors throughout Scotland and beyond.”

Randan will work across live-action features, documentaries and TV and will focus on “telling intersectional stories through a contemporary lens, showcasing the best of what UK voices have to offer regionally and globally.”

In years 1-2, they intend to focus on first and second features from emerging writers and directors. Randan’s slate selection is Boifriend  – by Jack Goessens; Your Honour – by Bircan Birol; Ride – by Dean Loxton; A Good Spell – by Michael Lee Richardson ; Love Letters – by Danny Cook; Ting – by Maximilien Dejoie and Virginija Vareikyte; Head Rush – by Philip Wright and Desperate Wretched People – by Jamie Maule-ffinch.

These projects will be joined by European Co-Productions – with four co-production projects already scheduled for release in 2024, 2025 under the new banner.

  • Where Dragons Live – World Premiere – Sheffield Doc Fest June 2024 – Docmakers, Netherlands
  • Leonora in the Morning Light  – in post-production – Skye Films Dragonfly films, Meli Melo Cultura  and Digital Cube
  • Spilt Milk- in post-production – co-produced with 925 Productions
  • Midwinter Break  – in post-production Shoebox Films, Family Affair, Film 4, with Protagonist handling worldwide sales

Founded in 2017 by Reece Cargan, Bombito Productions is “on a mission to tell LGBTQIA+ stories written, or directed, by people from the queer community.”

Over thirty years ago, BMTP was founded by Simon Mallinson. In 2018, James Heath joined as an Executive Producer, hoping to expand MTP’s drama slate. MTP has screened films at Berlinale, Sundance, SXSW, and Venice.

At Randan, Reece Cargan will act as both Producer and Managing Director, James Heath will also produce and stay on as executive producer at MTP.  Simon Mallinson takes on the chairman role, and Vaishnavi Ramu and Lauren Piskothy will be joining as Development Assistants from Bombito and MTP respectively.

Reece Cargan said: “As a producer who has worked solo for (too) many years building Bombito up – I’m really happy to now be able to share the future successes, joy, pain and workload! with James and all the team at Randan.  I’m really excited for this new chapter and looking forward to continuing to co-produce with Europe and push forward Bombito-originated projects -with both Boifriend and Your Honour scheduled for production in 2024 and 2025. I’m equally delighted to start working across all the projects that James has originated and start to develop our totally new Randan slate together”.

James Heath said: “It feels like years of planning have come together to make this a reality. I’m thrilled that the BFI UK Global Screen Fund could see our bold vision of MTP partnering with Bombito together to make something greater than the sum of our parts with Randan. Reece is developing a remarkable and exciting variety of projects on the slate and brings skills in abundance. As well as bringing on the brilliant Lauren and Vaishnavi to the team in development, allows for an exciting future ahead for our ambitious production company.

The company will make its debut at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival with both James and Reece on the ground in Cannes.

Jon Creamer

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