The Crown star Vanessa Kirby, has set up a new production company and signed a first look deal with Netflix that will see her develop a slate of feature films focussed on the “female experience.”

Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in the Netflix drama was Oscar nominated for Pieces of a Woman and has recently finished filming the latest Mission Impossible.

Kirby’s indie, Aluna Entertainment, has been set up in partnership with former Film 4 exec, Lauren Dark.

Dark’s credits include Rebecca Hall’s Passing and Florian Zeller’s The Father as well as Michael Pearce’s BAFTA and BIFA winning Beast and Jack Thorne and Tom Harper’s political thriller War Book.

Martin Ledwith and Juliet Kirby are also in the Aluna board.

Kirby said: “It has long been a dream of mine to produce and I have found the perfect partners in my friends at Netflix. They have been an inspiring creative home for me from The Crown to Pieces of a Woman and I am thrilled to be on this journey alongside them. In Lauren I’ve found a true ally and we are united in our ambition to explore stories that relate to the uncharted female experience.”

Dark said: “Vanessa is an extraordinary artist and I’m excited to be joining her and our new partners at Netflix on this journey. We share a passion for telling untold stories in their most ambitious and dynamic form. It has been an enormous privilege to be at Film4 for the past four years with such a talented and supportive team, alongside some of the very best filmmakers.”

David Kosse, VP of International Original Films, Netflix, said: “Vanessa has delivered powerful and unforgettable performances as an actor and we know that she will equally captivate audiences with her creative vision as a producer. I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with her and the team at Aluna to bring their films to our members around the world.”


Jon Creamer

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