Faction North Ltd combines the talents and experience of producers Grant Keir, Peter Day and director, Virginia Heath. We write, direct and produce drama, documentary, TV and cross platform production for the international and UK domestic markets.
Led by award winning producer Grant Keir, the company was established in 1998 and has offices in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. We enjoy a close working relationship with Faction Films Ltd with offices in London.
Faction North is in development with three projects backed by Creative Scotland including the feature thriller ‘Mystery Ride’, the feature documentary ‘From New Zealand with Love’; and feature thriller ‘Bitter Little Twist’. Grant is an EAVE graduate, a former Board Member of the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and regularly mentors and teaches producing, pitching and business skills for a range of clients including Dok Incubator, Skillset, Creative Scotland and Crossover Labs.
Peter Day is a producer and director based in London. He has produced and directed documentaries for International broadcasters since 1991. Many of these films have won international prizes and have appeared in numerous international festivals. He has made many European co-productions for ARTE, TV2 Denmark, YLE Finland, WDR Germany, and HBO amongst others.
Virginia Heath is a multi-award winning writer/director with New Zealand and UK nationality. She directs both drama and documentary films including the Berlinale award winning Relativity and the acclaimed, BAFTA nominated, From Scotland With Love.
Her most recent film Lift Share, funded by Creative Scotland, BFI and Scottish Film Talent Network, starring Ana Ularu (Siberia, Emerald City) and Mark Rowley (Last Kingdom, Macbeth), had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 2018.
She directed the BAFTA nominated feature length archive and music documentary From Scotland With Love (75’) which screened at film festivals around the world – ‘Brilliantly evokes the flavour of 20th century Scotland’ – The Herald; ‘Hypnotic’ – The Independent; ‘Some kind of genius’ – The Guardian; ‘Spellbinding’, The Radio Times. She subsequently directed We Are All Migrants (20’), a short poetic documentary which reflects on the 20th century migration experience across Europe.
Virginia’s short film Relativity (10’) won Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival (2002) and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards. She won a National Film Board of Canada / Sheffield Doc/Fest Cross Media Challenge Award (2009) for the My Dangerous Loverboy film and innovative Cross Platform Project about the sex trafficking of teenagers.
Virginia has two psychological thriller feature films in advanced development; Mystery Ride with the New Zealand Film Commission, Creative Scotland and Trust Nordisk Sales; Bitter Little Twist with Creative Scotland; and she is developing a drama series, Year of the Monkey. Her body of work features a distinctive directorial style and strong cinematic vision to explore her signature themes: women, power, love, betrayal, trust and desire.