Violet Pictures is a UK/AUS, distribution, programming, and production company. We currently represent for the UK, Oscar-nominee Hoop Dreams, Goya-winner The Silence of Others, and Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project.

With our educational partners the Kent Film Foundation, Deal Film Club, Folkestone Harbour Company, Folkestone Fringe, Film Hub South East and South East Creatives we had the pleasure of training and developing the next generation of Kent-based filmmakers and programmers from 2018-2022 running a series of workshops and screenings.

We programme the popular monthly Folkestone Doc Club at the Silver Screen Cinema and we are a partner on the Folkestone Documentary Festival which takes place at the Creative Folkestone Quarterhouse and Silver Screen Cinema each October. The festival is supported by the BFI, Folkestone Town Council and Creative Folkestone.

This year also marks the return to producing with the short documentary Private View which features artist Sadie Lee and writer Libro Levi Bridgeman, directed by Sarah Myland and produced by Jan Dunn and James Collie. The film had its world premiere at the 32nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival and its UK Premiere at BFI Flare.

Instagram: @j_in_the_wild


James Collie – Co-founder

James’ experience includes producing, exhibition, programming and over ten years in distribution following his producing debut Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki. From 2018-2020 he programmed the Folkestone Harbour Screen and he currently programmes the popular Folkestone Doc Club at the Silver Screen Cinema. He is the founder and programme consultant and advisor for the Folkestone Documentary Festival with the aim of helping to build a film culture in the region.

Jan Dunn – Co-founder

Jan is an award-winning director and screenwriter for her debut feature Gypo winning the BIFA for Best Production and a number of other awards. Writing commissions have included adapting the best-selling novels Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks for Creative England (BFI) and Sacred Country by Rose Tremain for CrossDay Productions. She is also the founder of the Kent Film Foundation a charity which uses a range of after-school film clubs to build confidence and aspirations in young people from low socio-economic backgrounds like her own. 

Jan and James at the UK premiere of Private View