Violet Pictures is a UK, distribution, programming, and production company. We currently represent for the UK, the classic documentary Hoop Dreams and our recent short documentary Private View (BFI Flare 2023).

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.

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James Collie – Co-founder

James has a wide range of documentary experience which includes producing with Violet Pictures (Private View), programming (Folkestone Doc Club, Harbour Screen), film education (Screen South, South East Creatives, Kent Film Foundation) and cinema distribution. He is now based in Melbourne, Australia and programming for the St Kilda Film Festival.

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 recently opened the Ramsgate Community Cinema.

Jan and James at the UK premiere of Private View