Chris Atkins has
been behind some of Britain’s most innovative and acclaimed films of recent
times. He has been a long-time collaborator of writer-director Richard Jobson.
He produced Jobson’s debut feature, SIXTEEN YEARS OF ALCOHOL, which went on to
win awards and acclaim at Edinburgh, Toronto, Dinard and the British Independent
Film Awards. Following the critical success of SIXTEEN YEARS, they teamed up
again to make the UK’s first kung fu movie, THE PURIFIERS. Chris negotiated the
sale of the UK rights to Working Title and US rights to New Line. He also
produced Jobson’s third film A WOMAN IN WINTER staring Jamie Sives and Brian
Cox, which was nominated for two Scottish BAFTAs including Best Film.
In Early 2006,
Despite having no experience in either directing or documentaries, he started
to direct a documentary on the loss of civil liberties in the UK called TAKING
LIBERTIES. He teamed up with Kurt Engfehr (Co-producer and Editor on BOWLING
FOR COLUMBINE and FAHRENHEIT 9/11) and the project quickly grew into a
polemical and entertaining theatrical feature. In June 2007 the film was
released theatrically (by Revolver Entertainment) to coincide with Tony Blair’s
departure and was given excellent reviews in the national broadsheet and
tabloid press. It played in dozens of cinemas around the UK and was one of the
highest-grossing documentaries of 2007. It has since been picked up for
broadcast by Channel 4. Chris was nominated for a BAFTA – The Carl Foreman
Award for best writer, director or producer in their first feature film.
documentary feature is STARSUCKERS, exposing the immoral, corrupt and illegal
practices employed by some of the biggest names in the increasingly pervasive
celebrity industry. It premiered at the London Film Festival and is now in
selected cinemas nationwide.