Valentine Stockdale

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Vesuvius Film Partners
Private
Industry Motion picture, television
Headquarters London, England
Area served
Worldwide
Products production services, co-productions, consultancy services, tax vehicles
Website VFP

Valentine Stockdale (born 15 December 1981) is an English film producer, screenwriter and executive producer.

Early life[edit]

He was born in London, and raised in the English counties of Northumberland, Northamptonshire, Sussex and Lincolnshire. He became a member of Mensa International aged 12 and was educated at Eton College specializing in graphic design, physics and mathematics.

Screenwriting[edit]

His commissioned feature screenplays to date include 'The Good War' scheduled for production in Malta in 2010 starring Alfred Molina, Ed Speleers and Ian Virgo; 'Brodie's Law' the gruesome graphic novel adaptation from infamous comic book publisher Pulp Theatre; and a comedy musical studio picture from Firefly. He currently has several further screenplays in development through Vesuvius Film Partners including a Russian espionage thriller studio picture, an Argentine political thriller and a horror movie. Most recently his screenplay 'Gabriel-Ernest' was the Winner of five accolades including Winner at the A Night of Horror International Film Festival 2011,[1] a Semi-Finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards,[2] and a Finalist in the European Independent Film Festival 2010.[3]

Film Producer[edit]

He began his early days in film as an Assistant Director and Production Manager after many years working on commercials and music videos for the multi-award-winning UK production companies Rose Hackney Barber, Bliss Films, Great Guns, Oil Factory, Wall2Wall, Own2Feet & Godman. In 2007 he joined new media group Universal 360 as an Executive Producer and began developing and producing feature films and television programs for leading UK independent Firefly. He also served for 10 months as an Executive Producer at London-based music TV production company Oberon.

In 2008 he founded London based film finance company Vesuvius Film Partners, providing finance for feature-length independent and studio motion pictures including consultancy services, medium to high budget fundraising services, seed capital, bridge loans, mezzanine finance, GAP finance, and the structuring of commercial transactions and investments through tax incentive schemes. In early 2009 he became Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at Firefly. In mid-2009 Stockdale left Firefly to concentrate full-time on motion picture finance, joining Capital Motion Pictures, a fund of funds providing match finance to major Hollywood studios. Stockdale also serves as a freelance adviser and Executive Producer at 8 times BAFTA nominated, 3 times BAFTA winning Aquarium Studios based in London.

Films[edit]

Most notably he is Executive Producer of Boogie Woogie[4] starring Heather Graham, Danny Huston, Christopher Lee, Amanda Seyfried, Gillian Anderson, Stellan Skarsgård, Joanna Lumley, Simon McBurney, Charlotte Rampling, Jamie Winstone and Alan Cumming, a black comedy about the British art industry directed by Duncan Ward and the first motion picture featuring the work of infamous curator Damien Hirst. The film was released in March 2010 by Vertigo Films and IFC.

He is also Executive Producer of Lionsgate's Jack Falls, the final installment of the first ever British film trilogy, particularly reminiscent of the Robert Rodriguez classic Sin City; and King Kennedy, a feature-length drama/thriller set in the 1960s made entirely from archive material. The film stars some of the most prominent characters from 1960's America, including US President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, the African-American civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King, convicted assassins Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan and the film world's brightest icons of that time Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. The plot line revolves around the concepts of truth and freedom, but pursues further towards deception, intrigue, conspiracy and murder, and features some of the most memorable moments in 1960's America, including Marilyn Monroe's world famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" at Madison Square Garden and Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. The film is designed primarily to remind, focusing on the characters and events that build up to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King as their apparent determination to shy away from war, discrimination and hatred became ever more publicized.

Media consulting[edit]

In addition to his producing work, Valentine has served as a senior consultant at Mayfair-based investment and corporate advisory firm Buchler Rothschild Investments, providing corporate strategy, fundraising and business advisory services to clients in the media arena. Valentine is also a Partner at corporate finance and commodities trading organization HSW Finance, providing financial instruments and fundraising services to clients in the international commodities trading industries.

Trivia[edit]

He is the first cousin of George Roy Hill, Academy Award-winning director of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting and the grandson of Sir Edmund Villiers Minshull Stockdale, 1st Baronet (Lord Mayor of the City of London, 1959)[5] and The Hon. Louise Fermor-Hesketh.[6] On 26 April 2008 he married Martha Judith Torres Chávez in London.[7] His son Gabriel Angelo Dante Stockdale was born in London on 16 May 2008.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film & Television
Year Film Position Director Cast
2002 The Willy De Ville Concerts (Live) Production Manager Perry Joseph Willy DeVille
2002 The Day Britain Stopped Assistant Director Gabriel Range Tim Pigott-Smith
2003 Winter Solstice Assistant Director Martyn Friend Jean Simmons, Geraldine Chaplin, Sinéad Cusack
2005 New Town Original Production Manager Jason Ford Elliott Jordan, JC Mac
2005 Testament Concerts (Live) Executive Producer Perry Joseph Testament
2007 XFM 10th Anniversary (Live) Executive Producer Guy Moore Foo Fighters, White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks, Razorlight, Klaxons, Kate Nash.
2008 The Eden Project (Live) Executive Producer Guy Moore Kaiser Chiefs, The Verve
2009 The Good War Screenwriter Guido Chiesa Alfred Molina, Ed Speleers, Ian Virgo
2010 Boogie Woogie Executive Producer Duncan Ward Amanda Seyfried, Heather Graham, Gillian Anderson, Danny Huston, Christopher Lee, Alan Cumming
2010 Brodie's Law Screenwriter (in development) (in development)
2010 The Last Seven Executive Producer Imran Naqvi Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Ronan Vibert
2010 King Kennedy Executive Producer Ronan O'Rahilly John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe
2010 Men Don't Lie Producer, Executive Producer Jane Spencer Michael Madsen, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Ed Speleers
2010 Jack Falls Executive Producer Paul Tanter Jason Flemyng, Tamer Hassan, Alan Ford, Dexter Fletcher, Martin Kemp, Adam Deacon
2011 Burn Producer Arran Bowyn TBC
2011 Beyond Beauty Producer Angel Gracia TBC
2012 Sleeper Producer TBC TBC
2012 The Hunted Producer TBC TBC

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