Home Team Content

Sector:
Media
Invested in:
Calculus Creative EIS, Calculus VCT

Led by producers Dominic Buchanan (BAFTA, Royal Television Society and Peabody Award-winning The End of The F***ing World) and Bennett McGhee (Berlin film Festival’s 2020 FRIPRESCI winner, Mogul Mowgli), Home Team’s intention is to identify and develop under-represented creatives and nurture exciting voices- primarily, but not restricted to, filmmakers of colour and women filmmakers of all ethnicities, through interactive as well as traditional film and TV platforms.

HOME TEAM will operate in the international film & television space, with a focus on the development and production of high-end, wholly inclusive feature films and television series.

Under their new banner, UK-based Home Team will harness the reputations of its two producers in championing exciting new voices, to build on an already impressive development slate. Projects include a collaboration with BBC Films on Shola Amoo’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed feature, The Last Tree; a new BFI-backed film project directed by Destiny Ekaragha (The End of the F***ing World, Gone Too Far!) and Danielle Ward (comedian and writer of In the Long Run); Nadia Latif Omar El-Khairy’s (White Girl) feature debut, which is the upcoming horror film Welcome, currently being developed with Film4 and the BFI; Rohan Blair-Mangat’s (Centrepiece, Jay-Z’s Bam music video) docu-series The Boombox Project, adapted from Lyle Owerko’s book of the same name; and a new television series directed by Kate Herron (Sex Education, Loki), which she is co-writing alongside Briony Redman (Angry Quiz Guy) and will be co-produced with Douglas Cox (Host).

Rationale

Prior to Home Team, Dominic has been independently producing and building his slate of projects which last year saw him secure a one year first look TV deal with production house Eleven. Previously, Dominic was VP of Production & Development at Bold Films, where on behalf of Bold Films, he co-produced the film Colette (2018), starring Kiera Knightly. Dominic also produced director Hong Khaou’s lauded 2014 Sundance film Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw. He is currently an executive producer on the break-out Channel 4 & Netflix co-production, The End of The F***ing World. The show has won multiple accolades, including the 2020 BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series.

Bennett McGhee established Silvertown Films in 2015, an independent film and television production company, which was the recipient of the British Film Institute’s Vision Award in its first year. Silvertown’s credits include Ron Scarpello’s feature documentary Bobby (2016), Ed Lilly’s rap-battle drama V’s (2018) and 2020’s acclaimed Mogul Mowgli, directed by Bassam Tariq and starring Riz Ahmed. Prior to Silvertown Films, Bennett was an executive at Wildgaze Films, where he worked on Lone Scherfig’s multi-Oscar nominated An Education; Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet and as Associate Producer on the multi-Oscar® and BAFTA-winning, Brooklyn.

John Glencross, Chief Executive of Calculus, shared: “We are thrilled to be making this investment in Home Team. Dominic and Bennett are two of the most exciting producers to emerge in the UK in recent years and have already shown their ability to develop groundbreaking productions which are both critically acclaimed and appeal to a global audience.”