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Bruna Papandrea has been president of Michael London’s independent production and financing company Groundswell Productions since its inception in February 2006.
At Groundswell, Ms. Papandrea has produced Andrew Jarecki’s upcoming All Good Things, Noam Murro’s Smart People, and Todd Louiso’s The Marc Pease Experience; and executive-produced Rawson Marshall Thurber’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
Born and raised in Australia, she began her career there as a film and commercials producer. In the mid-1990s, she moved to New York to co-produce the independent film Lifebreath, directed by P.J. Posner and starring Luke Perry;and then returned to Australia, where she produced Jonathan Teplitzky’s Better Than Sex, starring David Wenham and Susie Porter. The latter was nominated for eight Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, including Best Film.
In 2001, Ms. Papandrea moved to London. As production executive at Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Enterprises, she oversaw Philip Noyce’s The Quiet American; acquired several high-profile properties including The Ninth Life of Louis Drax; and developed a number of features. Two that were recently completed were Triage, based on the novel by Scott Anderson, directed by Danis Tanovic, and starring Colin Farrell and Paz Vega; and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, which was the last film directed by Mr. Minghella.
She next worked in New York City as creative director at GreeneStreet Films, a leading independent production company, developing and acquiring movies. Among them were the upcoming Invisible Woman, written and to be directed by Matt Reeves; John Polson’s Tenderness, starring Russell Crowe. She also executive-produced Michael Ian Black’s Wedding Daze [a.k.a. The Pleasure of Your Company], starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher, before moving to Los Angeles and joining Groundswell.