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In August 2002, Jeff Abberley and Julia Blackman established Scion Films. This filmmaking partnership was initiated with the aim of financing and producing British feature films of significance.
In addition to The Constant Gardener, Scion's projects to date include Michael Winterbottom's A Cock and Bull Story (a.k.a. Tristram Shandy), starring Steve Coogan; Joel Schumacher's worldwide success The Phantom of the Opera; Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N., starring Philippe Torreton and Richard E. Grant; Mary McGuckian's The Bridge of San Luis Rey (starring Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, and Harvey Keitel) and Rag Tale (starring Rupert Graves, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Malcolm McDowell); Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah, starring Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, and Miranda Richardson; and (also for Focus Features) Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley.
Immediately prior to forming Scion, Mr. Abberley and Ms. Blackman together for two-and-one-half years ran the film financing arm of Future Film Group (FFG) which was involved in U.K. film financing, production distribution, and post-production. Mr. Abberley was one of the founding partners of the company and was director of the group with Ms. Blackman, who was also a lawyer for FFG. The company was involved in the financing and production of, among other films, Gurinder Chadha's sleeper hit Bend It Like Beckham; Fred Schepisi's all-star Last Orders; Mike Barker's To Kill a King; Nick Hurran's Undertaking Betty; and Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game.
Mr. Abberley previously was an advisor on production financing for film and television projects.
Ms. Blackman previously was a tax lawyer who advised on film financing structures and tax issues for clients with film and television projects.