Former BFI Fund exec Mary Burke launches film and TV indie Public Dreams

Its development slate includes BBC Drama Targets and a classic film remake with Studiocanal

By Tim Dams 21 Sep 2022

Former BFI Fund exec Mary Burke launches film and TV indie Public Dreams
Mary Burke. Credit: Mary Burke

Former BFI Film Fund senior executive, Mary Burke, has launched film and TV production company Public Dreams.

Burke previously spent five years as a senior executive at the BFI Film Fund and 13 years at Warp Films. Her credits include Submarine, Saint Maud, Ammonite and God’s Own Country.

Public Dreams development slate includes Targets, a drama series blending comedy-horror and political drama from writer/director Amrou Al-Kadhi, for BBC Drama and it has an option on Kate Davies’ debut novel In At The Deep End.

It is also developing projects with actor and writer Josh O’Connor (The Crown), writer/director Aoife McArdle (Severance) and a classic film remake with Studiocanal.

Nicky Stean has joined Public Dreams from Ecosse as development producer, and producer Radha Bhandari, whose short film For Heidi premieres at the London Film Festival 2022, has joined as development executive.

The company is also joined by music supervisor Phil Canning to develop music based projects; he also continues his position as creative manager for film at Universal Music Publishing.

Burke has won a Bafta Scotland best feature award for For Those in Peril and a Bafta Cymru in the same category for Submarine.

This article originally appeared on KFTV's sister site, Screendaily. 

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