ABOUT


Up Helly Aa Ltd was founded by Kathy Speirs in 2012 to develop, package and produce feature films and TV projects for the International Market. Her first feature film multi-award winning MOON DOGS (2016) was an official UK/Irish coproduction with Ripple World Pictures & Directed by Philip John. Funded by Creative Scotland, Ffilm Cymru Wales & the Irish Film Board. It had its world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 where it was selected for Best of the Fest and subsequently won the Best International First Feature award at Galway Film Fleadh 2016. MOON DOGS was nominated for a Bafta Scotland award for Best Film & won a BAFTA Cymru for Best Actor. It also won the audience award at the IFFMH and Best Film & Best Actor at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2017. It was theatrical released in UK/Ireland 2017 distributed by Amber Content and bought for Broadcast by BBC Scotland. 

Link to Moon Dogs trailer here 


Up Helly Aa is a digital entertainment company based in Scotland with a focus on developing & producing feature films & TV projects.


GLASGOW 
Kathy Speirs
Founder/Director 
Kathy@upha.co.uk 
+44 (0) 7980 590340 
Film City, 401 Govan Road G51 2QJ 


‘I’ve always been always interested in the language of cinema, in the way you can use the cinema to push the people to dream and think and open sometimes a window that they forgot to open…we cannot change the life, but we can bring the fresh air sometimes’ Agnes Varda
IN DEVELOPMENT
FEATURE FILMS 
THE SAVIOURS by Rosie Toner & Jonathan Barraclough 
SYLVIE by Raymond Friel & Derek Boyle 
TREMBLE by Tracy Spottiswoode 

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NEWS 
CONCRETE PLANS by Will Jewell 
In Post Production 
MPI/Queensbury Pictures have boarded Welsh-set Thriller Concrete Plans which is Brighton based writer/ director Will Jewell’s long anticipated debut feature.
‘When the aristocratic owner fails to pay the cowboy builders he employed for the months of building work on his remote inherited farmhouse, the blue collar men are thrust into downward spiral of betrayal, increasingly bleak moral choices and ultimately murder’.
Cast includes, Kevin Guthrie, (Fantastic Beasts, Sunset Song, Sunshine on Leith), Amber Rose Revah, (The Punisher ), Goran Bogdan (Fargo, The Black Panthers), Chris Reilly (The Last Post, Everest), Charlie Palmer Rothwell (Dunkirk, Legend), William Thomas ( Twin Town, Mr Nice) and Steve Speirs (Pirates of the Caribbean, Stella)
Commencing Principle photography in March 2019 in Brecon, South Wales with original composed score by Paul Hartnoll of electro dance duo Orbital, the film is supported by Ffilm Cymrus Wales, Bright Shadow, MPI & Amber Content. 
Produced by Rob Alexander of Welsh/Amsterdam based company Perfect Motion (Gary Numan: Android in La La Land), Kathy Speirs from Scottish based Up Helly Aa (Moon Dogs) & Ian Davies of Initialize Films, with Adam Partridge from Ffilm Cymru Wales and Giles Edwards for Queensbury Pictures/MPI as Executive Producers.  The XYZ Doohickey Company was founded in 1971, and has been providing quality doohickeys to the public ever since. Located in Gotham City, XYZ employs over 2,000 people and does all kinds of awesome things for the Gotham community.