Guerilla Plays - Who we are.
DAVID NICHOLAS WILKINSON entered the entertainment industry in 1970, as an actor, having been chosen from hundred’s of boys for in the title role in the West End revival production of THE WINSLOW BOY.
Throughout the seventies he played many leading roles in theatre, television and film production including the joint lead in JACK FLEA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – Ian McEwan’s screen debut directed by Mike Newell; the juvenile lead in Arthur Hopkcraft’s THE NEARLY MAN directed by John Irvin and playing Stuart Sutcliffe in Richard Marquand’s BIRTH OF THE BEATLES. He won a best actor theatre award for playing Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS
He also co-produced some of the plays he acted in.
In 1982 he pioneered, the “Reverse Co-Production” with the BBC. This was a new break-through, for independent producers in working with the BBC. He was also responsible for the first BBC production to be sold by an ITV company and was the first UK distributor to have a website to promote and sell films.
He has Produced/ Executive Produced/ distributed or financed over 100 feature films and television productions. His first film as a producer TO THE LIGHTHOUSE was nominated for a BAFTA award. His films have won many other awards.
Since 1998 Guerilla Films has only released British & Irish films. No other film company has ever made such a strong commitment to the relasing of British films. See www.guerilla-films.com for more details.
Wilkinson gave Sir Anthony Hopkins chance to direct. Lenny Henry made his acting debut in one of Wilkinson’s films and it could be argued that Kenneth Branagh’s film debut was also Wilkinson’s as a producer. He has enabled well over 200 first time filmmakers, actors, writers etc. to see their work screen in UK cinemas.
He is founder and Chairman of Guerilla Films Limited, Guerilla Books Limited and Guerilla Plays Limited.