Passionate about producing high-quality and entertaining genre film and television for the international market place and global audiences, MISFITS ENTERTAINMENT (Misfits) Ltd., is a London based production company. Established in 2016, the company is run by dynamic and creative partnership - award winning Director and Producer, Ian Bonhôte and seasoned Producer Andee Ryder.
With over 20 years of combined experience running successful production companies (Ian co-founded Pulse Films and Andee founded Elephant Gun Films) their collective credits include highly successful feature films ALLEYCATS, VIKING DESTINY and MCQUEEN (BAFTA nominated for Outstanding British Film and Best Documentary).
Andee (Dee) is a film producer, her most recent film MCQUEEN is a powerful feature documentary on Alexander McQueen. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 and was released in the UK by Lionsgate and by Bleecker Street in the US. McQueen went onto gross $4m worldwide and was nominated for 2 BAFTAs. McQueen has a 99% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Prior to this Dee had accumulated extensive experience within the TV and film industry working on major Hollywood blockbusters, feature documentaries and multi returning documentaries series aired on NAT GEO, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HISTORY CHANNEL, PBS to name but a few. She also produced countless music videos, commercials and boasts a significant amount of experience as a VFX producer. Combining all this experience Dee decided to set up MISFITS ENTERTAINMENT (Misfits) Ltd. alongside director/producing partner, Ian Bonhôte with the aim to produce outstanding long form content for the global marketplace.
Her third feature VIKING DESTINY, an action/adventure film starring Terence Stamp is distributed in the U.S. by Saban Films and is currently available in 18 territories worldwide. Andee’s debut feature ALLEYCATS, made for just $900k, was distributed internationally by Universal pictures in over 25 territories and by Filmmode in the US/Canada. Andee is a filmmaker first and foremost. To produce the best creative work, she believes in close working relationships and solid foundations.
Xenia joined Misfits Entertainment in 2018 where she works across development and production; she is currently producing Ian Bonhôte’s film for the Uncertain Kingdom initiative. Before joining Misfits Entertainment Xenia worked at Shooting People - the filmmakers network where she developed and produced SHORT CUTS, a filmmakers mentorship scheme and film fund; she also worked across SP’s film commissions for Puma’s Films4Peace and Channel 4’s Random Acts. Alongside this Xenia worked across the London Short Film Festival, the Jameson First Shot film competition, and at Casting Networks International.
The latest film Xenia produced was PORCELAIN, an experimental short film that explores skin lightening and its commercialisation in South East Asia. The film was awarded the Last Word Film Fund and it was featured at the Roundhouse Festival. Prior to this Xenia was selected for the Encounters Film Festival mentorship scheme ‘Widening the Lens’, where she received mentoring from Neon Films. Since then Xenia has been awarded film funding from the Ex-Animo Foundation and the Film and TV Charity; she is the youngest ever awardee of the charity’s John Brabourne Award. Most recently in 2019, Xenia’s upcoming short film TABULA RASA was shortlisted for the BBC/BFI Born Digital Scheme, and she was also selected for the BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew filmmaker development programme.
Ian is a BAFTA nominated director and producer. His latest film, MCQUEEN, is a feature documentary on Alexander McQueen the iconic fashion designer. McQueen became the most successful fashion documentary in the UK of all time, receiving BAFTA nominations for Outstanding British Film and Best Documentary.
Ian’s directorial debut, ALLEYCATS, was distributed internationally by Universal pictures in over 25 territories and by Filmmode in the US/Canada. Following this, Ian co-founded MISFITS ENTERTAINMENT, alongside Alleycats producer Andee Ryder. In 2018 Misfits Entertainment produced VIKING DESTINY, an action/adventure film starring Terence Stamp.
Prior to this, Ian co-founded PULSE FILMS in 2005 alongside Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford. Pulse Films recently co-produced the "THE WITCH” and “AMERICAN HONEY” (2016 Jury Prize Cannes Winner). The company is now a part of the VICE MEDIA GROUP. Ian also directed international campaigns, music videos and fashion films for clients such as Puma, Nike, Pepsi, Mumford & Sons, Tom Jones, and fashion designers Matthew Williamson and Hussein Chalayan. Ian's short films have played internationally and include LA LUCHA, PERFECTION starring the model Lily Cole, and THOUGH SHALL NOT KILL, that was selected in the 2014 Special Selection at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival.
Peter is the co-director, writer and executive producer of ‘McQueen,’ the feature documentary about Alexander McQueen. Released summer 2018 in the UK by Lionsgate and the US by Bleecker Street, the film was premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, where Variety described it as “supremely engrossing and elegant.”
Although Peter has now participated in several cinema documentaries, his roots lie in scripted storytelling. Having studied drama at Bristol University, he cut his teeth in the art department working for production designer Christopher Hobbes and in the cutting room, apprenticing for Mike Bradsell. He went on to work for Ken Russell as director’s assistant, script editor and music editor on a diverse range of feature films, TV drama and documentaries.
Having written additional material for several of Russell’s scripts (including adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome,’ DH Lawrence’s ‘The Rainbow,’ and Bram Stoker’s ‘The Lair of the White Worm’), Peter began to write screenplays for films such as the Bafta-nominated ‘Onegin’, from Pushkin’s classic tale of unrequited love, which starred Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler and was directed by Martha Fiennes, and ‘Vigo,’ starring Romane Bohringer and James Frain, directed by Julien Temple, inspired by the life of the pioneering French filmmaker Jean Vigo.
Chafing against the solitude of screenwriting, Peter returned to the world of production. Inspired by a true story, he developed and produced ‘Kinky Boots’ with fellow producers Suzanne Mackie and Nick Barton. The film, which starred Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor and was directed by Julian Jarrold, went on to become a Tony-winning Broadway/West End musical. Peter has also worked as a producer with The Bureau Film Company, developing a number of projects (including the cult indie ‘Unmade Beds’ for Film4/BFI), and more recently with Dancing Ledge Productions on a slate of television and radio drama (including a passion project for Radio 4, ‘Unmade Movies’, adapting unproduced screenplays by, among others, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Dennis Potter and Alexander Mackendrick).
Beyond his work as writer and producer, Peter also worked extensively as a development consultant and story editor, from FilmLondon’s Microwave and Creative England’s iFeatures programmes to independent features developed through the BFI. He worked for John Logan through the development of ‘Spectre,’ directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Barbara Broccoli (for whom Peter had previously also worked as a researcher, script editor and later writer on a slate of non-Bond projects).
The Bond connection serendipitously led Peter into the world of feature documentaries, joining forces with director Stevan Riley and producers John Battsek and Simon Chinn as the writer of ‘Everything or Nothing,’ a chronicle of the 007 franchise from the character’s genesis to the release of ‘Skyfall’. Having fallen in love with the creative possibilities of the feature doc, Peter went on to collaborate with Riley and Battsek on a second cinema documentary, ‘Listen to Me, Marlon’, a portrait of Marlon Brando told through the actor’s audio archive, for which Peter was the recipient of both a Peabody Award and the International Documentary Association Award for best writing in a documentary. Shortly after, Peter teamed up with co- director Ian Bonhôte and producers Andee Ryder and Nick Taussig to begin development of ‘McQueen.’
If there’s a common thread in everything Peter does, it’s this: a continuing fascination with, and love of, the art, craft and business of storytelling for the screen. Whether writing or producing, or working editorially, whether for film, tv or radio, indie or studio, fiction or doc - it always all comes back to the fundamentals of why we need film stories in our lives - and how best to make them stand up and play for audiences in today’s increasingly fragmented and complex audiovisual culture.