Hell's Kitchen is an Irish based company established in 1992 to produce In the Name of the Father.
It has achieved a stellar catalogue of awards, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Bear Awards, ten IFTA Awards , two David di Donatello BAFTA and a Goya Award. This is in addition to nominations for sixteen Academy Awards, several Golden Globes and BAFTAs.The company is led by Oscar nominated Film Director Jim Sheridan, who has decades of experience both in the American and European Film and Television industries.
As a member of the European Film Academy Board and of other industry bodies, he has a hand in developing policies and advancing issues of
concern to filmmakers, young and old.
Sheridan has fostered the voices of emerging Irish talent, including producing the first international movies of directors Terry George, John Carney and Paul Greengrass .The first five movies Jim directed received eight Academy Award nominations for actors, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Brendan Fricker, Richard Harris, Peter Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson, Samantha Morton, and Djimon Hounsou.
Since it was established in 1992,Hell’s Kitchen has also produced over 100 commercials for Moxie Films and screened its features at Cannes, TIFF, Tribeca , Sundance, BFI London, Berlinale and many other notable festivals. The company has distributed through Fox Searchlight, Paramount, Universal, Lionsgate, among others. Hell’s Kitchen focus has always been on good material whether from theatre, like the Field or from literature, or biographies like 'In America'.
It has also developed stories from scratch like Some Mother’s Son and The Boxer. It has made material ripped form the headlines of the day like Bloody Sunday or Omagh. It has never been afraid to take on controversial material such as the documentary TV series “In Absentia “ on the death of Sophie Toscan De Plantier, a French artist murdered in West Cork in 1996.
Hells Kitchen’s vision has always included a little pain. The pain of rubbing against power and the real world. We have never been shy of fighting our corner whether that is sectarian violence as in The Boxer or the homeless in our documentary Shelter Me. Integral to our ethos is a bold and dynamic approach to film-making and content creation. Our creative vision as a company is to seek out original, challenging and cutting edge films; and to develop and nurture those narratives and the talent behind them.
Our key criteria are excellence, innovation, and a singular freshness of vision and approach. We demand that each project offers a new and exciting avenue for our creative energies. We believe that the values and aspirations of the company will attract distinctive cinematic voices, both emerging and established; seeking a supportive and stimulating environment in which to work.