Illumina Studios & Media Limited

British Entertainment and Media Company
Inspiring International Audiences with High Quality Productions In Film, Television and Live Events.

Illumina Studios & Media Limited

British Entertainment and Media Company
Inspiring International Audiences with High Quality Productions In Film, Television and Live Events.

Illumina Studios & Media Limited

British Entertainment and Media Company
Inspiring International Audiences with High Quality Productions In Film, Television and Live Events.

Illumina Studios & Media Limited

British Entertainment and Media Company
Inspiring International Audiences with High Quality Productions In Film, Television and Live Events.

Illumina Studios & Media Limited

British Entertainment and Media Company
Inspiring International Audiences with High Quality Productions In Film, Television and Live Events.

Illumina Studios & Media Limited

British Entertainment and Media Company
Inspiring International Audiences with High Quality Productions In Film, Television and Live Events.

Illumina Studios & Media Limited

British Entertainment and Media Company
Inspiring International Audiences with High Quality Productions In Film, Television and Live Events.

What We Do

We're an Independent British Entertainment and Media Company that produces high quality film, television & live event productions. These are delivered with zest, passion and purpose. We create unique productions and environments for UK and international audiences to be inspired and entertained.

We are committed to creating new, positive and thought-provoking media productions. This enables us to be in contact with some of the best creative talents, most thought provoking leaders and stories you'll find anywhere. For eons, well told stories have always been important to society. They can carry many of our hopes, dreams and fears- both conscious and unconscious. They are incredibly powerful and can help us look at and experience things we may not otherwise be able to. For us, the best ones even have a transcendental quality, opening us up to new ways of seeing, believing and understanding the world around us and our place in it.

Look around today. We all need to be inspired now more than ever. Our question for you is how can we, as creators, as innovators, as the next generation help to heal our own and each other's suffering so that life can have a chance to become a celebration? If this is the kind of question you'd like to answer with your own creative work then we may be in alignment. With the entry of new content providers, territories and formats into the media landscape there has never been a better time to be a content creator provided we move with the technology and the times.

"The Compassionate Film Series" 3 Unique Documentary Feature Films About Tibetan Buddhism

The Compassionate Film Series is a Mini-Series of 3 One-Hour broadcast slot TV documentaries related to Tibetan Buddhism made for the international marketplace. Narrated by acclaimed actress and socially minded activist, they have been developed by British film and television Production Company Illumina Studios & Media Ltd with Award Winning filmmakers, journalists and authors as creative contributors.

The films can be shown by broadcasters in one hour special TV slots on their own or together as a series. All the films aim to highlight the ancient and vibrant cultures, stories, traditions and wide international interest in the subjects relating to Tibet and Buddhism. The current market for television series is strong and these films are intended to capitalise on this trend.

The unrivalled access to some of the world’s leading figures, including His Holiness Dalai Lama combined with unique cultural content will be relevant and appealing to a broad international audience. The telling of the stories represents the culmination of many years of history and back stories and are to be told on film for the first time with some of the worlds leading talent. Illumina Studios and Media Ltd is proud to be making these socially and culturally relevant films.

An Officer And His Holiness

Fifty-eight years after China’s Most Wanted Man escaped from occupied Tibet, this powerful documentary film follows The Dalai Lama as he returns to the Tibetan borderlands for the first time to retrace his remarkable journey and escape into exile in 1959. One of the most significant moments of 20th Century history, this is the secret story of the Dalai Lama’s journey into exile, told through exclusive access to the Dalai Lama and the previously unknown private diary of the Indian high official who led him to safety, Harmandar Singh.

The deep emotional and spiritual experience of the Indian Official, gained from spending three weeks together with the Dalai Lama is uncovered by Harmandar Singh’s niece, journalist and ex-Eastenders soap star Rani Singh, as she retraces their epic 3-week journey of 1959. Along with the Dalai Lama, she revisits the Tibetan Border in the high Himalayan mountains and travels through ‘Tawang’, the 2nd Largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the world traveling over the ‘Se La Pass’ to Harmandar Singh’s house in Bomdila where he hosted the Dalai Lama all those years ago. This culturally significant story offers insights into the importance of our shared worldwide humanity and reveals the incredible details of the Dalai Lama’s escape into exile. Remarkably, this is the first time that the story will have ever been told on film! Narrated by Joanna Lumley and with music by Anoushka Shankar.

Project Link: Compassionate Film Series

Trailer Link: https://vimeo.com/261990695

Return To Ladakh

The documentary film RETURN TO LADAKH follows Andrew Harvey, the author, religious scholar and teacher of mystic traditions as he returns to the place that inspired his life-long mission of ‘Sacred Activism’ in the very same Monastery he began his spiritual transformation over 30 years ago. This is the story of the author’s return to Ladakh to meet the reincarnation of the revered Buddhist Master, His Eminence Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche, who was his teacher in his last life and who is now 29, living again and in charge of the state of Ladakh, which he governs courageously using Buddhist principles. The film will offer a rare and unprecedented glimpse into the treasures and secrets of the Buddhist world and culture, exploring the meaning of success and happiness within a paradigm that exists in dramatic contrast to the cult of celebrity and the modern day consumerism of the western world.

 

Project Link: Return To Ladakh

Trailer Link: https://vimeo.com/203464980

Aluna - A Journey To Save The World

Documentary feature film (86min). Leaders of an ancient civilization called the Kogi in Colombia travel with a British filmmaker and 400 kilometers of gold thread to trace the invisible connections in nature. The film is bringing audiences together and stimulating a conversation about effective environmental stewardship. Shown at Sheffield Docfest and Raindance Film Festival it was released worldwide in 2014 on Amazon, iTunes & Netflix and has been shown on television Colombia, Thailand and Australia.

International Film Screenings

Candlelight Cinema is our flagship community film screening initiative. We bring communities together for inspiring evenings of film. To date we have held over 400+ screenings around the world. Our aim is to host 1,000 film screenings per month of engaging, thought provoking and inspiring content.

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet: "Open Mind, Loving Heart Tour 2017"

We are proud and blessed to again be working with this ancient order of Tibetan Tantric Buddhist Monks who continue their Gelug Tradition that dates back over 600 years. We are producing their UK Touring Shows and recording with them in the Studio. The idea behind the shows is about bringing communities together to experience special moments together and a transmission of love, kindness and compassion as an antidote to the more commercial side of Christmas. More info is available at our studio tour and ticketing website www.illuminastudios.net

Glastonbury Festival 2017: Arcadia

We were privileged to work on the production of Afro Celt Sound System on the giant spider stage, Arcadia at Glastonbury Festival. This included performances of song and spoken word by the Lakota Water Protectors and Aboriginal representatives from Australia set to music by the incredible Afro Celt Sound System musicians. This was the show before the final Metamorphosis production of Arcadia at the festival.

Glastonbury Festival 2017: The Common

We were privileged to bring the Lakota Water Protectors to the mind blowing new venue The Common at Glastonbury Festival. Their contribution included hosting an opening ceremony and offering their insights and indigenous knowledge within the programme, which felt naturally connected and related to the performances and gathering of the many people there.

Candlelight Cinema Glastonbury Festival 2017

Thorough our flagship screening initiative "Candlelight Cinema" we ran our own screening venue of independent documentary films at Europe's Largest Music Festival. All the films were selected due to their inspiring nature and connection to the themes of Ecology, Spirituality and Consciousness.

AWAKE UK Tour 2017

We produced and managed the Official UK Film Screening Tour of AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock. This included bringing over Indigenous Water Protectors William Hawk Birdshead and Doug Good Feather from the Lakota Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for performances at Glastonbury Festival, Schools, Colleagues, Universities and Fracking Sites plus documenting the journey on film. The tour was a great success and the videos and live streams held throughout the tour were seen by over 1.1m people.

Gyuto Monks of Tibet

In 2016 we worked with Grammy Nominees the Gyuto Monks of Tibet on the "Pure Sound" Tour in the UK. This included live performances in London, at Glastonbury Festival & in Scotland plus documenting the historic journey on film.

Refugee Crisis Action

Our new "Migrate" production helps raise awareness and funds for small Charities working on the Refugee Crisis in Europe. The first event was an auction with Christies in London held in October 2016 and raised £47,500.

A Big Night Out

A follow-on initiative from our "Migrate" production. We are excited to announce our new project, "A Big Night Out" which gives refugees a chance to enjoy the best in entertainment and culture in the UK. Working in conjunction with refugee charity and relief organisations we aim to source tickets for a variety of events and venues around the UK and donate these to refugees who are making a new life for themselves in the UK.

Prior to leaving, refugees have often had their lives torn apart in homelands they may never see again and now face daily struggles, not just to survive in a practical way in a strange country far from home, but also to survive the shock and trauma that they endured in their countries of origin. We feel a night of top quality entertainment and 'A Night To Remember' can create a welcoming feel, breathing space from the daily struggles and even offer hope and inspiration for their new lives here. If you would like to contribute to this event by donating tickets

Animation for Peace, Colombia

We're engaged in an exciting new project in Colombia involving dance, performance, film and animation to promote peace, reconciliation and indigenous rights in the country.

United Nations General Assembly

Our Managing Director presented at the United Nations General Assembly in New York before Mother Earth Day in 2017. This was on the topic of the role of the Arts, Media, Design and Architecture to create a world that protects and is aligned with nature. We had also participated in the United Nations international dialogue as facilitator within the Arts, Media, Design and Architecture panel. Launched on Mother Earth Day 2016 the dialogue is exploring ways international experts can contribute to earth centred worldviews, which were taken to the UN General Assembly in September 2016.

New Productions

We are developing a slate of new feature scripts and non-fiction content for distribution in the international marketplace. One of our priorities is developing new UK and international co productions. This is the next step in our development & vision.

London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

We worked extensively within the Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. This was a memorable, successful and highly inspirational project to be involved in. Never has there been a 'feel good factor' on the streets of London as during the Games. As a result, we're still involved in highly innovative live events around the world that aim to delight and inspire international audiences.

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Round OZ Ride

This heart warming documentary film from Australia about motorbiking legend Pete 'Kog' Godfrey and his son James. Together they set off on an epic adventure, Kog on a Triumph Thunderbird and his son James on a Ducati Monster travel 17,750km in 40 days around Australia -  in search of the meaning of life, or at least some answers to the big questions of life….well OK….to just have fun. Armed with a ‘’can do’ attitude and a GoPro video camera they capture the essence of what a father and son motorcycle journey around OZ is really like.

The film is available digitally through Illumina Studios and Candlelight Cinema now: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/roundozride

Road To Peace

This award-winning documentary film offers a radical vision of how we can create lasting peace within ourselves and on a global level. Complete with rare behind the scenes access and a candid personal interview, this fly-on-the-wall documentary is as close to a flesh-and-blood encounter with the Dalai Lama as you can get. As we follow His Holiness on the road around Britain during his last visit before stepping down as the exiled Political Leader of Tibet, the film offers an intimate portrait of the man behind the myth with his remarkable warmth, integrity, humility and playful sense of humour.

Offering a compelling insight into the Dalai Lama’s daily life, his escape into exile, and the political situation in Tibet, the film is lightly interwoven with historical context, Buddhist ceremonials and sweeping panoramas of Tibet and the Himalayas, capturing both the essence of the ancient, sacred realm from which His Holiness hails and his rise to prominence on the modern global stage as a powerful emissary of Peace.

Contact us for territory rights and availability for this and all listed films.

One Track Heart: The Story Of Krishna Das

In 1970, a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom—turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of New York to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba (or Maharajji). It follows his return, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das—the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist.

He gives his music and chanting as an offering you can see how this is infectious to those around him, whether it is by a sick bed or in a stadium. He has brought many thousands to experience music as an offering of the soul, not merely as sound candy or aural chewing gum. For that alone, this film is worth sharing with your local community.

Finding Joe

A group of contemporary spiritual teachers pay tribute to Joseph Campbell and the myths and power of storytelling.

Walking the Camino

Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

Philosophy

UN "COP21" Earth Summit Talks, Paris, 2015

"The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change" Indigenous, Youth and Spiritual Leaders Speak. Each of these little clips is a gem. Have a listen. Meditate a while and see what happens.

Philosophy { Guiding Principles }

Our philosophy is to work with creative people with a devotion to creating new and inspiring media projects, often with a socially, conscious or environmentally aware worldview. We have developed a unique portfolio of film, television & media projects: and there's plenty more to come.


{Our Vision}

Our vision is to create new film and media productions that help make the world a better place.


{Our Mission}

Our mission is to create film & media projects that have a positive influence on our understanding of the world we live in and to contribute towards a sustainable planetary culture. We believe this is possible and are relentless in our pursuit of this ideal.


{Process}

As a Creative Studio we work as and with artists, writers, producers & directors in a holistic way, often "end-to-end" on a production, including all stages of the creative process from development, pre production, production & distribution.

ILLUMINA as a creative studio.

The company was founded as a creative production studio in 2011. This began from a film festival in the Indian Ocean and led to working on ALUNA. Much of the approach and our creative slate of productions was developed at the National Film & Television School, UK. Having worked with BBC Director Alan Ereira since the beginning of the ALUNA film project in 2010, the second film of the secretive Kogi Indian tribe of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia (the sequel to the acclaimed BBC film From The Heart Of The World: The Elder Brother’s Warning), one of the Mamas (Elders) in the film asked us to share their message of hope and despair about the impact of society on the environment around the world as much as possible. We are now working on new feature film, television and live projects that seek to express a truly sustainable and compassionate worldview whilst still being especially engaging and entertaining.

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Contact Us

Illumina Studios & Media LTD
Phone: +44 (0) 2033559972
Email: info@illuminastudios.co.uk
Address: 79 Wardour St, Soho, W1D 6QB, London UK.

Illumina Studios & Media LTD