Substantial Films makes high-concept feature films that have depth. Over the last five years, we have produced four films which have achieved global distribution, played at prestigious film festivals, generated critical acclaim, and established Substantial Films as a producer of thrilling entertainment which deals with interesting themes.

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In 2010, Tom dropped out of film school and cut his teeth shooting and editing a series of documentaries filmed in eight different countries. He went on to direct music videos and commercials, and in 2014 produced and directed his first feature film - Backtrack. In 2015, he produced and directed the psychological thriller The Holly Kane Experiment and in 2016, he produced and directed the comedy-drama Rupert, Rupert & Rupert. In 2018, he finished another psychological thriller called False Witness.


Mick had a successful career as an advertising copywriter at top London agencies like JWT, DDB and Leagas Delaney, where he wrote more than 60 broadcast TV commercials and won all of the major industry awards, including golds and silvers at D&AD, BTAA and Cannes. He was then commissioned to write the screenplays Millennium Man for Parallel Pictures and The Red King for Warner Bros. He has had screenplays optioned by Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars), David Kennaway (producer of The Rocket Post) and Imaginary Films. Mick wrote the screenplays for Backtrack, The Holly Kane Experiment, Three Acts, and False Witness.


Phil was a successful music entrepreneur, running several businesses including online and FM radio stations, club promotion, a record label and online/high street music retail. He found his way into the film industry by directing music videos and teamed up with director Tom Sands and writer Mick Sands in 2013 to become the lead producer at Substantial Films. Since then he has produced four feature films, securing major festival showings and global distribution. An entrepreneurial spirit combined with real on-the-ground experience explains his reputation for bringing ambitious projects in on time and on budget.