Set up by award-winning filmmakers Stephen Walker and Sally George in 2006, Walker George Films is a multi award-winning production company dedicated to making the sort of high-quality films which have won Stephen and Sally widespread praise over many years as documentary directors and producers.
Our aim is to produce highly crafted and intelligent films which intrigue, inspire, delight and sometimes provoke, but always with sensitivity and integrity.
Stephen Walker has directed 25 films including Young@Heart, a documentary feature film about an American chorus of pensioners who sing rock music, which was released by Fox Searchlight in 250 US cinemas in 2008. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has won 23 audience awards in film festivals around the world, including Paris, Sydney, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta. Young@Heart is the highest-ever grossing British documentary released in the USA.
Along with Sally George, Stephen is currently co-producing a dramatised version of Young@Heart for the cinema with Working Title Films, Britain’s premier feature film company.
Other films include: The Day I Got My Sight Back (BBC 2013), a documentary about a blind man who has an extraordinary eye operation to restore his sight. Double Agent (BBC 2012) and Operation Mincemeat (BBC 2011), two films presented by Times columnist and author Ben Macintyre about extraordinary spy stories from World War Two (the latter film nominated for both the Grierson and Broadcast awards for Best Documentary). A Boy Called Alex (Channel 4 2008), a documentary about a teenage musical prodigy and Eton schoolboy who suffers from an incurable disease, nominated for three BAFTAs (Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Editing), also nominated for a Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary. Hiroshima, A Day That Shook The World (BBC 2004), nominated for three Emmys including Best Director and Best Cinematography, winner of an Emmy for Best Music and Sound. Faking It: Punk to Conductor (Channel 4 2003), winner of a BAFTA and a Rose D’Or for Best Documentary. Hardcore (Channel 4 2001), the story of a young British woman who enters the American porn industry, nominated for a Grierson Award for Best Documentary.
Drama films include Prisoners in Time, starring John Hurt (winner of a Writer’s Guild award for Best Television Drama).
Stephen has twice been voted as one of Britain’s top ten television directors by the UK’s industry-leading Broadcast magazine.
Stephen has also written two books, King of Cannes (Bloomsbury & Penguin 2001) and most recently Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima (Harper Collins 2005), a New York Times Bestseller.
Sally George has produced and directed more than 20 films for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, including Young@Heart. She co-directed The Day I Got My Sight Back (BBC 2013) and produced Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (BBC 2012), Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story (BBC 2012), and Operation Mincemeat (BBC 2011), the three World War Two spy films presented by Ben Macintyre. Operation Mincemeat was nominated for both a Grierson and Broadcast award for Best Documentary). She produced A Boy Called Alex (Channel 4 2008), which was nominated for three BAFTAS and a Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary.
Sally also directed Brothers and Sisters in Love (ITV 2008) about one of the most secret taboos of all – incestuous love. The film features access to siblings who never met as children yet fall in love when they meet as adults. Other programmes she produced for Walker George Films are George Melly’s Last Stand (BBC 2008), a documentary charting the last months of the legendary jazzman’s life, nominated for a Grierson award; and Silver Surfers (C4 2007), a film about seniors who use the internet to find love.
Before co-founding Walker George Films, Sally directed the critically-acclaimed Whatever Happened to Susi, which won the Prix D’Argent at the Cannes FIPA Film Festival, and No Time to Say Goodbye, winner of the Judges Prize (Lindsay Anderson) at the Festival dei Popoli, Florence. She was the BBC Series Producer on The Human Face with John Cleese, nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Factual Series.
She also directed two much-loved films on poetry for BBC2, presented by Daisy Goodwin. Essential Poems for Britain and Essential Poems for Christmas featured, among other actors, Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Jack Dee, Rhys Ifans, Dougray Scott, John Hurt, Sheila Hancock and Liza Tarbuck.