Finola Dwyer ONZM is a twice Oscar-nominated, BAFTA award-winning film & television producer. She runs Wildgaze Films, one of the UK’s leading independent production companies, with her producing partner Amanda Posey.
Finola has recently completed Dirt Music, developed and financed by Film4, which shot in Western Australia. Based on Tim Winton’s iconic Booker-nominated Australian novel and adapted by Jack Thorne, the film stars Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund and David Wenham, and is directed by Gregor Jordan. The film had its world premiere at TIFF in September 2019.
Her productions include Our Souls At Night, a film for Netflix, directed by Ritesh Batra, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, co-produced with Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, which premiered at Venice Film Festival 2017 before launching on Netflix. Their Finest reunited Wildgaze with director Lone Scherfig; starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy, it was released Spring 2017 to outstanding reviews. In 2016 Wildgaze’s film Brooklyn took the US box office by storm and was nominated for three Oscars (including Best Picture) and six BAFTAs, winning Outstanding British Film BAFTA.
Finola’s previous producer credits include Oscar-nominated & BAFTA winning An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig; Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and box office hit Quartet; A Long Way Down, based on Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel; BAFTA-winning Tsunami: The Aftermath for HBO/BBC; Emmy-nominated The Hamburg Cell; Sandra Goldbacher’s BAFTA-nominated Me Without You; Iain Softley’s BAFTA-winning debut Backbeat, and acclaimed feature documentary My Nazi Legacy. Finola is a former Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee and BAFTA board member and is a member of AMPAS and currently serves on the Academy’s Producers Branch Executive Committee.