The Company

J Blockbuster has a specialist management team that spans, corporate finance, film and television production, marketing, sales and distribution of commercial entertainment.

J Blockbuster has established an expertise in the independent film sector that provides it with quality commercial productions and a business model that significantly reduces risk whether the investment is debt or equity.

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Juliane Block

Director / Producer

Juliane made her directorial debut with the short film ‘Unsecured Loan’ in 2007 which subsequently got her accepted as a director into the 2008 Berlinale Talentcampus with Mike Figgis as her mentor.

The success of her award-winning first zero-budget feature ‘Emperor’, gave her the traction to move on to direct her second feature ‘Kinks’, which won the Best Asian Comedy Award at the Colortape Film Festival in Australia. Her 13 short films have been screened around the world and the feature ‘Trainstation’, a collaborative effort she is involved in as director, won Best Feature at the Los Angeles Diversity Festival and Best Feature at the Kansas International Film Festival in 2016, as well as the Special Jury Award at the Film Fest Kosova. Her feature ‘8 Remains’ was released theatrically in November 2018, and won the Jury Special Award during the 2019 Capital Filmmakers Festival in Berlin.

Block then teamed up with Wolf-Peter Arand and together with Executive Producers Malcolm Winter and Monika Gergelova they moved from zero-budget to low-budget, shooting first ‘3 Lives’, which was released in North America in August 2019, and ‘The Curse of Hobbes House’, in post-production as of February 2020.

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Wolf-Peter Arand

Screenwriter / Producer

Wolf is a writer and dramaturg. Holding a Masters degree in Film Studies from Freie Universität Berlin, he writes short- and feature-length screenplays, stage plays and prose.

Arand published ‘Gedankenschatten’, a dystopian German-language short novel, in 2011. Since then, he has shifted his attention toward writing screenplays. In 2013, he met director Juliane Block and the two developed a prolific working relationship. Arand first worked as a script doctor on Block’s movie ‘8 Remains’, released in 2018. He then wrote and co-produced Block’s next feature film, ‘3 Lives’, a psychological thriller starring Mhairi Calvey, released in the US in 2019, and theatrically in Turkey. After finishing work on ‘3 Lives’, Block and Arand started work on the zombie horror film, ‘The Curse of Hobbes House’, in post production as of February 2020.

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Malcolm Winter

Executive Producer

Malcolm has a long history as a business analyst and many years of experience  in the fund-raising world. His chief strengths are in the area of connecting businesses with the most suitable financial vehicles, sourcing investment opportunities, negotiation and strategy.

For the last 16 years, Malcolm has established himself in the film and television industries, as an Executive Producer. His most recent film projects include the mystery thriller ‘ 8 Remains’, the sci-fi thriller ‘Crystal’s Shadow’, the psychological thriller ‘3 Lives’ and the zombie horror film ‘The Curse of Hobbes House’. He’s also the Executive Producer on two seasons of the television show ‘Checkmate’.

Malcolm and Executive Producer Monika Gergelova are currently setting up a 37-acre studio and facilities for independent film and television production in Somerset, England, which is expected to be fully functional in 2021.

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Monika Gergelova

Executive Producer

Monika has been active in the film and television industry for the past 10 years. In that time she has gained knowledge and experience working with international filmmakers, helping develop films and TV shows and raising production finance.

As a passionate and prize winning chess player herself, she had the idea of creating the chess-focused TV show ‘Checkmate’, which has run for two successful seasons and is distributed worldwide. As Executive Producer her projects include the mystery thriller ‘ 8 Remains’, the sci-fi thriller ‘Crystal’s Shadow’, the psychological thriller ‘3 Lives’ and the zombie horror film ‘The Curse of Hobbes House’. Monika and Executive Producer Malcolm Winter are currently setting up a 37-acre studio and facilities for independent film and television production in Somerset, England, which is expected to be fully functional in 2021.

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Clifford De Spenser

Associate Producer

Clifford has been active in the international film and television industries for over thirty years, as his IMDb credits will attest. His work field has ranged from low budget independents to Hollywood blockbusters to acclaimed tv dramas. He has gathered a wealth of professional experience and invaluable contacts in front of and behind the camera. These he is now harnessing moving forward in a producing capacity: optioning and developing scripts, mentoring writers, producing short films, and bringing together the talent and funds required to make a project happen.

Clifford first worked with Juliane and Wolf in 2017 as Dialogue Coach on ‘3 Lives’. He has subsequently collaborated (under his banner of Clemency Films) on several of their projects as Script Editor and Casting Consultant, including: ‘Lyra’s Wish’, ‘The Curse of Hobbes House’ and now ‘Hobbes House: The Necromancer’.

Feature Films

  • Lyra’s Wish (family adventure) in development
  • Hobbes House: The Necromancer (horror) in development
  • The Curse of Hobbes House UK 2020, 83min (horror)
  • 3 Lives UK 2019, 82min (psychological thriller)
  • 8 Remains Germany/UK 2018, 80min (psychological thriller)
  • Trainstation, various countries 2015, 97min (experimental, crime, drama) (w/ 40 different filmmakers under CollabFeature)
  • Kinks, Malaysia 2011, 86min (comedy mockumentary) (co-production w/ Doll Pictures, Malaysia and Fat Kat Studios, Malaysia)
  • Emperor, Malaysia 2008, 96min (crime thriller) (co-production w/ The Factory Movie Studio, Malaysia)

Short Films

  • Last Statement, USA & Germany 2013, 30min (experimental)
  • Senf, Aspirin und zwei Flaschen Bier, Germany 2012, 5min (comedy)
  • Damaged Kung Fu, Malaysia 2011, 17min (kung fu comedy)
  • Drowning, Indonesia 2011, 10min (musical drama)
  • The Trail, Germany 2010, 3min (horror)
  • Unsecured Loan 2, Malaysia 2010, 17min (action drama)
  • Lutz Heckelmann und sein Bier, Germany 2010, 5min (comedy)
  • Ramly at War Begins, Malaysia 2009, 19min (action)
  • 九龍故事 – Kowloon Story, Hong Kong 2009, 5min (drama)
  • Bad Timing, Malaysia 2008, 2min (comedy)
  • Frankfurter for Mr. Wong, Malaysia 2008, 2min (comedy)
  • Mama’s Boy, Malaysia 2008, 3min (drama)
  • Unsecured Loan, Malaysia 2007, 11min (thriller)

Awards / Nominations

  • 8 Remains awarded Special Jury Award at the Capital Filmmakers Festival in Berlin 2019
  • Kinks‘ awarded Best Asian Comedy Award at the ColorTape International Film Festival, Australia 2016
  • Trainstation‘ won 4x Best Feature Film (at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, Kansas Int. Film Festival, Pune Int. Film Festival and Rincon Int. Film Festival), as well as Best Narrative Feature at the Calcutta Int. Cult Film Festival and the Special Prize at the Film Fest Kosovo in 2016
  • Feature screenplay ‘Foster‘ selected as top 25 finalists at the Screenplay Replay Competition 2013
  • Crowdfunding campaign ‘The Inner District‘ won the Google sponsored Indiegogo competition ‘Gründergarage’ 2012
  • The Trail‘ nominated for ‘Best Visual/Special Effects’ at Shortcutz Berlin Awards 2011
  • Unsecured Loan II‘ 1st Runner Up Best Action Sequence Martial Arts Short at the Action On Film International Film Festival 2010
  • Emperor‘ feature winner Portable Film Festival 2008
  • It could happen to you‘ by Juliane Block selected for production at the Berlinale Talentcampus 2008 as part of the hands-on training ‘Garage Studio’
  • Emperor‘ nominated for best cinematography at the 4th Asia Pacific Festival of 1st Films in Singapore 2008
  • Frankfurter for Mr. Wong‘ – Entry Level winner November 2008 filmaka.com