We are a two-person team based in the Isle of Man, a place of culture and beauty in the heart of the Irish Sea.
Operating for two years now, we've produced four award-winning short films and a variety of content for clients, both on- and off-island. Narrative is at the heart of our work, and with so much content out there, it is narrative that will make a video stand out on social media, or make a film stand out at a festival.
We founded our business with one goal in mind: creating beautiful, unique, and thought-provoking projects. We take you through every step from start to finish and tell every story as it deserves to be told.
PAYMENT IS ESSENTIAL
We know what it's like to do unpaid internships for very little gain, and how difficult it is for many young creatives to break into the industry without the funds to support that 'experience' period. When we hire people, we hire them.
INNOVATION IS INTRINSIC
So much of filmmaking is problem-solving, and we like to do that as creatively as we can. Whether acting as filmmakers on the ground for companies with clients here, or developing a remote filming method, we're pushing boundaries at every opportunity.
QUALITY IS PRIORITY
We take our work for you as seriously as we do our own projects, drawing on all of our knowhow to produce a film perfect for you. We've learnt every aspect of filmmaking inside out so that we can deliver only the very best to our clients.
Director, Producer and Cinematographer
Patrick was born and raised on the Isle of Man, as well as on cinema. Obsessed with film from a young age, he started producing short films with his friends, and ended up winning the Best Comedy Award at the Young Filmmaker of Mann. Since then he studied BSc Film and Television Production at the University of York, where he specialised in Directing. Alongside that, he has crewed on projects such as Mindhorn (2016) and a host of short films, as well as doing an internship at Andy Serkis' Imaginarium Studios in Ealing.
Since founding Dark Avenue Film, Patrick has directed two award-winning short fiction films and co-directed two short documentaries which played to wide audiences at Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2019 and at Manx Last Night of the Proms 2020. He's always overflowing with ideas and has big plans for what will be next on this list!
Writer, Producer and Sound Designer
Writing has always been Bethany's first and foremost passion, and she relishes having that as part of her role at Dark Avenue Film. She specialised in screenwriting during her studies on the University of York's BSc Film and Television Production course. Before graduating, she had her work published in The Yorker magazine, became Deputy Editor, was a winner and published in Create50's Singularity50 anthology and was hired to write an audio research film, Shelf Life, which was nominated for an AHRC Research in Film award. She has since co-written feature script Chrysalis with Patrick, which has placed highly in five international screenwriting competitions.
Bethany's studies also led her to discover sound production and postproduction as a specialism, and she enjoys exploring the audio landscape of the projects she works on, especially in bringing directorial visions to life through sound design. She also loves the challenges of producing projects, especially the feeling when it all comes together and can be shared with the world!