John Giwa-Amu runs production and gaming company Good Gate Media Ltd and sister company Red
and Black Films. John’s first produced feature film, Little White Lies, won two BAFTA Cymru Awards
and director, Caradog James, was BIFA nominated. His follow up feature, sci-fi cult hit The Machine,
also directed by Caradog, was selected from over 6,000 films to premier in Tribeca and won three
BAFTAs Cymru including Best Picture, a BIFA and the Screen Award for UK distribution also managed
by John. The film was commissioned to be made into a $9m TV Pilot by NBC Universal/SyFy which
John and his company Produced in 2017. Brit List winning screenplay The Call Up premiered at BIFF
2016 and is released in cinemas by Altitude. Co Production, The Silent Storm, starring Damien Lewis
and Andrea Riseborough was also released in cinemas in May 2016 by Sony. Don’t Knock Twice, by
director Caradog James, has been sold internationally by Kew Media and was released in the UK by
Red and Black Distribution and Kew Media during spring 2017 – the film generated c.$4m at the
international box office and spawned a computer game released on Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo.
John fully financed The Party with Great Point Media – it was written and directed by Sally Potter and
stars Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall, Kristen Scott Thomas and Bruno Ganz. The film won the Guild
Prize at Berlin 2017, a BIFA for Patricia Clarkson, Evening Standard Awards for best screenplay and
leading actress in Feb 2018 and has grossed c.$7m. John also collaborated on Sally’s next feature, The
Roads Not Taken starring Javier Bardem, Salma Hayek, Laura Linney and Elle Fanning which premiered
in the Berlinale. Currently on release worldwide on Netflix is feature drumming documentary, Count
Me In, featuring exclusive interviews with the drummers of Queen, Red Hot Chill Peppers, Foo
Fighters and many other of the worlds biggest rock bands.
Good Gate’s first interactive film was the Sci-Fi Thriller, The Complex, by the screenwriter of The
Handmaid’s Tale. It was released March 2020 on Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo and Steam and became
the most successful interactive title in week-for-week revenues which distributor Wales Interactive has
ever released. Interactive romantic comedy Five dates, shot during full lockdown in June 2020, was
released in November to a range of 4 and 5 star reviews. GGM went on to produce another six
interactive titles during and since lockdown including Five Dates, Deathtrap Dungeon:The Golden
Room, Night Book, Bloodshore and Five Dates 2 which released Valentine’s Day 2023 to a range of 4
and 5 star reviews.
John has won the BBC talent Award, a Screen Award, a BIFA, has been honoured as a Breakthrough
Brit and a Future Leader by Screen International. He sat on the board of Film Cymru Wales as a
director for 7 years and advised Welsh Government’s Media Investment Fund. He has graduated from
the internationally acclaimed film/media business initiative, Inside Pictures and C4/Ingenious/BBC/
Barclays sponsored Indielab.
John and Good Gate Media are in development on a varied range of genres across film, games,
interactive and high end scripted television.