About

Driven by compelling and distinctive storytelling, Sleeper Films works closely with singular talent in film and television to explore the human condition across genres and boundaries. Sleeper has offices in London and Dublin.

LEE
MAGIDAY

Partner/Producer

Lee founded Sleeper Films to build a strong independent Film & TV slate with compelling and resonant stories. Lee was a producer on Yorgos Lanthimos’ multi-award winning The Favourite starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and his critically acclaimed film The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, as well as Associate Producer on Irish box office hit The Guard starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. Beginning her career in independent production, Lee worked at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures before heading up Focus Features’ European offices.

Team

WILF

VARVILL

Partner/Producer

Wilf has worked at a leading Film and TV completion guarantor where he was closely involved with the financial and legal closing of over 50 projects, with budgets ranging from £1.5m to £45m including Lars von Trier’s The House that Jack Built, Jason Howden’s Guns Akimbo and David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake. Prior to this, he worked in acquisitions at Focus Features and Universal Pictures International and produced award-winning shorts including Londongrad.

RORY GILMARTIN

Partner/Producer

Joining Sleeper as partner, Rory is a producer with over 25 years' experience in the industry. Recent producing credits include Channel 4/Amazon comedy series Frank of Ireland written by and starring Domhnall and Brian Gleeson, and feature films Herself directed by Phyllida Lloyd and the Bafta-nominated Calm with Horses directed by Nick Rowland. Prior to this, Rory worked at funding agency Screen Ireland where he served as Executive Producer on, amongst other titles, The Lobster and Brooklyn. Prior to this, Rory headed up development for Independent Talent’s Brilliant Films, and for Constantin Films’ Impact Pictures. Rory heads up operations for Sleeper in Ireland.

EMMET FLEMING 

Senior Production Executive

Emmet is the newest addition to the Sleeper team, having previously worked as Line Producer on a host of international film and TV projects for BBC Films, A24, Apple TV, and Viaplay, among others. Recent credits include Herself directed by Phylida Lloyd in 2019, TV series Red Election directed by Jill Robertson, starring Lydia Leonard and Stephen Dillane, in 2020, and God’s Creatures directed by Anna Rose Holmer and Saela Davis, starring Emily Watson and Paul Mescal, in 2021. Prior to this, Emmet produced a number of award-winning short films and commercials, including The Party directed by Andrea Harkin, which was nominated for a Bafta in 2017 for Best Short Film. 

DANIELA

CERESA

Development Executive

Daniela is Sleeper's in-house Development Executive across Film and TV. Daniela joined Sleeper from HanWay Films, where she was responsible for identifying and developing feature film opportunities and building projects to maximise their potential in the international marketplace. She previously worked across sales and distribution for Lionsgate, Goldcrest Films and Universal Pictures.

ADEKEMI

ROLUGA

Executive Assistant

Kemi joined Sleeper Films in September 2021. After graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA in Media Production in 2020, her graduate project Fragments went on to screen at various short film festivals globally. Following this, she was commissioned to write and direct Exhale, a short film for BBC New Creatives, funded by Arts Council England and the BBC. Having experience as an assistant, reader and researcher for independent films and television companies, Kemi is also an alumna of the BAFTA mentorship scheme and the Pro-Create Black Producers Mentorship scheme.