The Artifice Group was formed to develop, produce and deliver exciting, interesting, commercially and critically successful movies and television programming.
Consisting of Artifice Media and Artifice Entertainment, the group provides a unique platform for established and new talent to maximise their project’s potential.
When you have nothing left to lose then swinging your way to success seems perfectly acceptable!
Based upon the critical hit and international best-selling book Dream On is a fantastic, feel good comedy based upon John Richardson’s true-life challenge . Following the comic trials, tribulations and ultimate alienation of a simple man in pursuit of a lifelong dream.
Richardson has dreams, to be an audacious golfer, a successful businessman and an astronaut….but John is 14. Now aged 40 John’s life is very different. NASA is closing, his business is bankrupt and he cannot get around a golf course in under 100 strokes. Meeting Ryder Cup legend, Sam Torrance, John’s feelings of inferiority force an unimaginable proposal, one to which Torrance exclaims “Dream on!”.
So John’s journey begins, one that will take 70,000 balls, 60 training books, 50 instructional DVDs, thirty gloves, three pairs of shoes, and a broken patio door while practising his swing in the lounge. On his journey John enlists the aid of two ‘imaginary’ coaches, the young and thrusting Spaniard Severiano Ballesteros, and the pragmatic pipe smoking Ben Hogan. Together they embark upon much more than just sorting out John’s golf swing.
Paying homage to the portmanteau films of the 1970s...
Paying homage to the portmanteau films of the 1970s such as Tales From The Crypt.
An ingenious plot device transports us from mysterious circumstances within which five children find themselves to their misfortunes as grown ups in todays world…
...five children that will learn certain things are best left unknown!
Jack is having a crisis of confidence...while working in a lowly city estate agents he dreams of bigger and better things!
When his flatmate, Sam, catches his girlfriend’s attempted infidelity, Jack is inspired with a shrewd business opportunity. Sometimes it’s not so easy to see the difference between the heroes and the villains…
...setting up a honeytrap detective agency to catch out straying partners it turns out that Jack’s business plan may stem psychologically from memories of his own parents’ troubled marriage (Roy Marsden and Jenny Agutter).
Tragedy. Survival. Triumph. Secrets. The Story of My Father
This feature documentary won critical praise upon its UK theatrical release in 2008 and was several international awards at festivals. Nominated at the British Independent Film Award and shortlisted at the Grierson Awards.
Culled from video diaries shot over the course of fourteen years by director Stuart Urban and featuring an extended interview conducted with his father Dr. Garri Urban, “Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead” details the latter’s tireless quest to procure evidence that his family was imprisoned by the Soviet Secret Police before discovering what grim fate they ultimately met during Holocaust. For twenty-five years Dr. Urban has been on a constant mission to find out if anyone in his family survived the Holocaust, and the discovery that he had a brother living in Israel only served to fuel his hunger for more information. Now, as Dr. Urban comes face to face with the former fiancée who was imprisoned for nearly a decade due to being associated with him, the secretive shroud of the KGB finally begins to lift due to the efforts of a noted humanitarian who wasn’t willing to let go of the past without putting up a struggle.
Artifice' maintains relationships with the best available talent ensuring that the Company becomes home to some of the most creative individuals in the UK film industry.
2007 saw investor Mirza Beg and producer Mark Pegg collaborate on the film Heroes & Villains. Evidently enjoying the experience, together they established Artifice Media Limited the following year.
Mark is the company's Creative Director with overall control of the production, sales and marketing. Trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Art and spent the first part of his career performing, becoming a well known face following his roles as Alfie Kane in EastEnders and Tony Wier in the Bafta winning Our Friends in the North. He produced his first film Heroes & Villains in 2006. It starred James Corden and Jenny Agutter and was released in UK by Lionsgate. Mark also produced the documentary feature Tovarisch, I am not Dead which won two awards at the New York Film Festival and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
Mirza is Chairman of Artifice Media Group where he is responsible for all corporate affairs and financial planning. Drawn to the world of feature film production his first involvement was as Executive Producer on Heroes & Villains released by Lionsgate in 2006. A graduate of University College London and entrepreneur financier, Mirza has spent twenty years in business development of which thirteen were focused upon Investment Banking, latterly as a Director at Barclays Capital. Co-founder of Carron Energy in Wales, a power generation company, which was successfully sold to a Deutsche Bank led consortium in 2006, Mirza is a venture partner at ePlanet.
Paul is a solicitor by qualification. He worked in private practice for Harbottle and Lewis as Head of Sport and Sponsorship and then went in house to be Head of Legal and Business Affairs and subsequently Senior Vice President for a large well known international sports marketing group, Octagon. In 2000 Paul joined Coutts Private Bank in London as Head of their Sport, Media and Entertainment division. He subsequently took on the role as Head of London Private Banking for Coutts. In 2006 Paul joined Barclays Wealth as a director and head of sports, media and entertainment which he left at the end of 2010. Paul now has his own company Chatom Capital LLP which specialises in advising clients in the sports and entertainment industry and clients include an investment bank, financial service companies and individuals.
Saira works closely with the Executive of the Artifice group of companies, to provide administrative support. She brings a wealth of experience from other industries. Previously she was at HBOS for five years in Branch Management, and latterly at an international property development company for three years where she had various roles including project and office management. Saira holds a degree in Business and Finance, and enjoys trekking and travelling in her free time.