Samm Haillay founded independent production company Third Films with Duane Hopkins in 2001. He produced Hopkins’ multi-award winning short films and feature debut BETTER THINGS, which premiered to critical acclaim at International Critics Week, Cannes in 2008. Samm also produced Hopkins’ multi-channel film installations series SUNDAY, which played at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and at Open Eye Gallery before travelling to Yokohama for exhibition as part of CREAM. The series has since played in Cannes and Toronto.
As well as producing all of Hopkins’ film and galley work Samm produces also a number of other talented directors’ work through Third, including the BAFTA nominated, Silver Bear winning JADE by Daniel Elliott. In 2010 he co-produced Gillian Wearing’s feature debut SELF MADE. Samm’s short film productions have won over forty-five awards at leading festivals including Berlin, Venice, Edinburgh and Chicago. A member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE, Samm sat on the short film jury in Berlin 2010. He is also an Associate Senior Lecturer in Film Production at Teesside University, a board member of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and a patron of the Underwire Film Festival.
Samm recently produced Hopkins’ second feature, BYPASS: a ticking-clock morality tale about a young man (George MacKay) driven to extremes because of poverty. The $1.7m (£1m) production, a UK-Swedish co-production with Ruben Ostlund’s Plattform Produktion, shot in nine weeks and premièred to acclaim at the Venice Film Festival.