Mia is an Oscar-winning, twice BAFTA nominated creative producer working across fiction and docs, with a proven track record of launching careers and with over twenty-four years’ experience in film on over fifty features.
Mia started in UK distribution on films such as 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE and THE WEDDING BANQUET by Ang Lee, and then worked in international sales and on international releases such as TSOTSI by Gavin Hood and BLINDSIGHT by Lucy Walker.
She became a producer in 2003 and has produced SIX SHOOTER the Oscar winning film by Martin McDonagh, EX MEMORIA by Josh Appignanesi the BIFA nominated short film of 2007, acclaimed BAFTA nominated music doc SCOTT WALKER 30 CENTURY MAN featuring David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn by Stephen Kijak, and continues to work in both production as well in sales, marketing and distribution strategist roles through her company Missing In Action Films.
Between 2007 and 2014 Mia made eight microbudget features as Creative Producer for the acclaimed Film London BBC Films Microwave scheme, including one of the most acclaimed UK debuts of 2008, SHIFTY by Eran Creevy, which won Best Script at Stockholm Film Festival and garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Debut 2010; ILL MANORS by Plan B the singer/rapper nominated for six British Indie Film Awards 2012 and released on 100 screens in UK; and LILTING starring Ben Whishaw which opened Sundance Film Fest 2014 World Dramatic section and sold to over sixteen territories including Scandinavia and North America (Strand). LILTING garnered strong critical reaction and several BIFA 2014 nominations including Best Debut and scored Microwave’s 2nd BAFTA nomination for Best Debut (2015).
Mia’s 2015 film, BACKSTREET BOYS – SHOW EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF, was the first feature documentary on the biggest boy band ever, released on over 1400 screens worldwide Jan-June 2015, sold to Gravitas for a 45 city release across North America, and culminating in an iTunes no1 position and availability in over 100 million U.S homes. The film was sold by BBC Worldwide on all other platforms. New for 2016 is LONDON PARTICULAR, an original script by Simone Glover and Mia Bays (who will also produce, with Mike Kelly) to star actor Johnny Harris; and CORNERED by Jim Cartwright (LITTLE VOICE) to star Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Sean Bean and Maxine Peake and shoot mid-2016.