Gavin Poolman is an Alumni of the LFS. He is Canadian but he is based in the UK. He was at the school in 1984-1986. Two of the films that he and his company, Apollo Films (a member of PACT) have produced received good Festival and commercial credits. The website links are listed below and also a short precise of each film:
or the New York Times review:
"THE ZOOKEEPER" (2002), a $6M drama about a party official who reluctantly takes charge of a zoo during a bombing siegein a war-torn Eastern European city. Co-produced together with Svendsen Film ApS of Denmark, written and directed by Ralph Ziman (HEARTS & MINDS), the film stars Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK I, II, & III, THE PIANO), Gina McKee (NOTTING HILL, WONDERLAND), Ulrik Thomsen (FESTEN, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH) and Om Puri (EAST IS EAST). Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival; winner of the Grand Prize at the Taos Film Festival (2002).
"FESTIVAL EXPRESS" (2004), a $3M documentary featuring original footage shot in 1970 by Peter Biziou (MISSISSIPPI BURNING - Academy Award, THE TRUMAN SHOW, RICHARD III) of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others, directed by Bob Smeaton (THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY - Grammy Award), with Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) producing the music; US distributor is THINKfilm and US Box Office reached $1.2M; UK Distributor is Optimum Releasing. World Sales by Hanway Films. Winner of the Best Documentary Prize 2004 at the Maui Film Festival. The 2nd best-reviewed film in the USA in 2004 with a 96% "fresh" rating.
“One of the great performance films of all time” - Hollywood Reporter
“An instant classic” - Variety
“guaranteed to thrill” - NY Times
“pure, unadulterated magic” - NY Post
“the wildest and woolliest ride in the history of music” - San Francisco Chronicle
“One of the great rock n’ roll movies” - Chicago Tribune
“a new rockumentary classic” – Globe & Mail
“Joplin displays a virtuosity and candour unmatched in rock 'n' roll” - Macleans Magazine
“An extraordinary film” – The Guardian
“one of the best rockumentaries there is” – Evening Standard