MAXIMUS PICTURES was born out of a desire to write and produce striking British drama that sincerely reflects the world we inhabit. More than that, we want to entertain you. Film is the most dynamic medium and can move people to tears or have them howling with laughter. Our actors, crew and post production team all share one goal, to produce work that can inspire and involve you - the audience.
We began by writing and producing film shorts, including the Orange BAFTA nominated silent short "Looking after Mum". Shortly after that we wrote and co-produced another award winning short, "Elizabeth", featuring the established Scottish actress Mary Waters. The film was a historical drama, a behind the scenes look at what might have happened in Queen Elizabeth's court on the eve of the Spanish Armada. There followed a co-production with Claire-Monique Martin and the British Filmmakers Alliance (BFA) "Waiting for Liz". A poignant love story short, depicting the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd who was tragically killed a year after they married.
We then created the production company Call Me Productions Ltd, newly established to produce our brand new full feature film “Call Me”. Maximus CEO Phil Walker became lead producer and together with co-producer John Dodds began work on putting together a team to produce the film. Key members of the team include highly respected former senior lawyer in media at Field Fisher LLP Barry Smith, leading casting director Gillian Hawser and legendary assistant director Michael Stevenson.
“5 ordinary women…1 adult chat-line…their triumph over oppression…a heart-warming and bitter-sweet comedy”
Call Me Productions UK in association with Twickenham Studios is in pre-production for a new feature film “Call Me” written by Phil Walker. A story of ordinary women, ignored by society and living in poverty, whose only support is the tight nit group of female colleagues they work with at the adult chat-line run by tough boss, Jean. It is the only way they can make extra money but are bullied and abused by the evil Jean and are desperate to escape. So despite having no staff, no office, no money and threats to stop them from their former boss, they set up their own chat line with a difference, but do they succeed?.
“Call Me” is a gritty, heart-warming drama with authentic and engaging characters such as single mum Helen, abandoned loner Mona, and Mary, fighting to save her second marriage. They are strong women who prove to the world that even people written off by society can do amazing things and help themselves out of economic and social exclusion. They develop a genuine warmth and camaraderie often leading to unpredictable and sometimes hilarious encounters on the chat line. Then heartbreaking scenes of child poverty and the constant stresses of modern life take their toll but ultimately they do triumph over adversity and prejudice. “Call Me” is a positive tale which illustrates that everyone, whatever their background, has the potential to defeat the odds. It will engage and inspire audiences.
We are proud to announce the appointment Charles Beeson as director of “Call Me”.
Charles has an amazing list of directorial credits and is highly respected both in the UK and in the US where he has been working for the past decade. Early work in the UK includes the ground breaking drama “Band of Gold”, with Samantha Morton and Geraldine James. “Kavanagh QC” with the legendry John Thaw and acclaimed television film “Cider with Rosie” with Juliet Stevenson and Emily Mortimer. Recent credits in the US include hit series “Revolution”, “The Mentalist” with Simon Baker and “Containment”. Charles is already working with casting director Gillian Hawser to bring together a powerful and high profile group of actors and production is set to begin this autumn.