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Rebecca
Joerin-Sharp
Co-founder

Growing up in the Swiss town of Basel developed Rebecca’s natural flare for problem solving and keeping calm – naturally, she became a film producer. She packed up her lederhosen and vaulted the Alps, moving to London at 17.

 

She established her first film production company in 2009, Achilles Entertainments with Ian. Their first feature, KickOff, sold internationally and had over 20 festival screenings. With a passion for entrepreneurship, storytelling and equality, Rebecca strives to seek out stories with a social cause.

 

She is a proud sponsor of the Female Film Leaders forum, which nurtures the future leaders of UK independent film; guest speakers include Alison Owen, Elizabeth Karlsen, Amanda Nevill, Brenda Gilbert, Gurinder Chadha and Julie Baines.

The team

Ian Sharp
Co-founder

Ian grew up in Scunthorpe with Van Damme and De Niro movies for inspiration. After training at the National Youth Theatre, his passion for film & TV led him to London and a scholarship at the Arts Educational Schools.

 

He founded Achilles Entertainments with Rebecca in 2009, merging entrepreneurial experiences with their passion for film & TV and co-founded Sharp House in 2016. Ian has produced and executive produced various features from The Marker, Pleasure Island, Incoming, Undergods, Northern Soul and the official Sundance Film Festival selected Halston (2019) & Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018). 

 

 

Emma Dutton
Co-founder

Before co-founding Sharp House, Emma worked at Head Gear Films, managing a portfolio of investments and administrating finance to features. She worked on titles including John McDonagh's ‘War on Everyone’, Peter Sollett’s ‘Freeheld’ and Chris Smith’s ‘Detour’.

 

Emma spent her former life as a military officer working in Engineering and Intelligence fields. She served five tours of Afghanistan and was honoured with an MBE in 2015 for her services. To date, she has found the skills she gained negotiating with the Taliban very useful in her film career.

Eoin O'Faolain
Head of Film

Born and bred in Ireland, Eoin started his career in television, researching and producing a number of factual entertainment and documentary projects. Then he got the drama bug, and after working on many award-winning short films, he ended up as Head of Development for Samson Films where he helped develop and produce over a dozen films and TV shows.

 

In late 2015 he moved to London in search of excitement and the elusive reasonably-priced pint, acting as a freelance Development Producer, until he found a home at Sharp House as Head of Development and Acquisitions.

Cynthia De Souza
Head of TV

Maybe it’s because she’s a Londoner, that she loves London-town… and naturally grew up embracing cultural diversity, gender-equality and LGBTQ rights. These passionate beliefs have compelled her to become a proven diversity influencer with a consistently strong track record in identifying, championing and producing world-class and award-winning creative talents and projects as a freelance talent and development executive. 

 

Her youthful fresh face belies the fact that her career spans over 20 years across the full spectrum of high-end film, TV drama and comedy production and development, broadcast drama commissioning, public sector film funds, acquisitions for global commercial project markets, and co-productions.