Set up by award-winning filmmakers Stephen Walker and Sally George in 2006, Walker George Films is a multi award-winning production company dedicated to making the sort of high-quality films which have won Stephen and Sally widespread praise over many years as documentary directors and producers.
Our aim is to produce highly crafted and intelligent films which intrigue, inspire, delight and sometimes provoke, but always with sensitivity and integrity.
Stephen Walker has directed over 30 films including Young@Heart, a documentary feature film about an American chorus of pensioners who sing rock music, which was released by Fox Searchlight in 250 US cinemas in 2008. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has won 23 audience awards in film festivals around the world, including Paris, Sydney, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta.
Along with Sally George, Stephen is currently developing a movie version of Young@Heart with Working Title Films, Britain’s premier feature film company (Yesterday, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Les Miserables).
Other films include: The Day I Got My Sight Back (BBC), a documentary about a blind man who has an incredible eye operation to restore his sight; Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story and Operation Mincemeat, two BBC films presented by Times columnist and best-selling author Ben Macintyre about extraordinary spy stories from World War Two (the latter film was nominated for both the Grierson and Broadcast awards for Best Documentary).
A Boy Called Alex (Channel 4), a documentary about a teenage musical prodigy and Eton schoolboy who suffers from an incurable disease, cystic fibrosis, was nominated for three BAFTAs (Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Editing), and a Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary.
Walker George Films is in development with Film 4 and leading British production company DNA Films (The Last King of Scotland, 28 Days Later) to make a dramatized movie based on Alex’s incredible story. The screenplay is being written by Tom Edge (The Crown).
Before co-founding Walker George Films, Stephen directed Hiroshima, A Day That Shook The World (BBC), nominated for three Emmys including Best Director and Best Cinematography, winner of an Emmy for Best Music and Sound; Faking It: Punk to Conductor (Channel 4), winner of a BAFTA and a Rose D’Or for Best Documentary; and Hardcore (Channel 4), the story of a young British woman who enters the American porn industry, nominated for a Grierson Award for Best Documentary.
Drama films include Prisoners in Time, starring the late John Hurt (winner of a Writer’s Guild award for Best Television Drama).
Stephen has twice been voted as one of Britain’s top ten television directors by the UK’s industry-leading Broadcast magazine.
Stephen has written three books: King of Cannes (Bloomsbury & Penguin), Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima (Harper Collins), a New York Times Bestseller. Shockwave is currently in development as a feature film with Working Title Films and Universal Pictures, scripted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini. The film will be directed by Cary Fukunaga currently working on the next James Bond movie. His latest book Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave our Planet and Journey into Space is the tense and gripping story of three extraordinary months in the spring of 1961 as the USA and the USSR competed to put the first human being in space. It was published in 2021 by Harper Collins to mark the sixtieth anniversary of a moment that changed the world.
Sally George has produced and directed more than 20 films for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, including Young@Heart. As well as producing the documentary feature film, she also directed the highly successful music videos featuring the chorus of pensioners.
As well as producing A Boy Called Alex, Sally also produced a follow-up documentary for Channel 4, Alex: A Passion for Life, when Alex was a 19 year old choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge and a member of its world-famous choir.
Sally is an executive producer of the dramatized version of the Alex Stobbs story now in development with DNA Films.
Other films she has directed include Brothers and Sisters in Love (ITV), a remarkable documentary about one of the most secret taboos of all – incestuous love. The film features siblings who never met as children and yet fall in love when they meet as adults.
She also produced George Melly’s Last Stand (BBC), an intimate portrayal of the last months of the legendary jazzman’s life, nominated for a Grierson award; and Silver Surfers (Channel 4), a film about seniors who use the internet to find love.
Before co-founding Walker George Films, Sally directed two films for the BBC about the children forced to leave their homes and their parents in pre-war Nazi Germany and flee to Britain. No Time to Say Goodbye won the Judges Prize at the Festival dei Popoli, Florence, and Whatever Happened to Susi, the true story of a woman in search of her German-Jewish identity, won the Prix D’Argent at the Cannes FIPA Film Festival.
Sally was the Series Producer on BBC1’s The Human Face with John Cleese, nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Factual Series.
She also produced two BBC films with Gerald Scarfe, the legendary cartoonist and designer, Scarfe on Sex and Scarfe on Class, and directed two much-loved films on poetry for BBC2, presented by Daisy Goodwin. Essential Poems for Britain and Essential Poems for Christmas featured, among other actors, Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Jack Dee, Rhys Ifans, Dougray Scott, John Hurt, Sheila Hancock and Liza Tarbuck.
Sally is currently developing a third documentary about Alex Stobbs, now 29 years old, whose condition has deteriorated since she produced Alex: A Passion for Life. He is now on the waiting list for a lung transplant at the Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, whilst studying for an MPhil in Composition at King’s College, Cambridge. While he waits for the phone call that could change his life, he continues to pursue his passion for music with all his characteristic enthusiasm, humour and courage.