Cannibal Films
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Cannibal Films is a film and TV development and production company with one film under their belt and a number of other projects at various stages of development. Founded in 2013 by Ern Herrmann, Tom Kerevan and Alex Lightman, together they raised finance, produced and were the core creative team on their debut feature Tear Me Apart.  

Impressed by their achievement, Mark Sandell, previously founding partner of Trinity Filmed Entertainment, joined the company in 2016 to help expand. They are building on their momentum by developing and producing genre content with depth - unexpected, imaginative and sizeable stories that not only understand their audience, but aim to capture new audiences too.

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Who we are


alex lightman


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Alex has worked on numerous short films, music videos, and promos for clients including eBay and Island Records. His feature-length directorial debut Tear Me Apart, which he co-produced, world premiered at the Austin Film Festival 2015, and went on to be screened around the world including the Newport Beach Film Festival 2016 in LA and in Barcelona at Terror Molins 2016.




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Ern has accrued over 30 professional credits across film and TV in both camera department and post production, including Gambit with Colin Firth and Anna Karenina. Two projects he shot were nominated for Oscars: Wasteland (2008) won prizes at Berlin and Sundance; Amy (2014) won a Bafta and Oscar for best documentary feature.

tom kerevan


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Tom has been writing screenplays for over 10 years and is represented by Steven Russell at Collective Talent. He moved into producing in 2012 and cut his teeth on short films, adverts and music videos, before writing and producing Tear Me Apart. More recently, he has written 10x10 series for BlackPills, and regularly consults and rewrites for a variety of content.


Mark Sandell



Mark was the founding partner of distributor Trinity Filmed Entertainment and more recently he has helped develop, finance and produce A Liar’s Autobiography (Monty Python, Cameron Diaz), Believe (Brian Cox, Natascha McElhone) and Absolutely Anything (Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale). His latest projects include an accelerator program for UK independent filmmakers.

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tear me apart

Directed by Alex Lightman

Genre: Post apocalyptic / drama / thriller

Release: December 2016

In the barren wastelands of post-apocalyptic England, two young brothers turn to cannibalism to survive only to fall for their prey, a teenage girl… and possibly the last female left alive.

World premiered in competition at the Austin Film Festival 2015. Available on Amazon Prime.




Written by Alex Lightman 

Genre: Darkly comic psychological thriller

Status: Financing

When a young woman stifled in her backward hometown tries to fly the nest for a new life in London, she finds herself in a nightmare situation where nothing is as it seems… and women can’t escape.

Inspired by the iconic atmosphere of The Twilight Zone and The Stepford Wives, Petal aims to present the issues of the patriarchy in the same way that The Lobster deals with modern relationships or Get Out deals with race. With shades of dark comedy, Petal hopes to deliver an unsettling atmosphere and satirical bite to the psychological thriller genre.



Across The Line

Written by Sarah Drew

Genre: Historical / Sport / War

Status: Script in development

Set from 1912-1920, this is the true story of Cyril Williams and the Stevens Family, who together founded motorcycle racing as we know it today under the famous AJS banner. 

With the sport gathering attention around the country, WWI interrupts their progress, and Cyril finds himself in France side-by-side with his most bitter rival. Being skilled motorcyclists, they are charged with one of the most dangerous missions - delivering messages behind enemy lines. 

From rivals to brothers-in-arms and maybe even back to rivals again, this is the true and untold story of how the birth of a motorsport helped the war effort, and how the war in turn influenced the birth of the sport, all told through the eyes of the men and women right at the heart of it. 



The Gun of Headland House

Written by Tom Kerevan

Genre: Thriller

Status: Script in development

A retired detective attempts, one last time, to piece together the case that’s haunted him his entire life - the unsolved mystery of three brutal murders in an ancient cliff top house spanning half a century. And perhaps the only way to finally unlock the case is to look at it one room at a time…

The film combines a unique narrative structure with character-driven story-telling swirling around a compelling murder mystery. The script delves into our obsessive attempts to find answers and control the world around us, often to the cruel detriment of those caught in the middle.




Written by Tom Kerevan

Genre: Black comedy thriller

Status: Script in development

A young woman travels to the Isle of Man to kill the man who ruined her life, only to find him already murdered. As she goes on a bloody mission to find out who robbed her of revenge, she manages to implicate herself in a crime she was going to commit, but didn’t.



No Place for a Woman

Written by: Cordelia O’Neill

Genre: Wartime drama

Status: Script in development

Hungary. WW2. When a Nazi commandant takes a jewish ballerina prisoner to entertain his party guests and subsequently falls in love with her, she teams up with his isolated and trapped wife so they can both escape.


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Lady Justice

Written by KT Parker

Genre: Historical / biopic / political thriller

Status: Script in development

Set in the high society of 1830’s London, this is the true story of a mother who shocked the country by waging a very public war with her estranged husband to get access to her children, taking on the entire British Judicial system and eventually winning women their very first legal rights.

At a time when women and children were the legal property of their husband, Caroline Norton realised the only option was to change the law from the ground up. A tour de force of intelligence and cutting wit amongst the literary, political and social circles, she taught herself the law and shrewdly navigated the system winning favour with key influential figures including Benjamin Disraeli, the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne and even Queen Victoria herself.

What ensued was a battle of wits and determination between a resolute mother torn away from her children and a patriarchal justice system dead-set against change. It would send shockwaves around the country as, bit by bit, she overcame the impossible.



Leaving Earth

Written by Tom Kerevan

Genre: Character-driven, sci-fi, escape thriller 

Status: In development

In an alternative dystopia where Earth is dying and humanity is half way through a fifty year global evacuation mission, a young convict woman, born and bred in the last city on the planet, smuggles illegal refugees onto the departing ships. When she discovers a cover-up that Earth can only support life for six more months, her and her crew must attempt to smuggle themselves off the planet… but who else do they tell?

Leaving Earth is a delicate, character-driven escape thriller set against the backdrop of a vast sci-fi landscape that allows us to explore the deeper issues of immigration, loneliness, family and, most importantly, belonging. Is home where you’re from? Is it the people you’re with? And, beyond pure survival, how do we find that sense of belonging when our home is destroyed?


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