Opening logo from Night of the Eagle (1961)
Opening logo from Night of the Eagle (1961)

Independent Artists was a British production company of the 1950s and 1960s. It specialised in making second features.[1]

The company was strongest from 1958-63 when Julian Wintle ran it with Leslie Parkyn out of Beaconsfield Film Studios.[2][3]

Their films Waltz of the Toreadors (1962) and Tiger Bay (1959) were BAFTA nominated and BAFTA winning;[4][5] while This Sporting Life (1963) was Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning.[6][7]



  1. ^ Laura Mayne (2017) Whatever happened to the British ‘B’ movie? Micro-budget film-making and the death of the one-hour supporting feature in the early 1960s, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 37:3, 559-576, DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2016.1220765
  2. ^ "An Oral History of Independent Artists". British Cinema. 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ Chibnall, Steve; McFarlane, Brian (2017). The British 'B' Film. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 131–132. ISBN 9781844575749.
  4. ^ "BAFTA Awards".
  5. ^ "Film in 1960 | BAFTA Awards".
  6. ^ "David Storey, Author and Screenwriter of 'This Sporting Life,' Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ "Film in 1964 | BAFTA Awards".