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ABOUT
We are a production company created by David Leon and Daisy Allsop.

Our feature ORTHODOX, starring Stephen Graham, Michael Smiley and Christopher Fairbank, will be released in UK Cinemas from Feb 19th 2016. The short film of the same name premiered at the London Film Festival in 2012.

ORTHODOX is the debut feature of Screen ‘Star of Tomorrow’ David Leon whose previous shorts have won multiple awards including Best Narrative Short at TriBeca Film Festival.For more information on Zeitgeist’s productions see our film and news pages and updates on social media.

BIOS
David_Leon David Leon

David Leon is an actor and an award winning director. 

His short film Father was selected for Best of British at Encounters film festival and Man and Boy starring Eddie Marsan won the ‘Best Narrative Short’ award at Robert De Niro’s TriBeCa Film Festival and won awards at film festivals around the world. His third short Orthodox an ambitious 30 minute film starring Stephen Graham premiered at the London Film Festival in 2012. David was one of the three directors in Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ in 2012, an annual list highlighting Britain’s most exciting up and coming talent. David’s debut feature ‘Orthodox’ based on the short and starring the original cast Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley, is released in 2016 and got him a position on the BIFA longlist for debut director.

 

As an actor, he is a graduate of the National Youth Theatre and turned down a place at drama school in order to take a role in Oliver Stone’s epic film Alexander.

David played the lead role in renowned photographer Rankin’s debut feature film The Lives of the Saints written by Toni Grisoni and followed up by appearing in Guy Ritchie’s Empire Award-winning RocknRolla. He played Scottish junkie Malcolm, a part initially written for Brad Pitt.

Most recently he has been seen starring opposite academy award nominated actress Brenda Blethyn in ITV’s flagship show Vera, and as co-lead in BBC Worldwide’s production ‘The Refugees’.

Daisy_Allsop Daisy Allsop

Daisy began her career in 2000 in development and distribution, followed by three years in acquisitions for international sales agent and financier Capitol Films. She joined producer Nick Hirschkorn on Five Children & It and helped him launch the film arm of his commercials company Feel Films in 2004. As head of development for Feel she managed a slate of literary adaptations through development, production and distribution, including BBC series adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. She was Associate Producer on Skellig starring Tim Roth, John Simm and Kelly Macdonald. She worked with Enlightenment Films as a consultant and Associate Producer on I Can’t Think Straight and the multi award winning The World Unseen.In 2015 Daisy was selected for the Rotterdam Producer’s Lab, Creative England’s Market Trader, and Lighthouse’s Guiding Lights schemes. Daisy is producing with Screen Star of Tomorrow director David Leon through their company Zeitgeist Films. Their first feature Orthodox (based on the short of the same name) starring Stephen Graham, Michael Smiley and Christopher Fairbank was financed by Ingenious and is sold by K5 and distributed by Soda Pictures, released in early 2016.  Orthodox was long-listed for a BIFA for Best Debut Feature.

Daisy’s slate includes David Leon’s second feature The Albatross, development financed by Ingenious; an adaptation of novel Tell It To The Bees funded by the BFI, to be sold by Protagonist Pictures, written by Jessica and Henrietta Ashworth and directed by Annabel Jankel.

As a writer, she is represented at Casarotto Ramsay. Daisy was a founder of Stellar Network UK, a membership organisation connecting professionals in film, television and theatre. She had a radio film review slot on Classic Gold for a number of years and has served on various panels and short film festival juries including Rushes Soho Shorts and the London Screenwriters Festival, and taught numerous script development workshops.