For many years, David Thompson worked for the BBC in documentaries, the Drama department, and ultimately as Head of BBC films. He left in 2007 to set up his own film and TV production company, Origin Pictures.
As a filmmaker, David has worked on many international stories dealing with conflict, including Shooting Dogs, set in Rwanda, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. Other projects include The First Grader, set in Kenya; Woman In Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds; Red Dust, set in South Africa, about the truth and reconciliation commissions, which was director Tom Cooper’s first feature film; and Sarafina, starring Whoopi Goldberg, about the Soweto uprising.
Over the years, David has executive produced over 150 films and TV programmes. He has been an active member of One to One’s Development Board for several years.