The Progress Film Company

Taking on the name of a pioneering film studio established on the south coast 100 years ago, The Progress Film Company was founded in 2010 by filmmakers Matt Hopkins & Ben Lankester.

Our Mission

Progress was created by filmmakers, so naturally we’ve always been driven to create outstanding work. Whether in the commercial or independent space, our mission is to tell powerful stories. Stories that matter.

Our Directors

With decades of commercial experience, our international roster of award-winning directors create culturally significant storytelling through drama and documentary.


Our Studio

Our primary home is our stunning Studio in Brighton, where a team of creatives, producers and filmmakers collaborate in one of the most unique spaces in the UK’s most diverse and exciting city.

Our Culture

We’re a family business, but first and foremost we’re a family. Over 10 years we have created a culture that centres around growth and development, a welcoming space where filmmaking talent can fulfil their potential.

Our Community

In what can often be a lonely, isolating and overly-competitive industry, we’ve created filmmaking communities to help grow, develop and support each other. We’re better making progress together.


OFF SET is a night of screenings and discussions with the UK’s finest filmmakers. Focusing on the balance between commercial and independent work, OFF SET was created as an open space for filmmakers to discuss their process and craft. Originally born as a quarterly screening event in Brighton, we have since brought the community online via a series of Instagram Live discussions.

The David Thomas Awards

The David Thomas Awards are a collection of prizes, events and workshops supporting young filmmakers in Brighton. The awards were set up in 2014 alongside the University of Brighton in memory of local filmmaker David Thomas, a former filmmaker at Progress. Comprising three prizes, the awards aim to bridge the gap between education and industry, offering up and coming local talent in Brighton the opportunity to take their first steps into the industry.