John Brabourne Awards

About The Awards

The JBAs talent development programme is named in honour of legendary producer John Brabourne, one of Britain’s most prolific producers with an illustrious career spanning four decades and 27 films.

John Brabourne

He produced some of the greats of British cinema, including A Passage To India, Murder On The Orient Express and Romeo And Juliet, which received a total of five Oscars® and 21 nominations.

He cared passionately about helping people start their careers in the Film industry and also helping them to carry on when confronted with hardship – a cause he combined with being a Trustee of our charity.

In a continuation of his legacy, his son Michael-John Knatchbull and grand-daughter Kelly Knatchbull are members of our John Brabourne Awards Panel.

Discover how the JBAs could support you in your Film & TV career here


As part of our programme delivery, we work with partner organisations who offer advice and expertise, and who financially support the awards, either as individual grants or as a contribution to the main John Brabourne Awards fund.

Our partners’ focus within Film and TV can be reflected in the recognition of their grant, whether it’s administration, accounting, craft and technical, production, directing, or writing.

Whatever your field in Film and TV, to find out more or get involved, please contact our JBA Talent Development Manager, Mark Clark at

Our current partners

  • The British Cinema & Television Veterans
  • The Cynthia Dickinson Charitable Trust

The John Brabourne Awards Panel

Cameron Saunders (Chair)
Executive Vice-President EMEA, Paramount Pictures

Michael-John Knatchbull
Independent Producer (Film & TV)

Kelly Knatchbull
Agent at Sayle Screen

Nigel Wolland
British Cinema & Television Veterans

Mark Clark
Talent Development Manager