The Team

The founding trio of directors came together with a specific aim to develop a slate of new and original works for all media created or devised by the CEO, Garry Popper. But nothing works better, faster and more efficiently than team effort, a shared vision and mutual respect for each individual’s talents. With that in mind, we have brought our respective (and respected) strengths to the party, and Get Back Films is steadily building a collective slate of solid work that spreads across all media forms, with particular emphasis firmly rooted in documentary and film production.


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Garry trained as a graphic designer with intention of going on to study as a film director. The death of his father halted the dream for 40 years. After winning the Designer of the Year Award way back in the year dot he rose to become variously Head of Design, Creative Director, Marketing Manager, and Marketing Director with several blue chip national and international agencies and organisations before going on to establish his own concept design and management consultancy with clients as diverse as BAe Space and Defence Systems, Royal Ordinance,  HiTech Aerosace Design, European Commission (Carbon-Free Transport Project) Park Lane Management, Marconi and Port of London Authority.

Being fully versed in two and three dimensional design, production, manufacturing and marketing methods, Garry’s creative output generated other pet projects including 17 published children’s books, animation, and a series of new patent inventions for multi-visual display technology systems and sports footwear. Also adept in contract and patent law, he combined the disciplines with marketing and management skills to the full when he returned to his lifelong dream of creative writing and film production in 2008. After selling his passion, his dream and his talent for picking good material to some other guys, they quickly joined the team. So has a crew of over 25. And they all get paid for a change! Maybe the long apprenticeship is paying off after all!

JOHN ADAMS: Executive Producer
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Among his many talents, John is an established Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager and First Assistant Director on projects including Good Arrows, The Shouting Men, Kick Off, Pimp, FitCleanskin, BashmentVictim, Podaa PodiDemons Never Die, Twenty8K, Tezz and two seasons of the flagship Discovery Channel television show Jungle Gold (including running the unit on location in the remote jungles of West Africa). He also spent over a year as a Supervising Producer at Raw Television in London, developing and producing high-risk US reality TV programming in challenging and remote locations around the world.

Alongside his commitments to Get Back Films and Angry Badger Pictures, John is Head of Production at Get Back’s international sales company Stealth Media Group. His own company Angry Badger Pictures has produced or co-produced the feature films S.N.U.B!, the iTunes UK chart topping The Magnificent Eleven (featuring Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and last surviving member of The Magnificent Seven), Sean Pertwee and Keith Allen), Mercenaries (starring Billy Zane), Payback Season (the acting debut of Sir Geoff Hurst alongside BAFTA Rising Star Award Winner Adam Deacon), The City That Rocked The World, Warrioress and Noel Clarke’s Legacy (in association with Universal Pictures).

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Roger has been making films for 20 years. Apart from being a director of Get Back Films, Roger is also a director of associate Brightmoon Media where our northern production suite and edit facilities are based. Working predominantly in factual film production Roger’s natural ability as an interviewer has also helped build many close friends and associations with the people he’s featured on film, from international musicians, artists, actors and high profile politicians, to cultural and spiritual leaders alike. His extensive experience includes directing or producing over 30 broadcast films and a leading role in creating a new Broadband TV Channel. Credits include:

Director/Editor: The City That Rocked the World. Speis/Premiere Picture
Feature documentary celebrating 60 years of Liverpool music for worldwide distribution.

Director/Editor: Passport To Liverpool. BBC4
Feature documentary looking at the history of a great sea port and its people.

Director: Tim Marlow at the Liverpool Biennial. Channel Five
Arts documentary about the Liverpool Biennial with artists including Yoko Ono.

Producer/Director: Party Fever. Granada ITV
8 part series celebrating north-west life and culture.

Executive Producer: The Art of Football. Granada ITV
Arts documentary following the making of a statue bust of Alex Ferguson.

Series Producer: Key 103. Granada ITV
6 part documentary series featuring local independent radio station K103 in Manchester.

Producer: Night Frontier. BBC2
Drama/documentary for 10X10.

Producer: West Bank:Twin Town. Granada ITV
Arts Documentary following twins making music, art and photography.

Associate Producer: Squaring Up. Granada. ITV
4 part series following a boxing club from Ellesmere Port fighting in the Bronx, New York.

Associate Producer: Playing Away. Granada ITV
4 part series following amateur footballers playing in a tournament in Dallas,Texas.

Executive Producer: Taxi Knights. Granada ITV
Documentary following night time taxi drivers in Liverpool.

Executive Producer: Liverpool – Why the Attitude? Granada ITV
Social documentary



As well as being one of the founding directors of Get Back Films, John Adams is CEO of associate company Angry Badger Pictures, an independent UK production company specialising in the development, structuring, producing and delivery of quality, commercial feature film content for the international marketplace. John and his father Pete formed the company in 2008, working closely with other established production partners Ron Purdie (The Avengers (and New Avengers), Death on the Nile, The Professionals, Who Dares Wins, Death Wish 3) and Ian Dray (Bloody SundayDream Team, Mile HighBorn Survivor, I Shouldn’t Be Alive).

Following John’s engagement on Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers for the full ten episode shoot, John and Pete, along with other partners, launched the UK’s first specialist agency to represent ex-military personnel working in the film and television industry. Universal Combat Limited subsequently provided military advice and support to major studio and international broadcaster productions including Hart’s War, Doom, Jarhead,The Mark of Cain, Occupation andX-Men: First Class amongst numerous others, as well as a variety of high profile commercials, corporate and music videos.

John also acted as a specialist advisor or military script editor on projects such as BelowThe Four Feathers, The GatheringThe Queen, The Shell Seekers, Eastenders, the Electronic Arts (EA) video game Black and the Chrysler Jeep (Band of Brothers) advertising campaign for US television. A father and son writing team, Pete and John have written the screenplays for Angry Badger Pictures’ projects S.N.U.B! and The Magnificent Eleven co-written with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.


Films couldn’t be produced without financial backers, especially professionals with an eye for good product, so it’s fortuitous that Get Back Films has established a firm ongoing relationship with Premier Picture and its chief executives that goes well beyond business.

Premiere Picture is an independent film finance and production company specialising in film business opportunities. Over recent years, it assisted in the raising of several hundred million pounds through various finance structures including its innovative rights trading business Sovereign. Led by a highly experienced team of finance and media professionals Premiere Picture works with leading film finance specialists and producers to finance and co-produce a mix of UK and international productions.


Behind every production there’s always (or should be) a dedicated quiet man who makes sense of the madness and turns organised chaos into an even better organised work output. Peter Goodwin delivers calm and fathomless technological knowhow in the boiler room. And he’s ours. So hands off!


Alan Watson and Mike Moran have been audio specialists (live, location and post production) and music producers/composers for over fifteen years, successfully developing their careers in media and popular music genres. In recent years they combined the audio production and music skills to create The Vocal Booth, a specialist audio service facility for film, television and electronic media. The Vocal Booth has rapidly become the first choice for many North West producers, directors and production companies, clients including BBC TV, BBC radio, Granada TV, Channel 4, Channel 5, EMAP radio. We’re in good company.



Random Gallery Photo

A day in the life: Director Roger Appleton prepping music legend Billy Kinsley, on the right, ahead of a live music shoot for “The City That Rocked The World”

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