Angus Benfield is an Australian-born, multi-award-winning director, producer, actor and writer and is the Founder and CEO of California based film production and distribution company LAMA ENTERTAINMENT and production company BRIDGE and ACORN ENTERTAINMENT.
Movies have been a lifelong passion for Angus, starting in the industry as a production runner at 14, he later went on to train as an actor at The Actor's Centre at 20 and landed the lead role in Dean Murphy's Australian feature film Lex and Rory straight out of acting school.
Angus has since worked in all major departments of the film industry, as an actor, screenwriter, producer, director and distributor (theatrical & non-theatrical), as well as in financing. Angus has successfully managed multiple film production companies in the US, Australia and New Zealand along with working as a head of department at the New York Film Academy.
Angus began Bridge and Acorn Entertainment in 2017 and LAMA Entertainment in 2019 in Los Angeles, specializing in independent distribution and production, uniquely creating content from script to screen and producing noteworthy films with impacting messages that inspire and entertain. Producing films that have won multiple awards including Best Comedy Film, Best Feature, Best Drama, Best Gospel Feature, Best Narrative, Best Ensemble, Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Original Score.
Bridge and Acorn Entertainment and LAMA Entertainment’s films have been released theatrically and can be found on Amazon, AppleTV, Prime, YouTube, Tubi, Vimeo, Roku, PureFlix and many other digital platforms, with feature Trust having been viewed over 4.4 million times worldwide.
Angus was awarded Best Director at the Canadian International Film Festival and at the Hollywood Gold Awards in 2020 for feature films Heaven (Eric Roberts), and Motorvation (Judy Norton), and has directed feature films, The Great Turkey Town Miracle (2023), Yellow Bird (Brian Doyle-Murray, Kathy Garver, 2023), Trust (2018) and Wait Up Harriet (2006) and is currently directing the upcoming film The Keeper.
Angus was awarded Best Producer at the EEI Movie Awards in 2021 and has produced films The Post (2023), Purgatory Station (Bob Gunton, Sean O’Bryan, 2023), and written and produced films Motorvation (Judy Norton, 2022), Heaven (Eric Roberts, 2020), High Rollers (2019) Trust (2018), and The Holy Roller (Mark Hadlow, 2010), as well as producing Meet Me in Miami (Carlos Ponce, 2005).
Angus is also an accomplished, multiple award-winning and incredibly versatile actor, having acted alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood including, Eric Roberts, Julia Garner, Bob Gunton, Brian Doyle-Murray, Cate Blanchett, Anna Chlumsky, Kathy Garver, Judy Norton, LL Cool J, Eric Christian Olsen and Chris O'Donnell.
CURRENT SLATE OF PROJECTS BY LAMA ENTERTAINMENT
Dir: Justin Hunt / Prod: Angus Benfield
GENRE: DRAMA /THRILLER
STATUS: COMPLETED 2023
Everything is bigger in Texas, including revenge
The Post is an edgy, revenge thriller steeped in the undetermined boundaries of social media crime and punishment.
THE GREAT TURKEY TOWN MIRACLE
Dir / Prod: Angus Benfield
GENRE: FAITH-BASED/TRUE STORY/DRAMA
STATUS: COMPLETED 2023
Based on a true story
Five loaves. Two Fish. Four thousand turkeys. When a widowed, burned out, morning-drive DJ is fired, he finds himself having to procure four thousand turkeys by Thanksgiving, in order to keep his new job and hold his family together.
Dir/Prod: Angus Benfield
GENRE: COMEDY/DRAMA /WORKPLACE
STATUS: RELEASED 2023
A story about searching for happiness
In the style of The Office and Schitt’s Creek, comes a fun new comedy about searching for happiness, “Yellow Bird.” This heart-felt film, set in a small country-town grocery store named "The Yellow Bird," is centered around once successful PR specialist, Jake (Angus Benfield), now a stock boy in his mid-forties, struggling with his sobriety, and his conscience in the guise of a gnome (Brian Doyle-Murray) who is determined to remind Jake of all his failings, including his marriage. Jake’s mother, Rachel Rush (Kathy Garver), is struggling with Alzheimer's and is living in an RV, Rachel is holding onto a past she remembers as much more adventurous and exciting than this life, and is determined to find it once again, and Scotty, the protagonistic store manager who is stuck in a job his father wants him to be in, and so makes all the fun and quirky employees at “The Yellow Bird” miserable in return.