Mad as Birds Films is an independent film production company founded in Spring 2013 to make it’s first feature film – “Set Fire To The Stars”.

The Mad As Birds team has a unique blend of expertise from film production, writing, directing, acting, post-production, sales and distribution.


With an expanding slate of exciting projects, the team intends to capitalise on the success of “Set Fire To The Stars” and build a company with the goal of consistently delivering high-quality, commercially viable feature films and TV for a global audience.


As well as thriller “The Devil to Pay”, current projects include the adaptation of "I'm Jack", the debut novel from Amazon "Rising Star" - Mark Blacklock, and "20th Century Boy", the follow up project to Set Fire to the Stars from writing duo Andy Goddard and Celyn Jones.

“All in all, for a debut feature length, it's an impressive feat and has attracted an equally impressive cast who do the script justice. Even if this film doesn't sound like your cup of tea (and a knowledge of poetry is not essential), it's worth keeping an eye out for the names involved in getting it off the ground, and their future projects.” - Den of Geek




As well as producing our own features, Mad As Birds Films offer a range of production services. The team can assist with a range of activities from concept development, script writing/editing, production of budgets and schedules to full post-production. If you are interested in hiring our services for any consultancy work please get in touch with us




Producing/Co-Producing Service

Production Consultancy

Scheduling and Budgeting


Concept Development

Treatment/Pitch Documents

DIT Design & Service

Post Supervision & Production











A J is a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit of 2014/15 and co-founder Mad As Birds. Previously, working alongside the Emmy and Oscar nominated team at New Black Films, A J developed key skills and a thirst for producing great cinema. His credits include the critically acclaimed and internationally screened short film ‘You Are Me’ in association with the charity War Child. A J was an associate producer on the very successful documentary ‘Battle of the Sexes’ & ‘Pantani Accidental Death of a Cyclist’. His most recent film ‘Set Fire to the Stars’, was released theatrically in the UK on November 7th 2014 and will soon be released in the US by Strand Releasing.

Celyn Jones is a critically acclaimed actor and writer from Wales, The Times referred to him as “the powerhouse writer-performer behind the greatest Dylan Thomas biopic yet” describing his portrayal of Dylan as “the kind of performance for which the term 'tour de force' was invented.”

Celyn has a burgeoning career as a screenwriter having co-written Set Fire to the Stars which has, so far, had nominations for The Michael Powell award for Best British Film, EIFF Audience award, Lighthouse Media awards for Best Film, MIFF Audience award and the Best Screenplay award at the Miami Film Festival.

He has also written the full screenplay for Major Goon (Ffilm Cymru), he’s developing a series for WildGaze Films and is currently adapting Mark Blacklock's debut novel I’m Jack for the screen.

Celyn is also a partner in Mad as Birds Films and is their Creative Director. He is represented by Curtis Brown in the UK and Thruline Entertainment in LA.

Ade has been a serial entrepreneur in a successful 15 year career in business. Ade exited two tech startups and then went on to advise the boards a number of technology companies from startups to PLCs. In 2014 Ade co-produced Set Fire to the Stars and joined Mad As Birds as a co-founder. Ade is also a producer on the thriller The Devil to Pay (with Kristoffer Nyholm at the helm) which is shooting in autumn ’15.


Ade is a creative producer leading early stage development of Mad As Birds projects and is also responsible for the financial structure of the MAB projects.

Andy’s most recent film Producer credits include ‘Sea Change’ and ‘Set Fire to the Stars’.  Previously the founder/MD of multi award winning The Pavement which grew over 13 years into one of Europe's most creative DVD, Blu-ray and digital production & post production studios. Co-founder of Mad As Birds, he is the preferred choice of top artistic talent including musicians, directors and leading film makers for his vision in designing cutting-edge delivery systems beyond physical packaged media.  Andy's most recent work outside of film includes Led Zeppelin's ‘Celebration Day’, Pink Floyd's new album ‘The Endless River’ as well as ‘The Wall’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Darkside of the Moon’ Anniversary Immersion Box Sets, and Julian Lennon's ‘Everything Changes’ multi platform production.



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