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  1. feature film

    written by Mahdi Fleifel and Jason McColgan

    When a would-be smuggler rips off two Palestinian refugees living on the fringes of society in Athens, they set out to seek revenge but, in doing so, find themselves embroiled in a hostage situation that forces them to choose between friendship and freedom.

  2. independent feature film

    written by

    It was hailed as one of the British empire’s most secretive, unsolved, unjust aspects. “Chagos” is a feature film set around the highly controversial US Army base situated on the Chagos Archipelago.

    We are currently at the development stage of script writing.

  3. independent feature documentary

    directed by Gordon Main

    London Recruits is an upcoming documentary film about the true story of the young men and women who undertook covert missions for the ANC during apartheid South Africa. Kept secret for over 40 years, their part in the long struggle for freedom can finally be told.

  4. feature documentary supported by BFI, Doc Society & BBC

    directed by Rob Lemkin, co-written by Femi Nylander

    “African Apocalypse” is directed by Rob Lemkin and produced by Geoff Arbourne, David Upshal, and Rob Lemkin. Cinematography by Claude Garnier ASC and edited by multi-award-winning editor David Charap.

    The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2020.

  5. feature documentary for Netflix & BBC Storyville

    directed by Maya Zinshtein

    “Forever Pure” is set in January 2013. A secretive transfer deal transported two Muslim players into the heart of Israel and the Jewish-oriented Beitar Jerusalem F.C., leading to the most racist campaign in Israeli sport. One season and one football team in crisis, as power, money, and politics fuel a club spiralling out of control.

  6. feature documentary

    directed by Maya Zinshtein

    “Beitar Jerusalem” is a symbol of rightwing Israel. But in 2012-2013, the club signed two Chechen Muslim players, enraging Beitar’s hardcore fans, La Familia, some of whom sing of being racist. Some of Israel’s political leaders find La Familia embarrassing. But do they reflect a broader problem facing Israel – a polarised society? Guardian link

  7. short doc

    produced by Geoff Arbourne

    “Seeds of discontent” is a short documentary for the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Released less than a week before the UN Committee for World Food Security meets in Rome, this film gives a compelling visual portrait of how investment by private financial players can undermine food security and human rights in developing countries.

  8. short doc for Abahlali baseMjondolo

    Produced by Geoff Arbourne

    Tin Can Town is set in June 2010, as the football World Cup finally arrived in Africa. Thousands of families already living in dire straits were brutally sentenced to a life of poverty. They were evicted to tin shacks miles from their homes, hidden from the television screens and the world’s media attention. Tin Can Town follows residents through police brutality, family separation, and their struggle to reclaim the people’s game.


inside out’s production

Inside Out Films is an independent production company built around a global community of filmmakers – operating out of the U.K. and South Africa – founded by Geoff Arbourne.  

IOF has been involved in the production of a number of notable films and documentaries, including “London Recruits,” “Forever Pure ,” and “African Apocalypse,”. These productions have been screened at major film festivals around the world, including Sundance, Toronto, and London, and have been recognised with numerous awards and nominations.

A recurring theme with directors – Maya Zinshtein, Rob Lemkin, Gordon Main, Mahdi Fleifel, Brett Wallace, and Ali Al-arian – focuses on pushing boundaries, exposing lies and challenging perceptions in high-quality, socially relevant, and innovative films. Often controversial, always provocative, our films stand as our statement of intent.  


creative team

Geoff Arbourne


Jacintha de Nobrega


Lyda Fernanda Forero


Richard Baskott