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AX1 Films announced today that by way of a reverse takeover it has completed a merger with UKI Films Limited, creating a larger new structure, with interests in documentary filmmaking as well as feature films.

UKI Films was launched in September 2001 by producer/director Polly Steele and major British property player UKI Investments.

Polly Steele was a successful and award winning documentary filmmaker for ten years before becoming managing director of Rocket Pictures, Elton John's film company. While there she produced the BAFTA nominated documentary TANTRUMS & TIARAS on the life of Elton John, and the feature film WOMEN TALKING DIRTY with Helena Bonham Carter and Gina McKee.

As a director she has numerous credits to her name including "The Bear Facts", the one-hour prime-time special with Ewan McGregor, for BBC Television, "In the Eye of The Storm" a major documentary on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's visit to Baghdad on the eve of the first Gulf War, and the pioneering and award-winning "Video Diaries" series for the BBC. Her other work includes writing and directing the short film, “Nothing Is Blue” shot by Brian Tufano, which screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2001. Polly is currently preparing to direct her debut theatrical feature BLUE TIN, which is being produced by AX1.

Under the terms of the deal, Polly Steele becomes a director and shareholder in AX1 Films, and UKI Investments take up a 20% stake in AX1. UKI Investments is one of the largest privately owned commercial property and investment groups in the UK.

The AX1 Films brand was founded in 1996 by Douglas Cummins and Rocio Freire-Bernat, who remain the controlling stakeholders.