Honlodge Productions was founded by Baldwin Li in 2006.
Baldwin is a graduate of Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he studied English Language and Literature.
His first job in the industry was at Granada Studios where he trained as a sound engineer, cameraman and director/vision-mixer—but the technical side of the industry was always a means to an end; Baldwin was an artist, longing to explore his creativity through the medium of film.
He left Granada to set up Honlodge Productions, diving straight in at the deep end by producing and directing a micro-budget feature film, 25Gs, which secured distribution in Canada, and in turn attracted a private investor for the company.
Honlodge’s major breakthrough came when its short film THE VOORMAN PROBLEM—starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander—garnered international acclaim with over 100 festival selections, before receiving a prestigious BAFTA nomination for Best British Short Film in 2013.
The following year, Baldwin flew to Los Angeles to join Hollywood A-listers on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards, where the film was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film.
These accolades allowed Honlodge to set its sights on higher-budget features, leading to the 2017 release of its debut feature film ENGLAND IS MINE, starring rising talents Jack Lowden and Jodie Comer.
The film premiered as the Closing Gala Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was nominated for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film. It was released in cinemas worldwide with international sales by Hanway Films.
Alongside Honlodge, Baldwin played a pivotal role in establishing a prosperous commercial production company, The Chase Films, where he produced work for clients such as AstraZeneca, AJ Bell, Visit Scotland, and BASF.
In 2020, Baldwin redirected his focus towards the next chapter of Honlodge and bid farewell to The Chase Films. While his recent endeavours include writing and directing his own projects, Baldwin remains actively involved as an Executive Producer and Script Consultant for other filmmakers’ projects.
Baldwin also embraces the role of an educator, sharing expert knowledge through lectures and seminars at institutions across the UK, including the University of Salford, Birmingham City University, De Montfort, and UCLan.
He currently lectures part-time at Screen and Film School, Manchester, and sits on the jury of the Bloomsday Film Festival.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.