Stefan Schwartz teamed up with Richard Holmes at York University and formed The Gruber Brothers. They have been working in the film industry ever since and have written and made a number of films together. These include Bonded, broadcast on BBC 2, and the award winning short The Lake starring Frances Barber. In 1995 he directed Giving Tongue, shown as part of BBC2′s Wicked Women series. Schwartz made his feature film debut with Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1992) starring Peter Capaldi and Phyllis Logan, and in 1996 wrote and directed Shooting Fish (1997), a crime-caper comedy starring Kate Beckinsale and his biggest success to date. His next film was the uninspired Irish swashbuckler The Abduction Club (2002).