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Grant is an award-winning director & filmmaker working in commercials, branded stories and music videos. His narrative work has screened at the BFI and BAFTA and he's won a Limelight film award for emerging talent. He has shot commercial work for Warner Bros, Mattel, Sainsbury's, PayPal, Hubbub Foundation and the Media Trust and has had his music videos screened on MTV.
"Growing up I asked a lot of questions. And I made stuff all the time. So when I was told to pick a career I decided that architecture was for me.
But upon graduating the economy crashed, construction stalled and I took a job in Berlin at a studio that mixed design with film, I loved it. I made a super 8 film starring myself as a clown and screened it in Bremen. Sitting there hearing the audience gasp, laugh, and clap I had this revelation about being a film director.
So I quit architecture and dedicated myself to making films... entering competitions, taking course after course and eventually I secured work in New Delhi teaching kids in slums how to make films. They told their stories about child marriage, alcoholism and bullying and screened them to their parents. That’s when I realised that films can change the world.
Since then I’ve worked with brands, charities and musicians. I’ve won awards, competitions, and even a coffee machine. My short film ‘Emigrant’ won ‘best free fall’ for emerging talent at the Limelight film awards. ‘Everyday Struggles’ screened at Bafta as part of Nespresso Talents. And my feature film script ‘It’s a riot’ about the 2011 riots was selected to be developed with the Screen Arts Institute at the BFI. Getting tutored by Bafta-winning producer Emily Leo.
I’ve directed two seasons of web series #Reality which opened the BFI’s Future film festival in 2017, screening in BFI NFT1 as well as festivals worldwide. I directed an LGBTQ+ series called Flatshare (released in 2019) which led to conversations with production companies and ITV.
In 2018 I was one of 10 directors selected by the Media Trust to direct for a charity in need. My film 'Hype' for Stonebridge Boxing Club screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
2019 saw my short film Death by Water Pistol successfully navigate the TriForce Creative Network's 'Pitch it Live' competition and got through to the final round table read stage for BFI Film London funding. I directed 5 high profile music videos and a commercial for Warner Brothers that aired on Sky Nickelodeon and I was selected by the Director's UK, inspire mentorship scheme where I was mentored by award-winning director Sam Johnson.
In 2020 my comedy-drama film 'Ecstasy' entered production - It's about a disabled father and son's quest to buy drugs so the Dad can dance with his wife, one last time. The film stars Brian Bovell (BBC's The Missing), Nathan Bryon (Benidorm) & Holli Dempsey (Black Mirror, Afterlife).
From an early age my father has lived with Parkinson’s disease and that experience has informed the films I want to make. Upbeat stories that’ll make you laugh, cry and rave in your seat."
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