William Oldroyd


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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Giles Smart
Assistant: Jennifer Thomas
Agent: Natasha Galloway
Assistant: Talia Tobias

Film, TV & Theatre

William’s short film Best won the Sundance London Short Film Competition in 2013 and was then invited to be screened at the Sundance Festival, 2014. 

Previously he had worked with film and video at art college before becoming a successful theatre and opera director in the UK and abroad. As Director in Residence at the Young Vic Theatre, London he staged contemporary adaptations of European classics such as Ghosts by Ibsen. Subsequently he was invited to direct adaptations of Sartre in Tokyo, Beckett in Munich and Shakespeare in UK for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival. Opera productions include works by Pergolesi in Portugal and Donizetti for ETO at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.

Lady Macbeth is William’s first feature film and continues his fascination with adaptations of classics. It was adapted by Alice Birch from the mid-nineteenth century novella by Nikolai Leskov and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly with support from BFI, BBC Films and Creative England through iFeatures. It will receive its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September followed by official competition entry at San Sebastián and Zurich film festivals. 

William has been named BAFTA's 'Brit to Watch' 2016. 






Feature developed through iFeatures development scheme
*Winner International Critic's Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016
*Winner Critic's Choice Award for Best First Feature at Zurich Film Festival 2016
*Winner Fiction Feature Prize and Special Jury Prize for Florence Pugh at Montclair Film Festival 2017

Short Films




Sundance Film Festival, 2014 (Utah)
Sundance Film Festival, 2013 (London)
* Winner of Best Short at Sundance London 2013
Ashland Independent Film Festival 2014 (Oregon)
Frameline38 - San Francisco International LGBT Festival 2014
Nashville Film Festival 2014
Seattle International Film Festival 2014
Sundance Programmer Trevor comments "terrifically framed images...stellar performances...tender, raw, visceral and heartbreaking"



Nominee for BEST SHORT at Radar Hamburg Film Festival