Lewis Arnold

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Grace Baxter

Film, TV & Theatre

Lewis is currently directing DARK MONEY for BBC One and The Forge.

He recently finishing directing the first four episodes of CLEANING UP for Sister Pictures, having developed the six-part drama with up and coming writer, Mark Marlow. The show stars Sheridan Smith and is set within London’s financial world and aired on ITV in 2019.

His previous credits include BROADCHURCH and HUMANS, which became Channel 4's most successful original drama in over 20 years when it aired in 2015. After directing two episodes on series one, he was asked back a year later to direct the lead block of the second series for Kudos and AMC.

It was on graduating from the NFTS in March 2013, that Lewis embarked on directing his first TV project, directing with two episodes of the final series of BAFTA-winning C4 show, MISFITS. He followed this up by directing the first four episodes of Russell T Davies’s new E4 show, BANANA, and was named a Broadcast Magazine Hotshot 2014 for his work on both shows.

His short films CHARLIE SAYS and ECHO, made whilst studying his MA in Directing Fiction at the National Film and Television School, screened at a host of international film festivals, picking up various awards including a National Film Award for Best Short.

Lewis has a host of projects in development including DES, a four-part crime drama with New Pictures, as well as feature film projects BULLY and PLAYING DEAD.

Television

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DARK MONEY

2018 - 2019

The Forge/ BBC 1

Director.
4-part drama.
Writer: Levi David Addai
Executive Producers: Mark Pybus, George Faber and Lucy Richer
Starring: Babou Ceesay and Jill Halfpenny

CLEANING UP

2017 - 2018

Sister Pictures/ITV

Lead Director. 6 part drama.
Writer: Mark Marlow.
Exec Producer: Jane Featherstone, Chris Fry.
Starring Sheridan Smith.

BROADCHURCH 3

2016 - 2017

Kudos/ ITV

Episode 6.
Writer: Chris Chibnall.
Producer: Dan Winch.
Exec Producers: Chris Chibnall, Jane Featherstone.
Starring Olivia Colman and David Tennant.
*BAFTA nominated for Best Supporting Actress, 2018.

HUMANS 2

2016

Kudos/ C4/ AMC

Lead Director.
Producer: Paul Gilbert.
Exec Producers: Chris Fry and Derek Wax.

PREY 2

2015

Red Productions/ ITV

Director. 3-part serial. 3 x 60'.
Writer: Chris Lunt.
Producer: Tom Sherry.
Exec Producer: Nicola Shindler.
Starring Philip Glenister and Rosie Cavaliero.

HUMANS

2014

Kudos/ C4/ AMC

2 episodes.
Producer: Chris Fry.
Exec Producers: Derek Wax, Jane Featherstone.
*Highest rated original drama for Channel 4 in over 20 years.
*Nominated for Best New Drama, National Television Awards, 2016.
*Nominated for Best Drama Series and Radio Times Audience Award, BAFTA Television Awards, 2016.
*Nominated for Best Drama in the RTS Programme Awards, 2016.

BANANA

2014

Red Productions/ E4

Lead Director.
First 4 episodes.
New Series created and written by Russell T Davies.
Producer: Emily Feller.
Exec Producers: Nicola Shindler and Russell T Davies.

MISFITS

2013

Clerkenwell Films/ E4

2 episodes.
Producer: Nick Pitt.
Exec Producers: Petra Fried and Murray Ferguson.

Short Films

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CHARLIE SAYS

2013

National Film and Television School

Director. 23' drama.
Writer: Frances Poletti.
Starring Elliot Tittensor and Conner Chapman.
* World Premier Screening at Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2013.
* Screened at the Fresh Film Fest, Prague International Festival of First Features and Student Films, 2013.
* Selected for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, 2013.
* Selected for the London Short Film Festival, 2013.
* WINNER of the International Competition: Best Short Film at the Talca International Short Film Festival, 2013.
* Screened at 7th British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin, 2013.
* Selected for the 18th Sofia International Film Festival.
* Screened at FlatPack Film Festival, Birmingham 2014.
* Screened at Festival Internacional Colchagua Cine 2014.
* Screened at Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival 2014.
* Screened at 24th International student short film festival of Cergy-Pontoise.
* Screened at Cambridge Film Festival 2014.
* Screened at Bestival 2014; Desert Island Flicks.
* Screened at Worcestershire Film Festival 2014.
* WINNER of both Best Director and Best Cinematography at the Colchester Film Festival 2014.

ECHO

2012

National Film and Television School

Director. 16' drama.
Writer: James Walker.
* Winner of Special Commendation at the Isle of Wight Film Festival, 2013.
* Winner Best Editor at 30th Tehran International Short Film Festival, 2013.
* Screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2013.
* Screened at London Short Film Festival, 2013.
* Screened at Glasgow Short Film Festival, 2013.
* Screened at Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2013.
* Screened at Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, 2013.
* Nominated for RNC Special Award at the This is England Festival, 2013.
* Selected for the International Competition at Tabor Film Festival, 2013.
* Selected for the International Competition at XVI Guanajuato International Film Festival, 2013.
* Screened at Fresh Film Fest International Festival of First Features and Student Films, 2013.
* Nominated for International Competition at 2Annas, 2013.
* Screened at Zone 180 Shorts 4 Talk London, 2013.
* Screened at Festival Internacional de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro, 2013.
* Screened at The Beloit International Film Festival.
* Screened at Rapid Eye Movement, Coventry.
* WINNER of Best Acting at the Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival.
* Screened at 24th International student short film festival of Cergy-Pontoise.
* Screened at Worcestershire Film Festival 2014.
* WINNER Best Short Film at National Film Awards 2015.

STAINED

2009

UK Film Council/Screen WM

Director. 16' drama. Based on Ronnie Thompson’s book ‘Screwed’.
Featuring Ricci Harnett, Frank Harper and Craig Conway.
* Screened at 50th Krakow Film Festival, 2010.
* Screened at Brussels Short Film Festival, 2010.
* Screened at Saguenay International Short Film Festival, 2011.
* Screened at EUShorts Short Film Festival, 2010.
* Screened at Singapore International Film Festival, 2010.
* Screened at XXVIII International Film Festival of Uruguay, 2010.
* Nominated for Best Production Craft – Director at Regional RTS Awards, 2010.
* Nominated for Best Short Film at Regional RTS Awards, 2010.
* Winner Best Film at Zone 180 Shorts 4 Talk, 2013.

SPIRITED

2008

UK Film Council / Screen WM

Director. 13' drama.
Featuring the late Margaret John and Joe Dempsie.
* Nominated for Best Fictional at Regional RTS Award, 2009.

Promos

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'HIGHER’ Wookie ft Zak Abel

ROKKIT / MANCHU RECORDINGS

'Millionaire' SCOUTING FOR GIRLS

2013

ROKKIT/SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

‘Meet Me Halfway’ FUTUREHEADS

2012

NFTS / BIGLIFE MANAGEMENT

Starring Ricci Harnett.

‘Sunken Low’ LITTLE FRIEND

2012

NFTS / ROKKIT

Starring Jo Hartley.
* Screened in Music Video Showcase at Raindance Film Festival, 2013.

In Development

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THE FICTIONAL MAN

2019

The Forge

Director.
TV adaptation of the original Al Ewings novel.

DES

2017

New Pictures/ITV

Director.
4-part Drama series.
Co-created with Luke Neal.