Rob Brown

Writer/ Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Grace Baxter

Film, TV & Theatre

Rob Brown is an award-winning writer-director whose work has been screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and broadcast on BBC TV. His award nominations include 'European Competition' at Brest European Short Film Festival, 'Best Newcomer' at Rushes Soho Shorts and the BBC New Filmmakers Award. Rob was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2007. He was also chosen for the Edinburgh Film Festival 'Trailblazers' and British Film Institute 'Think Shoot Distribute' programmes in 2008.

He was previously selected for the Talent Lab at Edinburgh International Film Festival and his feature script SIXTEEN was also chosen from 400 entries to be performed at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum.

Rob's UKFC short film SILENT THINGS received its international premiere at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2011, where it won the New Arrivals jury award, and his 35mm short film PAPER HEARTS received its UK Premiere at Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival 2011.

Rob's debut feature film, SIXTEEN, premiered at the 57th BFI London Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Debut Feature, while Rob received a nomination for Best British Newcomer. SIXTEEN received its International Premiere at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it screened in competition for the Forum of Independents award. The film when on to win two in categories at the 2017 Royal Television Society West Awards, including Best Film. Rob was also named on the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist 2017.

Rob’s work in TV drama started when he won a coveted place on the BBC Directors Scheme, and shot an episode of DOCTORS, and has go on to direct several episodes of the show for BBC 1.

Most recently, Rob directed the first 14 episodes of BAFTA Scotland Award nominated ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES for Tiger Aspect, after directing the pilot episode. This continued Rob’s collaboration with Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (lead actor in SIXTEEN) who played series regular DC Slater in the show.

Currently, Rob is developing his second feature.

 

SIXTEEN

“Rob Brown’s haunting feature debut…Committed performances and a script favouring character over gunplay” - Total Film ****

“This affecting British drama centres on Congolese teenage Jumah (impressive Roger Jean Nsengumva) coping with his traumatic past” - The Guardian ***

“Absorbing” - Radio Times ***

“Engrossing…delivers plenty of suspense” - Sight and Sound

"Powerful tale of a former child soldier marks an assured debut" - Cineuropa

"A beautifully realised and moving take on the British urban thriller" - BFI London Film Festival

"Written and directed with evident integrity by celebrated short filmmaker Rob Brown, Sixteen is a feature that promises good things to come from all the principals involved" - Screen Daily

"Sixteen gives contemporary London the voice it deserves" – Cinevue

In Development

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UNDER A SAVAGE SUN

Seize Films

Feature film. Director.
Producers: Jake Hume and Nic Jeune.
Writer: Ross McMillan.

Television

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ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES

2016 - 2017

Tiger Aspect/BBC One

Director, 14 episodes.
Series Producer: Carly Brooks.
*Winner, Entertainment category, BAFTA Scotland Award, 2018

DOCTORS

2017

BBC

Director, 3 episodes.
Producer: Gail Evans.

DOCTORS

2016

BBC

1 episode.
Part of BBC Directors Room Directors Scheme.

Film

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2015

Seize Films

Feature film. Writer and Director.
Producers: Jake Hume and Nic Jeune.
Starring Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling and Rosie Day.
* Winner of Best Film at the Royal Television Society West of England Awards, 2017.
* Nominated for Best Director at the Royal Television Society West of England Awards, 2017.
* Nominated for Best British Newcomer at 57th BFI London Film Festival.
* Nominated for Sutherland Award, Best Debut Feature at London Film Festival.
* Nominated for Forum of Independents Competition at 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Short Films

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2011

Connected Pictures

Writer and Director. Short Film shot on S35mm.
Supported by Kodak and Technicolour.
Selected for funding by IdeasTap.
* UK Premiere at Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival, 2011.
* Screened at Singapore International Film Festival, 2011.
* Screened at Branchage Jersey International Film Festival, 2011.
* Nominated for 'Best Short Film' at Royal Television Society West Awards, 2012.
* Screening in competition at the Brussels Short Film Festival, 2012.

2010

South West Screen/UK Film Council

Writer and Director. Short film shot on Red Camera.
Picked up for distribution by Shorts International.
Cast includes Georgia Groome, Andrew Scott and Antonia Campbell Hughes.
* Theatrical Release, Nov 2011, as part of the Magic Hour Programme.
* UK Premiere at 18th Raindance Film Festival, 2010.
* Winner of New Arrivals Jury Award at 40th International Film Festival, Rotterdam, 2011.
* Nominated for Best Short Film at RTS West Awards, 2011.
* 24th Leeds International Film Festival, 2010.
* Terrestrial broadcast, BBC HD and iplayer, 11th Feb 2012.

2009

Bournemouth Screen Academy / Skillset

Writer and Director.
Short Film shot on Super16 in Poland, Lithuania and London.
Starring Joanne Froggatt.
Distributed by Shorts International.
Selected for The British Council short film programme.
* Nominated for Time Out Award for Best London Film, 2009.
* Screened at 11th Mecal International Short Film Festival, Barcelona, 2009.
* Winner of 'Budding Talent Award' at Branchage Jersey International Film Festival, 2009 (Jury included director Gilles MacKinnon).
* Winner of the Student Shorts Filmmaker Prize Package at the Cine Gear Expo 2010 at Paramount Studios, LA.
* Winner of "Best Film" award at Buxton Film Festival, 2010.
* Nominated for 'European Competition' at Brest European Short Film Festival, 2009.
* Nominated for 'Best of British/UK Competition' at Leeds International Film Festival, 2009.
* Screened at 17th Raindance Film Festival, 2009.
* Screened at the Directors Guild of America, September 2010.

2007

Bournemouth Screen Academy / Skillset

Writer and Director. Short Film.
Picked up for distribution by Shorts International.
Starring Lara Belmont.
* Selected for Trailblazers Showcase at Edinburgh Film Festival, 2008.
* Winner: Best Drama at BBC Big Screen Awards – chosen by Mark Kermode.

DERMO SLUCHAETSA

2007

Brainchild Productions

Writer and Director. Short Film.
* Nominated for BBC New Filmmakers Award, 2007 (broadcast on BBC 3).
* Screened at BBC New British Talent showcase (BFI Southbank).
* Distributed internationally by Future Shorts and OneDotZero.

FAMILY PORTRAIT

2005

Brainchild Productions

Writer and Director. Short Film.
* Winner: Best Drama at BBC Big Screen Awards, 2005– chosen by Mark Kermode.
* Nominated for Best Newcomer at Rushes Soho Shorts, 2006.
* Nominated for BBC New Filmmakers Awards, 2005.