William Oldroyd


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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Giles Smart
Assistant: Lee Byrne
Agent: Natasha Galloway
Associate Agent: Talia Tobias

Film, TV & Theatre

William’s first short film Best won the Sundance London Short Film Competition in 2013. Previously he worked with film and video at art college before becoming a theatre and opera director.

He was Director in Residence at the Young Vic Theatre, where he directed Ghosts by Ibsen in a new translation by Frank McGuinness. Other credits include Kean by Sartre in Tokyo, Waiting for Godot in Munich and The Two Noble Kinsmen for the RSC Complete Works Festival. Opera productions include Don Pasquale for ETO at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.

Lady Macbeth was William’s first feature film. Written by Alice Birch and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly it was made with the support of BFI, BBC Films and Creative England through iFeatures. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2016.


Awards for Lady Macbeth include:

*BAFTA 2018, Outstanding Debut and Outstanding British Film, nominee

*British Independent Film Awards 2017, Winner

*Independent Spirit Awards, Best International Film, nominee 

*European Film Awards 2017, Discovery Award, winner

*Directors Guild of America, Outstanding Director First Feature, nominee.





Feature film




Feature developed through iFeatures development scheme
*Nominated Outstanding Debut and Outstanding British Film BAFTA 2018
*Nominated Best International Film - Spirit Awards
*Winner 5 BIFAs 2017
*Winner Discovery Award European Film Awards 2017
*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"