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, 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 premiered at Toronto in 2016 followed by official competition entry at San Sebastián and Zurich film festivals.
In 2017 William was a nominee for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing First-Time Feature Film.
Awards for Lady Macbeth include:
*Nominated for Outstanding Debut and Outstanding British Film BAFTA 2018
*Winner of 5 British Independent Film Awards 2017
*Nominated Best International Film - Spirit Awards
*Winner Discovery Award at the European Film Awards 2017
*Winner Fiction Feature Prize and Special Jury Prize for Florence Pugh at Montclair Film Festival 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
William was also named BAFTA 'Brit to Watch' 2016
Feature developed through iFeatures development scheme
Sundance Film Festival, 2014 (Utah)
Nominee for BEST SHORT at Radar Hamburg Film Festival