Ben is a 29-year-old, London born filmmaker, raised in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Australia and Bath. His first stab at directing was a puppet show at the age of 11 that lasted so long as to require an intermission. It had dinosaurs.
After graduating with a BA in Philosophy from Kings College London he spent a year freelancing, resulting in a nationally broadcast commercial that ended up paying for his first term at the London Film School. His mid-course LFS film ‘Dinner and a Movie’ was selected for the Palm Springs Shortfest 2013, the London Short Film Festival 2013 and the Edinburgh Film Festival 2013; which named him a 'British director of tomorrow'. He Graduated with distinction in December 2014.
His graduation film ‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2014. After screening at over 30 festivals and winning several awards it went viral upon it's online release, quickly reaching over 2 million views on Vimeo alone. His micro-budget comedy short 'Russian Roulette' won the jury prize at Sundance London and went on to be selected for Sundance 2015, eventually selling to Condé Nast. As a result of this pretty gnarly year, Screen International named him a 'Star Of Tomorrow' in October 2015.
His work is regularly described as poignant, hilarious, heartwarming and terrifying. He is currently in development on a feature project 'John Moves In' and can otherwise be found squirrelling away on something small and weird on the side.
His favorite chupa-chup is cola.