Keith English is a successful international commercials director with over 400 commercials to his credit and many international awards. With his production company Velvet Pictures, he is known best for his strong narratives, often combined with humour.
As well as commercials, Keith English has written and directed the critically acclaimed short film Top Dog, starring Nicholas Ball, and in 2004 was nominated for a BAFTA award co-producing and directing the Disney Channel children’s drama series, Bus Life. In 2018 he directed his debut feature film, The More You Ignore Me, written by Jo Brand and starring Sheridan Smith and a host of British actors. Produced by Genesius Pictures, the film recently won BEST COMEDY at the National Film Awards.
He is a local boy. He grew up on the Isle of Wight where he bought is first super8 film camera at the age of nine. He went on to study directing at Bournemouth Film School in the 1980s, leaving it with a distinction and ‘Best Film of The Year’.
Early on in his career he became Creative Director of a London production company, making feature trailers for the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Hugh Hudson and Tim Burton. From there he moved into TV commercials, becoming well-known in the industry, internationally.
Now living in The New Forest, Keith runs his own production company, Velvet Pictures alongside his wife, Producer Claire Cottrell. As well as still doing international work, they are currently in development of new feature films and TV series, alongside working on advertising/communications with local companies.
Keith has kindly agreed to judge and present the New Forest University Student award as part of the short film competition.
The More You Ignore Me is screening throughout the festival and his short film Top Dog forms part of the line up for the Genre Focus: Horror evening taking place at Sway Village Hall on Sunday 9th June.