Ed's debut feature film, rap-battle drama VS. (BBC Films), will premier at London Film Festival 2018 and is set for UK theatrical release in October via Altitude Films. Last year, he was named as a Screen International “Star of Tomorrow” and included in the BBC “New Talent Hotlist”.
Ed’s currently developing a number of film and TV projects including ‘MAIDS, an 8-part drama series, previously optioned by Working Title TV.
Ed's debut film, VS., is an urban coming-of-age drama focussing on a troubled foster-teen who is introduced to the exciting, “no limits” world of UK battle-rap. The cast is led by newcomer Connor Swindells and includes Fola Evans-Akingbola (Game Of Thrones), Ruth Sheen (Another Year), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), as well as acclaimed UK battle-rapper Shotty Horroh, making his big screen debut. The film is produced by Bennett McGhee at Silvertown Films and financed by BBC Films and Lorton Entertainment.
Previously, Ed’s critically acclaimed short film THE HIVE (UK Film Council) was “Staff Picked” and nominated for a Vimeo Award in the 'Best Narrative' category, receiving notable praise from Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) and Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) with Sight & Sound magazine calling the short “…a fine drama”. The film has since notched up over 45,000 views online. Ed's other shorts have aired on BBC1 and picked up award nominations including Virgin Media Shorts, BAFTA ‘60 Seconds’ and the student RTS Awards.
Working commercially, Ed's expertise in youth culture led him to direct an award-winning advert for CANCER RESEARCH featuring spoken word artist Suli Breaks. He's also created films for HSBC, The National Lottery, Levi's and Myspace UK, as well as music videos and content for artists including Frank Turner, Lucy Rose, Deap Vally and grime artists Shotty Horroh, Dot Rotten, Wrigley and Virus Syndicate.
In theatre, Ed developed and directed one-woman show INSIDE, including 26 dates at Gilded Balloon as part of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The basement kidnap drama received 4 & 5* reviews across the board, most notably in leading festival publication The Scotsman who said "There can be few more involving or unforgettable character studies in Edinburgh this year… an incredibly powerful and emotional piece."