Ed's debut feature film, rap-battle drama VS. (BBC Films), world premiered at the 2018 London Film Festival and was released in cinemas nationwide by UK distributor Altitude. The story centre's on a troubled foster-teen who finds his voice in the hostile and exciting UK rap-battle scene.
VS. received wide critical acclaim with a host of 4 & 5 ★ star reviews. Top UK film critic, Peter Bradshaw (Guardian), called it “A movie with flair and force”, Sight & Sound named it their ‘Film of the Week’ saying, “Lilly handles his characters’ torment and excitable hormonal states in thrilling and visceral ways” and Metro made it their ‘Big Release’ saying an “authentic and punchy watch”. The cast is led by newcomer Connor Swindells and includes Fola Evans-Akingbola (Game Of Thrones), Joivan Wade (The First Purge), Ruth Sheen (Another Year), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude) and acclaimed British battle-rapper Shotty Horroh.
Subsequently, Ed was longlisted in the British Independent Film Awards "Debut Director" and "Debut Screenwriter" categories. In 2017, he was named as a Screen International “Star of Tomorrow” and included in the BBC “New Talent Hotlist”.
His short film THE HIVE (UK Film Council) was “Staff Picked” and nominated for a 2012 Vimeo Award in the 'Best Narrative' category, receiving notable praise from Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) and Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). The film has since notched up over 45,000 views online. Ed's other shorts picked up award nominations including Virgin Media Shorts and BAFTA ‘60 Seconds’.
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 and Virus Syndicate.
In theatre, Ed developed and directed one-woman show INSIDE at 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."