Ed has recently completed his debut feature film, VS. (BBC Films), an urban coming-of-age drama set in the exciting world of UK battle-rap. He's also writing and developing a number of other film and TV projects including supernatural drama series 'MAIDS (previously optioned by Working Title TV).
Ed's debut feature film VS. is set for UK theatrical release in Summer 2018. The coming-of-age drama focusses on a troubled foster-teen who is introduced to the exciting, “no limits” world of UK battle-rap, where his aggression and sharp lyricism quickly make him a fan favourite. 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). The film has since notched up over 30,000 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."