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James Sharpe: Biography

James Sharpe is the writer and director known for his cinematic and versatile work in drama, comedy, music videos and television.

James graduated the University of Lincoln in 2004 with a first degree in Media Production, where he won local awards for his graduation film the surreal A Man Walks Into A Bar…. In 2006 he made his first funded short with the UK Film Council and Wellington Films, with the dark comedy Nose Hair, which played at several international festivals and received special mention at Edinburgh's Dead by Dawn festival. Following Nose Hair he received council funding to make the drama Dead Moments, also supported by Wellington Films. In 2008 he directed and co-wrote Fine Art another comedy short funded by a local arts organisation and distributed over the BBC's Big Screen Network. In 2010 he directed the 24 hour competition winner The Curious Incident of Doug in the Night Time, written by Richard Preddy, writer of Channel 4's Green Wing and Campus. In the same year he wrote, directed, and self-funded Notes, an emotional “silent” film set somewhere in the future, which again screened at festivals internationally and received much online praise.

Between making shorts James has directed music videos for some of the indie worlds most loved bands and artists, and made his primetime television debut directing comedy for BBC3 in 2012 directing sketches for series 6 and 7 Russell Howard’s Good News. James also continues to work in comedy, reality, motor sport and cookery tv content as a PD, self-shooting, and location director and has work for clients such as Sky, Jaguar, Vodafone and The Co-Op.

Throughout 2012 he developed his new short film, FIBS, funded by Creative England and executive produced by Gillian McNeill at 2AM Films, currently in post-production, set to be complete sept 2013, the film is a drama starring Samantha White (The World’s End) James is an alumni of the BFI’s THINK-SHOOT-DISTRIBUTE feature film talent and development scheme (2012) and has been accepted on to the 2013 Screen Yorkshire Triangle feature development scheme where he is developing a coming of age comedy. Additionally James is developing two feature projects, the first an original screenplay, the second an adaptation of a science fiction novel.




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