JACK WHITELEY

A Shropshire Wildling...

Hi, my name’s Jack.

I like to make films. Short films. Music videos. Commercials. Maybe a feature one day. You name it.

I was born a wildling from Shropshire. I studied at the Manchester School of Art where I gots me a first. I honed my craft in the great port City of Liverpool where I self shot, cut and directed all my work. I also learnt to shake my egg, pretend to DJ and moonwalk like MJ at the legendary Kazimier club (RIP).

In 2013, I got nominated for a Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions for my Mikhael Paskalev 'Jive Babe' promo. Shortly after, I signed with Rattling Stick, who are an ok-not-bad London production company. I then moved to the Big Smoke, like everyone else, and started drinking flat whites. In 2015, I directed my first TV commercial for Weetabix through BBH London. That same year I also won a UKMVA for my Staves 'Black & White' promo, got featured in the inaugural 1.4 Showcase and was selected for the Shots 25th anniversary ‘Best New Directors’ collection.

In 2017 I won the Elton John and YouTube competition 'The Cut' and was selected to direct the first ever music video for Sir Elton's 1973 classic, 'Bennie and the Jets', alongside co-director Laura Brownhill. I also directed a three-part music documentary, 'Sunny Hills', for Liverpool band All We Are and a film for Canon as part of their ongoing 'Live for the Story' campaign.

Last year saw two fruitful collaborations with Ninja Tune in the form of Young Fathers' emotive meta-satire 'In My View' and Little Dragon's disco-game hybrid  'Lover Chanting', directed with my Shropshire compadre Joe Wills.

Love + kisses,
J-Dubz
xxx