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Olly Blackburn

Olly Blackburn

Olly Blackburn is an award-winning commercials director, music video director and screenwriter living in London. He has directed music videos for, among others, Gomez, Tin Star, Embrace and Six By Seven and was nominated for the CADs Best Newcomer award. In commercials he has worked with some of the biggest agencies in the UK. Spots include Anonymous Learners for BBC Education, which won a CFP Young Directors Award at Cannes; Rabbit for The Media Trust, which won a British Television Advertising Craft Award, 1999 and Carlsberg idents for the European Cup.

His award winning shorts include Swallowed (NYU's Martin Scorsese award, best film at the Karlovy Vary and a Silver Bear at the 24th Ebensee Festival) and Wonderful World (Sony Award for Best British Film). In 2005 he directed his first TV drama, shooting the Flying Blind episode of the ITV docu-drama series Survivors, which was overseen and script-supervised by Paul Abbott.

As a screenwriter Olly's work includes adapting Chris Fowler's Roofworld for director Vaughan Arnell (Samuelson Productions/New Line), co-writing The Last Born for director Nils Arden Oplev (Zentropa/New Line/Metronome), The Long Tomorrow for Erik Eger and Vinyan for Fabrice de Welz. Olly is also a journalist and writer - dig around and you can find some of his scribblings www.ollyblackburn.com


Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Olly Blackburn Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter

Selected Filmography

Not available.