He emerged as a talent to watch with his sharply observed short film Thirty-Five Aside, which follows an awkward schoolboy's misadventures when he starts at a new school. The short film won more than 30 awards worldwide including The Talent, the BBC's New Director Prize 1998; Best of the Festival, London Film Festival 1996; Best Short Film, Quebec Film Festival
1996; Audience Prize, Geneva International Film Festival 1996; Best of the Festival Selections Edinburgh Film Festival 1996; and the Audience Vote Best Short Film, Sydney International Film Festival 1996. Thirty-Five Aside has been lauded in territories as varied as Spain, Germany, Ireland, France, South Korea, Italy, USSR, Sweden, Greece, Chile, Switzerland, Portugal, Australia, Wales and India.
Currently, Damien is currently in pre-production on his next film Dirty Pretty Things, for top British producer, Robert Jones.
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