Ben is a multi-faceted director of music videos, content, fiction and commercials who looks for the beauty in the unexpected and strives to give a voice to the outsiders in society. The son of a DP, Ben’s first foray into filmmaking was at the tender age of 11 when he borrowed his dad’s VHS camera to make a film about heroin addiction, guns, gangsters… and swords.
Ben then headed up to Edinburgh to study History of Art but his curious mind and thirst for creativity saw him spend more time crafting visuals for Madness tours and putting on old-skool club nights in London than getting his head buried in books and flavouring the local haggis.
Since then Ben has made commercials for Nike, Samsonite, Lexus, Nissan, Apple, Adidas, BMW, LG and ALLSAINTS and music videos for Naughty Boy, Phoenix, Animal Kingdom, Clock Opera and The Kills.
Ben’s latest series of music videos for brand new band The Hour were met with critical acclaim, premiering on Noisey where it was quoted as having the “same intense, visceral quality as some of the all time great music videos this side of the century – think: hearing/seeing Tyler the Creator, FKA twigs or The Blaze for the first time, where the combination of visual and sound is so captivating you can’t do anything but watch in awe; where someone’s pulled an original idea out, in a world that seems like it’s done with original ideas.”
Ben has picked up multiple awards and nominations his music videos, commercials and shorts, including 1 Gold and 4 Bronze Lions as well as 5 D&AD pencils for his film ‘A Trip To Sea’ for Guy Cotton. Ben’s beautiful new short film Landsend was released this year with great success, being officially selected at the London Short Film festival, BFI Flare, GFest St. Louis and the Inside Out Canada film festival.