Mat Whitecross’s first feature film The Road to Guantanamo, which he co-directed with Michael Winterbottom, won them Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006.
He then went on to make music videos for various artists, including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Take That and Jay-Z. In 2009, Whitecross directed with Winterbottom again on The Shock Doctrine, an adaptation of Naomi Klein’s controversial book. The same year, he travelled to Thailand to film Moving to Mars, a documentary about Karen refugees fleeing from Burma to the UK, which won the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Documentary in 2010.
Whitecross’s next feature Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll – a surreal biopic of punk legend Ian Dury – was released to critical acclaim, and nominated for Best Actor and Music at the 2010 BAFTAs. His following film Ashes, a road movie thriller about a man with Alzheimer’s, starred Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess. He has just completed Spike Island, a coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of the Stone Roses’ era-defining gig of the same name. Upcoming projects include Fleming, a 4-part drama about the life of Bond author Ian Fleming, starring Dominic Cooper; GB84, an adaptation of the seminal novel by Red Riding author David Peace; and Going Mad in Hollywood, about David Sherwin, the writer of British classic if…