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Film Network Member

Justin Edgar

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Biography

After a childhood spent in dark rooms watching films, I graduated from film school and in 1998 I directed the short comedy Dirty Phonecalls for Carlton’s First Cut scheme. It became a worldwide festival hit and won the 1998 BBC Drama Award at the Birmingham Film Festival.

The success of Dirty Phonecalls led to my first feature film Large, which was released in UK cinemas in 2002. Large was backed by Film Four and went straight in at number ten in the UK video charts. It sold to over twenty countries around the world.

In 2004 I set up my own production company, 104 films, with producer Alex Usborne (The Acid House). In 2005 we made the short films Special People which was screened at the Edinburgh and London Film Festivals. It was also a Turner Classic Movies Prize Shorts nominee in 2005. The film also won Best Short at Chicago Film Festival 2005, Best Drama at the Royal Television Society Awards 2006 and was a winner at the BBC New Talent Short Film Awards 2007. To date it has played at 50 film festivals around the world including Seoul, TriBeCa, Melbourne and Berlin. Special People was shortlisted for the 2006 Academy Award s Short Film Award.

Project Development

in 2007 104 films completed our first feature film, a feature length version of Special People. The film competed for the Michael Powell Award at the 2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Special People will be released in UK cinemas in 2008

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