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Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke

Lecturer in Directing and Screenwriting

Summary

I am a director, writer and festival director, I directed the feature film One For The road (Film4) and co-directed the live performance of Hammer's The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula for Mayhem Film Festival. I teach screenwriting, directing and researching exhibition and distribution.

  • About

    I am a director, writer and festival director, I directed the feature film One For The road (Film4) and co-directed the live performance of Hammer's The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula for Mayhem Film Festival. I teach screenwriting, directing and researching exhibition and distribution. I continue to write and currently I am exploring unfilmed screenplays and ways to liberate them from archive in novel ways.

    www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

    Specialist areas of interest

    I am currently investigating archived unfilmed screenplays and continue to co-direct Mayhem Film Festival, a thriving genre festival in the heart of the UK.

  • Teaching

    Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences

    Film and Media Production

  • Media

    I wrote and directed the broadcast shorts Map Of The Scars (Channel Four) and Shifting Units (Film4) and the feature One For The road for Film4. In addition I am co-director of the UK's Mayhem Film Festival, founding co-director of Nottingham's Bang Short Film Festival.

    The Guardian, Sight & Sound, The Times, Hollywood Reporter, etc.

    "Smartly marketed to an audience that likes its comedy stiletto sharp, martini dry and a little bloody… "One for the Road" is entirely politically incorrect in its affection for its group of drunks, but it's totally clear-eyed in respect to the self-delusion their indulgence breeds. Cooke doesn't preach, but he does make you laugh." Hollywood Reporter

    "Cracking comedy … Those of us who pine for British movies with the wit and literate style of our best TV comedies can watch this and take heart." The Guardian

    "One for the Road captures its protagonists' queasy sway from bar-room camaraderie to unfocused aggression. And it's funny… One of the great things about this stagger through the male psyche is its unpredictability." Film Of The Month, Sight & Sound

    "An innovative black comedy, the film pushes the boundaries of digital video technology" British Council

    "A fine debut, full of nuance and character." Digital Fix

    Nominated for the Michael Powell Award.
    Nominated for the Golden Hitchcock.
    Special Mention Britspotting Berlin

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