Old Bailey, Greater London
LUKE FORSYTHE is an experienced, award-winning British realist director and photographer.
The central focus of his work is an interest in examining and recreating the poetries and feelings of the everyday human scene. It is in the street and on the boundaries of that public domain where most of his ideas take root; noting overheard conversations or quietly snapping moments of interest.
He is particularly interested in examining human emotion in the face of ideologies and expectations – in the face of the Symbolic. Hence, the film ‘Feb 14’ that looked to the expressions and feelings of people waiting for their date on a night of high expectation. Or ‘It’s not me, it’s you’ that explores and questions preconceptions of the masculine and feminine in men and women.
Forsythe is a product of St. Martins and Bath College, where he studied sculpture and Fine Arts, focusing on film and photographic installations, before traveling to NYU to refine his craft in film directing. He has been described as ‘one of the most thoughtfully creative directors in the business’ Within his commercial work he has developed a reputation for his skills in getting great believable performances, often working with non-actors to achieve the best results. In 2001, He was selected as one of the Saatchi and Saatchi Young Directors of the Year, based on his work for the Hans Brinker Hotel for Kessels Kramer. He has gone on to win recognition for his work at the Midsummer Awards, BTAA and D&AD awards as well as a Silver Lion at Cannes and Clio and Andy Silvers for his work for Bozell’s ‘Got Milk?’ campaign.
His films have been shown on Channel Four and at the V&A and his photography has been recently published in the book ‘Great Brixton’ as well as in Dazed and Confused, Huck magazine, Hurly Burly (cover) Wallpaper and La lettre Mensuelle.
Clients range from small social enterprises and startups (Gate Theatre, Botanic Lab, Schofield Watches, Block Workout,) to large international companies (BBC, BMW, Heineken, Vodaphone, Zipcar, Coca-Cola). I have shot in London and overseas for agencies such as BBH, Mother, Fallons, Vice, Kessels Kramer, TBWA and Bozells(NY) as well as working directly with clients.
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