Multi BAFTA nominated, multi-award-winning director screenwriter born in Newport, South Wales. Played bass with punk band Reptile Ranch. Co-founded and ran Z Block Records. Dumped music business following ill-fated busking-trip to Paris with nine-piece kazoo band performing Motown numbers. Travelled around Europe. Worked as stills photographer. Went to Newport Film School and made award winning student films. Made two acclaimed and award winning postgraduate short 35mm films Sister Lulu and Suckerfish, the latter chosen for the First Film Foundation’s Y2K New Directions director’s showcase in New York and Los Angeles. Has worked as freelance writer and director ever since.

Long time association with writers Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh. Also MD of production company Orange River Ltd. Philip directed, co-financed and co-produced SVENGALI, the rock n roll satire and internet phenomenon, written by Dean Cavanagh and starring Jonathon Owen, Alan Mcgee, Sally Phillips, Roger Evans, Martin Freeman, Sean Harris, Matt Berry, Carl Barat, Michelle Gomez, Matt Berry, Ciaran Griffiths, Eddie Pillar, Boy George and many many others. The full series of nine episodes is available to view on this website. SVENGALI, the web series, not be be confused with the movie of the same name.

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Philip is currently directing Downton Abbey, series FIVE.


MOON DOGS – Wry Coming of Age Road Movie written by Raymond Friel and Derek Boyle. Produced by Kathy Proctor. With development assistance from Creative Scotland, Film Agency Wales and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. Starring Alexandra Roach, Kate Bracken and Jack Lowden. Original score by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. View teaser here.

BAND ON THE RUN , bruise black comedy written by long time collaborator Dean Cavanagh, from an original story by music producer Mike Peden.

LAST TRAIN TO LLANELLI – Darkly comic Film Noir series from the trilogy of novels by Robert Lewis. Adapted by Philip John and Hass Amini. Producers Hossein Amini, Hal Vogel & David Aukin, Daybreak Pictures with development support from Film Agency Wales.


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