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 rhythm and kazoo outfit performing Motown numbers. Graduated from Newport Film School with two award winning student films. Went on to make two acclaimed and award winning 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. Philip is known for three seasons of DOWNTON ABBEY, OUTLANDER (2016) and Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh’s scabrous comedy, WEDDING BELLES (2007). Philip’s movie MOON DOGS won Best International First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016.
Philip has a long time association with writers Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh. He 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.
UPDATE – Philip has joined ITV drama The Halcyon to direct the show’s finale episodes for producers Chris Croucher, Sharon Hughff and Left Bank Pictures.
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MOON DOGS – WINNER of BEST INTERNATIONAL FIRST FEATURE at the GALWAY FILM FLEADH 2016, Philip John’s film is a wry Coming of Age Road Movie written by Raymond Friel and Derek Boyle. Produced by Kathy Speirs. With development assistance from Creative Scotland, Film Agency Wales and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. Starring Jack Parry-Jones, Tara Lee, Christy O’Donnell, Kate Bracken, Jamie Sives, Claire Cage, Tanya Franks, Niall Greig Fulton, Shauna Macdonald, Denis Lawson and Tam Dean Burn. Original score by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The film premiered at the 70th Edinburgh Film Festival in 2016. It sold out both screenings and was subsequently chosen for the “Best of the Fest.”
FILM AND TV DEVELOPMENT SLATE
BAND ON THE RUN – bruise black comedy about a band who hit the big time to find their manager is using them as drug mules. Written by long time collaborator Dean Cavanagh, from an original story by music producer Mike Peden. Proiducers Mike Peden and Carlene King.
REAR ECHELON MOTHERFUCKERS (REMF) – the wired, blackly humorous odyssey of rookie infantryman Tomo trying to ‘make a difference’ as his Afghanistan military base winds up operations. Written by Foster Marks, produced by Pauline Burt.
LAST TRAIN TO LLANELLI – darkly comic Film Noir TV series from the trilogy of novels by Robert Lewis. Adapted by Philip John and Hass Amini. Producers Hass and Hossein Amini, with development support from Film Agency Wales.
HERE BE MONSTERS – a slow burn revenge thriller set in Bradford telling the story of an intense young man trying to live his life in the shadow of his abusers. Written by Dean Cavanagh and produced by Mike Parker.
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