John Hay

John is a two-time Emmy Award-winning film and TV director who has directed a wide range of material that include classic book adaptations such as STIG OF THE DUMP (which won a EMMY and a BAFTA) to romantic comedies including THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE and family feature films such as THERE’S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE.

John’s feature debut was THE STEAL for Warner Brothers starring Alfred Molina, Helen Slater, Stephen Fry and Jack Dee. His television work includes the Channel 4 drama, LOOKING BACK and AUTOGEDDON for the BBC which starred Jeremy Irons and won six international awards including the Jury Prize at Shanghai. More recently, John co-wrote and directed LOST CHRISTMAS, the original EMMY-award-winning film for BBC 1 that starred Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng, Steven Macintosh and Geoffrey Palmer. The film had a theatrical outing in the US and was screened at the NFT over Christmas.

Along with co-writer Rik Carmichael, John is set to direct LIVES IN SECRET, an adaptation of Sarah Helm’s book Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE.

John is currently writing and directing PUGWASH, a £30m live-action feature film adapted from John Ryan’s characters and stories that has recently had Nick Frost attached to play its eponymous hero.

John is preparing to direct ROALD DAHL & PATRICIA NEAL UNTITLED for Goldcrest Films and Atticus Pictures which he is co-wrote with David Logan. Hugh Bonneville is set to star as the famed author.

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Credits

FILM
Production
Company
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Production
UNTITLED ROALD DAHL AND PATRICIA NEAL BIOPIC
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Goldcrest Films/Atticus Pictures
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Directing and co-writing biopic starring Hugh Bonneville.
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PUGWASH
Company
Atticus Pictures/Carnaby International/Co-Star Media
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Writing and directing a live action feature film based on the original illustrations and books created by John Ryan. Nick Frost is attached to play Captain Pugwash.
Production
LIVES IN SECRET
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Atticus Pictures/Impact Pictures
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Based A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE by Sarah Helm
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OZYMANDIAS
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Atticus Pictures/Other Angle
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A film that will star Eddie Izzard as an old fat, bloated Orson Welles going to Cannes to try and get the finance together to make one last film.
Production
LOST CHRISTMAS
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BBC/Hyde Park International
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Directed and co-wrote (with David Logan) this original family feature film starring Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng, Steven Macintosh, and Geoffrey Palmer. The film won an EMMY for best family TV Movie/Mini-Series and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama and the Broadcast Award for Best Children’s Programme.
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JOURNEY THROUGH MIDNIGHT
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CFTF/Impact
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Commissioned to direct a feature film based on Jamila Gavin’s award-winning book WHEEL OF SURYA.
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THE ADMIRAL
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Fox International
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Co-wrote this historical drama with Rik Carmichael. The film has taken $40 million at the box office in Russia and worldwide.
Production
THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE
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Lakeshore
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Director and co-writer of feature film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dougray Scott & Jimi Mistry.
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BLACK CABS
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Working Title
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Commissioned to co-write this feature film screenplay with David Logan.
Production
THERE'S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE
Company
Pathe
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Director and co-writer of feature film starring Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone and Gina McKee that won a Bear at Berlin; a Golden Griffin at Giffoni; the Grand Prix at The European Film Festival; Best Feature at BUFF; Grand Prix at Ale Kino; Best Feature at KinderFilm; Best Feature at Festival du Film Pour Enfants; Best Film at Kyoto and Best Director at Isfahan, Iran.
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THE STEAL
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Warner Bros
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Wrote and directed a feature film starring Alfred Molina, Stephen Fry, Jack Dee & Helen Slater.
TELEVISION
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Company
Notes
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CORAM BOY
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Impact/Ruby Film & TV
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Commissioned to co-write and direct this two-part adaptation of Jamila Gavin’s novel for the BBC.
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THE MAN-EATING LEOPARD OF RUDRAPRAYAG
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BBC
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Writer and director of 60 minute BBC drama starring Jason Flemyng, Jodhi May & Geoffrey Palmer.
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STIG OF THE DUMP
Company
BBC
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Directed this EMMY and BAFTA award-winning serial that starred Thomas Sangster, Geoffrey Palmer & Phyllida Law.
Production
CAUSE OF DEATH
Company
BBC
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Directed this single drama starring Tom Georgeson & Niamh Cusack that was produced by Lorraine Heggessey and won the first prize at San Francisco Golden Gate.
Production
AUTOGEDDON
Company
BBC
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Monologue that starred Jeremy Irons and won the Grand Prix at Shanghai TV Festival.
FILM
Production Company Notes
UNTITLED ROALD DAHL AND PATRICIA NEAL BIOPIC Goldcrest Films/Atticus Pictures Directing and co-writing biopic starring Hugh Bonneville.
PUGWASH Atticus Pictures/Carnaby International/Co-Star Media Writing and directing a live action feature film based on the original illustrations and books created by John Ryan. Nick Frost is attached to play Captain Pugwash.
LIVES IN SECRET Atticus Pictures/Impact Pictures Based A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE by Sarah Helm
OZYMANDIAS Atticus Pictures/Other Angle A film that will star Eddie Izzard as an old fat, bloated Orson Welles going to Cannes to try and get the finance together to make one last film.
LOST CHRISTMAS BBC/Hyde Park International Directed and co-wrote (with David Logan) this original family feature film starring Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng, Steven Macintosh, and Geoffrey Palmer. The film won an EMMY for best family TV Movie/Mini-Series and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama and the Broadcast Award for Best Children’s Programme.
JOURNEY THROUGH MIDNIGHT CFTF/Impact Commissioned to direct a feature film based on Jamila Gavin’s award-winning book WHEEL OF SURYA.
THE ADMIRAL Fox International Co-wrote this historical drama with Rik Carmichael. The film has taken $40 million at the box office in Russia and worldwide.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE Lakeshore Director and co-writer of feature film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dougray Scott & Jimi Mistry.
BLACK CABS Working Title Commissioned to co-write this feature film screenplay with David Logan.
THERE'S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE Pathe Director and co-writer of feature film starring Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone and Gina McKee that won a Bear at Berlin; a Golden Griffin at Giffoni; the Grand Prix at The European Film Festival; Best Feature at BUFF; Grand Prix at Ale Kino; Best Feature at KinderFilm; Best Feature at Festival du Film Pour Enfants; Best Film at Kyoto and Best Director at Isfahan, Iran.
THE STEAL Warner Bros Wrote and directed a feature film starring Alfred Molina, Stephen Fry, Jack Dee & Helen Slater.
TELEVISION
Production Company Notes
CORAM BOY Impact/Ruby Film & TV Commissioned to co-write and direct this two-part adaptation of Jamila Gavin’s novel for the BBC.
THE MAN-EATING LEOPARD OF RUDRAPRAYAG BBC Writer and director of 60 minute BBC drama starring Jason Flemyng, Jodhi May & Geoffrey Palmer.
STIG OF THE DUMP BBC Directed this EMMY and BAFTA award-winning serial that starred Thomas Sangster, Geoffrey Palmer & Phyllida Law.
CAUSE OF DEATH BBC Directed this single drama starring Tom Georgeson & Niamh Cusack that was produced by Lorraine Heggessey and won the first prize at San Francisco Golden Gate.
AUTOGEDDON BBC Monologue that starred Jeremy Irons and won the Grand Prix at Shanghai TV Festival.