John Hay

John is a two-time Emmy 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. The film will star Kelly Reilly, Iain Glenn and Jason Flemyng.

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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