John Hardwick is a television and film director who has produced work for Film Four, BBC, Warp, Kudos, Channel4, E4 and BFI. His shorts, music videos and commercials have won over 15 international awards at festivals worldwide.
In 2010 John directed the pilot Regulars for Channel4, starring Cavan Clerkin, Dolly Wells and Michael Smiley. In 2007 he directed a number of episodes of the television drama Nearly Famous starring Aaron Johnson, Talulah Riley and Jimi Mistry. In 2006 he directed The Trial starring Anthony Flanagan and Lee Williams for Channel4’s Coming Up slot.
John’s short films include Mule which won Best Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival and To Have And To Hold which garnered top awards at festivals in Britain, Germany and Argentina as well as being nominated for the TCM Classic Shorts prize. His debut feature 33X Around The Sun was released in 2005. It starred Lars Rudolph and Eileen Walsh and was critic’s choice in The Guardian, Time Out and The Independent.
John has also made numerous award-winning videos for artists such as Blur, Keane, Travis, Dido, New Order and Manic Street Preachers. His video for Arctic Monkeys’ Leave Before The Lights Come On features Paddy Considine and Kate Ashfield.
John also directs theatre. In 2006 he created a major production of Max Frisch’s Gantenbein at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin. And in 2007 he directed An Audience With Adrienne which was nominated for the Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival that year.
In 2008 he wrote and directed the drama Death Of A Pirate
for BBC Radio 4. More recently he has directed two shows for Volcano Theatre, 1977
, both of which have toured extensively throughout the UK.