Alex
Holmes

Writer and Director for Film, Television and Documentaries

Alex Holmes is a multi-award winning director, writer and producer. Most recently he produced and directed Maiden, a feature documentary that charts the inspirational story of Tracy Edwards, skipper of the first all-female sailing crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. The documentary earned Alex a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Director as well as a DGA Award nom for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary and the film won the National Board of Review award for Best Documentary. Alex is currently developing a narrative version of the film with Lucky Chap for Warners/HBO Max.

Alex directed Paula, developed by Cuba Pictures for BBC2 and starring Denise Gough. Previously, Alex directed Channel 4's Coalition, written by James Graham, which won Best Single Drama at the 2016 RTS Awards.

Alex also co-wrote and directed the Emmy and BAFTA nominated House of Saddam, a four part drama series for HBO and the BBC set in the inner circle of Saddam Hussein; and Dunkirk, a three part mini-series for the BBC about the evacuation of allied troops from Europe in 1940 which won Alex his first BAFTA as a director.

Other recent directing credits include work on the first series of Dominion, a science fiction series for Universal Studios starring Chris Egan and Roxanne McKee, and on the first series of the rebooted Strikeback produced by Left Bank Pictures for SKY and Cinemax.

His writing includes feature films The Killer, for Taken director Pierre Morel and StudioCanal, and the thriller Ex-Pats for Sandra Bullock and CBS Films, as well as an adaptation of the bestselling period novel Interpretation of Murder for Warner Brothers and producer Paula Weinstein.

Alex is currently working on a film for Producers Megan Ellison and Mark Boal about Russian President Vladimir Putin and is developing a TV pilot for Fox set in the world of international gambling syndicates.

Alex’s made the documentary  Stop at Nothing for Oscar winning producers Passion Pictures and ABC Australia. The story of Lance Armstrong’s Faustian pact with performance enhancing drugs was described by Variety as “riveting and devastating”. He is currently in the cutting room with a counterpart to that film for MRC Studios. Last Rider (W/T) explores the story behind the 1989 Tour de France which saw titanic battle between two-time French champion Laurent Fignon and the first American to win the Tour De France, Greg LeMond a battle that raged for 2000kms and was decided on the final stage by just eight seconds.

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Television

Director 

Creator William Davies
Producer Paul Trijbits
Starring
  • Amir Wilson
  • Ruby Ashbourne Serkis
  • Tiuri, a teenage squire, answers a call for help that sends him on a perilous mission across the three kingdoms to deliver a secret letter to the King.

    FilmWave for Netflix
    Paula
    3 x 60'
    Producer Peter Norris
    Writer Conor McPherson
    Starring
  • Denise Gough
  • After a one night stand, a chemistry teacher finds herself locked in a dangerous dance of mutual destruction.

    Cuba Pictures for BBC 2
    Coalition
    Winner RTS Award: Best Single Drama
    1 x 90'
    Producer Dixie Linder, Sarah Curtis, Nick Marston (Exec)
    Writer James Graham
    Starring
  • Bertie Carvel
  • Mark Dexter
  • Sebastian Armesto
  • A feature length drama that charts the politically frenzied days in 2010 that led to Nick Clegg's rise from rank outsider to the man who would decide the fate of the country.

    Cuba Pictures for Channel 4
    Creator Vaun Wilmott
    Producer Vaun Wilmott, David Lancaster (Exec)
    Writer Rebecca Kirsch, Brusta Brown
    Starring
  • Christopher Egan
  • Roxanne McKee
  • Luke Allen-Gale
  • Sci-fi series following the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier when he discovers he's the unlikely savior of humanity.

    Bold Films/Universal Studios for SYFY
    Creator Chris Ryan
    Producer Sue De Beauvoir
    Starring
  • Sullivan Stapleton
  • Iain Glenn
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  • Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe.

    Left Bank Pictures for Sky1, Cinemax

    Writer & Director 

    House of Saddam
    BAFTA Nominated: Best Director and Best Drama Serial. Winner Grierson Award: Best Factual Drama. Nominated Banff Rockie Award: Best Mini Series.
    4 x 60'
    Producer Steve Lightfoot
    Starring
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Philip Arditti
  • Mounir Margoum
  • Drama about the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein.
    BBC Productions for BBC 2

    Writer & Director & Producer 

    Dunkirk
    Winner BAFTA: Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual
    3 x 60'
    Starring
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Simon Russell Beale
  • Phil Cornwell
  • Timothy Dalton
  • Drama documentary retelling the British army's retreat from Dunkirk in 1940.  Co-produced with Rob Warr and co-written with Neil McKay
    BBC Productions for BBC 2

    Writer 

    Producer Raffi Kryszek and Sharon Tau (Execs)

    A footballer coming precipitously to the end of his career who in a moment of weakness is persuaded to fix a match for a international gambling syndicate.

    Ineffable Pictures for Fox International

    Film

    Writer & Director & Producer 

    Maiden
    BAFTA nomination for Oustanding Debut by British Director
    Producer Victoria Gregory

    The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

    Dogwoof
    New Black Films

    Director 

    Producer James Erskine and Victoria Gregory

    Charts the story of cyclist Greg LeMond, who became the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour de France.

    MRC
    New Black Films

    Writer & Director 

    Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
    Winner RTS Award for Best Editing
    Producer Jessica Ludgrove, John Battsek (Exec)

    Produced with Oscar winning producers Passion Pictures (One Day in September) and ABC Australia. Stop at Nothing explores Lance Armstrong’s Faustian pact with performance enhancing drugs and examines how the attempt to keep his secret from the world destroyed long-standing friendships, the faith of millions of supporters, and ultimately, the man himself.

    ABC
    Passion Pictures

    Writer 

    Producer Mark Boal

    New project documenting the first three years of Putin's Presidency.

    Annapurna Productions
    In development
    Producer Andrew Rona, Pierre Morel, Renee Tab, Chris Tuffin

    A veteran assassin becomes the target when he is hired by a rogue CIA outfit.

    Studio Canal
    The Picture Company and Sentient Entertainment
    Producer Michael Shamberg, Pierre-Ange La Pogam

    A young American on vacation in Europe falls in love with handsome stranger, only to find he is not the man she thought. On the run from government agents and European gangsters, she’s forced to trust the man who betrayed her.

    Double Feature and Stone Angels
    Producer Maria Faillace, Joel Silver

    A CIA agent’s attempts to re-invent herself in the expat community of a European capital are derailed when her past catches up with her.

    CBS Films
    Producer Paula Weinstien
    Set against the backdrop of Sigmund Freud’s only visit to the United States in 1909 the film tells the story of a detective who uncovers a trail of sadistic murders concealed beneath the surface of New York's high-society and is forced to confront the darkest recesses of the human mind. An adaptation of best-selling book by Jed Rubenfeld.
    Warner Brothers
    Spring Creek
    In development
    Florida, 1986. An undercover agent goes deep undercover to expose the powerful men behind the international drugs trade. Adaptation of the book by Robert Mazur
    2929 Entertainment
    In development
    Hermitage Capital Management
    In development