Director for film and television

Toby began his career with the BAFTA nominated short film Je T'aime John Wayne, which won the European Film Academy Award for Best Short Film, the TCM prize for Best Short at the London International Film Festival, and screened at festivals including Cannes and Berlin. His follow up, the critically acclaimed short ‘Heavy Metal Drummer’ was also nominated for a BAFTA. 

Last year Toby directed The Duchess for Netflix and Clerkenwell Films, a stylish new comedy about a disruptive single parent looking to have another child, created by and starring Katherine Ryan. Toby is currently directing Ragdoll, an adaptation of the Daniel Cole novel for Sid Gentle and AMC.

Toby's debut feature Old Boys is a reworking of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale for Film4 and the BFI. It premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival and won the audience award at Dinard and Sarajevo. Toby directed the second series of Freddy Syborn's and Jack Whitehall's Bounty Hunters for Sky/Tiger Aspect in 2018.

Strong on characters and casting, with a distinctive photographic look, Toby has also directed award winning commercials for brands including French Connection, Lotto, Samsung, M&S, and BT. 




Creator Freddy Syborn
Sid Gentle Films for AMC, UKTV
Creator Katherine Ryan
Producer Gavin O'Grady
  • Katherine Ryan
  • Rory Keenan
  • Katy Byrne
  • Comedy

    Clerkenwell Films for Netflix
    Producer Charlie Leech
    Writer Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Rosie Perez
  • Comedy

    Tiger Aspect for Sky One
    Toby directed one of a series of 10-minute shorts set at the same table in a busy London Restaurant.
    World Productions for BBC2
    Producer Paul Schlesinger
    Writer Mark Chappell
  • Kris Marshall
  • Alice Lowe
  • Andrew Scott
  • An aspiring low-budget filmmaker's over-active imagination turns everyday life into classic cinematic adventures.

    BBC2, BBC3



    Old Boys
    Audience Award - Dinard British Film Festival
    Producer Luke Morris
    Writer Luke Ponte & Freddy Syborn
  • Alex Lawther, Pauline Étienne, Jonah Hauer-King, Denis Ménochet, Joshua McGuire
  • A reworking of the popular Cyrano de Bergerac tale, set in an all-boys school.

    WestEnd Films
    Je T'Aime John Wayne
    European Film Academy Award, Best Short Film 2001
    Heavy Metal Drummer
    BAFTA Nominated

    Writer & Director