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JAMES HASTINGS
WRITER/DIRECTOR

British writer/director James Hastings first turned industry heads when he set up his independent film production company Hastings Infinity Films at the age of 12. He has since worked on numerous award-winning projects, including The Distance, a short film he took to Cannes film festival, being one of its youngest directors to attend. Other works include; Beyond The Cosmos, a heart-warming sci-fi, Off The Coast, an emotional period fantasy exploring grief and most recently, funded through the Kino Film London prize fund, Hidden Insight, a cinematic expression of anxiety overcome by Jazz music.

 

His first feature, Raymond’s 5 (2017) was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and earned a spot on Amazon Prime. Following in the footsteps of his hero, iconic film maestro Steven Spielberg, his films were screened at local cinemas to audiences with profits used to fund his next project.

 

After winning the inspiring young filmmaker award in 2017, James became a Global Youth Ambassador for RoundTable Global. He has also worked on projects with screenwriter Peter Fellows (Death of Stalin, Veep) as well as designing a lookbook document for 12 Doors, a television series in development.

 

Most recently, James has written/directed an original musical theatre production. Everything Between Us tells the life-affirming story of a British Journalist and his journey across Checkpoint Charlie into the Soviet sector of Berlin. The show was workshopped for two weeks and performed with a professional 10 person cast at Marylebone Theatre, London.

 

He is also a close collaborator with theatre writers James Beeny & Gina Georigio, creators of new musical Lady M. James has directed a number of music videos working with stars of stage & screen; Kerry Ellis (Wicked), George Blagden (Versaille) & Karl Queensborough (Hamilton).

 

James is currently in development for his next feature film, Jim’s Private War, a coming-of-age drama set in WW2 Britain.