HOI POLLOI

BEN A. WILLIAMS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Ben was BAFTA nominated for his first Feature “The Pass” in 2017. The Pass was the Gala Opening Film at the BFI Flare Festival the previous autumn, and in 2017 it opened the New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival and closed the LA Festival.

“The Pass” is an intimate portrait of two footballers. It deals with the very current issues of fame and sexuality in today’s super-charged world of Sports stars. Variety called Russell Tovey’s performance a “knockout” and one that should have Hollywood calling. Critics called the film “exceptional”, “compelling”, and “absorbing”.

Way back in 2012 Virgin Shorts blogged “We love Ben Williams!” and described him as “The UK’s most exciting new Film Maker”. He hadn’t even entered their competition. They had just seen his series of self-generated YouTube shorts, ‘TubeTube’. Ben shot 18 of these improvised conversations all set on the London Underground. Ben modestly called them 'Directing Practice'. French TV bought 12 of them.

In 2018 Ben has been one of the series directors at the helm of Humans [Series 3] and in the Autumn is heading off to Morocco at the helm of a secret new Channel 4 Drama Series set in Iraq.