HOI POLLOI

DAN CASTELLA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Recently Dan’s work has mixed comedy and social taboos. He’s directed two campaigns for the Guardian online: the first visualising three comedians’ worst break-up stories, the second exploring masculinity with personal testimonies and projected photos.

He has also gently persuaded Jewish and Muslim comics to share jokes to promote inter-faith tolerance. And he even managed to get Skinner & Baddiel to discuss their pensions on camera. 

In the Summer of 2017 Dan directed the short film "To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You”. Supported by Film London, it premiered at the London Film Festival and has now screened at over 15 festivals around the world. Dan was shortlisted for the Virgin Media Awards in 2009 & 2012, and won Jury commendation for his short film "Pitta Patter" in 2013.

In 2016, Dan won first prize at the Straight 8 Industry shootout at Cannes with his short film "Jamella".

Dan is bi-lingual in Spanish and if he’s not in London you can most likely find him hanging out in his second home, Barcelona.