Max Pugh

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Max Pugh is a French-English filmmaker who divides his time between London, England and France. He was born in the North of England and studied at Durham School, Ampleforth College and the University of Leeds.

Since completing a BBC production traineeship in 2000, he has directed documentaries on a number of subjects, from arts and music to geopolitical issues for the BBC and Channel Four. For several years he was associated with Yeastculture, a group of filmmakers and video artists that made music videos for live stage shows and for art installations as well as TV documentaries.

In 2003, his feature documentary The Leech and the Earthworm co-directed with Marc Silver was successful at film festivals in many countries. That same year, The End of the Line, his fictional short (made with the help of the UK Film Council New Cinema Fund, Screen East and Tilt Films) which starred Miriam Margolyes and David Oyelowo was nominated for best short at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival and selected for several other international festivals. In 2005, he directed the short psychological drama Blackout, as well as a series of other documentary films about the rise to power of the left-wing in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. These four feature-length films were shown at film festivals globally and the director and producers were invited to present talks and lectures at universities and political summits all over the world.

His feature collaboration as film editor with Michael Nyman, NYman with a Movie Camera, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and Barbican Hall in London in 2010 before being moving to the Berlin Film Festival, Turin, Sydney, Morelia and MOMA New York in 2011. The film has been screened around the world in 2012 in a new version.

In August 2013 the film opened as an 11-screen video installation at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival. [1] The installation has since travelled to Art Basel in Miami, and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In September 2014 the installation will feature at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Max Pugh is now working on a feature documentary about Jonathan Okwir, a former child soldier in Uganda with the Australian journalist and producer Corrin Varady and the actor Djimon Hounsou, Walk With Me, a documentary about the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh with the filmmaker Marc Francis (Black Gold) and the animated feature drama/documentary adaptation of Frederic Beigbeder’s award-winning novel Windows on the World (novel) with production companies in Paris and New York.

Michael Nyman and Max Pugh have screened War Work to critical acclaim in Paris, Budapest and Cologne with a film festival and theatrical release planned for 2015.

In 2015 Max will begin work on Narcissus, produced with Corrin Varady's production company Freedom Peak Films.