December 26, 1984 [|
Manchester, United Kingdom
Phil Hawkins (born December 26, 1984) is an award-winning commercials, television and independent film director from Manchester, United Kingdom. His work in feature film includes "The Women Of Troy" (2006) and Philip Pullman's The Butterfly Tattoo (2008). He is also known for appearing in the Fox/DreamWorks reality television show On The Lot.
Hawkins directed his first short film when he was 13 and it has been through the experience of writing, directing and editing his own films for the past ten years, that he has honed his skills as a filmmaker. As well as his numerous film projects, his work in many professional theatres as director and writer provided an invaluable insight into working with and directing actors.
After writing and directing a short film for BBC Manchester, Hawkins joined the commercials production company The Gate Films as a house director. His first commercial won a Roses Advertising Award in 2005 and his work since has won over ten advertising awards.
His first feature "The Women Of Troy" won Best Director at the New York Independent Film Festival in 2006 and is on sale internationally on DVD. In late 2006, Hawkins was signed by the Dutch production company Dynamic Entertainment to direct the film version of Philip Pullman's novel The Butterfly Tattoo, the author of The Golden Compass. The independent film won three awards at international festivals including Best Director at the New York Independent Film Festival in 2008 - the second time Hawkins has won the same award.
On The Lot
In 2007, Hawkins was the only filmmaker from the UK selected to appear on Fox/DreamWorks reality television show On The Lot for filmmakers. He was selected by to appear on the show after watching his short film 'Commandeered'. Phil was controversially voted off the show to the surprise of the show's critics. For his work, Steven Spielberg called him "one of the best new and upcoming directors". Carrie Fisher (Actress Star Wars and writer) said his work "was the most visual they have seen" whereas fellow judge and director Brett Ratner said he was "a big fan". Since the show, Phil has signed up to US based manager Seth Lockhart for features development.