Bart Layton

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Bart Layton
Bartholomew Nicholas Layton

Hammersmith, London, England
OccupationFilmmaker, writer and director
Known forDocumentaries

Bartholomew Nicholas "Bart" Layton (born 1975)[1] is an English documentary filmmaker. He is the writer and director of the films The Imposter and American Animals.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Both of his parents were artists, one a sculptor and the other a painter and theatre director.[5] Early in his life, he considered going into film or being a painter.[5]


He made his directorial debut in 2012 with the true-crime story The Imposter.[6] It is about Frédéric Bourdin, a French man who claimed to be a missing Texas teenager. Layton won a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for the film[7] at the 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards.[8]

He both wrote and directed American Animals. It depicts a 2004 book heist, with fictionalized versions and interviews with real people.[6] Among the interviewees are the original criminals behind the heist.[9] He had initially discovered the story in a magazine.[10][11] The film was picked up by MoviePass.[12]

In May 2018, he signed with the Creative Artists Agency.[7]

As of 2018, Layton is the creative director of RAW, a British production company.[7]


Personal life[edit]

He lives with his family in London.


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  2. ^ Utichi, Joe. "'American Animals' Director Bart Layton Signs With CAA". Deadline. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ Radish, Christina. "Director Bart Layton on 'American Animals' and Reaching Out to the Real Criminals". Collider. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Bart Layton: Q&A". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "BAFTA", Bart Layton
  6. ^ a b "American Animals: Bart Layton’s New Breed of True Crime", Slate, Studio 360, May 29, 2018
  7. ^ a b c "‘American Animals’ Director Bart Layton Signs With CAA", Joe Utichi, May 9, 2018, Deadline
  8. ^ "Bart Layton wins BAFTA", United Agents
  9. ^ "American Animals Director Bart Layton on His ‘Slick As F*ck’ Heist Movie", Hunter Harris, Vulture, May 31, 2018
  10. ^ "Filmmaker Bart Layton Presents American Animals as a Unique, Genre-Bending Heist Movie", Kiko Martinez, SA Current, June 18, 2018
  11. ^ "Bart Layton on Secrets, Lies, and American Animals", Richard Whittaker, June 14, 2018,
  12. ^ "Frustrating characters rob ‘American Animals’ of heist film greatness", The Daily Californian, June 14, 2018, A&E

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