Justin Anderson (film director)

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Justin Anderson
Born (1967-03-23) 23 March 1967 (age 56)

Justin Anderson (born 23 March 1967) is a British film director and screenwriter.


Anderson trained as a painter at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where he won the John Ruskin Prize for painting. He then worked as an assistant for Scottish artist Bruce McLean before continuing his studies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, where he first began experimenting with video.[1] Upon returning to London, he made several short films for Levi's, shooting on Super 8 and 16 mm film. He then briefly worked at HHCL, an advertising agency,[2] until moving to a shared studio with fashion designer Flora McLean, for whom he made Dress No. 1 for SHOWstudio's Future Tense series that was covered by Diane Pernet.[3] He also directed another video that was featured on Vogue Italia.[4]

Anderson has directed short films and commercials in collaboration with fashion designers such as Roksanda Ilincic, Richard Nicoll and Jonathan Saunders,[5][6][7] fashion houses such as Armani and Agent Provocateur,[8][9] as well as companies such as Replay Jeans and Schweppes.[10]

In December 2014, Anderson was awarded the option of the Booker-nominated novel Swimming Home by Deborah Levy. The film is currently in development and is set to be his first feature film as a director.[1] In 2016, he shot a short film entitled The Idyll based on the short story Idylle by Guy de Maupassant. It features French actress Emma de Caunes and Scottish actor Dougray Scott.[11][12]


Year Title Notes
2008 Dress No. 1 For House of Flora
2010 Chore For Damaris
A Poem for A
2011 Bike For Armani
Les Fleurs du Mal For Agent Provocateur
Twin Parallel
2012 Ariane For Armani
Get Richard For Richard Nicoll
2013 Soup For Bruce McLean
2014 Jumper
Hyperflex For Replay
2016 Grape For Schweppes
The Idyll Based on Idylle by Guy de Maupassant
2024 Swimming Home Based on Swimming Home by Deborah Levy[13]


Year Event/Body Recipient Award Work Ref
Slade School of Fine Art Justin Anderson John Ruskin Prize [1][4]
2010 A Shaded View on Fashion Film Lauren McAvoy Best Actress Chore [14]
2011 Twin Parallel Best Styling Twin Parallel [15]
2012 Best Artistic Direction [16]
Berlin Fashion Film Festival Get Richard Best Fashion Film Get Richard [17]
Best Idea [17]
Bornshorts Film Festival Best Fashion Film [18]
2014 A Shaded View on Fashion Film Jumper ASVOFF Grand Prix Jumper [19]
Berlin Fashion Film Festival Best Cinematography [17]
Best Music [17]
British Arrows Craft John Greswell, Christopher Taylor Best Original Score [20]
2015 Fashion Film Festival Milano Justin Anderson Best Established Director Jumper [21]


  1. ^ a b c "Outsider Signs Director Justin Anderson". LBBOnline. Little Black Book. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  2. ^ Francesca Newland (12 May 2000). "HHCL work for Sci-Fi channel challenges "weirdo" perception". Campaign. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ "'Dress No. 1' by House of Flora". Showstudio.com. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Visual Auteurs: Justin Anderson". Ravished by Illusions. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Richard Nicoll". Vogue Italia. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  6. ^ "A poem for A - by Justin Anderson for Roksanda Ilincic". London Fashion Week TV. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Saunders 10 Years". i-D. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Bike – Armani Jeans by Justin Anderson". Black Rainbow. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Agent Provocateur Presents 'Les Fleurs Du Mal'". Dirty. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Schweppes 'Grape'". Menlo Park Music. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  11. ^ "NOWNESS Shorts: The Idyll". NOWNESS. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  12. ^ "The kindness of strangers". 1.4. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  13. ^ Tutt, Louise (13 May 2022). "Ariane Labed, Christopher Abbott, Mackenzie Davis to star in 'Swimming Home' for Bankside (exclusive)". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 21 December 2023.
  14. ^ "ASVOFF 3 Winners" (PDF). A Shaded View on Fashion Film. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  15. ^ "ASVOFF 3 Winners" (PDF). A Shaded View on Fashion Film. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  16. ^ "ASVOFF Barcelona 2012 Award Winners". A Shaded View on Fashion Film. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  17. ^ a b c d "Winners". Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Congratulations Bornshorts Winners". Soho Shorts. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Awards ASVOFF 7". A Shaded View on Fashion Film. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  20. ^ "British Arrows Craft 2014 Winners". British Arrows. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  21. ^ "#FFFestival2015 Award Ceremony". AnnaDelloRusso.com. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2016.

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