Luke Snellin

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Luke Snellin (born 9 March 1986) is an English screenwriter and director working in film, television, music videos and commercials. According to Idol Magazine[1] he is known for his distinctive use of cinematography and music as well as often employing light hearted themes, romance and nostalgia.

He has been featured as a new director in Shots,[2] called "Markedly Talented" by The Telegraph,[3] and nominated by Jonas Mekas for V magazine.[4] He was named as one of Screen International's "Stars of Tomorrow" in 2010.[5] and one of Broadcast's "Hot Shots" in 2013[6]

Short films[edit]

His 2009 short film Mixtape (2 mins) starring Bill Milner was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Film and won the Virgin Media Shorts competition. The film features music from The Kinks and Heart.

Jason Solomons singled out the film in his Trailer Trash column for The Guardian in the build up to the BAFTA Awards in 2010. He stated that he was "Immediately charmed by its retro story of a boy who makes a cassette of songs for the girl next door".[7]

In honour of Mixtape's BAFTA nomination, BBC 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne invited Snellin on her show to share a mixtape from when he was 11 years old in the memory tapes segment.

Snellin's 2010 follow up, Disco (15 mins), once again starring Milner and featuring a soundtrack from Brit pop bands Cast and Suede, played at several Oscar qualifying film festivals and was long listed for a BAFTA for Best Short Film.

He has since directed several other short films including the first ever Old Vic 24-hour short film JESS//JIM (6 mins) starring Toby Kebbell, Exec Produced by Kevin Spacey and conceived, written, shot, edited and finished in 24 hours. He also wrote and directed Charlie (2 mins), a short film made to commemorate the anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's birth.

Music videos[edit]

Snellin has directed music videos for notable artists such as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler, Young Rebel Set and Australian Music Prize Winners Cloud Control, the latter starring British actors Alexander Arnold and Sam Palladio.

His video for Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler's Christmas single 'Home for the Holidays' was called a "Richard Curtis style pub-bound love fest" by the Telegraph.[8]


He was selected as one of seven directors from nearly a thousand applicants to direct an episode of original drama for Channel 4 through the broadcasters Coming Up scheme.[9] This led to him directing two episodes of BAFTA nominated My Mad Fat Diary for E4 and Tiger Aspect[10] and the entire second series of The Job Lot for ITV and Big Talk Productions.[11]

Next he is directing two episodes of Russell T Davies' brand new show Banana for E4 and Red Productions.[12]

Feature films[edit]

Indiewire blog The Playlist [13] reported in May 2012 that Snellin was prepping his debut feature film, a non-conventional Brit Pop teen musical set in Colchester in 1996 entitled The Wanderers, to be produced by 2AM Films.

The project is set to star Bill Milner once again and has various talent attached from the brit pop era, including original music written by Graham Coxon, Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great and involvement from Neil Hannon, Mark Morriss and Ian Broudie.

Snellin is also attached to direct Stewart Thomson's feature script Rocket Surgery, a UFO hoax comedy set in a remote Scottish village. The film is being funded through Screen Academy Scotland's Lo Fi scheme in association with BBC Scotland, Creative Scotland and Matador Films.[14]


  • Won – Virgin Media Shorts 2009 Grand Prize for Mixtape
  • Nominated – BAFTA Short Film Award for Mixtape
  • Nominated – Best Newcomer Rushes Soho Shorts for Patrick
  • Nominated – British Airways Great Britons 2011
  • Won – Purbeck Film Festival Best Film for Mixtape
  • Won – Landcrab Film Festival Best Film for Mixtape
  • Won – LA New Wave IFF Best Screenplay for Disco
  • Longlisted – BAFTA Short Film Award for Disco
  • Won – NFFTY Seattle Best International Film for Patrick
  • Won – Current TV/VCAM – Sony PS3 Ad competition


Short films

  • Patrick (2008)
  • Mixtape (2009)
  • Disco (2010)
  • Charlie (2011)
  • JESS//JIM (2011)


Feature films

Music videos

Year Artist Track
2010 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Collapsing Cities Feat. Shy FX
2011 Young Rebel Set Red Bricks
2011 Cloud Control Death Cloud
2011 Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler Home for the Holidays
2012 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly The Real McCoy
2012 Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler Zombie Christmas


  • Autotrader – Swing
  • Wrigleys – Bad Smells
  • LG – Home Entertainment Hero
  • Actimel – Bring It On 3
  • Tesco – Obstacle Course
  • Tesco – Double Maths
  • Tesco – Back To School
  • The NHS – Whistle
  • Google – The Trip
  • Google – The Move


  1. ^ "Idol Magazine, The Future Issue" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Shoots Magazine" (PNG). Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  3. ^ Nina Caplan (2010-04-16). "Virgin Media Shorts: The winners". Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Luke Snellin / Mixtape" (PNG). Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  5. ^ "UK Stars of Tomorrow" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Idol Magazine, The Future Issue" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  7. ^ Jason Solomons. "Trailer Trash | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  8. ^ "Home For The Holidays" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Coming Up - Channel 4 - Info - Press". Channel 4. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  10. ^ "My Mad Fat Diary Series 2". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  11. ^ "Curtis Brown". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  12. ^ "Russell T Davies Explores 21st Century Gay Life in New Drama for C4 - Channel 4 - Info - Press". Channel 4. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  13. ^ Joe Cunningham (2016-05-22). "Blur's Graham Coxon, Ash's Tim Wheeler & More To Write Music For Debut Feature From BAFTA Nominee Luke Snellin | IndieWire". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  14. ^ Rosser, Michael (2013-07-04). "Screen Academy Scotland launches second talent search | News | Screen". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  15. ^ Justin Kroll (2016-03-23). "John Green's 'Let It Snow' Finds Director". Variety. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 

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