Max Pugh

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Max Pugh
Max Pugh and Miriam Margolyes.jpg
Miriam Margolyes and Max Pugh
Born Maxime Pugh
(1977-08-29) 29 August 1977 (age 39)
Durham, England
Occupation
  • Film and television director
  • screenwriter
Years active 1999–present

Max Pugh is a French-English filmmaker who divides his time between London, England and France.

Since completing a BBC production traineeship in 2000 during which he worked on Paul Robeson: Speak of Me as I Am, 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 shown 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 then travelled to Art Basel in Miami, and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2015 Michael Nyman and Max Pugh have screened their new film War Work to critical acclaim in Paris, Budapest, Cologne and London (December 2015) with a theatrical release planned for 2017.

In 2013 Max Pugh completed The Road to Freedom Peak, 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. In 2016 he finished work on Walk With Me, a documentary about the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh with the filmmaker Marc Francis (Black Gold). Walk With Me is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and will be released in 2017.

A cOn set photograph.
Max Pugh and David Oyelowo on set.

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