Richard Cullen (artist)

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Richard Cullen
Born (1970-07-26) 26 July 1970 (age 52)
Nottingham, United Kingdom
OccupationAnimator, music video director, designer, screenwriter
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Darren Hayes (m. 2013)

Richard Cullen (born 26 July 1970)[citation needed] is a British animator, designer, director, and screenwriter.


Cullen trained as a theatre director at the Rose Bruford College in London, studied film theory at the University of Westminster, and later studied screenwriting at UCLA in California.

He directed and designed productions for a number of London theatres, including Battersea Arts Centre, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Orange Tree, Bridewell, Etcetera, and the Young Vic, and worked with literary departments to develop new writing at various venues including Greenwich Theatre, Soho Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has also worked alongside companies such as Improbable theatre, Complicite, Shared Experience, and the late Ken Campbell.

As well as directing music videos, he has created bespoke video content for concert tours, including Darren Hayes' Time Machine and DarkLight Tours, George Michael's 25 Live Tour and Symphonica, Keane's Perfect Symmetry, Red Hot Chili Peppers 2011/2012 world tour, Elton John's 'Million Dollar Piano' residency in Las Vegas.

His work has appeared in festivals (including Hong Kong's Clockenflap), Ralph Larmann's 'Stage Design' (published by daab, and featuring his work for George Michael), and in magazines such as Digital Arts and Total Production.

In 2009, he directed and animated his husband Darren Hayes' DVD This Delicate Film We've Made, which entered the UK music DVD charts at #1.

Through his own studio 'Pixelfing', he often produces work for onedotzero in London, and Duck Studios in Los Angeles.

After relocating to Los Angeles, Cullen has won several awards for screenwriting.

Selected work[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Cullen is married to Darren Hayes, previously of Savage Garden. They married privately in July 2005[1][2] and entered into a civil partnership in London in June 2006.[3] Hayes announced the event two days prior on his official website;[4] Cullen's name had previously appeared there as the designer of the cover for Hayes' single "So Beautiful", which Hayes actually wrote for Cullen. The couple were married in 2013 in California as a gesture of support for same-sex marriage rights.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cameron Adams (16 July 2013). "Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes marries Richard Cullen for third time as act of solidarity with those fighting for same-sex marriage rights".
  2. ^ Darren Hayes (27 July 2017). "12 years married". Facebook.
  3. ^ Darren Hayes. "July 17th 2006", Darren Hayes Journal. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Savage Garden's Darren Hayes comes out". The Advocate. 19 July 2006. Archived from the original on 20 July 2006.

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