26 June 1980
Rob Sorrenti (born 26 June 1980) is an award-winning British director, writer, and producer whose films have received wide accolades and critical acclaim.
His short films Hollow (2010) and Wednesday (2007) have screened internationally at more than 100 film festivals. Sorrenti’s documentary work has been broadcast around the world to audiences of millions. In making these films, he worked with such luminaries as Oscar-nominated directors Paul Greengrass and Stephen Daldry.
Rob Sorrenti attended the Brit School of Performing Arts & Technology from 1996 –1998, and in 2000, became the youngest student (age 20) to graduate from the Ravensbourne School of Professional Broadcasting.
In 2004 he produced and directed the documentary, The Real Billy Elliot Diaries. The show was broadcast on ITV1 and attracted an audience of 2 million viewers. This success led to Sorrenti working on behind the scenes featurettes for a raft of feature films including United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum, Atonement, Green Zone, 47 Ronin, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Jason Bourne, and The Mummy starring Tom Cruise.
In 2007, Sorrenti wrote and directed the short film, Wednesday, which was exec produced by four-time Oscar nominated director Stephen Daldry, and supported by Working Title Films. Wednesday is a story about destiny and love, and how a series of seemingly random events leads inexorably to the one person you were meant to find. The film went on to screen at more than 50 film festivals worldwide, winning many awards, including Best Short Film, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (2007); 1st Jury Prize, Short Cuts Film Festival, Cologne (2007); and Best International Short, Garden State Film Festival (2007). In 2008, Wednesday's success and Sorrenti's emerging talent was recognized, and the 28-year-old was short-listed for C4s Young Talent Award for Best Director.
In 2010, Sorrenti directed his second short film, Hollow starring Martin McCann, Morven Christie, Haydn Gwynne and Nonso Anozie. Hollow is a sensitive observation about the nature of addiction. Exploring the idea that love is not always enough when it comes to getting clean, and the inevitable sacrifice that comes with sobriety. The film was selected for more than 30 film festivals worldwide, and received three awards at the Oscar-accredited Rhode Island International Film Festival (2011), including the coveted Filmmaker of the Future award. Hollow also won Best Short Film at the European Spiritual Film Festival (2012) and the People's Choice Award at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2012).
In 2012, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), and opening ceremony producer, Stephen Daldry commissioned The Spirit of the Olympics, a film about the spirit and legacy of the London Olympics. This inspirational, heart-warming film shows the effect that Olympians had on children and communities around the UK, as they prepared for the start of the games.
In 2015, Sorrenti made 'Ed Miliband A Portrait', a personal portrayal of Ed Miliband and his journey to becoming the Labour Party's candidate for Britain's prime minister. Commissioned by Labour and Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass, the documentary launched the party’s 2015 election campaign.
In 2017, Rob documented the groundbreaking transformation of a decorated WWII warship (one of the five remaining boats from the attack on Pearl Harbor) into the world’s first underwater art installation and marine life habitat. Rob captured Richard Branson and a global network of philanthropists and artists bringing the Kodiak Queen from Tortola to her final resting place on the ocean floor of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.
He is now making his first feature, Angels in The Asylum.
Behind the Scenes
- The Mummy - 2017
- Jason Bourne - 2016
- The Huntsman: Winter's War - 2016
- 47 Ronin – 2011
- Green Zone – 2008
- Atonement – 2007
- The Bourne Ultimatum – 2007
- United 93 – 2006
"Unobtrusive directing and very good performances by all the main characters...Director Rob Sorrenti has made a highly believable film." – Barry Norman, Film Critic ("Hollow")
"Visually captivating...Rob shows amazing confidence in his filmmaking ability." – Allison Janney, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor ("Hollow")
"Rob's films are beautifully made and exceedingly well directed...Clearly Rob is a director with enormous talent." – Oscar-winning screenwriter, Bruce Rubin
Awards and nominations
Nominated for Channel 4's Young Talent Award as Best Director – 2008
1st Jury Prize, Short Cuts Film Festival, Cologne – "Wednesday" – 2007
Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival Jury Award – Best Short Film "Wednesday" – 2007
Garden State Film Festival Jury Award – Best International Short – "Wednesday" – 2008
Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival – Grand Prize, Filmmaker of the Future – Rob Sorrenti, "Hollow" – 2011
Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival – Best Original Musical Composition (Christopher Slaski, composer) – "Hollow" – 2011
Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival – Best Short Film, Youth Jury Award – "Hollow" – 2011
European Spiritual Film Festival – Best Short Film – "Hollow" – 2012
Aesthetica Short Film Festival - People's Choice Award - "Hollow" - 2012