BiographySimon Blake is an award winning writer and director.
Still was given its world premiere at the prestigious Galway Film Fleah in July, where it won BEST INTERNATIONAL FIRST FEATURE at The Gala Awards ceremony.
Still has also been selected for the 50th Chicago International Film Festival in October 2014.
Produced by Blunt Pictures (Colette Delaney Smith) and 011 Productions (Zorana Piggott), Still stars Aidan Gillen, Jonothan Slinger, Elodie Yung, Amanda Mealing and Sonny Green. Adapted from Simon’s own stage play Lazarus Man, Still is a gritty and atmospheric thriller about the traumatic disintegration of a man and a father.
The trailer for Still is available here.
Simon’ s other film credits include Heaven’s Only Daughter, a feature film written for the American independent film maker Philip Harder, with music composed by Mike Watt of The Minutemen and including a voiceover from Greg Dulli from The Afghan Whigs.
Simon has directed 6 short films including Awayday which won Best Short & Best screenplay at Cinema Jove, The Valencia Film Festival. It was broadcast on Channel 4 and was chosen by the British Council for their programme Magpie Sings The Blues written by Kay Bridgemann premiered at The British Urban Film Festival on September 6th 2014
Simon has directed and produced music promos in both Britain and America.
Simon was Artistic Director of the Theatre Company Changeinspeak between 1991 and 2004 performing at venues such as BAC and The Young Vic. He has also recently written a new stage play, Suzanne Beware of the Devil. The play had a successful rehearsed reading at Soho Theatre and the producers are planning to put the play on in 2015.
“Blake asks real and incisive questions about trust. Brave & remarkable." THE INDEPENDENT
“A deserved reputation for developing a unique style of theatre, a dynamic fusion of music, narrative and the visual” TIME OUT
“Fine passages of writing from comic patter to poetic soliloquies….Blake’s direction is inspired.”
“A series of slick and clever vignettes inspired by classic pop songs….An outstanding play imaginatively written and directed by Simon Blake”