Henry Darke


Writer - Director


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Henry is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2012. His first short film A Season In Hell was a comedy satirizing the restaurant trade in Cornwall. Inspired by his own experiences of summer jobs as a teenage kitchen porter and George Orwell's experiences of being a kitchen porter in Paris the film was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for Best Student Short Film. Henry then wrote a play that was chosen for the Royal Court Theatre's Young Playwrights Season. A dark comedy set on a roof Highfliers concerned the black market building trade in Cornwall. The short film and the play won him a place at The London Film School and he graduated in 2008 fully funded by a Skillset bursary. The Lobster Trap starring real lobster fisherman and filmed mainly at sea on 35mm, won the Lodz Media school Festival Poland, and was noticed by Philip Herd who produced his next short film.

Big Mouth was inspired by the lives of the two deaf teenagers who star in the film - neither of whom had acted before - alongside professional actors including Helen Baxendale and Theo Barklem Biggs. The film premiered at The 54th BFI London Film Festival; won the Delabole Slate audience award; reached the final ten shortlist for Bafta nomination; and received Special Mention at Brief Encounters "for outstanding performances, for its passion, and for the handling of a range of heartfelt and sometimes ambiguous relationships." Henry recently directed an original half hour drama for the Coming Up series, Hooked was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2011. A comedy-drama starring Adeel Akhtar, Anita Dobson and Cathy Tyson. He is represented by Independent Talent.

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