From directing cinematic music videos to commercials and documentaries, Luke is making big moves.
Luke Monaghan grew up in West London’s culturally diverse World’s End Estate, far away from the movie-making culture of Hollywood but never lacking in its inspiration.
After exploring the world of directing music videos for a few years, he gained a reputation for his distinct storytelling and cinematic style which earned him a seat at the table with top musical acts, such as Sam Smith. This gave him the confidence he needed to push into short film, features and commercials, and after making the decision to move to L.A. in 2013 his talent caught the attention of the advertising industry, including top agencies such as Anomaly NY, Wieden + Kennedy NY and Phenomenon LA.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that Luke continues his creative journey at RSA Films + Black Dog Films, signing on for commercial and music video representation in the U.S!
Now a cross-disciplinary filmmaker, Luke’s expertise in commercial and documentary work has allowed him to work with high-profile brands including Beats by Dre, Nike, adidas, Crown Royal, Levi’s, Wilson and Fox Sports. He’s also won an Emmy for Outstanding Short Sports Documentary for his profile on Mexican boxer Ray Beltran in HBO’s State of Play series.
“We have been fans of Luke for a while now and couldn’t be happier to welcome him to RSA and Black Dog,” comments David Mitchell, Managing Director, RSA Films. “His music videos stand apart and he works at the same level in documentary and commercials, both long- and short-form content. We look forward to bringing him great new opportunities across the Ridley Scott Creative Group.”
“It seemed like the perfect timing to push myself at a big company with a big reputation,” Monaghan comments. “Lots of talented filmmakers and producers and a company looking to the future. They’re looking at younger directors and seeing the potential that’s there and how many filmmakers coming from music videos are making incredible things happen on small budgets, but with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and a desire and skill for telling stories.”
Monaghan adds, “I’m always telling a story, and more precisely, it’s always subjects or stories I think should be told. I’m a huge sports fan, mostly ‘football’ … proper football … and appreciate any opportunity to tell a sports story that actually speaks to something wider. And I always strive for a humanity in all my work, to make people feel something when they watch it.”
We’re excited to be a part of the next chapter of his career at RSA Films as we focus on new opportunities. Currently he’s collaborating with Sam Smith on a documentary music series Smith is executive producing.
To see more of Luke’s work, check out his reel.