“It did not go unnoticed that a 4-foot-9, smartly-attired Asian man was struggling to drag two large suitcases towards the lake.”
-- Issei Sagawa, "The Cannibal That Walks Free"
British documentarian Toby Dye brings his taste for the mischievous and transgressive to create unique perspectives for such brands as American Express, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Sky TV, and KFC.
Beginning in 2005 with his lauded, intimate portrait of Goon Show auteur Spike Milligan (The Unseen Spike Milligan), Dye quickly developed his reputation with insightful and entertaining profiles of free-market bodysnatchers (Bodysnatchers of New York, honored with a prestigious 2011 Grierson Award), a Japanese cannibal (The Cannibal That Walks Free), and a coven of free-love heavy-metal French witches (This Is Rockbitch). His non-fiction work has appeared on the BBC, Discovery, NBC Universal, HBO, and most recently a Landmark 3x60 series airing on Channel 4, exposing to the public for the first time the inner workings of Britain's House of Lords.
Dye's knack for gaining access to closed or hidden worlds also informs his work in music videos, including U.N.K.L.E.’s Another Night Out, set against the stark black-and-white imagery of the unlicensed boxing scene. His music-themed short film Epic, created for American Express, spins the camera to reveal the audience from the perspective of the performer. And the Creative Review Annual awarded his film for Massive Attack's Paradise Circus the coveted Best in Book accolade, in part for its masterful interweaving of music with a confessional-style interview with 70-year-old former porn star Georgina Spelvin, of the infamous The Devil in Miss Jones.
More recently, Dye shot a long-form piece for Glaxo Smith Kline, roaming over five continents to document their pioneering work in science and ethical business practices. Then he reimagined the venerable Sainsbury Christmas Campaign as a documentary.
Also a fine artist working in multiple disciplines, his latest work will be two film-based installation pieces for a London gallery exhibition of work inspired by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.