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Johnny Hardstaff

Johnny Hardstaff is a director, designer and modern storyteller.

With Golds at Cannes, D&AD, Campaign BIG, The British Arrows, APA, One Show, AICP and many others, Johnny is committed to the pursuit of contemporary storytelling whether it be through commercial advertising, shorts or longer format filmmaking.

A graduate of graphic design from Saint Martins School of Art, Johnny started directing in 2000 making it onto the Cannes New Director Showcase a year later.

His graphic influence is prevalent in commercial work for Honda, Hovis, Smirnoff, Sony, XBOX and the unique Philips ‘Parallel Lines’ project. In 2012 Johnny directed several strands of a hugely successful integrated campaign to promote Ridley Scott’s feature film ‘Prometheus’, including ‘DAVID’ starring Michael Fassbender and ‘Transmission’ featuring Idris Elba. A year later Johnny returned to again shoot Michael, this time with Natalie Dormer in ‘Hand’ for Ridley’s ‘The Counselor’.

Central to Johnny Hardstaff’s work is his focus on production design. A keen draughtsman, Johnny likes to carefully design the imagined worlds that he directs.

Hardstaff’s work has been exhibited at creative institutions around the world including MOMA, Tate Modern, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Laforet Museum in Tokyo, the V&A and many others.

Johnny Hardstaff lives and works in London.

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