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Luke Monaghan

Luke grew up in West London far removed from the movie-making culture that dominates Hollywood. It never stopped him from being a lover of film and music video. At 18, he decided to kick things off with putting a foot in the door at MTV. Humble beginnings as an intern where he learned how to operate a camera and edit quickly turned to rising in rank and shooting documentary-style music shows, the latter a harbinger of his directorial future.

He started making music videos with an innate understanding of storytelling and how to impact an audience. Luke approaches filmmaking with rich colors and a cinematic perspective; the end result being aesthetically seductive. Examples of the this can be seen in his collaborations with Sam Smith. The Academy Award-winning “Writing’s On The Wall,” Brit Award and UKMVA-nominated “Not The Only One” and his latest with Sam, “Too Good At Goodbyes,” have all garnered a staggering 2 billion views.

Luke has also been blazing a trail in long-form work with his documentary for HBO on Mexican boxer Ray Beltran, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Short Sports Documentary in 2017. Luke followed that up directing two episodes of the docu-series “Why We Fight,” an Emmy nominee  for Outstanding Sports Series.

Luke has directed high-profile commercial work, as well, most notably for brands  Beats By Dre, Nike, adidas, Fox Sports, Levi’s and Crown Royal. He is currently working on two feature-length projects; one in production—a documentary based on his 2015 short film Baby Gangster, which he collaborated on with A$AP Rocky.

Luke was also the top goal-scorer in the Hammersmith & Fulham Under-12’s league in the ‘98/’99 season.

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