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David Stoddart

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David Stoddart is a writer/director from the west coast of Scotland. In 2004 he went to study at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth where in 2007 he was selected as one of the first Trailblazers, a nationwide scheme that recognizes key emerging talents in British film. His graduation film, ‘Waiting for Exit Music’ went on to premier at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Tribecca Film Festival in New York. In that time a short film he wrote, ‘Rock Bottom Riser’ went on to win an award at the LA Expo Film Festival.

 

After completing his masters in directing fiction at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) his graduation film ‘Solstice’, a drama set in the highlands of Scotland, premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. The film was also nominated for a BAFTA New Talent Award, a BAFTA Scotland award and won best short film at The Hamptons International Film Festival. In 2010 he was selected as one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’.

 

David was then invited by Channel 4 to direct a 30min drama as part of their new talent scheme Coming Up. It starred Russel Tovey (Being Human) and opened the series to glowing reviews. He was also commissioned by the BBC to make a documentary on one of the most successful female racing drivers, his sister, in her bid to become the first female F1 driver to race since 1974. It was broadcast on BBC 2 to over 2 million viewers and at one point was the third most watched program on iplayer, just behind Eastenders.

Credits

DOCUMENTARY
Date: 2013
Production (role):
DRIVEN: THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD
Company:
BBC 2
Project details:
60 minutes

In six years of professional racing, Susie Wolff has become one of the most groundbreaking women in car racing. But her greatest challenge will come in 2012, when she becomes the first woman in a generation to test for Formula 1 and if she succeeds… she’ll make history

Made from the viewpoint of her brother following her on the lead up to the moment that could make or break her career
SHORT FILM
Date: 2012
Production (role):
NEW CROSS
Company:
Touchpaper / Channel 4
Project details:
'Coming Up' 30 minute short film

A story of forbidden love unfolds when 27-year-old Carl (Russell Tovey) meets Bailey, the girl of his dreams. Their relationship explores thwarted ambition, restlessness, and the desire to follow one's own path.
Date: 2011
Production (role):
I, SAMURAI
Company:
NFTS
Project details:
13 minutes

An unassuming college teacher, Sarah (Polly Frame) is handed an essay by a gifted pupil and loner Jacob (Joel Fry). As she sits down and starts to read his essay there is a striking similarity to her own life and suddenly it becomes a race to stop the chilling ending predicted...
Date: 2010
Production (role):
SOLSTICE
Company:
NFTS
Project details:
25 minutes

The lives of a young schoolgirl (Chloe Pirrie) and a woman (Polly Frame) in rural Scotland become inextricably linked in events leading up to a fateful night on the summer solstice.
Date: 2005
Production (role):
DIRTY SEED
Company:
DSFilms
Production (role):
WAITING FOR EXIT MUSIC (Writer / Director)
Company:
Arts University Bournemouth
Project details:
22 minutes

Benny (Joel Fry) lives in the same block as Sid. A relationship between them forms when Sid rescues Benny’s dog from a group of kids. But Sid has other things on his mind and the unassuming Benny becomes witness to Sid’s final act of love for his dying father
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION:

MA in Directing Fiction - National Film and Television School

First Class Honours BA Film Production - Arts University Bournemouth

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): DRIVEN: THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD
    Company: BBC 2
    Project details: 60 minutes

    In six years of professional racing, Susie Wolff has become one of the most groundbreaking women in car racing. But her greatest challenge will come in 2012, when she becomes the first woman in a generation to test for Formula 1 and if she succeeds… she’ll make history

    Made from the viewpoint of her brother following her on the lead up to the moment that could make or break her career
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): NEW CROSS
    Company: Touchpaper / Channel 4
    Project details: 'Coming Up' 30 minute short film

    A story of forbidden love unfolds when 27-year-old Carl (Russell Tovey) meets Bailey, the girl of his dreams. Their relationship explores thwarted ambition, restlessness, and the desire to follow one's own path.
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): I, SAMURAI
    Company: NFTS
    Project details: 13 minutes

    An unassuming college teacher, Sarah (Polly Frame) is handed an essay by a gifted pupil and loner Jacob (Joel Fry). As she sits down and starts to read his essay there is a striking similarity to her own life and suddenly it becomes a race to stop the chilling ending predicted...
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): SOLSTICE
    Company: NFTS
    Project details: 25 minutes

    The lives of a young schoolgirl (Chloe Pirrie) and a woman (Polly Frame) in rural Scotland become inextricably linked in events leading up to a fateful night on the summer solstice.
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): DIRTY SEED
    Company: DSFilms
    Project details:
  • Date:
    Production (role): WAITING FOR EXIT MUSIC (Writer / Director)
    Company: Arts University Bournemouth
    Project details: 22 minutes

    Benny (Joel Fry) lives in the same block as Sid. A relationship between them forms when Sid rescues Benny’s dog from a group of kids. But Sid has other things on his mind and the unassuming Benny becomes witness to Sid’s final act of love for his dying father
  • EDUCATION:

    MA in Directing Fiction - National Film and Television School

    First Class Honours BA Film Production - Arts University Bournemouth