Will is an English-Japanese writer, director and actor. He is best known for writing, directing, and acting in the two series of FLOWERS, which premiered on UK’s Channel 4 starring Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt. FLOWERS premiered in the US on the digital platform Seeso as their first original comedy-drama. The first series was nominated for a BAFTA for ‘Best Scripted Comedy’, and the second series aired earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim.
Will’s previous work includes BLACK POND, which Will wrote and co- directed with Tom Kingsley. In 2012, they were nominated for a BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut. BLACK POND was also nominated for the Audience Award at SXSW 2012 and a British Independent Film Award in 2011. Together they were named in Variety’s top ten European directors to watch, and won the Evening Standard Film award for Best Newcomer. Will was nominated for Best First Feature Film at the Writers Guild Awards too. His most recent work is LOUIS WAIN. The upcoming biographical film has been written and directed by Sharpe, and will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, and Toby Jones.
As an actor he has had roles in Babylon, Brian Pern, Sherlock, Dirk Gently, Sirens. He plays the character of Shun in FLOWERS and was President of Cambridge Footlights in 2007. He spent a year with the RSC and played a young Isaac Newton in “ The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes” – he was criticised in one review for wearing “a preposterous black wig” (it was his own hair).
Quotes for the first series of FLOWERS:
‘We were witnessing, I think, the invention of a new genre’ – The Observer
‘Originality on this scale is amazing’ – The Times
‘Flowers is f*cking great… such a fully formed perfect thing’ – Paul Thomas Anderson
‘… Genuinely original… Flowers is dark. But not just shockingly dark, gloriously dark, rich and imaginative, bold, challenging and startling, with a worrying hint of truth about it.’ – The Guardian
‘Blossomed into that rare thing on TV: something original. It was as if The Royle Family had been directed by Wes Anderson, visually innovative yet at heart humane…really rather wonderful’ – The Telegraph
‘One of the most singular small screen visions in a long time’ – The Telegraph
‘Takes you from tears to laughter in the space of a minute and finds the humour in the grimness of life, without making a joke of the characters’ suffering.’ Kasio Degado, Radio Times
The FLOWERS2 trailer is viewable here and here are some press quotes:
“the kind of comedy to inspire devotion”
The Telegraph: ***** “swings from soaring highs to devastating lows… quite unlike anything else on TV”.
Den of Geek “the most compelling thing on TV ”
The Telegraph: ***** “very, very, good…fiercely imaginative aesthetic”: =
The Guardian: “Utter Brilliance”
Date: 2015Production (role): THE DARKEST UNIVERSE (Writer / Director / Lead)Company:
Date: 2012Production (role): BLACK POND (Writer / Director)Company:
Date: 2009Production (role): GOKIBURI (Writer / Director)Company:
Date: 2020Production (role): LOUIS WAIN (Writer / Director)Company: Sunnymarch/Studio Canal
DateProduction (role)CompanyProject details
Date: 2018Production (role): FLOWERS - Series 2 (Writer / Director)Company: C4Project details:
Date: 2014Production (role): FLOWERS (Writer / Director)Company: C4Project details: Forthcoming series
Starring Olivia Colman, Julian Barrett, Sophia Di Martino and Daniel Rigby
Date: 2014Production (role): ANGELTOWNCompany: C4Project details: Doon Mackichan’s teaser (non TX)