London production studio Archer's Mark has signed director James Lawes to its roster.

Known for his effects-driven films and his ability to get strong performances from both actors and non-actors alike, Lawes’ trademark style mixes the authentic with the otherworldly to fantastic effect and his films have won plaudits at Cannes Lions, EvCom's and the New York Film Festival, including Best Charity Film three times, Best Industry Newcomer and Best Director twice.

After graduating from New York Film Academy, Lawes directed a series of idents for ITV that won the Cobra Vision Film Festival. This landed him a year’s supply of beer, but also an introduction to the London Borough Film Funding board who subsequently funded his debut short, Lady Macbeth.

Since then Lawes has been working across a range of disciplines from commercials, music promos, short films, TV shows, and documentaries, but always striving to create a memorable and thought-provoking connection between audience and subject. His recent campaign for Age UK demonstrates his approach and versatile imagination.

“We are always interested in directors who bring a distinctive vision to the table, who offer our clients inventive and exciting ways of presenting their respective ideals,“ said Nicky Flemming, executive producer at Archer’s Mark. 

Lawes’ previous clients include Sainsbury’s Bank, Renault, RBS, Halifax, EDF, Meningitis Now, Accenture, B&Q, Canon, Ministry of Defence, Royal Mail, Pfizer, Cancer Research, Age UK and Lexus to name just a few.

See Lawes’ reel here. 


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