Biography

Adrian is a double BAFTA award winning filmmaker and has been named on Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ list. He is a versatile director, working across - drama, documentary, comedy and television commercials. 

Recent credits include: lead director of new six-part NETFLIX series ‘The Last Czars’ following the demise of the Romanovs during the 1917 Russian Revolution; ‘Jesus - His Life’ an eight-part event series commissioned by A + E Networks for The History Channel, exploring the story of Jesus Christ through the people in his life who were closest to him. Both series have been created by Jane Roots’ Nutopia, who recently produced Darren Aronofsky's One Strange Rock. 

In February 2018 Amazon Prime launched Adrian’s four part documentary series ‘Grand Prix Driver’, with unprecedented access to the legendary Formula One team McLaren and their superstar drivers - including two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso - during their most turbulent pre-season in recent history. The show is narrated by Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas.

Prior to this, Adrian was lead director for all three seasons of the children’s sci-fi drama series ‘Eve’ for CBBC / Leopard Drama. The show won two Royal Television Society Awards and was nominated for both a Broadcast Award and a BAFTA. 

Adrian has directed close to fifty hours of television. These include, prime-time crime drama ‘Taggart’ for ITV;  children’s spy drama ‘MI High‘ for CBBC (Kudos); returning drama series ‘River City’ for BBC Scotland; hidden camera show ‘The Real Hustle’ for BBC3 (Objective). 

His award-winning documentaries include; the BBC1 film ‘Insane Fight Club’ following the rise of the Insane Championship Wrestling scene; Cinema Eye Nominated ‘Cutting Loose’, following hopeful prisoners as they compete for the title of ‘Prison Hairdresser of The Year’; the BAFTA Scotland Award Winning short ‘Ma Bar’, featuring an octogenarian World Champion Powerlifter; ‘Standing Start’ follows the Olympic Sprint Cycling team - featuring Craig Maclean (MBE) and Sir Chris Hoy - as they strive to become World Champions.

Collectively, Adrian’s short films have screened worldwide at major international film festivals including; Sundance, Hot Docs, SXSW, Silverdocs, Flickerfest, Aspen, LA, New York, Toronto and Berlin, winning over sixty international awards and nominations. Shorts include; the comedy ‘Gutpunch’ starring Rufus Jones, Christian Lees and Justin Edwards, written by Andrew Yerlett; the BAFTA Nominated children’s fantasy ‘Found’, which explores the escapism of a young Sikh boy after he joins a new school; his debut comedy ‘Who’s My Favourite Girl’, which won the BAFTA for Best Short Film.

His TV commercials for clients such as the UK and Scottish Government have won both Gold Rose and Scottish Advertising Awards. 

Adrian’s passion is to tell unique human stories in a visceral, cinematic and intimate fashion. He is a member of Director’s UK and serves on the Scottish Working Group Committee. He has recently become a father for the first time. 

He is represented by Humphrey Elles-Hill at the Independent Talent Agency: humphrey@independenttalent.com





Credits

Last Czars, The 6 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2018
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2018
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 2018
Series 1, Episode 6   Director 2018
Series 1, Episode 5   Director 2018
Series 1, Episode 4   Director 2019
Jesus - His Life 3 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2018
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 2018
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2018
Grand Prix Driver 4 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2017
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 2017
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2017
Series 1, Episode 4   Director 2017
Eve 14 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2015
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 2015
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2015
Series 1, Episode 5   Director 2015
Series 1, Episode 6   Director 2015
Series 2   Director 2015
Series 2, Episode 1   Director 2015
Series 2, Episode 2   Director 2015
Series 2, Episode 3   Director 2015
Series 2, Episode 4   Director 2015
Series 3, Episode 1   Director 2015
Series 3, Episode 2   Director 2015
Series 3, Episode 4   Director 2015
Series 3, Episode 3   Director 2015
Insane Fight Club 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Episode 1   Director 2014
Found 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2013
Gutpunch 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2013
River City 15 episodes View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2015
Series 6, Episode 19   Director 2013
Series 6, Episode 20   Director 2013
Series 10, Episode 19   Director 2013
Series 12, Episode 5   Director 2014
Series 12, Episode 6   Director 2014
Series 12, Episode 15   Director 2014
Series 12, Episode 16   Director 2014
Series 13, Episode 16   Director 2014
Series 13, Episode 25   Director 2014
Series 13, Episode 26   Director 2014
Series 14, Episode 1   Director 2015
Series 14, Episode 11   Director 2015
Series 14, Episode 12   Director 2015
Series 14, Episode 2   Director 2015
M.I. High 4 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 6, Episode 6   Director 2012
Series 6, Episode 7   Director 2012
Series 6, Episode 12   Director 2012
Series 6, Episode 13   Director 2012
Cutting Loose 2 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Episode 1   Director 2011
Episode 2   Director 2011
Real Hustle 10 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 11, Episode 1   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 2   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 3   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 4   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 5   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 6   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 7   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 8   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 9   Director 2011
Series 11, Episode 10   Director 2011
Little Human Planet 16 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Episode 1   Director 2010
Episode 2   Director 2010
Episode 3   Director 2010
Episode 4   Director 2010
Episode 5   Director 2010
Episode 6   Director 2010
Episode 7   Director 2010
Episode 8   Director 2010
Episode 9   Director 2010
Episode 10   Director 2010
Episode 11   Director 2010
Episode 12   Director 2010
Episode 13   Director 2010
Episode 14   Director 2010
Episode 15   Director 2010
Episode 16   Director 2010
Same Smile 15 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 5   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 6   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 7   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 9   Director 2010
Series 1, Episode 10   Director 2010
Series 2, Episode 2   Director 2011
Series 2, Episode 3   Director 2011
Series 2, Episode 6   Director 2011
Series 2, Episode 8   Director 2011
Series 2, Episode 12   Director 2011
Series 2, Episode 17   Director 2011
Series 2, Episode 23   Director 2011
Series 2, Episode 25   Director 2011
Ma Bar 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2008
Taggart 2 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Episode 102   Director 2008
Episode 96   Director 2008
Standing Start 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2007
Myself Only More So 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2007
Wise Guys 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2004
Toon Fair 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2002
Who's My Favourite Girl? 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 1999

Awards

Skills

  • HD
  • Lecturing
  • Self-shooting
  • CGI
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