Writer/Director Derek Boyes graduated from the National Film and Television School with the spellbinding short, The Happiness Thief. The film premiered in competition at Cannes that same year and went on to play at film festivals across the world. 

Derek continued to directed shorts for Screen South, the BBC and the Bfi/UK Film Council while developing a slate of feature projects. His first feature-length screenplay Blackout, a gritty micro-budget thriller, was optioned by Ipso Facto Films in 2009 after it beat over 200 other development teams to reach the The Big Pitch final. 

In 2011, Derek stepped back from the film industry to bring up his daughter and although he continued to research and develop new film projects, not being able to get ‘behind the camera’ was increasingly unbearable. To remedy this he began to explore more resourceful and innovative ways to shoot regular no-budget shorts and in 2017 he took on multiple roles to make the 2018 award-winning i-phone short Last Night.

With increasingly affordable ‘home’ post-production software and a new guerrilla approach to filmmaking, Derek decided to single-handedly undertake the abandoned VFX work on his long awaited Bfi/Screen South funded short The Infectious Imagination of Henry Bramble, a heart-warming family fantasy that he hopes will open up similar opportunities he attracted with his pivotal NFTS graduate film.


Brief Encounters 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Episode 3   Director 2006
Happiness Thief, The 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2004

Other Credits

Last Night Short Film View
Description Year
Sarah wakes up in the middle of a wood next to the blood soaked body of a guy she met in a club a few hours earlier, but that is all she can remember. Evidence suggests the man may have tried to attack her, but when she finally manages to piece together her fragmented memory, she discovers the truth is far more chilling. 2017
The Infectious Imagination Of Henry Bramble Short Film View
Description Year
Geoffrey Cranbrook, a stuffy retired Judge, is unexpectedly asked to look after Henry, his 10-year-old nephew. Geoffrey is trying to write an exceptional book and not wanting to be disturbed, asks the boy to remain in his bedroom. Unfortunately Henry cannot sit still and quickly learning of Geoffrey’s writer’s block, sets off into an imaginary world to get his uncle’s imagination back. There he meets Raygo an elf-like hunter who reveals that to restore someone’s imagination you need a single drop of blood from a Voydarkatron - an unworldly beast that sucks people’s brains out of their eye sockets. 2021


  • CGI
  • Lecturing
  • Self-shooting
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