Simon Neal

Simon is a director for Film and Television

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Simon began his career at the BBC, where his trailers and channel idents garnered 5 Gold Promax awards. From there he quickly progressed into commercials with an acclaimed PSA for Cancer Research UK, which won him a Gold Arrow for Best New Director at the British Television Advertising Awards and a Bronze Lion at Cannes. 

Simon’s short film Washdays premiered at Palm Springs and went on to play in the official selection at over 20 international film festivals. It was awarded Best Film at Rushes Soho Shorts, Special Jury prize at Austin International Film Festival and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award. 

In 2013 Simon was selected for Coming Up, Channel 4’s prestigious new talent showcase. His film Doughnuts premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was subsequently broadcast on Channel 4. Time Out gave it four stars and it won Pick Of The Day in The Guardian, The Sun and Metro newspapers.  

Simon recently directed series 2 of the acclaimed comedy drama Youngers, again for Channel 4. All eight episodes won Pick Of The Day in The Guardian, and it was praised by The Observer as ‘Tender, topical, truthful. A gem’. 

Simon’s latest project is Rue Boy, a series of spoken word films performed by Calvin Demba, to be broadcast by Channel 4 in early 2016. 




Late Bloomer
Short Film
Producer Lucy Lumsden
Writer Johnny Pelham
  • Johnny Pelham
  • Miles Jupp
  • Jimmy Akingbola
    Yellow Door for Sky 1
    Creator Michaela Coel
    Producer John Pocock
    Writer Michaela Coel
  • Michaela Coel
  • Robert Lonsdale
  • Danielle Walters
  • Susan Wokoma

    The second series of the BAFTA award-winning sitcom.

    Retort for E4
    Rue Boy
    1 x 30
    Producer Charlie Hanson
    Writer Calvin Demba and Simon Neal
  • Calvin Demba
  • Mandeep Dhillon
    Tantrum Films for Channel 4
    8 x 45
    Creator Levi David Addai & Benjamin Kuffuor
    Producer Kiaran Murray-Smith
    Writer multiple writers
  • Calvin Demba
  • Ade Oyefeso
  • Shavani Seth
  • Arinze Kene

    Series 2 of E4's comedy-drama

    Big Talk Productions for Channel 4
    Producer Toby Welch
    Writer Ishy Din
  • Adeel Akhtar
  • James Burrows
  • Anjli Mohindra
  • Wahab Sheikh

    Short film for Channel 4's Coming Up Scheme.

    Touchpaper Television for Channel 4



    Short Film Award, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival
    Short Film
    Producer Dan Cleland
    Writer Graham Lester-George
  • Ceri Ashcroft
  • Francis Adams
  • Kieran Dooner
  • Carys Lewis

    Short film

    Deeply Vale Films