Simon Neal

Simon is a director for Film and Television

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Biography

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. 


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TV

Director

Late Bloomer
Short Film
Short
Producer Lucy Lumsden
Writer Johnny Pelham
Starring
  • Johnny Pelham
  • Miles Jupp
  • Jimmy Akingbola
  •  
    Yellow Door for Sky 1
     
    Creator Michaela Coel
    Producer John Pocock
    Writer Michaela Coel
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • Calvin Demba
  • Mandeep Dhillon
  •  
    Tantrum Films for Channel 4
     
    Youngers
    8 x 45
    Creator Levi David Addai & Benjamin Kuffuor
    Producer Kiaran Murray-Smith
    Writer multiple writers
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • Adeel Akhtar
  • James Burrows
  • Anjli Mohindra
  • Wahab Sheikh
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    Short film for Channel 4's Coming Up Scheme.

    Touchpaper Television for Channel 4
     

    Film

    Director

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

    Deeply Vale Films