Toby
MacDonald

Director for film and television

Toby began his career with the BAFTA nominated short film Je T'aime John Wayne, which won the TCM prize for Best Short at the London International Film Festival, and screened at festivals including Cannes and Berlin. His follow up critically acclaimed short ‘Heavy Metal Drummer’ was also nominated for a BAFTA. 

Toby's latest feature Old Boys is a reworking of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale for Film4 and the BFI. It premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival and won the audience award at Dinard and Sarajevo. 

Toby directed the second series of Freddy Syborn's and Jack Whitehall's Bounty Hunters for Sky/Tiger Aspect in 2018.

Strong on characters and casting, with a distinctive photographic look, Toby has directed commercials for brands including French Connection, Lotto, Samsung, M&S, and BT. 

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Film

Director

Old Boys
Audience Award - Dinard British Film Festival
Feature
Producer Luke Morris
Writer Luke Ponte & Freddy Syborn
Starring
  • Alex Lawther, Pauline Étienne, Jonah Hauer-King, Denis Ménochet, Joshua McGuire
  • A reworking of the popular Cyrano de Bergerac tale, set in an all-boys school.

    WestEnd Films
    Film4/BFI
    Je T'Aime John Wayne
    European Film Academy Award, Best Short Film 2001
    Heavy Metal Drummer
    BAFTA Nominated

    Television

    Director

    Tiger Aspect for Sky One
    Toby directed one of a series of 10-minute shorts set at the same table in a busy London Restaurant.
    World Productions for BBC2
    Producer Paul Schlesinger
    Writer Mark Chappell
    Starring
  • Kris Marshall
  • Alice Lowe
  • Andrew Scott
  • An aspiring low-budget filmmaker's over-active imagination turns everyday life into classic cinematic adventures.

    BBC2 and BBC3