Vito
Rocco

Director for film and television

Writer and Director Vito Rocco’s short film Ciao Mamma… opened the Edinburgh Film Festival as “the world’s shortest feature film”. At seven seconds long, the film tells the story of a young boy wearing a hand-knitted tank top facing up to the uncertainties of adulthood.

Vito continued his work in comedy as writer and director with the more sensibly proportioned BAFTA and OSCAR short-listed multi award-winning film Goodbye, Cruel World, a dark comedy about a young boy’s attempts to resurrect an old friend.

Vito returned to the Edinburgh Film Festival with his first full length feature, the award-winning comedy Faintheart, set in the world of Viking battle re-enactors, starring Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner and Jessica Hynes for Film4, Vertigo Films and MySpace.

Vito’s work for TV includes the BAFTA, British Comedy Award and Rose D’Or nominated C5 / Paramount series Suburban Shootout starring Tom Hiddleston, Ruth Wilson and Anna Chancellor and the Channel 4 cult comedy drama series The Last Chancers starring Adam Buxton, Kevin Eldon and Kevin Bishop. Vito’s recent TV work includes EastEnders for BBC One, Emmerdale for ITV and So Awkward for Channel X / CBBC.

In theatre, Vito created and directed the 5* critically acclaimed sell-out comedy production The Class Club for The Barbican Theatre where audience members dress and behave according to their chosen social class.

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Film

Writer & Director 

Faintheart
Winner of the MySpace MyMovieMashUp Award; Closing night Gala Film, Edinburgh Film Festival; Michael Powell Award, Edinburgh Film Festival (Nomination); Audience Award, Edinburgh Film Festival (Nomination); Audience Award, Gothenburg Film Festival (Nomination)
Producer Allan Niblo
Writer David Lemon
Starring
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Jessica Hynes
  • A comedy about Viking battle re-enactors.

    Vertigo Films
    Film 4, Vertigo Films, MySpace
    Goodbye, Cruel World
    Short-Listed for OSCAR Award; Winner, BAFTA/Kodak Award; Winner, Best Short Film, Palm Springs Film Festiva; Winner, Bermuda Shorts Award, Bermuda Film Festival; Winner, Ellen Certificate, Aspen Film Festival; Winner, Silver Dragon, Kracow Film Festival; Winner, Grand Prize, PiFan Film Festival, Korea; Winner, Special Prize, Odense Film Festival; Winner, Best Direction, Capalbio Film Festival; Winner, Short Film Award, Emden Film Festival; Winner, Best Film, No Spot Creativity Film Festival, NYC; Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival (Nomination)
    Short (10m)
    Producer Georges Bermann

    A dark comedy about a young boy’s attempts to resurrect an old friend.

    Film London / Partizan
    Venkel's Syndrome
    Winner, Silver Spike, Valladolid Film Festival; Winner, Propeller Award, Motovun Film Festival
    Short (10m)
    Producer Mary Calderwood
    Writer Ursula Martinez, Mark Whitelaw

    A mockumentary about a woman faking her aunt’s death

    Film London
    Ciao Mamma...
    Short (7sec)
    Producer Vito Rocco

    A young boy wearing a hand-knitted tank top faces up to the uncertainties of adulthood.

    King Key Movies (UK)

    Television

    Director 

    Suburban Shootout
    Winner, Golden Nymph, Monte Carlo TV Festival; BAFTA TV Awards (Nomination); British Comedy Awards (Nomination); Golden Rose, Rose D’Or (Nomination)
    4 x 30m
    Creator Laurence Bowen
    Producer Greg Boardman
    Starring
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Ruth Wilson
  • Anna Chancellor
  • Felicity Montague
  • Amelia Bulmore
  • A comedy drama about housewives who take the law into their own hands.

    Feelgood Fiction for Channel 5, Paramount
    Creator Tony MacMurray
    Producer Sally Martin
    Starring
  • Adam Buxton
  • Kevin Bishop
  • Kevin Eldon
  • A comedy drama about an unsuccessful indie rock band.

    Angel Eye Film & Television for Channel 4
    BBC1
    ITV 1
    So Awkward
    6 x 30'
    Producer Joanna Blake

    A comedy about socially awkward intelligent teenagers.

    Channel X for CBBC

    Theatre

    Director & Creator 

    A comedy performance about the British class system.

    The Barbican