Olly Blackburn - Writer / Director

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WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO HIM…? Because the Daily Mail reviewer called his first film (DONKEY PUNCH) “the sickest, vilest, most depraved film I have ever had the misfortune to sit through!”

Emmanuel Beart, Rufus Sewell, New Line, Zentropa and Optimum.


Olly Blackburn learnt his craft at NYU’s Graduate Department of Film and TV where he was a Fulbright scholar. His NYU thesis film SWALLOWED traveled to festivals around the world including TELLURIDE and KAROLY VARY (where it won best student film).  His next short, WONDERFUL WORLD won best British Film at the Manchester short film festival.

His first feature film is the thriller DONKEY PUNCH (co-written with David Bloom) which the Daily Mail called “the sickest, vilest, most depraved film I have ever had the misfortune to sit through”. It premiered in Sundance in 2008 and has traveled to festivals and was sold to territories around the world. It was released in UK cinemas by Optimum Releasing and in the US by Magnolia Films.

As a screenwriter Olly co-wrote the horror-drama VINYAN which starred Emmanuel Beart and Rufus Sewell and premiered at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. He also co-wrote the comic docudrama THE LONG TOMORROW.

He has worked as writer on many projects in development including an adaption of Chris Fowler’s cult novel ROOFWORLD for New Line, and sci-fi thriller THE LAST BORN with writer-director Niels Arden Oplev (GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO) for Zentropa and New Line. He has also served as script consultant for Zentropa Films.

Olly has also directed music videos and commercials for many years – promos include work for Gomez, Embrace and Tin Star and commercials work includes spots for HSBC, the BBC, National Lottery, Boots and Carlsberg.  For television Olly directed the FLYING BLIND episode of ITV series SURVIVORS

His projects in development as co-writer and director include a remake of Patrice Leconte’s heist-thriller THE SPECIALISTS (Optimum), action-thriller CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION (Caveman Films) and motor-racing/action comedy MODIFY OR DIE (Warp films).

Olly has also worked as a journalist. He lives in South London, likes listening to loud music and discovering things that make reality so very entertaining.