William Beaton

William Beaton
PUNCH-FACE-MOAN marks an exciting new chapter in my directing career. Shot on location in Los Angeles it’s the third narrative short of my career, and my first shot in the USA, after moving over from London in 2008. My first short film, IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS, was broadcast in the UK on network Channel 4’and my second short, JULES ON TRAIN, was well received at selected festivals across the UK. Since the late 90s I have also worked on a number documentary and television productions including projects for Rapido TV and Island Records.

At heart I am an independent filmmaker. I started out as an assistant to 60′s enfant terrible Mike Sarne, director of the infamous cult film MYRA BREKINRIDGE, as part of a group of five renegade filmmakers at London production company Videodrome. Here I developed my skills and experimented directing several short films, and a feature with my late father and actor Norman Beaton before his untimely death, early into shooting. Influenced by the Italian Neo Realists, German Expressionists and Ealing Comedies to name a few, my work has been layered with noirish themes with a comedic edge. In this time at Videodrome, I also developed a passion for documentary, which also influences my work, as a co-director of GLASTONBURY THE MOVIE that premiered at the London Film Festival.

Moving forward into 2011 and beyond – after a hiatus from directing working in post-production on films like HELLBOY 2 and CHILDREN OF MEN for the past few years – I’m ready to take this opportunity with my new short film and run with it. Up next is a feature film version of PUNCH-FACE-MOAN and another feature script in development called A LESSON IN MURDER. I’m also developing a stage play called BEFORE THEY WERE INFAMOUS; a TV series called CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE a short called BLINK.