Filmography / Contact

About Me

I’m a British/Canadian writer/director of several shorts. I make films about memory and loss, often featuring characters struggling with their past; a home they can’t go back to. My career highlight so far has been directing Robert Hardy in his final screen role for JOSEPH’S REEL, which has 1.8M views on Omeleto’s ‘Top Rated’ channel. In 2022 my screenplay THE PUNK & THE GIGOLO was longlisted (top 3%) for the BBC Writers Room (Drama). In 2024 I was accepted onto the Directors UK Inspire scheme 2024/25 under Eddie Sternberg (I USED TO BE FAMOUS (Netflix)). As of 2024, I have four feature scripts in development. The first, (1993-2021), I plan to shoot summer 2024.

Selected CREDITS

Directing

2022 CUISINART (Commercial)

  • DoP: Dmitry Lopatin
  • Produced by Agency 5S

2020 THE VIOLINIST (Short)

  • DoP: Dmitry Lopatin
  • Funded by the OAC and CCA
  • WINNER – Best Director of a Short Film, NOMINEE – Best
    Musical, Best Original Composition, Best Production Design, Best
    Costume Design – Lonely Wolf London International Film Festival
    2020
  • WINNER Best Director, WINNER Best Production Design, NOMINEE – Best Screenplay, Best Drama – Brazilian Monthly Film Fest 2020 
  • Toronto Cyft Film Festival WINNER – Best Score
  • Music + Sound Awards 2020 Nominee – Best Original Composition for a Short Film
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2021
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Bucharest Film Awards 2021
  • NOMINEE – Best Original Composition in a Short Film – Music + Sound Awards 2020

2019 THE END OF THE LINE (Short)

  • DoP: Christopher Sharman
  • WINNER – Best Film, Drama, WINNER – Best Actress, NOMINEE – Best Screenplay, Best Director – Lonely Wolf Independent Film Festival 2020
  • WINNER – Best Script, Phoenix Shorts Festival 2021
  • Proof of concept short for feature ‘After Love’.

2018 BUCKLEY INSURANCE (Commercial Campaign)

  • Featured on CPTV. DoP: Elijah Marchand

2018 ENBRIDGE ‘SMELL GAS’ (Commercial)

  • DoP: David Suddaby. Produced by Fifth Story

2017 OUT OF LOVE (Short)

  • DoP: Dmitry Lopatin. Produced by 920 Films

2016 PINK TAX (Commercial)

  • Featured on CBC, CTV and The Huffington Post
  • DoP: Dmitry Lopatin. Produced by Stella Shoots for BBDO

2016 THE ILLUSTRATOR (Commercial)

  • Featured at Cannes Lions 2016 ‘Summer of Creativity’
  • DoP: Dmitry Lopatin. Produced by Stella Shoots

2015 JOSEPH’S REEL (Short)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 12 BAFTA / OSCAR qualifying festivals including Palm Springs, Galway Film Fleadh & Aesthetica 
  • DoP: Eben Bolter. Produced by Forty Foot Pictures

2013 ALCOHOLIC FAITH MISSION ‘WE NEED FEAR’ (Music Video)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Independent Film Festival

2011 RED HEART (Feature)

2010 THE RISE & FALL OF TOM & SARAH (Short)

  • HONOURABLE MENTION – LA New Wave Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – SoCal Independent Film Festival

Writing

2023 FIRST SNOW (Feature)

  • SECOND ROUND –  Sundance Screenwriters Lab
  • SEMI-FINALIST – ScreenwritingU Screenplay Contest

2022 THE PUNK AND THE GIGOLO (TV Pilot)

  • LONGLIST (Top 3%) – BBC Writersroom Drama Room

2022 JOSEPH’S REEL (Feature)

2019 THE END OF THE LINE (Short)

2018 THE VIOLINIST (Short)

  • SEMI-FINALIST – Screencraft Film Fund 2018

2018 THE BIG ONE (Short)

  • WINNER – IMIS Out Loud Competition 2019

2016 STEPHANIE’S ROOM (Short) (Co-Writer)

  • WINNER – Toronto 48 Hour Film Festival 2016
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner 2016

2015 JOSEPH’S REEL

2011 THE RISE AND FALL OF TOM AND SARAH

2010 RED HEART (Feature)

Contact

GET IN TOUCH!
If you have a project / idea, or just to say hello…

E: laversmichael@gmail.com