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Justin Hackney

Starting out his professional life as an actor, Justin got to know Danny Boyle and started shadowing him on set, leading to his first job behind the camera working on a documentary starring Johnny Depp .

More work with various companies followed as he learnt about producing, editing, post and cinematography, and in turn, began to create his own work.

In 2015 Justin shot a short documentary “Thick Skin” that provided an insight into the world of body suspension and the film won multiple awards including;

BFI Future Film Best Documentary

BFI Raw Best Film

Royal Television Society Student Awards Best Documentary

RTS SKY Best Documentary

Short Sighted Awards Best Film

Following the critical success of the film, Channel 4 and the BFI funded more documentary projects, the most recent being “Show Girl” which launched the BFI Film Festival this year.

Justin has a real passion for creative technology. If it’s on the market he wants to own it. Everything from 3D printers, 360 Cameras, Drones to Virtual Reality. Justin gets his hands on it and finds ways to implement it into his work.

Recently, he created a 360 VR film for Shelter which was filmed in 4 family homes and narrated by real people. It’s a good example of how he enjoys merging the world of new technology with his preferred documentary style of filmmaking. This project was premiered at the Ideal Home Exhibition and was a huge success.

Working in advertising Justin has started to merge his passion for insightful and stylized documentary with commercials/short content.

For his most recent project, he shot an online film for Next commissioned by Deep Focus.