Rogue has signed director Joe Connor to its roster.

Connor’s commercials for Land Rover, Volvo, Nike and Puma have been shortlisted at Cannes Lions, D&AD’s and British Arrows. His music videos for Paul Weller, Coldplay, Sam Smith and Placebo have picked up several best music video nominations at the UK MVA’s.

He is the co-founder and artistic director of the visual theatre company Parrot in the Tank, has directed fashion films for Paul Smith and with Hollywood luminaries Tom Hiddleston, Lily James and Stanly Tucci and shot still portraits of Ed Sheeran, Anthony Joshua and Kylie Minogue. His short is currently doing the rounds at Edmonton and Manchester film festivals – and he is writing his second album…in his spare time.

Connor said “I’m here to surprise myself. It’s all about the future, it’s about finding the scripts to match my visual ambition and the creatives that eat that work for breakfast.”

Kate Taylor, MD/EP of Rogue describes Joe as “a rare talent with immense promise. He’s young but experienced, single minded in his quest to direct but also a creative polymath; director, recording artist, photographer, mime artist, clown! When he talks reverently of film-making, he talks in terms of making magic and that, for me, is gold.”

Charlie Crompton, co-founder of Rogue says: “Directors like Joe are very rare – if you look at that reel, it feels like it’s been directed by five different people – who’ve also done the stills and the music. It honestly feels like he can turn his hand to anything – and add massive value to any script. Coming up through music videos has meant that he’s endlessly adaptable and is always there with a creative solution…He’s also a really nice guy. Which is annoying, frankly.”

Staff Reporter

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