Dawn Shadforth’s directorial career began with documentaries for Channel 4, including Tales of Battered Britain: The Friends' Tale (1995) and The Seven Year Glitch (1996), a short film documenting the Warp Records seven year anniversary tour.
Shadforth made her directing breakthrough in 2001 with the video for Kylie Minogue’s Can't Get You Out of My Head. Since then, she has worked with a diverse group of artists, including Bjork, Florence & The Machine, Metronomy, Goldfrapp and The Moonlandingz. Her work has earned her a string of awards, most recently the Outstanding Achievement Award For Staying Relevant at the 2015 1.4 Awards for her latest video for synthpop duo, Hurts.
Outside of music video directing, Shadforth made silent short film Ding Dong for Sky Arts, starring Mackenzie Crook, in 2009 and The Big Day, a short film written by Kellie Smith for Creative England's iWrite scheme in 2016.
In 2017, Shadforth directed a block of episodes of Trust, executive produced by Danny Boyle and starring Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank
Shadforth continues to be passionate about music videos as an art form, recently joining a BFI advisory panel on preserving music videos for the first time in the National Film Archive. A retrospective of her music videos will be showcased as part of the London Short Film Festival in 2018.
Dawn Shadforth has various film projects in development.
Agent: Matthew Bates, Sayle Screen