Up until the age of 12, Mdhamiri had his heart set on becoming an author. But on discovering his friend’s new camera had a video mode, that love of storytelling transferred to making films and the rest was history. He taught himself to shoot, at first playing every role himself, before taking part in the inaugural BFI Film Academy scheme for young aspiring filmmakers, and subsequently studying Editing at the National Film and Television School.
His first credit came on an independent feature called A Moving Image, which led to bigger standout films, The Last Tree and Blue Story. It’s been a breakthrough year for him, as the pandemic mixed up the projects that he found himself working on - he signed up to work as co-editor on Life in a Day 2020 for Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott. He’s now working on a studio feature animation.
Mdhamiri knows the importance of good editing can be underestimated, so is delighted to be recognised by BAFTA Breakthrough. He hopes to continue working across multiple genres, telling fresh, innovative stories about aspects of life we’ve not seen on screen before, on bigger scales, across different mediums. He aims to change the world in a small way through his work, developing his writing and directing career alongside his editing.
Mdhamiri’s Breakthrough credit is feature film Life in a Day