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Sally El Hosaini

Sally El Hosaini

Sally is a BAFTA-nominated feature film and television writer-director. She has been profiled by The Guardian, Screen International (as a Star of Tomorrow), BBC America, IndieWire and Variety, which featured her as one of its Brits to Watch. 

Her acclaimed debut feature, My Brother the Devil (Verve Pictures), picked up major prizes at the Sundance, Berlin and London Film Festivals. It screened at more than 40 international festivals, winning 12 awards and 17 nominations and earning an honourable mention. The film was released theatrically in the UK, US, Canada and Europe. As writer-director, Sally won Best Screenplay at the 2013 Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Awards, the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the 2013 Evening Standard Film Awards, Best Newcomer at the 2012 London Film Festival and the UK New Talent Award at the British Women in Film and Television Awards 2012.  

Sally’s second feature, The Swimmers (Working Title/Netflix), co-written with Jack Thorne, was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film. It was released theatrically in the UK, US and Germany and then onto Netflix, where it was viewed by 60 million households in its first three weeks of release. Sandwiched in-between these two releases, Sally directed three episodes of Danny Boyle’s television series Babylon (Channel 4/Sundance TV). 

She is currently in post-production on her third feature, Unicorns, which she co-directed with James Krishna Floyd from his original screenplay. 

After being selected for BAFTA’s Elevate programme, she was subsequently invited to sit on BAFTA’s Film Committee. She was also one of eight directors chosen for NBC Universal’s Directors Fellowship 2017, and is an alum of the Sundance Institutes Screenwriters and Directors Labs. She was also chosen as a GQ Hero in 2023. 

Agent: Matthew Bates, Sayle Screen 

Management: Rosalie Swedlin & Nicole Romano, Anonymous Content