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BIO

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A multi-award winning production company founded by writer/director Adriel Leff

Adriel Leff

Writer/Director

Born and raised in North West London with a mixed English/Israeli/South African heritage, Adriel made the natural progression from working as a successful music producer/DJ to becoming a published music journalist, before his very first attempt at screenwriting, comedy-drama TV pilot ‘Via Bank’, was optioned by Allan McKeown (‘Birds Of A Feather’, ‘Lovejoy’, ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’), the first and only time the Emmy award winning producer optioned an unsolicited script.

Allan then asked Adriel to co-write a musical he had conceived, ‘Meeting The King’, with writer/director Bob Eaton (‘Lennon’, ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’) based on the meeting in 1965 between Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

Adriel’s own directorial debut, comedy mockumentary feature ‘Bloody Lip’ (which he also wrote, produced, edited and scored), won the award for Best Ensemble at the 2013 LA Comedy Festival, won Best Feature at the Interurban Film Festival in Texas, received its world premiere at the prestigious Friars Club Comedy Film Festival in New York City, its South American premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Buenos Aires, and was selected as the closing film of the British Urban Film Festival.  Among over a dozen other festival appearances, the film received a Best Mockumentary nomination at Hollywood’s Mockfest Film Festival, four award nominations at the Idyllwild Cinemafest, and a further four nominations at the World Music & Independent Film Festival (including Best Directorial Debut).  It was also a finalist in the NexTV Entertainment Competition, and has secured a broadcast deal with LondonLive.

His second film as writer, director, producer and editor, ‘The Ballad Of Johnny Windows’, won the award for Best Mockumentary at the 2014 LA Comedy Festival, and again received premieres at the Friars Club Comedy Festival, the British Urban Film Festival and the Buenos Aires Contemporary Arts Museum.

After completing his third film, ‘Breaking Britain’ (nominated for Best Comedy at the 2015 British Urban Film Festival 10th Anniversary Awards), the entire trilogy received a distribution deal in the US.

In 2014 Adriel worked as a script editor on Enrico Tessarin’s (‘The Knot’) award winning feature ‘The Habit Of Beauty’ featuring Noel Clarke and Nick Moran, and the same year had two feature screenplays optioned by producer Lucinda Van Rie of Wild Bunch (‘Neds’).

His original feature screenplay sports-comedy ‘Inner Bull’ won the 2014 British Urban Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, receiving a live reading at the Channel 4 building to an extremely positive reaction from representatives of the network, and is now in development with comedy trio Mandem On The Wall (Channel 4’s ‘Youngers’) attached to star and professional darts legend Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham as consultant.

His script ‘Adapt Or Die’ won the same competition again in 2016, and in 2017 he won the accolade for a record-breaking third time with ‘Joe Pair’, which is also currently Grand Finalist of The Sitcom Mission competition (the winner to be announced in October 2017).

From over 2,600 submissions, Adriel’s comedy-drama TV pilot ‘Trouble Brewing’ reached the shortlist of the BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 2017.

‘Keep It Locked’, his feature length heist-thriller, is currently in development with Jesse Quinones (‘Calloused Hands’) attached to direct.

Additionally, he has conceived, directed and executive produced a pilot for a live music and comedy TV show entitled ‘StandUp GetDown’, a project that is currently under consideration by LondonLive and has been described by Laura Riseam (Channel 4 Comedy) as “a cracking little pilot”.

A documentary Adriel has conceived entitled ‘The Avatar Cure’, about a groundbreaking new treatment for schizophrenia, is currently being developed with BAFTA winners RawTV (‘The Imposter’) for terrestrial broadcast on the BBC.  He has also directed a feature length independent documentary, ‘Unravelling Schizophrenia’, looking at the topic in further detail, which received its world premiere at the 2017 Recovery Film Festival in South Africa and its European premiere at the International Mental Health Film Festival in Portugal.

Alongside writing and directing, Adriel has continued with his prosperous DJing and music production career under the pseudonym ‘Jet Boot Jack’ (represented by Storm DJ Agency), having received 1.25 million plays on his Soundcloud profile and performing at venues as diverse as Ministry Of Sound, Alexandra Palace, Jazz Café Camden, and the Olympic Park Stratford.

He also undertakes regular freelance work as a Broadcast Operator for TV networks including A&E, Channel 5, Sky, Disney, Discovery and Sony.

Adriel is represented for his writing and directing by Olav Wyper at SMA Talent.