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David Leon is an award winning Writer/Director, named by Screen International as one of their “Stars of Tomorrow.”

His short film Man and Boy won Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for both an Oscar and a Bafta.

David’s debut feature Orthodox, which he wrote and directed, starring Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley was shortlisted for the Douglas Hickox award by Bifa for “Best debut Director”.

David studied photography under Magnum at UAL, and has a background in acting. 

He is currently in development on his next feature “Land of hope and Glory” with BBC Films and adapting for Television the novel “You could do something amazing with your life” the account of the final days of vigilante gunman Raoul Moat with Story films.

In addition he is working alongside BBH London/ Black sheep studios to adapt his short form documentary for Nowness about Ruqsana Begum, the only female British Muslim to be a world champion in any sport, into a narrative feature film.

He is an alumni of the Berlinale talent labs and was selected as part of the BFi Network x Bafta crew.