meet the straight 8 2019 jury - these four fabulous filmmakers will be selecting the 8 films that will premiere at cannes
we’re stoked about having them on board and hope you are too
find out more about them below and show them your magic. enter straight 8 2019
Justine's credits and accolades include: Supervising editor on THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL TV series (2018) Dir. Chan-wook Park. Editor on YARDIE (2018) Dir. Idris Elba, DENIAL (2016) Dir. Mick Jackson, LOCKE (2014) Dir. Steven Knight - Winner of European Editor of the Year Award at the 2014 European Film Awards, THE IRON LADY (2011) Dir. Phyllida Lloyd, LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2005) Dir. Kevin Macdonald, TOUCHING THE VOID (2003) Dir. Kevin Macdonald - Winner of BAFTA's Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the year, Winner of Best Film at the Evening Standard Film Awards, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER (1999) Dir. Kevin Macdonald - Academy Awards 2000: Best Documentary Feature, British Independent Film Awards: Justine Wright awarded Best Newcomer Behind the Camera.
Justine was one of the first 22 people to make a straight 8 for the first straight 8 ever, in 1999, and is back on the jury for the third time.
Director / Writer / Producer Asif first gained recognition with his short film THE SHEEP THIEF which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Kapadia's debut feature THE WARRIOR won BAFTA awards for Outstanding British Film & Best Debut Feature, SENNA, the thrilling story of the Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, won BAFTAs for Best Documentary and Best Editing. AMY told the story of singer songwriter Amy Winehouse using her own words and lyrics. AMY won the Academy Award, BAFTA, European Film Award and Grammy for Best Documentary. Kapadia directed two episodes of the Netflix series MINDHUNTER for David Fincher and has recently completed his new film on the controversial Argentinian footballer DIEGO MARADONA. Kapadia continues to direct short films and shoot super 8 alongside his long form projects.
Asif is back for his fourth year on our jury.
Born and raised in Ireland, Robbie decided to become a cinematographer at the age of 14, when he, his friends and his cousins commandeered one of his father’s Kodak Super 8 cameras and started making short films. A college course in Cinematography in Dunlaoghaire's CAD fueled that passion. After finishing his college course, Robbie left Ireland and headed to London. The rest is History!
Awards: SLOW WEST (director John Maclean) 'Grand Jury Prize' in the World Cinema Dramatic section of the 2015 Sundance Festival
I, DANIEL BLAKE (director Ken Loach) Palme d'Or award Winner - Cannes Film Festival 2016.
AMERICAN HONEY (director Andrea Arnold) Cannes Jury Prize winner 2016.
Robbie is new to our jury this year and a great proponent of shooting on film, improvisational camera ‘attitude’ and pushing the form be it aspect ratio or whatever.
Steve is the co-writer and co-star of SIGHTSEERS, a dark British comedy directed by Ben Wheatley, which won BIFA and Critic’s Circle Awards for best screenplay as well as Empire’s Best British Film Award. Steve’s self-penned directorial debut AAAAAAAAH!, in which everyone in the cast speaks like monkeys, was released in 2015 to great critical acclaim and was also nominated for a BIFA. As an actor Steve has appeared in numerous TV and Film projects including leading roles in the recent Netflix drama THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD, Julia Davis’s SALLY4EVER, HANG UPS with Stephen Mangan and Irish horror film A DARK SONG. Steve has a background in live comedy and has toured with Steve Coogan. He also regularly performs his live show ‘Club Fantastico’ in London with comedy partner Tom Meeten.
Steve is new to the straight 8 jury but has made and starred in many top straight 8 films, check out his straight 8 film, CONNECTIONS from 2008 here.