Ben Pickering on the set of THE SMOKE (Photo credit: Angus Young)

Welcome to the official website of filmmaker Ben Pickering.

Born in London to Welsh parents, Ben’s film career has spanned more than twenty years.

Starting with his first feature-film Backstreet in 1995 – when he was just sixteen and studying for his GCSEs – he has since produced half a dozen features ranging from micro-budget to multi-million pound projects.

Two years after making Backstreet, Ben produced and starred in the low-budget gangster thriller Tragic Irony. Made on 16mm film for just £6,000, it was a cross between Pulp Fiction and Shallow Grave, taking a sideswipe at the seedier side of Nineties Britain.

Fifteen years later, he finally took the plunge and directed his first feature The Smoke, a reimagining of Tragic Irony starring Matt di’Angelo (Borgia), Lili Bordán (Battlestar Galactica) and Alan Ford (Snatch). The London- and Paris-set feature was released in the UK in October 2014 and internationally throughout 2015 as London Payback.

Film director Ben Pickering by Anna Leeson
Ben Pickering (Photo credit: Anna Leeson)

After co-producing Isle of Man heist caper Longtails starring Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and associate producing The Stranger starring Rachel McDowell (Mamma Mia!), he directed and produced the Cornwall-set psychological thriller Welcome to Curiosity starring Amrita Acharia (Game of ThronesThe Good Karma Hospital), Jack Ashton (Call the Midwife), Richard Blackwood (EastEnders) and Stephen Marcus (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

The world’s first crowd investor-funded film, after a limited theatrical release in North America in May 2018 it was released in the UK in June 2018. It will be released in China, France, Germany, Korea and Taiwan in 2019.

His latest feature, the politically-charged horror Election Night, begins shooting in London in February 2019.