Layke Anderson is a multi-award-winning British filmmaker based in London, having previously lived, studied and worked in the US, Barcelona, Paris, and Buenos Aires (as an apprentice gaucho rider).
Dylan’s Room, Anderson's debut as a writer and director (made for under £2k) stars Joanna Scanlan (Channel 4's No Offence) and screened at over thirty international film festivals, including the Oscar®-qualifying Raindance Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortsFest. The film won a succession of awards, including the Audience Award at the Cambridge Film Festival (previous recipients include Andrea Arnold, Jim Jarmusch and Hayao Miyazaki) and Best Drama at the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival. The film made the BAFTA long-list, and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award. It is now available to view on most digital platforms.
Happy Thoughts followed shortly after, an experimental film inspired by the characters of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, which picked up several awards during its festival journey before landing on Shorts TV. Anderson's third project, Shopping, laments the gentrification of London’s red light district and had screenings at the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival and Brest European Short Film Festival among others. It was picked up for distribution with Shorts International after winning Best Short Film at the Ramsgate International Film Festival, and has now been included as a segment on the anthology London Unplugged, which received a theatrical release in Everyman cinemas and at the ICA.
Latest projects include Epilogue - a single-take portrait-drama exploring domestic abuse, and Mankind - a fragmented sci-fi tale of a man who yearns to leave the Earth, which premiered at BFI Flare, picked up awards in San Diego and Tel Aviv, and was released by both Dekkoo and Peccadillo Pictures.
Having previously worked as an actor, Anderson's filmography includes work with Danny Boyle and the late Sir Richard Attenborough, though his most prominent role was starring in the 2009 Luxembourg feature film House of Boys, opposite Udo Kier and Stephen Fry. Despite receiving praise from critics ("...worthy of an Oscar." - Artslink), he left acting behind to focus on working behind the scenes.
Anderson recently worked as the crowd director on Francis Lee's Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet, and occasionally leads casting workshops with The Actor's Guild, as a session director for Dan Hubbard.
He is currently developing several new projects, including a first feature film, Metanoia.