Layke Anderson is a multi-award-winning European 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, Hayao Miyazaki) and Best Drama at the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival. The film made BAFTA's long-list, and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
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.
Other projects include Epilogue - a portrait-drama exploring domestic abuse in a single, unbroken take, and Mankind - a fragmented sci-fi tale of a man yearning 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-set feature film H.O.B, opposite Udo Kier and Stephen Fry. Despite receiving favourable reviews from critics ("...worthy of an Oscar" - Artslink), he left acting behind to focus on working behind the scenes.
As well as a session director for Dan Hubbard - helping cast projects for Guy Ritchie and Aisling Walsh,
Anderson was crowd director on Francis Lee (God's Own Country)'s Ammonite starring Kate Winslet, and in Spring of 2021, successfully crowdfunded the experimental film Sweet Brother - filming into early 2022.