Layke Anderson is a multi-award-winning British filmmaker based in London, having previously lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Barcelona, and Buenos Aires - as an apprentice gaucho (an initial career choice).
Dylan’s Room, Anderson's debut as a writer, director and editor, 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 purchase on most digital platforms.
Happy Thoughts followed shortly after, an experimental film inspired by the characters of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, screening in festivals in Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Albania, Spain, the UK, USA, Ireland and Poland - where it had a brief theatrical run after winning a statue for Best Editing at the Grand OFF World Independent Film Awards. The film screened on Shorts TV in the Autumn of 2017 and will be arriving on Amazon in 2020.
Anderson's third project, Shopping, a short film that laments the ongoing gentrification of London’s red light district, had screenings at the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival and Brest European Short Film Festival among others, and was picked up for distribution with Shorts International after winning Best Short at the Ramsgate International Film Festival. It has been included as a segment of the anthology feature film London Unplugged, which received a theatrical release in early 2019 in Everyman cinemas and the ICA.
Latest projects include Epilogue, a single-take portrait-drama exploring domestic and reactive abuse, and Mankind, a fragmented sci-fi tale of a man wanting to leave the Earth - which premiered at BFI Flare in March 2019 and has picked up awards in San Diego and Tel Aviv. The film has signed deals with both Peccadillo Pictures and Dekkoo for worldwide online and DVD distribution in 2020.
Having previously worked as an actor, his 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 many critics ("...worthy of an Oscar!" - Artslink), he left acting behind shortly after to focus on work behind the scenes. Anderson also directs sessions for casting director Dan Hubbard, and recently worked as the crowd director on the new Francis Lee film, Ammonite.
He is currently developing his first feature.