David Bartlett - Writer / Director


Born in Bristol, David Bartlett has been writing and directing for ten years, working on drama, documentary and entertainment programmes for BBC, ITV and international broadcasters. A graduate of the University of York, David's work as a director includes BBC's long-running drama Casualty ("Critic's Choice" - Sunday Times), dramatizations of The Great Train Robbery ("Absolutely compelling" - Evening Standard), Nixon's Last Day and The Assassination of JFK (Pick of the Day - The Guardian, Pick of the Week - The Telegraph) for BBC Television, BBC Worldwide and The History Channel; SKY drama Dream Team, Find A Fortune, House of Horrors, and various documentaries. A professional actor for eight years in theatre and film, his work as a child was recognised with a BAFTA nomination for Hungry Times in 1983. David was initially trained as a journalist, and directed his first video film in 1993, reviewed as "a genuine and warm homage to the silent era" (Shaun Usher, Daily Mail). His first taste of film drama came in 1999 as the director of the second unit on the BBC Film Happy Birthday Shakespeare. David is completing his first novel, The Return, and currently works as a freelance director and writer.  David has dramatized Orson Welles' War of the Worlds for the BBC and last year completed Trial of the Knights Templar for Channel Five and Granada International, earning four or five star reviews across the board, (including the weekly Critics' Choice in the Sunday Telegraph, Choice in the Sunday Times and Time Out, and Pick of the Day in the Daily Mail).  He has written the screenplays This British Earth and Greye Shadows for Kewhaven Pictures, and is represented internationally by Derek Webster of A.I.M. in London.