Director Biography – Rob Ayling (LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY)

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An award winning Writer & Director with a background in Art and Film Philosophy, Rob graduated with a BA Hons from UWE Bristol during which time he started the first film based radio show for Hub Radio. This led to him being commissioned to write film reviews and articles for Intuition Magazine. In 2014, Rob graduated from the Met Film School with a Masters in Film Directing.

He has worked on television, corporate videos and feature film productions in different roles – camera operating; editing; and storyboarding. Rob has directed short films (live action/animation) some of which have won awards and been selected at prestigious film festivals including BAFTA qualifying film festivals. In March 2017, Listen To Me won Shooting People’s Film of the Month competition. In 2018, Being Wild a short film made in 60 hours won awards for Best Short Film and Best Director at the Royal Wolf Film Awards in Los Angeles, USA. In March 2018, a web series called Dreaming Whilst Black was released online, Rob directed the 4th episode titled; “Family Dinners”, which went on to win Best UK Series at UK WEB FEST 2018 as well as many others.

In 2019, Rob brought his award winning screenplay Living in Crime Alley (A Batman Story) to life and it screened at the British Film Institute (BFI). The film was released online in December 2019 and since then has screen and won multiple awards at film festivals around the world.

Rob’s favourite and influential filmmakers are Christopher Nolan, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. On a personal note, he is also a former Starbucks Barista champion.

Director Statement

I am not only a huge lover of cinema, I am a massive Batman fan. In 2017, I wrote Living in Crime Alley after having gone through one the worst financial periods in my life. The screenplay was not only a way to escape my own problems, but also to express my frustrations in a creative way. When the screenplay was gaining more and more attention, I soon realised that this resonated with audiences and that despite Batman having been created in the late 1930s, Living in Crime Alley shows that this character has a resonance with the life that people live today. The film brings the dark knight and everything that he brings with him into the sharp focus of todays recession and the reality of everyday struggle.

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