Lainey Richardson is an award-winning British Director and Screenwriter of mixed Ghanaian and Jamaican heritage, hailing from Camden Town in North London.
After graduating from the University of the Arts London, Lainey went on to direct her first narrative short AWOL in 2011, followed by the long-form documentary TIK & THE TURKEY in 2013. In 2017 she was awarded a coveted spot on the ‘Widening The Lens’ New Talent Scheme, and in 2018 she made the short doc SAMIRA winning the Best Short Short Award at LIFF 2019. Collectively Lainey’s films have screened at over 15 film festivals worldwide including the Bafta-qualifying London Short Film Festival and Encounters Film Festival.
Simultaneously, Lainey amassed 7+ years as a Video Editor including working in-house at Wieden + Kennedy across Nike, Facebook, Honda, Lurpak, Arla, and more.
To Lainey, culture is everything. From spotlighting Black cultures and identities, to exploring subcultures and amplifying “othered” voices, Lainey approaches her work with a unique sensibility, sensitivity, and gaze, bringing mainstream appeal to lesser-known narratives, told through a contemporary lens. Her repertoire demonstrates her distinctive voice and innate ability to connect with people leading to powerful performances on screen. With an eye for the “real”, whether narrative or documentary in nature, all of her films on some level tell us the truth about the human condition, highlighting what unites us.
Lainey is currently developing her narrative short PAYDAY and writing her first TV pilot.