Lainey Richardson is a British Director and Screenwriter signed to Caviar (UK, NL, BE) and Imposter (USA) of mixed Ghanaian and Jamaican heritage, hailing from Camden Town, North London.


Lainey graduated from the University of the Arts London in 2008, and went on to direct her first short AWOL in 2011, followed by the doc TIK & THE TURKEY in 2013. In 2017 she was awarded a spot on the ‘Widening The Lens’ Talent Scheme, and in 2018 she made the short doc SAMIRA winning the Best Short Short Award at LIFF '19. In 2021 she was nominated for a Young Director Award at Cannes, and won Best Up and Coming Female Commercials Film Director at the Creative Circle Awards 2021. 

Collectively Lainey’s films have screened at over 15 film festivals worldwide including Bafta-qualifying London Short Film Festival and Encounters Festival.

Simultaneous to her film career, Lainey has 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 form, all of her films on some level tell us the truth about the human condition, highlighting what unites us.


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